The Secret (Seasons of Grace, #1)
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The Secret (Seasons of Grace #1)

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In the seemingly ordinary Amish home of Grace Byler, secrets abound. Why does her mother weep in the night? Why does her father refuse to admit something is dreadfully wrong? Then, in one startling moment, everything Grace assumed she knew is shattered. Her mother's disappearance leaves Grace reeling and unable to keep her betrothal promise to her long-time beau. Left to p...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Staci
Apr 09, 2009 Staci rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who have enjoyed Lewis's books in the past
Recommended to Staci by: Amanda Berner-from work
Shelves: 2009-reads
Reading a Beverly Lewis book is like being welcomed back home with open arms from all of your loved ones. Her writing is simple but beautiful. She depicts the Amish and Mennonite community in a very favorable light, but she also shows us that they too, are human and have their flaws. She makes me savor those times in my life when I actually slow down and listen to the world around me. This morning I was sitting on my back steps, reading a book, and just enjoying the sun on my face. While doing t...more
Loraine
SUMMARY: n the seemingly ordinary Amish home of Grace Byler, secrets abound. Why does her mother weep in the night? Why does her father refuse to admit something is dreadfully wrong? Then, in one startling moment, everything Grace assumed she knew is shattered. Her mother's disappearance leaves Grace reeling and unable to keep her betrothal promise to her longtime beau. Left to pick up the pieces of her life, Grace questions all she has been taught about love, family, and commitment. Heather Nel...more
Brenda
It was hard to get into this story. As a fan of Beverly Lewis I have to admit this is not her best book series. It has all the great Amish lifestyles that I am used to, with a few changes, like gas ranges, living within walking distance of the Englishers, telephones are not hard to find, though they are not in every home, one is in a shanty and a few businesses have them.
The story is about a young girl, Grace, who notices her mom acting strange, living the home in the middle of the night. The s...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
The first book in the Seasons of Grace series. I loved Beverly Lewis' Daughters of Abram series. So, I had high hopes for this one, and while I didn't hate it, I didn't love it. Like the title states, this is a novel full of secrets and questions.

The story revolves around the Byler family. Mother Lettie is haunted by secrets from her past, father Judah struggles with his wife's discontent and is unable to do anything about it, daughter Grace worries for her family and wishes for her own marriag...more
Amanda
The Secret by Beverly Lewis is the first Amish fiction book I've read. I've been interested in the Amish lifestyle since I was a kid and it was interesting to get a glimpse of day-to-day life in Lancaster County by reading this book.

Since I read for pleasure, I tend to enjoy books that give me a happy feeling inside. This book deals with a mother abandoning her family (temporarily?) because of a secret she's kept from even her closest friends, two broken engagements and a young girl receiving a...more
Margaret
Apr 16, 2009 Margaret rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: not recommended
Recommended to Margaret by: Bethany House
I am taking out the book mark at page 265. I just cannot continue. Nothing pleasant has happened so far in the entire more than two hundred and fifty pages minus one paragraph. Many things are going on, yet every single one is depressing with no reprieve. I have read a handful of reviews so far that love the story and the presentation of the Amish lives through the novel. This book for me just is not happening.

In the past, I have read several titles by Beverly Lewis and loved them. This one is...more
Tasha enderby
Okay so I am an Amish nut, I just love the simplicity and the pensyvania dutch they speak. Now that I live in Germany sounding out the words in the book is so much easier and I reconize a few and that makes it fun to relate to. This story was unlike any other I have read of Beverly Lewis, the secrets of a mother leave her family lost and abandoned as she searches for a child she gave up for adoption. This is a story of how love is not a feeling but a choice and you can choose to be happy where G...more
Robin
I enjoyed this book. Although Beverly Lewis is a well-known author, I had never read her work before.
The Secret is about an Amish family. In fact, that is why I picked it up. Their lifestyle draws me. The mother leaves her home because of a secret that happened twenty-four years earlier. Ms. Lewis keeps the suspense building until the very end, then she never finishes the story.
This is the first book in this series with these characters, etc. I assume that it will continue in the next book of...more
Anne
While this genre was definitely a new experience for me, it reminded me a lot of my mother's old teenage books about young women in the first half of the 20th century: religious lives in remote villages, houses without electricity, household chores filling up most of the day.

