I wavered back and forth when I saw this book and the cover. I’m not much of a suspense person, but I really like Shelley Shepard Gray and have read many books written by her. My curiousity won over because I just had to see how Gray wrote in a little different of a genre than normal. I have always related her with Amish fiction, but never really with suspenseful books. The cover was enough to pique my interest because it looked a little dark and mysterious to me, unlike a lot of her covers that are brighter in color.
Much of the book actually fit the style of her other writings, which I was pleased to see. To be honest, I was expecting for it to take the whole book for me to figure out who the stalker was. Gray decided to mix things up and go ahead and reveal who was stalking Hannah’s family. She has to go through her days looking over her shoulder and feeling completely exposed and unsafe.
I will admit that I wasn’t able to read this book at night just because of the whole stalker incident, but it was a story that stayed in my head for quite some time after I completed the book.
It still amazes me how the Amish don’t like for the English to intervene, even in situations that have the potential to be dangerous. Hannah’s family deals with the threat, but finally do have to get the authorities involved. However, they can’t escape this man that is determined to have his way with her. If he can’t do that, then he wants her to think he can at any moment. Either way, she lives in fear and can’t seem to outrun him.
I enjoyed Gray taking on a new topic within Amish fiction. This is one topic that I haven’t seen within the Amish fiction stories. However, I’m sure the Amish have to deal with harassment in their own communities, just as we do.
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A suspenseful tale of a young Amish woman who is forced to move to a new town to escape a threatening stalker
After a stalker went too far, Hannah Hilty and her family had no choice but to leave the bustling Amish community where she grew up. Now she’s getting a fresh start in Hart County, Kentucky…if only she wasn’t too scared to take it. Hannah has become afraid to trust anyone—even Isaac, the friendly Amish man who lives next door. She wonders if she’ll ever return to the trusting, easy-going woman she once was.
For Isaac Troyer, the beautiful girl he teasingly called “The Recluse” confuses him like no other. When he learns of her past, he knows he’s misjudged her. However, he also understands the importance of being grateful for God’s gifts, and wonders if they will ever have anything in common. But as Hannah and Isaac slowly grow closer, they realize that there’s always more to someone than meets the eye.
Just as Hannah is finally settling into her new life, and perhaps finding a new love, more secrets are revealed and tragedy strikes. Now Hannah must decide if she should run again or dare to fight for the future she has found in Hart County.
Her Secret (Avon Inspire, March 2017)
SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY
Shelley Shepard Gray is the “New York Times” and “USA Today” bestselling author of the Seasons of Sugarcreek series, the Sisters of the Heart series, and the Families of Honor series. She lives with her family in southern Ohio, where she writes full time. Before her work in the inspirational market, Gray wrote several novels as Shelley Galloway. During this time her books appeared on the Waldenbooks bestseller list, and she won “RT Book Reviews'” prestigious Reviewers’ Choice Award.
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group and Avon Inspire in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.