by Wanda E. Brunstetter

July 2007
ISBN: 978-1-59789-226-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Barbour Publishing
Trade Paperback

Grace Hostettler left home during her rumschpringe (running around years) and moved to Cincinnati, pretending to be English. She even married. But when her husband is killed, Grace moves back to her Amish family and takes the Amish vows. No one knows her secrets. Now Grace is betrothed to a wonderful Amish man, she has a job as a waitress, and she enjoys being with her loving family.

One day when Grace gets off work, she sees Gary Walker. He used to know her when she pretended to be English, and they even dated for a time. Gary says that he’s a freelance photographer, but he wants to pick up their relationship. Grace is terrified by his presence because if her secrets come out her life as she knows it will be in danger.

Then someone starts targeting the Hostettler family. While at church one Sunday someone breaks into their home, destroying the kitchen, and Grace’s bedroom. They are the only two rooms touched. Is Gary Walker doing these heinous deeds? Or is someone else to blame?

A Sister's Secret is book one in Wanda E. Brunstetter’s newest Amish series Sisters of Holmes County. Fans of Ms. Brunstetter’s previous Amish books will not want to miss this newest series. Grace’s concerns are realistic, and the reader will care what happens to her and her family. Grace’s fiancé is a real sweetheart. There are some secondary story lines in this book that will also hold the reader’s interest.

I enjoyed reading this book and while Wanda isn’t Beverly Lewis, she does a good job portraying the Amish lifestyle. Wanda’s voice is gentle, and this book will provide a wonderful escape from the world for a few hours.

Reviewed in June 2007 by Laura.

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