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Hidden (Sisters of the Heart #1)

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When Anna decides it's time to leave her abusive boyfriend, she doesn't know where to turn. Rob has completely won over her parents, and the entire community, with his good looks and smooth charm. Only Anna has seen his dark side.

Desperate, she runs to the only place she's ever felt completely safe—the Amish Brenneman Bed and Breakfast, where Anna met life-long friend Kat

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Published (first published January 1st 2008)
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SheLove2Read
Jul 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I had to think about what I wanted to say about Hidden, because sometimes when you really don't care for a book you tend to be more harsh than you intended to. The premise of this story is what drew me in initially: a young englisher running away from an abusive relationship who finds solace and even love in the Amish community.

However the more I read of this, the more disappointed I became. The characters were one dimensional, especially the female lead. The way her parents were depicted it is
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Margaret Chind
May 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantics, lovers of the Amish life, a good cozy read
Recommended to Margaret by: CFBA
Fabulous, that's the first thing I must say about this book, but I'll come back to that. I do not know the correct terminology, yet I will try. There is just something about the covers of Avon Inpire books, I have loved every one that I have seen and this is my favorite so far. There is just something about the flat finish, instead of a glossy print that I just adore. Not to mention the road with the Amish sky ahead and the image of the blonde girl with green eyes. (A little curious as to why sh ...more
C.
Could not tear myself away until it was finished!

Hidden (Sisters of the Heart, Book 1) by Shelley Shepard Gray was a great read!

Loved the very descriptive friendship between Anna and her Amish friend Katie and the insight and growth of character of Anna when she escapes her abusive boyfriend and goes to Katie and her family.

I think this would be an excellent book for teen girls to read how to recognize the signs of one of those abusive creeps like Anna's boyfriend and how their sick minds work!H
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Rod
Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
AAAAaaahhhhhh! I just read my first Amish romance. There's no coming back from this. Now where did I park my horse and buggy? (honestly, I thought it was a crime drama - Like Harrison Ford in THE WITNESS.)

Okay, seriously why do people swoon over these things like flies on poop? Are all these stories basically the same: Town/City person gets involved in Amish culture while hiding out from bad guys (or cop good guys?). Then they do a little farm work, bakes some cookies or muffins, fix a fence, TH
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Beth
I find myself not having much to say about this novel. The storyline was engaging enough, however, I found myself just reading to get through it, rather than out of enjoyment. I felt that the characters were one-dimensional, the dialogue stilted and and the plot to have very little movement and felt predictable. There were repeats of the same scenes, just written in different ways. I didn’t feel any connection to the characters, so I couldn’t feel a lot of investment in the story. There was a lo ...more
Michelle
About the book:

Hidden is a remarkable story about the unlikely love between a modern girl on the run and an Amish boy from the family who shelters her.

When Anna decides it's time to leave her abusive boyfriend, she doesn't know where to turn. Rob is a successful and respected person in her community. He has completely won over her parents with his good looks and prestigious position at a top law firm. Only Anna has seen his dark side. But when Rob hurts Anna yet again, she realizes that she mus
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booksthrubifocals
Jun 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Sweet Amish romance

I've read many stories of the Amish involving their lives, joys and sorrows, and of course a romance was usually involved. The idea of an Englischer and Plain person becoming attracted to one another isn't new. In "Hidden" Anna during her teens takes a quilting class along with her mother and she meets Katie, an Amish girl. They maintain a friendship through letters and Anna spends some time at the B&B owned by Katie's family, the Brennemens. Anna, an only child is rather
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Jenny Trout
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Loraine
SUMMARY:
When Anna decides it's time to leave her abusive boyfriend, she doesn't know where to turn. Rob has completely won over her parents, and the entire community, with his good looks and smooth charm. Only Anna has seen his dark side.

