I was excited that there was a new book out by Shelley Shepard Gray because I love her writing. Her Secret: The Amish of Hart County by Shelley Shepard Gray was the next book that I got to read. I didn't even know if It was a series or a stand alone novel when I started. I was excited to find out what it was about.
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.
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
I thought that this was an interesting story whether you are interested in the Amish faith or not. Hannah had lived through a stalker and it changed her life because she feared everyone and everything. After years of this horrible life, her family moves to another state to avoid the stalker and hope to rebuild their life but the fear doesn't go away. This applies to anyone that has gone through trauma because people can't just change their mind but have to try to work through the trauma. Issac helped her repair the fear because he made her feel safe. Hannah is finally starting to settle in to her new environment and there is a huge family secret that is revealed. If that isn't enough, her younger sister starts seeing someone secretly and Hannah is very fearful. This book keeps you on your toes and reading to find out what happens next. I think that you will find these twists and turns excited and not want to put the book down as well. It is one of those books that if it was a movie, you would be yelling at the television screen because you want to make sure everyone makes it out okay. I hope that you pick up the book and check it out for yourself!! I know you will enjoy it as much as I did!
**I received a copy of this book for my review but all opinions here are my own.