Tuesday, April 7, 2009

A Sister's Secret by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Sisters of Holmes County

Grace is the oldest sister in the Hostettler family. Having put her rumschpringe (running around years) behind her, she has returned to Holmes County, joined the Amish church, and begun a new life.

For the past four years, everything has been going fairly well, until the day she sees an English man who knows enough of her past to jeopardize her future. Will Gary Walker's passion for Grace destroy more than one life? Amish man Cleon Schrock is planning to marry Grace, but ignorant of her past.

Will love and faith triumph over shame and deception in Holmes County?

My Review:
As I read this Amish novel, I thought that of the four I've read by this author, it was the best. However, by the time I came to the final page, I had changed my mind. The author does the unforgivable; she leaves the reader hanging.

Secrets are dangerous things to keep. Grace, the protagonist, is haunted by the secrets in her past life. She desperately wants to tell Cleon, her fiance, but the time never seems appropriate. One day, the truth is revealed, and Grace's world turns upside down. It is interesting to see the Amish way of forgiveness at work. But does it always apply? Will Cleon be able to forgive and accept Grace? Fortunately, for the reader's satisfaction, that question is answered.

Attacks against the Hostettler property cause unexplained damage and increase in intensity. Who is responsible? Throughout the novel, the question is asked over and over and discussed at length. Yet the final page is turned without revealing the answer. Talk about a cliff hanger! This ends so abruptly, this reader is left totally frustrated.

If you're a fan of this author, you'll enjoy this one. But when you buy this book, be certain to buy the sequel A Sister's Test. It's the only way you can find out how it ends.

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The Stylish House said...

Many of the books you featured look like one’s I would enjoy. I gravitate towards historical fiction, non fiction and biographies I like to learn about different cultures and religions so this one fits in. I am sorry to hear the author did not write a satisfying conclusion. It is like eating a beautiful desert that is tasteless.
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zetor said...

I have often thought about Amish novels but never got round to reading them, maybe I'll check out this author. However, as the ending is not too good, I'll skip this particular one. Always been fascinated by 'Witness'.

Christy Janes said...

I read this entire series, and book one was the only one that was worth reading in my opinion. I struggled to read the other 2 books.