Desperate, she runs to the only place she's ever felt completely safe—the Amish Brenneman Bed and Breakfast, where Anna met life-long friend Katie Brenneman. The family welcomes her in, and with few questions asked allows her to stay, dressed in Plain clothing,
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Amber Green
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been in a bit of a reading slump lately, feeling a bit overwhelmed with my huge tbr pile and the challenges I had been participating in. Last night on a whim I decided to read Hidden. Now I haven't read too many Amish romances before. Christian fiction is something that I don't tend to dabble in all that much and when I do, it's typically about mail order brides and the wild west. Still, I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. I enjoyed it's fast pace, multiple perspectives and the easy f ...more
Kristy
This book had so much potential. It was such a great idea for a love story. A girl has to go into hiding, hides with an Amish family and falls in love with an amish boy. I was so excited to read this book, and I did enjoy it. But I think it moved too quickly. There wasn't enough suspense, or relationship building. They didn't like each other one second and then after two meaningful conversations, that seemed to be too revealing and forward, for the way they had been treating each other, they wer ...more
Kalyn
This book grabbed my attention from the very beginning, but then slowly petered out as the characters developed. I think that's because they really didn't develop much as the story went on. I also felt like the relationship between Anna and Henry could have been a lot deeper and more meaningful.
Shannon
Jul 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent I can't wait for the next book
Dawn
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book. When I read the premise I had high hopes. But it was disappointing. The lack of character development was difficult to get past, she was abused but because there was no real detail of when or how it was hard to feel why she needed to run. And the romance was even more lacking in detail, one minute they can't stand each other and in the next chapter she is his sole support when his dog dies. And the relationship with her parents was even more confusing. She does ...more
chrisa
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
I found myself enjoying this book even though it is technically Christian fiction. I enjoyed the romance and I'm looking forward to reading more books by this author.
Megan Rang
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely beautiful story of finding your way in life and love.
Heather
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
such a nice book. the outcome was a little predictable, but was still enjoyable.
Camille
Oct 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 5-stars
So, I made a list of 12 books I was going to read this year; one for each month.

On my list was

Hidden by Shelley Shepard Gray


Hidden is the first book in Shelley Shepard Gray's Sisters of the Heart series.

A while back I got an advance review copy of the most recent book in the series, Grace. You can read my review of that book here: http://books-camilleelise4.blogspot.c...

I absolutely loved Grace and ever since have wanted to read the entire series. So, I picked up Hidden, and the second book in t
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Courtney
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This novel left me hanging I almost felt like, I desperately kept waiting throughout the entire novel; however, when the end finally did arrive I was not disappointed.
Tamara Tilley
Apr 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
HIDDEN the first in the Sisters of the Heart series, follows Anna Metzger as she leaves her controlling boyfriend and flees to an Amish community to stay with an old friend. Anna thought Rob Peterson had it all. He’s handsome, charismatic, and an up-and-coming politician. He seems too good to be true. But when Anna discovers he is misappropriating his campaign contributions and experiences his violent behavior first hand, she realizes she has to get out from under his manipulative control. Feeli ...more
Laura
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: HIDDEN
Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Publisher: Avon Inspire
May 2008
ISBN: 978-0-06-147445-3
Genre: Amish/romance

When Anna decides it's time to leave her abusive boyfriend, she doesn't know where to turn. Rob has completely won over her parents, and the entire community, with his good looks and smooth charm. Only Anna has seen his dark side.

Desperate, she runs to the only place she's ever felt completely safe—the Amish Brenneman Bed and Breakfast, where Anna met life-long friend Katie Brennema
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Janet C
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish-fiction
I found this book one day when searching Half.com and it popped up as a recommendation. I had never heard of Shelley Shepard Gray so I decided to try one.

