The Secret by Beverly Lewis
Reviewed by Carolyn, Librarian at Bridgewater Library
Grace Byler is a young Amish woman living in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania whose mother has undergone a personality change since meeting an old acquaintance at a barn raising a few months back. Her mother has sleepless nights and has become withdrawn but won’t discuss what is troubling her. Then early one morning Grace’s mother disappears.
Heather Nelson is a young graduate student who has just received a devastating medical diagnosis. Having recently experienced the loss of her mother, Heather is unwilling to burden her father with this latest news. Instead, she travels to Lancaster County to seek alternative medical treatment.
The stories of Grace and Heather are woven together in this book, the first in a new series by Beverly Lewis. There’s a lot going on with the plot and it will be interesting to find out how all the story lines get resolved over the course of this series. Lewis provides details of Amish life that help the reader understand a lifestyle that is very different from the life most of us experience in the 21st century.