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An Unforgivable Secret: Amish Secrets, Book 1 | [J.E.B. Spredemann]

An Unforgivable Secret: Amish Secrets, Book 1

Hannah has a good life. A beautiful home, a loving husband, and a wonderful Amish community are only a few of her daily blessings. But she has carried a heavy burden for years: a secret that no one must know. When tragedy strikes, her secret threatens to be revealed, jeopardizing everything she's ever loved. Will Hannah be able to face her greatest fear and find God's purpose for her life?
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Hannah has a good life. A beautiful home, a loving husband, and a wonderful Amish community are only a few of her daily blessings. But she has carried a heavy burden for years: a secret that no one must know. When tragedy strikes, her secret threatens to be revealed, jeopardizing everything she's ever loved. Will Hannah be able to face her greatest fear and find God's purpose for her life?

©2013 J.E.B. Spredemann (P)2013 J.E.B. Spredemann

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    Cindi Enon Valley, PA, United States 11-21-13
    Cindi Enon Valley, PA, United States 11-21-13
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    "Forgiveness, is it possible?"

    This was the first book I've read (listened to) by this author. I plan to read many more because I enjoyed this one so much.

    Hannah lives with a secret that she has shared with no one. It's amazing how one secret can affect so many people but this story illustrates just how that can happen.

    Hannah grows up with Samuel and Christian who are best friends. Samuel leaves their Amish community without warning but leaves a note behind saying goodbye. Hannah and Christian get married and attempt to start a family when tragedy strikes, threatening to reveal her secret.

    This is not your typical "feel good" Amish novel. It brings up real-life situations that can, and do, happen and the harsh consequences of our decisions. Because of some bad choices we make, we can struggle with shame, remorse and many more heartbreaking emotions. Fortunately, this story also focuses on forgiveness and trusting in God. If you make it through this book with dry eyes, you are much tougher than me.

    I highly recommend this novel to anyone wanting a closer relationship with God or desiring to learn the importance of forgiveness.

    I received an audio version of this story from the author in exchange for an honest review.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 02-10-15
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 02-10-15 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Truth, Forgiveness, Blessings . . . Faith"

    I've long had admiration for the Amish, who after I had grown up, settled in our area in Kentucky, gaining the respect of their neighbors. We often stop and buy baskets and other handmade goods from them when we travel back home, and marvel at their craftsmanship. We have always thought of them as brothers and sisters in Christ. This book touched my heart in ways unimaginable. I have often wondered how these humble, hard working people can exist untouched, and unblemished alongside their "English" neighbors, in a world that is so corrupt and full of temptation. As we have driven past their simple houses, with no electric lines going to or from their homes, and no cars parked in their drive ways, I've contemplated it. For you can see their black buggies at Wal-mart sometimes, they must venture out into the "English" world . . . to be in it but not "of" it. Just as all Christians must . . . but the rest of us, at least we THINK we have put on a little armor . . . This book, An Unforgivable Secret, gives us all a deeper look into Amish life . . . and for me, a greater hope that His mercy penetrates deep into all who would call themselves His servants.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lavonna Chouteau, OK, United States 03-02-14
    Lavonna Chouteau, OK, United States 03-02-14
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    "Loved this book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have read many amish books but i do think this is one of my favorites!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of An Unforgivable Secret?

    The Story was written so you could really feel the emotions of the characters.


    What about Lisa Larsen’s performance did you like?

    Voice was very soothing and fit the personality of the characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    i went through many emotions with the books, from tears of joy to tears of sadness.


    Any additional comments?

    I really loved this book, it is the second book i have listen to by this author. Look forward to more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia walkersville, MD, USA 12-24-13
    Patricia walkersville, MD, USA 12-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it"

    Love amish fiction in general and this book specifically. I loved the story, well told

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Mantua, Ohio, United States 11-30-13
    Amazon Customer Mantua, Ohio, United States 11-30-13
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    "Not your average Amish book!"

    This book dealt with issues of life that not all Amish books have. I stayed interested throughout the story. There were a few moments when the narrator seemed to have a difficult time making sentences flow smoothly. A couple times there were small annoyances with how she used her voice, but I don't think it was so bad to not listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-20-13
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    "Can God forgive"
    If you could sum up An Unforgivable Secret in three words, what would they be?

    God healing people


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't say as it is a spoiler.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes it is.It was a book that made me think about choices we make and how they affect our lives.


    Any additional comments?

    Hannah has a secret, a secret that she thinks is unforgivable.This secret could ruin her marriage and have her shunned. How can she go on with life as this secret affects not only herself, her husband and her family and close friends. Will her husband forgive her and more importantly can God forgive her.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "tested Faith"

    Bought Kindle E -book added whispersync, listened through Audible, all Amazon. I thought at first the book would be a bore. Stick with it . It goes through everyday situations testing love , faith, loyalty. A great book for anyone on the fence concerning child birth, the should or should not of choice of becoming a parent. Religious and modest. Emotional suspense the characters try to make do as time travels. Good book for young teenagers thinking they are invincible. .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Savannah 03-02-15
    Savannah 03-02-15
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    "Amazing!"

    I absolutely loved this book! Loved how they didn't just drop the story. You weren't left wondering what happened. Perfect amish inspired read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Hargraves Spring Hill, FL, United States 01-02-14
    Pamela Hargraves Spring Hill, FL, United States 01-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful!"
    What made the experience of listening to An Unforgivable Secret the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed this book, it covered a very difficult topic and did it well. It really touched my heart.


    What does Lisa Larsen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Lisa did a wonderful job narrating this story, especially with all the different characters. She brought each of them alive and truly an individual.


    Any additional comments?

    A great read, well written and will truly touch not just your heart but your soul.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna San Diego, CA, United States 10-12-14
    Donna San Diego, CA, United States 10-12-14 Member Since 2015

    DJW in San Diego

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    "Adolescent, anti-choice novela."
    What disappointed you about An Unforgivable Secret?

    The story goes on forever, many times after great places to stop. About 3/4 of the way through, when I had invested too much time to quit, it turned out to be an anti-choice tract, followed by heavy doses of religion. Amish girl cheats on fiance, gets preggers, in desperation has abortion, then can no longer have babies (doppilies), has to go to 'Englishers" (Christians) to get cured of post-abortion trauma. She tries but fails to become an anit-abortion activist, standing in front of clinics to stop girls from going in. She ends up adopting a "doppily" from a teen mother as her penance to "herr" (god). The story was cute and well-developed, but way too long, and aimed at adolescent girls. Nothing in the book really says much to prevent teen pregnancies, just to condemn termination. The religious angle should have been made clear (other than that it was Amish) in the synopsis, as this is one factor that would absolutely stop me from buying the book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    That it took WAY too long to get to it.


    What didn’t you like about Lisa Larsen’s performance?

    She does have a very comforting, gentle voice, but not monotonous. Her voice was animated enough that I maintained interest in the story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from An Unforgivable Secret?

    Many many times the narrator seemed not to be aware of the tone, inflection, etc, that the author obviously had in mind. It was distracting and I had to stop and think what a sentence really "meant" as opposed to a rote recitation of the words.


    Any additional comments?

    Unless you like teen girl directed, Christian, anti-choice literature, pass this one up - and probably all of the author's novels.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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