This is about Anna who is running away from an abusive boyfriend. This man is running for senator. He is good looking, powerful and has money. She can't go home becauase her mom thinks she is silly and not thankful a prestigious man is in love with her. Anna decides to hide at an Amish run B&B where she has an Amish friend she made while a
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Stacy
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you haven't had the chance to read an Amish Book or if you like to read books in this genre then you'll want to read Hidden.
A friend of mine gave me this book to read, it was the very first Amish book that I had read. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Hidden is a "Hidden" Gem! Shelley Shepard Gray gives us a rare glimpse into the Amish life. A unique touching love story that spans two different ways of life. You will be drawn in from the first page. Her characters seem so real an
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Saranda Fritz
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy reading books as part of a series because I love continuing to learn more about the individual characters, so when I discovered “Hidden,” I was excited to begin a journey with Anna and Katie.



Anna is a young, flighty girl with a history of being irresponsible and frequently changing her mind-whether that be colleges, jobs, or relationships. When she finds herself in an abusive relationship with Rob, a well known and influential politician, she knows she needs to escape, but also eventuall
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J.C. Morrows

To be honest, I wasn't sure I would like "Hidden" when I started reading but it didn't take long at all for me to be completely and totally hooked.

There is a tremendous story within those pages.

This is the kind of book I have wanted to find since I first began reading Amish fiction. So many other books I've read deal with someone leaving the fold or coming back to it after a long absence. This is the first book I've read that hinted someone might decide to leave the world behind and JOIN the Ami
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Lorie
May 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish-fiction
Hidden by Shelley Shepard Gray is the first book in the Sisters of the Heart series. Anna, an Englisher, is tired of her abusive boyfriend. Her boyfriend is a big political figure, so Anna does not get much help from the police. Her parents think he's wonderful for her and don't help her much either. So, with no help insight from the abuse, Anna does the only thing she knows to do, she runs away. She does not tell anyone where she is going except a lie about going on vacation. She runs to an Ami ...more
Laurie
Mar 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I stayed up all night reading it. I just could not put it down.


Synopsis

When Anna decides it's time to leave her abusive boyfriend, she doesn't know where to turn. Rob has completely won over her parents, and the entire community, with his good looks and smooth charm. Only Anna has seen his dark side.

Desperate, she runs to the only place she's ever felt completely safe—the Amish Brenneman Bed and Breakfast, where Anna met life-long friend Katie Brenneman. The family we
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Lis K
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the Sisters of the Heart series. Anna runs away from her abusive boyfriend and hides out in the home of her Amish friend. She begins dressing and working like an Amish woman to blend in with the community. Her rocky relationship with her friend’s brother, Henry, sparks into something more just as her boyfriend seems to be closing in on her whereabouts. I thought this story was a solid beginning to the series. The storyline was fairly predictable but it’s a quick, pleasa ...more
Tasha enderby
Aug 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, amish
This was a good labor day weekend read for me, the book is well written and it sticks to the very simple tale and doesn't go to far from the main charectors. This young women Anna tries to run from a very abusive relationship she has with a man that is very well to do, and has a lot influience. Her parents are even bamboozled by his smile and smooth talking when really he's just a women beater. I can totally relate to fear Anna must have felt and the courage it took to leave this man. I was in a ...more
Diane U
Jun 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Anna runs to Amish country to hide from her abusive boyfriend. She lives at an inn that her friend Katie's family runs. She does her fair share of chores, cooking and cleaning to earn her keep. She even dresses Plain so that she is not noticed. While she is there she creates a bond with Henry, Katie's older brother. She also learns more about herself, her priorities and her faith.

I really enjoyed reading this book! I read Grace last week and I had to start the series from the beginning so that I
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Librarian Note: AKA Shelley Gray (Western Romance).


I live in southern Ohio with my husband, two teenagers, and two dogs. My days are filled with busy activities like most any other mom and housewife. But I also love to write books.

Each morning, after my kids go off to school, I sit at my desk, look out my window, and dream of other places. The hours fly by as I make up people and places and drink
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Other Books in the Series

Sisters of the Heart (3 books)
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  • Forgiven (Sisters of the Heart, #3)