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Summerhill Secrets, Volume 1: Whispers Down the Lane/Secret in the Willows/Catch a Falling Star/Night of the Fireflies/A Cry in the Dark (Summerhill Secrets)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  1,369 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
Set in rural Pennsylvania's Amish country, SummerHill Secrets follows the true-to-life struggles and heartfelt triumphs of fourteen-year-old Merry Hanson. Preteen girls will come to love, laugh, and cry with the impulsive Merry as she encounters intriguing mysteries while also struggling to be the best she can be in God's eyes. Volume One includes the original titles Whis ...more
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Mar 17, 2009 Chrissy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I picked this book up because I was surprised to see that Beverly Lewis had written a YA series. Although I read the book in a week's time, I have to offer one criticism of Lewis' work. She writes a detailed, somewhat rich narrative up until the last 20 pages of each story. Then she rushes to the end, even offering an epilogue in some cases. I would have enjoyed the book more had she seen her hard work through until the end, rather than cobble together the climax and denouement.
Jan 04, 2013 Tabitha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I'm going to have to give this a five star. I LOVED THIS BOOK! One thing that I really liked about it was that it had no profanity. Being a Christian, its hard to find books that are clean. This one was just my type! I recommend this to any teenage girl or even young adults! IT WAS SO SO GOOD! I couldn't put it down. Although it was a thick book, I read it fairly quickly. I'm looking forward to reading the second in the series!
Nov 03, 2011 Debbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A friend of mine loves Beverly Lewis' books and leant me two. This novel is very Christian-oriented and aimed at young adolescent readers. The main character, Merry Hanson, goes from being extremely mature about God and respectful of the differing beliefs of the local Amish population, to ridiculously melodramatic, moody, and secretive. The story is a bit unbelievable at times, but maybe I've forgotten what it's like to be 15!
Aug 31, 2014 Beckie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, Beverly Lewis is a wonderful author. If you enjoy reading about the Amish as I much as I do, you will LOVE this book. Whispers Down the Lane is about a girl named Merry and her school friends and how she helps them through problems with life. She is also a very good photographer. Secret in the Willows involves her Amish neighbors and someone who is vandalizing the neighbors place. She is determined to find out who did and clear her friend. Catch a Falling Star is when Merry fi ...more
Jaime Aleshire
Dec 06, 2012 Jaime Aleshire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. i love the closeness of the neighbors. after all we are to love our neighbors. I love how you can see a clear contrast between the amish way of living and the english way. I enjoyed each challenge that merry hanson had to face and how she put her trust in God each time. I love her strength she had after losing her twin sister. she did not let that hold her back in life she kept plunging forward. although she missed her sister she kept her close in her heart everyday a ...more
Jul 13, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summer Hill Secrets

This was a very good book once again by Beverly Lewis. At first I thought it was only one book but to my dismay this book has four different books all of course of the same characters. As always the author keeps u guessing what will happen. I wish that Beverly Lewis would give a final ending to this book. I wonder if the characters will marry. what does the future hold. u are left with your own thoughts of how things will end. everyone will enjoy reading this series.
Katy Goodwin
I got this and the second set when I was young, about 10ish, I think. :) I just re-read them recently, so I thought I'd give my thoughts.
I loved them, I really did. Vol. 1 was my favorite, mostly because I loved Merry and her Amish neighbors (especially the cute one, Levi) and the adventures they had. I loved the alliteration aspect. At that age I became obsessed with it too. I was pretty bad at it however... I'm glad it wore off.
However, as I get older I'm liking it less. You know though, it's
So- this was okay (I only read the first two books). The stories are aptly named with "secrets" in the title. Each story starts with "I have to tell you something but promise not to tell anyone". This tactic of creating suspense for a story drives me crazy. I just keep thinking the whole time- if you would just talk to someone all this hooplah wouldn't exist. :) Also- the wrap up of the stories are bit too tidy and unrealistic for me as well. Clean christian fiction for teen girls though. :)
I got this book from my mother-in-law, I don't know if she's trying to tell me something lol. Actually I don't normally read christian fiction and the stuff I do read is normally intense like Frank Peretti but I actually enjoyed these short little novels but I gotta be honest and say it's probably because it's about Amish people and I have this weird fascination with them however my secret is safe since they won't be reading this. If you like chipper books with a little romance and don't mind re ...more
Dec 18, 2011 Balletprincess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
I loved these books and started reading the second collection of books right after finishing this one not sure of the exact date I finished it though, I checked both collections from the libaray.

I really like some of the quotes and how there are bible verses mentioned, and Merry's prayers.

Really great books for christian teens and young adults, it might not be as exciting as some other christian books, like the ones set in modern day, but it's really good.

