Saturday, March 28, 2015

Hidden: Sisters of the Heart Book Review

I went to the library website to find a complete book series by Shelley Shepard Gray and I found one! Hidden (Sisters of the Heart, Book 1) by Shelley Shepard Gray was the first book in the series so I was super excited to reserve these books to come off reserve one each week so that I could keep them straight and read them in the right order.  The first two came in together because it took be too long to make it to the library so there was a little figuring out before I knew which one to start with!

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, and help around the inn.  Katie's older brother Henry is the only one who doesn't take too kindly to the intrusion. He tries to ignore Anna, knowing no good would ever come from caring for an Englisher like her. But as he gets to know Anna, he discovers her good heart and is surprised with her readiness to accept their lifestyle.
The more time Anna spends with the Amish, the more she feels she's found a true home. But how can she deny the life she left behind? And will her chance for happiness be stolen away by the man from her past?

 A great mix of Amish and real world story.  It is so interesting to see when the two worlds cross.  Anna is trying to rebuild her life with the best place that she can think of, Amish country.  Anna rebuilds her life in the Amish Bed and Breakfast by helping out and finds that she is much happier even with all of the hard work.  There are some interesting twists and turns in the book that make you want to keep reading and it was another one that was hard to put down.  There were a few times that I might have been reading instead of doing all of the other things that I had on my to do list (kind of like now when I am writing this review).  I enjoyed the writing and the story lots and can't wait to read the rest of the series.  I hope that you check out this book at your local library or bookstore.  Let me know what you think when you read it!!!

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