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The Secret

(Seasons of Grace #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  6,470 ratings  ·  434 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 ...more
Paperback, 364 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Bethany House Publishers
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✨ Gramy ✨
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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This is the introductory book for the Seasons of Grace Series, authored by Beverly Lewis. There were issues at bay that are not normally discussed in an Amish tale. Two young women cross paths, each from different worlds, yet are drawn toward one another inexplicably. It focuses on the intermingling of these two young women, each from different worlds, but each filled with sadness due to circumstances beyond their control. Yet, together they work together to solve their problems. Will they find
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Staci
Mar 24, 2009 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 ...more
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 ...more
Tasha enderby
Jan 16, 2010 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 ...more
Maureen DeLuca
For me, more of a 2.5 - I was interested in the Amish part of the book- Being a huge fan ofLinda Castillo who writes the Kate Burkholder series - which by the way -that series is FANTASTIC - I highly recommend you picking up that series starting with book number 1 , Sworn to Silence . This series, for me, not that great- I do have the second book in this series here- I might pick it up to see if it gets any better.
Anne
Jul 04, 2014 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
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Lynda
Sep 17, 2014 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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Debbie Phillips
Mar 18, 2014 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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Wulfwyn
Jun 07, 2011 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 ...more
Tarmia
This is a genre I have never read before (apart from a Jodi Picoult novel, Plain Truth). It pulled me in from the beginning but the pay-off was anti-climatic. I had a lot of unanswered question, but I suppose I will just have to read the rest of the story!
Janice
Aug 13, 2013 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
Debra
May 17, 2009 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.
Rachelle
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is the first of a trilogy. I accidentally read the 1st and 3rd books and skipped the 2nd and I did't miss a thing. Really. The plot is very slow moving and definitely could have been done in one book instead of 3. That being said, the slow pace kind of makes one feel like they are right there in the Amish community sitting on the porch, taking slow walks or making jam with your neighbors. Cozy, gentle, soothing and a bit boring.
Grace
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beverly-lewis
I always enjoy Beverly Lewis' books about the simple way of life. This one was a bit different from the ordinary, the story left me hanging and wanting to know what happened. I would suggest having the other books in this series ready to read before reading this one.
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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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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Brenda
Jan 19, 2013 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
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Hannah Nyamweya
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Secret by Beverly Lewis is about a girl named Grace who is curious about why her mom has been acting strange and one day her mom disappears and she starts to question everything about life and love. When I first started this book it was not interesting but after a lot of twists and turns this book was really good and I want to read the rest of the series now! I recommend this book to anyone who lives in a society where everything has been planned out for you; what you believe in, and how ...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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Rachel Brand
May 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, amish, 2013
Although Beverly Lewis was one of the first Amish authors I read, back in 2009, I haven't been terribly impressed with her latest books (The Fiddler & The Bridesmaid) and was a little unsure about reading this one. Until I started reading, I wasn't sure if Beverly's standards were slipping, or if I just no longer enjoyed her style of writing.

Thankfully, The Secret was more well well-written and compelling than some of Beverly's more recent novels. It bore all the trademarks of her earlier
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Bekah
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: booksreadin2018
I have always greatly enjoyed Beverly Lewis's books and this was by no means an exception.

What I Liked: It has been quite a while sine I've read a book by this author, so when I picked up this book I was excited to see what I thought on this book. I really liked the main character, Grace. All of the emotions and turmoil she went through in this book seemed so realistic and I found myself feeling what she was.

The story was a pleasant read. It definitely kept my interest, but the pace of it was
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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
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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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Amanda
Mar 10, 2011 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
Nov 18, 2008 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 26, 2009 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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Jerry
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
A Quickie Review

It's no question that Amish stories are the most popular genre of Christian fiction. Beverly Lewis, who has written countless volumes about the Plains people, does well once again with The Secret, which is the start of yet another series. Fans of Amish fiction will find plenty to like about this one.

Score: 4/5
vida
Apr 22, 2009 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...
Elizabeth Coe
Jul 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
i was not impressed with my first foray into the world of amish fiction...
Jennifer Robb
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Amish fiction readers
Recommended to Jennifer by: BookPage
I have read Beverly Lewis books before and usually enjoy them. I would rate this one as merely okay.

I listened to the audiobook version and the narrator's voice came out sounding too little-girlish for my liking. I felt it tainted some of the story and made certain sections sound like a spoiled brat was saying them--I'm not sure that was the intent of the author.

Early on in the book, much is made of Lettie having a secret. In fact, it was hinted at so often that I wished the author would either
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Chrissy
Oct 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book was interesting at first, but became annoying halfway through it.

There are a lot of characters to keep track of, with only a small bit of backstory on two of the multiple characters (Grace and Heather). Even then, those two are incredibly two dimensional without any personality or quirks to either one.

The worst part for me was the addition of a natural cure/treatment for cancer in the storyline. While I don't have cancer thankfully, I am chronically ill with a disease that can kill
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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
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