About the book:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray begins a new series—The Amish of Hart County—with this 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.
My review (4 stars)
When one of my favorite authors releases a new book, I wonder if it will be as good as I anticipate. As usual, Ms. Gray didn’t disappoint this reader as she has crafted a solid storyline,with a slightly unusual Amish family. The Hilty family has secrets and I went back and forth trying to decide which character the author is referring to in the title.
There were times when I really wanted Hannah to let her guard down but then as I read more of the book,I would change my mind and silently urge her be even more cautious.
I enjoyed the times she was able to relax, make new friends and get involved in her new community. The secondary characters were easy to like as they tried to befriend Hannah.
I often wondered throughout the story what it would take for this family to form close friendships with their neighbors and sadly, it took a situation that had me on the edge of my seat to find out.
This is a stand alone as are the subsequent books in this series.
I received a complimentary copy of Her Secret through Lit Fuse publicity Book Tours and have given my honest opinion.
About the author:
Shelley Shepard Gray:
Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.