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The Secret (Seasons of Grace #1)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  5,216 Ratings  ·  374 Reviews
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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Loraine
SUMMARY: 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 longtime beau. Left to pick up the pieces of her life, Grace questions all she has been taught about love, family, and commitment. Heather Ne ...more
Staci
Apr 09, 2009 Staci rated it really liked it
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
Tasha enderby
Jan 16, 2010 Tasha enderby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010, amish
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
Anne
Jul 07, 2014 Anne rated it it was ok
Shelves: amish-fiction
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
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Janice Aitkens
Sep 17, 2013 Janice Aitkens rated it it was amazing
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
Debbie Phillips
Sep 16, 2015 Debbie Phillips rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: female adults who like lovely fiction
Very good. Took me longer to read than I would have liked. I have been lazy about reading this summer. The story was very well written and certainly held my attention, when I took the time to read it. The characters were endearing and I felt for them in their grief and troubles.

Favorite quote...
"I'm here, Lord, because I'm weary of my bitterness. And I want to ask forgiveness." She paused. " No that ain't quite right..."
She struggled against every bit of frustration pent up inside her. "I want
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Lynda
Sep 27, 2014 Lynda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish
Having just finished a triology by Beverly Lewis prior to starting this book, I was ready for the end that isn't an ending. If I did not have the next two books, I would most unhappy to have to WAIT to find out what is going to happen.

As usual, I enjoy her writing. You don't find "typos", misused works, poor grammar, etc. in Beverly Lewis' books.

This story has multiple major characters. But since it takes three full books to fully tell the story, we as readers are given lots of opportunities to
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Jessika
I've always been a fan of Amish fiction. For me, sometimes it's nice to take a step back and read something just slow and simple, but entertaining. I really enjoyed The Secret. I've read Beverly Lewis before, so I sort of knew what to expect, but I have to say, I enjoyed this one the most out of any of hers I've read. There were plenty of times that I didn't want to put this one down.

I loved how simple and charming this tale was, while still offering insight into the Amish way of life. I'm not
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Brenda
Jan 23, 2013 Brenda rated it liked it
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
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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
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Amanda
Mar 14, 2011 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Margaret Chind
Aug 26, 2016 Margaret Chind rated it did not like it
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
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Robin
Dec 29, 2009 Robin rated it liked it
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
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Laura
Sep 06, 2016 Laura rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio, romance
I was a huge Beverly Lewis fan in middle school, but haven't read a book by her in a good ten years. I needed a break from my normal reading habits, so I thought, "Why not? Lets see what she's been up to all this time." This book was worse than I anticipated; I'm embarrassed for middle-school me.

To start off with, the pacing of this book was just way too slow. I was incredibly bored until the last two or three chapters when things actually started happening. We wasted so much time talking in gre
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Jo Notary
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365p 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.
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vida
Jun 13, 2009 vida rated it it was ok
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
May 17, 2009 Debra rated it it was ok
I didn't like the "voice" the author uses. I really hate how the author throws in words in the Amish dialect.
Gwen
May 12, 2014 Gwen rated it really liked it
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 Coe
Jul 30, 2010 Elizabeth Coe rated it it was ok
i was not impressed with my first foray into the world of amish fiction...
Nikki Glassley
Aug 01, 2016 Nikki Glassley rated it did not like it
I read Amish fiction because it requires zero thinking and makes me feel cozy. I do NOT read Amish fiction to get harped on by a fictional character about how radiation is "nuking your insides" and subsequently refuses modern medicine to treat her cancer (read: ACTUAL medicine) in favor of homeopathy/naturopathy/crock of flaming dog shit peddled to people with poor science education to make money, you know, whatever you want to call it.

Homeopathy is not medicine, not science, not SAFE, and I do
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Christine
Jan 22, 2016 Christine rated it liked it
Smart author. Lewis leaves the story on a cliffhanger so you go on to read books 2-3 (unless you don't like this genre). They are well written and it's interesting and realistic how she's merged the world of the Amish and surrounding community. Also, there's not a lot of German dialect in here, so the characters' thoughts and conversations flow well. (Note she does mention which language they are speaking if it fits with the plot).

An interesting series if you like Amish novels that are more comp
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Frances
Apr 10, 2016 Frances rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I like Beverly Lewis. I have never been disappointed by her. I liked the characters in this book and the plots. I was surprised, (happily), by her portrayal of the men in the community. The book doesn't really "wrap up" as it is a series book so be prepared for that. The pace was a bit slow but for me that worked. I tend to read this genre after reading zombie books and I need the slow pace. haha. I like the values that are in the book and the way they hold up in today's world. Being a good pers ...more
Cyndi
Mar 19, 2015 Cyndi rated it did not like it
As a rock & roll girl with a bit of a wild side, people find it funny that I enjoy Amish fiction. Although I could never live the Amish lifestyle, I admire their simplistic way of life and their faith is unbreakable for the most part. I have read about 6 Beverly Lewis books but this one is just another in a long streak of duds. The story moved at a snail's pace and had I known it was part of a series, I don't think I would've read it.

About halfway through the book I figured out what "the sec
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Clara Roberts
Oct 05, 2014 Clara Roberts rated it really liked it
This story is told primarily from the point of view of the nineteen year old daughter who must assumed the role of the mother in cooking and cleaning for her two brother, sister and father. Again Lewis captures life on a farm in all of its details. Many women try to write Amish stories but it is apparent that they lack Lewis's familiarity with farm life. I look forwards to reading the third book in this series. No one in the family but the mother and her parents know that there is an older child ...more
Joleen
Nov 16, 2014 Joleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 pick up the pieces of her life, Grace questions all she has been taught about love, family, and commitment.
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Emily
Apr 03, 2011 Emily rated it did not like it
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
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Melissa
Mar 19, 2011 Melissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, amish
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
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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
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