Jun 08, 2012 Marty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mixed review on this book - very interested in the information on Amish and Mennonite cultures which is why I read it in the first place. Somewhat simplistic writing style. Easy read - but didn't keep me awake reading at night. I will probably read Volume 2, mainly because someone gave both to me!
I love all of the info about the Amish but I'm starting to think Mrs. Lewis is not the best author in town. I do like the stories though. This one is about a teenage girl and I wanted to read it to see if it is something I would like my girls to read and they might enjoy. I think the answer to both of those questions is yes.
Mar 13, 2008 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults
Shelves: young-adult, 2008
This book was five books in one. I made it through the first book and was halfway through the second. It is a young adult read and wasn't interesting enough to keep my attention as an adult, but I would thing that it would be terribly informational on the Amish lifestyle to a young adult. It is predicatable and simply written.
560 pps read about 220 pages
Jul 15, 2009 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish
I didn't realize this was a YA book until I read other reviews, even though I was thinking it the entire time. I love reading amish stories and this one was from the perspective of a young English girl. I did not like the epilogue page for each book at the end. Why not just finish the story instead of summing them up?
Oct 27, 2008 Desiree rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I like this book for a younger readers, not for adults. You might say "but it was intended for young readers!" (which it was), but I absolutely LOVE "Matilda" and that is intended for children as well. However, I will definitely still reccommend/save this book for my daughter when she is older. From a young readers point of view I would rate four stars.
Teresa Drelick
Jul 06, 2015 Teresa Drelick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this and then realized it was a Young Adult novel...or 5 novels in one. I didn't realize Beverly Lewis had written YA. But true to form I really enjoyed it, with the exception of some redundancy as possibly these stories were meant to be read as individual stories in a series and the author felt the need to put refreshers in each story.
Feb 25, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
Enjoyed this story as I have all of Beverly Lewis books. Any time I read a novel about the Pennsylvania Amish country, I fall in love with the area and the people, all over again. I have visited this area many times, and Beverly Lewis brings her story alive with her well written descriptions and depictions. I love this author anyway, so I am biased.
Jun 12, 2010 AlixJamie rated it really liked it
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This was better than I thought it would be. I really got to like Merry and all the other characters. The only this I didn't like was her attitude toward Lissa, when she was dating Jon and even a bit after they broke up. Other than that I liked it and can't wait to see what happens in Volume 2. And I am totally shipping Levi and Merry!
Jul 29, 2014 Lexi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was awesome. merry Hanson has some real problems that people have but instead of mopping she turns to God! This book shows that believing and praying works and makes a difference. I also like the wide variety of characters that are all friends. I recommend this book to any christian looking for something inspiring!
Courtney Marie W
These were great! It's about a 15 girl (that turns 16 in the sequel) in Amish country who has 2 guys fall for her and she tried to sort out her own feelings. It has some mystery type problems that she helps her friends figure out. She goes to public school and witnesses.
Nov 15, 2009 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good book. I own it and have read it 3 itme's already and just started it a fourth time! Loved it. If you like reading about amish it's good, but if your a teen who's looking for a good book this is the one to pick!
Stephanie Hanes
Jan 31, 2010 Stephanie Hanes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I borrowed this book from my younger sister not realizing it was a teen novel, but was quickly drawn into the character's lives. I can't wait to share this series with my daughter, because Beverly Lewis does an amazing job of sharing the redemption story through the eyes of a teenage girl.
Nov 25, 2010 Abigail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christian teens
Recommended to Abigail by: my sister
This book is so good! Many times, people think, oh, its a Christian novel, it'll be all fake, none of the characters wil be bad, it will just be a fairytale. NOOOOOOO!!!! This book deals with relevant issues, although not many people live near the Amish. :) Good stuff!
Darlene Roy
Jan 13, 2014 Darlene Roy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had 5 short stories about Merry and friends. I loved the way one story kind of led into the next one. I enjoyed each story and have ordered Summerhill Secrets Volume 2. Looking forward to a continuation of the stories. I recommend this as a Great read.
Denise Kick
Main character drove me nuts at times, but yet I have this thing about finishing a book no matter what (most of the time). She's a teenager, so how can she be so selfish as to think that God just sent this baby to her rather than think about the baby. Right, because she has to learn a lesson.
Sep 25, 2014 Jeanette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked these books, they were easy to read,and had nothing too terrible, making them good for younger girls, but interesting enough that an older girl, say teenage, would still enjoy them. Very entertaining.
Dec 15, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! I really like the books with a little suspense and yes at times a little unrealistic but still great.. It's strange that I hate abuse but love reading books about them.. Maybe It makes me feel better when I know everything is okay. :)
Mar 20, 2014 Haley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I normally like Beverly Lewis, but I really didn't care much for her main character in this series. I felt she was selfish and finicky. I think Lewis should stick to writing her Amish characters, rather than English ones.
Nicole Gadbois
Jan 29, 2010 Nicole Gadbois rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection of novellas follows the same Amish family and their "English" friends through the trials and tribulations of their lives. I find the Amish culture fascinating, and there is also a strong salvation message throughout the books.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Summerhill Secrets (10 books)
  • Whispers Down the Lane (Summerhill Secrets, #1)
  • Secret in the Willows (Summerhill Secrets, #2)
  • Catch a Falling Star (Summerhill Secrets, #3)
  • Night of the Fireflies (Summerhill Secrets, #4)
  • A Cry in the Dark (Summerhill Secrets, #5)
  • House of Secrets (Summerhill Secrets, #6)
  • Echoes in the Wind (Summerhill Secrets, #7)
  • Hide Behind the Moon (Summerhill Secrets, #8)
  • Windows on the Hill (Summerhill Secrets, #9)
  • Shadows Beyond the Gate (Summerhill Secrets, #10)

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