It felt like a warm bath of donkey milk, even though donkeys were about the only farm animals that weren't mentioned in the book. I loved reading it before going to bed, because of the simplistic coziness that Amish life app...more
Janice Aitkens
I have read this in book form some years ago but have just re-read it on the Kindle

It is a really good book but you do need to read the series & in order to follow the story

Would recommend this book
Hugs Janice
vida
Surprised this was a NY Times Bestseller and surprised Ms. Lewis has written so many other books! Reads like a novel written in a fiction workshop...
Debra
I didn't like the "voice" the author uses. I really hate how the author throws in words in the Amish dialect.
Gwen
Another instance where I am so glad I ignored the negative reviews I had looked at last week. Beverly Lewis has incredible insight as to the daily trials, as well as the daily pleasures, that come along in life. It reinforces our need to consider what our friends and kin may be dealing with on a day to day basis, as well as the need to have a continuing conversation with God as we go through each day. Lewis has peaked my interest to read the next in this series, I am a few years behind. I do fee...more
Kalena
While the lifestyle of the Amish and Mennonites appeal to me, not all of the non-fiction stories do. This story of the Byler family in Lancaster County never really hooked me. I liked hearing about the details of their lives, especially Grace. Grace was a strong and very likable character. However, I am a mom and cannot imagine just leaving my family and not telling them 1) where I am going or 2) when they can expect me back for weeks. It was a serious stretch of the imagination and bothered me...more
Elizabeth Walling
i was not impressed with my first foray into the world of amish fiction...
Joleen
Beverly Lewis can never disappoint a reader with her writing. She can pull a reader in right away, and for that reason I read The Secret. As she did with "Abram's Daughters" series, these books seem to be one very long book cut into pieces to make a series. This is not a stand alone book. There is no conclusion nor satisfaction to any one of the characters' plot lines. You MUST read the next books to relieve any curiosity you have developed about what is really happening. Sometimes this is intri...more
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“In the seemingly ordinary Amish home of Grace Byler, secrets abound. Why does her mother weep in the night? Why does her father refuse to admit something is dreadfully wrong? Then, in one startling moment, everything Grace assumed she knew is shattered. Her mother's disappearance leaves Grace reeling and unable to keep her betrothal promise to her long-time beau. Left to pick up the pieces of her life, Grace questions all she has been taught about love, family, and commitment....more
Emily
Apr 03, 2011 Emily rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
To call this book artless would be both the kindest and the truest thing you could say about it. The author doesn't seem to understand that merely withholding information is not enough to create interest or intrigue. It would be like me inviting you to dinner next week and refusing to say what we're going to eat, and making a big deal out of the mystery, and then it turns out to be pizza. Ho hum. The transitions from one thought to the next were jagged and unnatural. As for the dialogue, I can't...more
Andrea Guy
Beverly Lewis writes dramatic Amish fiction. Her books aren't about young Amish people courting and falling in love. There is always some drama with the church or with the family that will take 3 books to resolve.

In this book the drama surrounds Gracie Byler's mom, who leaves her husband and children behind. This is something that is simply not done in the Amish community. Lewis lets us see a little of Lettie's struggle within herself without giving away her secret. It is easy to feel sorry for...more
Melissa
I like Amish books. And I like the ones that Beverly Lewis has written (with the exception of a few). But this one, it was just average for me. It had a good plotline, but there were some things I just didn't like.

