16 March 2017

Amish Suspense & Romance | Her Secret by Shelley Shepard Gray


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 anyoneeven 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.


Shelley Shepard Gray starts her Amish of Hart County series with a generous dose of suspense and romance, as Hannah Hilty attempts to escape her lurking stalker. With many secrets, familial complications, and the ever-present threat of danger, Her Secret presents a unique (though quite predictable) Amish story with a few interesting twists and delivers an entertaining read to fans of Amish fiction.

Yet, reading Her Secret didn’t give me as much enjoyment as my previously read Shelley Shepard Gray books did, unfortunately. For me, the spiritual content seemed lacking, which prevented me from feeling the depth and authenticity of the characters. I suppose I expect a bit more natural incorporation of faith into daily life with Amish characters, and that didn’t happen really until the event at the end of the book. So, all in all, I was a bit disappointed with Her Secret.

Still, Her Secret has been receiving excellent reviews from fellow readers. Readers of Amish fiction—especially fans of Shelley Shepard Gray—could quite enjoy this series-starting novel.


Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group, I received a complimentary copy of Her Secret and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


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.

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