Friday, June 10, 2016

Book Review: Hidden by Shelley Shepard Gray

 Hidden (Sisters of the Heart, Book 1

Hidden (Sisters of the Heart, Book 1) by Shelly Shepard Gray

From Amazon:

When Anna decides it's time to leave her abusive boyfriend, she doesn't know where to turn. Rob has completely won over her parents, and the entire community, with his good looks and smooth charm. Only Anna has seen his dark side.

Desperate, she runs to the only place she's ever felt completely safe—the Amish Brenneman Bed and Breakfast, where Anna met life-long friend Katie Brenneman. The family welcomes her in, and with few questions asked allows her to stay, dressed in Plain clothing, and help around the inn.

Katie's older brother Henry is the only one who doesn't take too kindly to the intrusion. He tries to ignore Anna, knowing no good would ever come from caring for an Englisher like her. But as he gets to know Anna, he discovers her good heart and is surprised with her readiness to accept their lifestyle.
The more time Anna spends with the Amish, the more she feels she's found a true home. But how can she deny the life she left behind? And will her chance for happiness be stolen away by the man from her past?

My thoughts:

Hidden by Shelley Shephard Gray is a suspenseful read throughout that's mixed with romance.  I kept turning the pages, never wanting to skip over and go to the "good" parts. 

There were many memorable characters in this book.  There was Katie's family who accepts Anna and helps her when she needs it. They show a true loving kindness to basically a stranger as God would want us to.  

Then both Anna and Henry's characters shine through as they grow and learn to accept others. I loved reading about Anna's inner feelings about how others treat her as a plain Amish woman.  Henry has some misgivings about Anna that he needs to work through.

Hidden is set in a bed and breakfast that seemed like such a peaceful place.  I can just imagine staying there and being their guest. 

A wonderful read!

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