Grace Byler is a young Amish woman whose family is your typical Amish family. Or at least so she thought. Her mother has been acting strangely lately, her father is as quiet and stern as ever, and she is too busy being courted to really be concerned. But then, her mother goes missing i...more
Janna
Let me start out by saying that this is book #1 in this new series, and it is definitely the start of something good (but only the start). Here we have some amazing storylines that start to intersect as we go along... Grace is from a nice Amish family, living a nice Amish life when weird things start happening. Mom can't sleep at night and wanders around outside, Dad doesn't want to discuss it, Grandma seems to know more than she is letting on... but not enough. Then one night Grace's world is t...more
Kristin
"The Secret" by Beverly Lewis is the first book in the "Seasons of Grace" series. This book chronicles the lives of the Byler family. In this book, as the title suggests, we find out that one of the characters has a foreboding secret. I am usually a big fan of Lewis, however for some reason I am not very drawn to this series. I feel that Lettie Byler's story is too much like Sadie's from the Abram's Daughters' series. The story seems to jump a lot from Grace's view to that of an English girl who...more
Rachel Thompson
Grace's mother has a secret that she is unable to share with her family. One day, Grace wakes up and her mother is gone. This type of thing is unusual among Amish communities, and Grace doesn't know how to deal with her mother's disappearance or the gossiping neighbors.

I don't really understand why this book was written, but I kept reading it, hoping that something interesting might eventually happen. Throughout the entire book, I felt like I was waiting for the actual story to begin. This book...more
Yas
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Plot summary



The Secret is set in an rural Amish town in Lancaster County, Pennysylvania. It revolves around one particular Amish family who are about to show that life, even in peaceful , god fearing Lancaster County gets extremely difficult..



Grace, the daughter of Lettie and Judah is devout, as are the rest of her family and of whom all live on what they believe is a peaceful existence; with no reliance on electricity, and fairly cut off from most other people apart...more
MAP
A decent beginning to a new series. I unfortunately figured out "the secret" about 100 pages in. Not because of bad writing or obvious clues, but because I couldn't see what other secret it could possibly be. And considering I'm one of those people that can NEVER figure out Whodunnits in movies and books (I was the person going "WHAAAAAAAAT?" at the end of The Sixth Sense") it's usually not a good sign when I can figure out the mystery 1/3 of the way in.

And as a side not, the whole "I just got d...more
Leah
In Lewis's books, it's usually the daughter looking for a way out or finding herself in some kind of predicament. Usually the story is about the daughter. The daughter is still the main narrator, but the story isn't about her. It's a change in Lewis's stories. It's refreshing, different, and not the same old story. Also different, I think, is the story of someone wanting to move to Amish country rather than someone wanting to move out. Although, we do have the story of the mother leaving we have...more
Dottie
I found this book to be only marginally interesting. Having never read Amish fiction before, I was really unsure of what to expect. While I did expect the story to be void of any adventure, per se, I didn't expect the story to be bland. [return]I could not relate to the character of Lettie, the mother, when she chose to leave her family behind to root around in her past and reveal her secret. I realize that in the Amish culture and faith, she would have suffered greatly had she revealed her secr...more
Sue
When I started this, I assumed it was historical fiction. Mention of a computer and cell phone after several chapters confused me totally, until I realised that the family who appeared to be in the 18th century were in fact in the Amish community of the US.

Unfortunately they're rather nondescript, dull people; the only interesting one is Lettie, the mother, and she has a secret which we don't discover until almost the end of the book. Her older daughter Grace is supposedly the main character, b...more
Camille
The Secret by Beverly Lewis


The Secret is Beverly Lewis' first book in the series Seasons of Grace.

In The Secret, we meet Grace Byler who has anything but an ordinary life at home. Her mother cries at night and is clearly unhappy, which is straining the relationship her mother has with her father. Her father pretends that there is no problem at all, which only seems to make things worse, and keeps the feeling in the home awkward at all times.

The one day everything changes, Grace's mom leave their...more
Megan
In both this book and the Annie's People series, Lewis writes a prologue and epilogue in first person narration, while the rest of the book is in third person. There is no indication that it is a journal entry, so this must be her way of introducing and wrapping up the story. Personally this does not appeal to me. It seems like an easy out.
The idea behind The Secret is enticing; I love stories about secrets. The beginning is intriguing, and I wanted to know what was happening "behind the scenes....more
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Beverly Lewis, raised in Pennsylvania Amish country and both a schoolteacher and an accomplished musician, has been an award-winning author for over a dozen years. Her acclaimed novel, The Preacher's Daughter, was a 2006 Quill Book Award finalist in the romance category. Her books have appeared on numerous best...more
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