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Publisher's Summary

The Secret by New York Times best-selling author Beverly Lewis, is a compelling portrait of an Amish family's struggle to overcome the effects of a baffling secret.

Soon-to-be-engaged Grace Byler is perplexed by her mom's nocturnal weeping and wandering - and her dad's refusal to discuss what's wrong. But when her mom runs off, Grace puts her own life on hold to pick up the pieces her mother left behind.

©2009 Beverly M. Lewis; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Two young women, Amish Grace Byler and graduate student Heather Nelson, stand as counterpoints in parallel plots involving two secrets. Grace's mother is troubled; Heather, whose mother has died of cancer, tells no one in her circle of her own diagnosis of terminal illness, which drives her to Pennsylvania Amish country in search of healing. Grace's mother makes a decision that painfully complicates the action and drives it forward. Grace, her family and friends and the Amish milieu are drawn with characteristically ample detail, right down to jars of preserves set out on the tables at many bountiful Amish meals. Lots of powerful emotions go characteristically unspoken in this reticent culture, though the reader won't miss them." (Publishers Weekly)
"No one does Amish-based inspirationals better than Lewis." (Booklist)

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  • betty
  • west sunbury, PA, United States
  • 01-02-11

Enjoy all of Beverly's books

I enjoy all the books that Beverly Lewis has written. I am intrigued with the Amish stories. This series is one that you must listen to all three books to find out the ending. If you want a wholesome, clean series, this is the one for you. Take time to share these with the young people in your home.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Not my favorite Amish/Lewis story

Reader had strong articulation, but her little girl voice distracted throughout. Slow story line. It felt like she was drawing it out to have enough for a series. Overall, pleasant...but I wouldn't buy again if I had it to do over.

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  • Karen
  • La Crescenta, CA, United States
  • 02-13-13

Book is only a teaser--Do no fall for it.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I purchase a book to finish at least part of the story--this was like a soap with NO answers.Just a teaser to buy more books....I will not be purchasing her books again. $60 to read one story and get it finished.

What was most disappointing about Beverly Lewis’s story?

Did not fill in one blank. Not one story line was completed! I feel she was looking to make lots of money and just devided one book into thirds.

What about Rachel Botchan’s performance did you like?

She did a nice job and I found her voice easy to listen to.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

NONE

Any additional comments?

These three should be sold as one....that is how I feel I have been cheated. I have read other series that move on to different stories, but they finish the first leg of the story and then move on. She opened 3 stories and did not finish even one.

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  • Stevon
  • Tempe, AZ, United States
  • 10-06-10

good story

Beverly Lewis' books start out slower than Cindy Woodsmall's but once they get going she spins a good sory. The Secret could be written in any setting but this author writes with Amish ones. You learn about Amish life and realize they have hopes, dreams, and lives just like everybody else. This book answers what the secret is but it leaves enough mystery hanging that you know you are going too read book two to experience what happens. Sometimes I'm not sure why I enjoy these books but I do.

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This is a "teaser".

Would you try another book from Beverly Lewis and/or Rachel Botchan?

I did enjoy the book until it "ended" with a sputter! There was not one story-thread that was resolved, but rather everything was left up in the air. I had no idea that this "book" was really just a chapter in a longer story. I am not going to spend $$ for the rest of the story. Very disappointing in the aspect. I did give it three stars as I really enjoyed listening to all of the unfolding and coming together of the characters in the book. BUT that does not change my overall opinion. Guess this is not a review but a strong complaint.

Any additional comments?

Cannot recommend.

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not really sure what I thought when I chose the b

will be asking for refund. did not have an interest in this book. sorry it didn't hold my interest.

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Narration brings the book down

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Listening to the story was great, but the narrator was not fit for this particular genre.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Grace, she seemed to be the one the story relied on.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rachel Botchan?

Not sure, but definitely not her.

Do you think The Secret needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, and it has one!

Any additional comments?

The narrator had awkward pauses before trying to pronounce the Amish terms. Many of which she did not pronounce correctly. I would give the book 5 stars if it hadn't been for her. Beverly Lewis does not dissappoint.

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Okay story but way too long

I felt like this was such an anticlimactic story. It took a while to finally get to the point of what the secret is. While I understand the secret is a good one for Amish community I saw it coming as soon as the books said her mother was bothered and a man she knew Samuel. I feel like this book could have left out a lot of what the characters were feeling cause it was just in repeat the confusion and hurt. To me it was like okay I understand you're confused please lets get somewhere. I understand this book is a series. I will not be purchasing the next one. The whole book would have been better had the author shortened it and put all of the books together.

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Disappointing

I usually love Beverly Lewis but this story really could be complete in one book. seems an attempt to drag out to 3...full of mundane sentences...things of no importance to fill pages in an attempt to stretch it out. I almost returned it twice but I kept waiting for it to pick up.

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  • Becky
  • PALL MALL, TENNESSEE, United States
  • 09-07-12

great start!

What made the experience of listening to The Secret the most enjoyable?

I love beverly lewis & i can relate to her characters

Who was your favorite character and why?

mama she stood her ground for doing what she felt was righr

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

i actually prefer other narrators but prefer to listen as i spend so much time on rd.

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

no im a health care provider & cant sit long unless in my car!

Any additional comments?

I was raised in a strict christian home parents make decisions they feel are best for their children beverly lewis writes alot of memories similar to my childhood even though not amish. Great stories!