Her Secret

The Amish of Hart County, #1

This is the first book of a new series by Shelly Shepard Gray and it’s a bit different than her previous series. This story has an English stalker and a diagnosis of cancer. With each, faith is an issue. Both also has a family moving from Ohio to Kentucky. Siblings blame each other for the move and new neighbors become a great help. The romance that begins starts slow but it is steady. The best part, for me, is the community life that comes through. How the community comes together to help each other and support each other. Yet, they also firmly give each other space to be individuals. As I said this story is a bit different. It felt darker but of course a stalker is a scary things for anyone and would make a more serious story. Still, I can say that this story was smooth and flowed wonderfully. It was so easy to read and get involved with. I love that Ms. Gray’s books are never preachy but always shares a loving faith. The characters are well thought out and developed. Ms. Gray’s knowledge of the community she writes about is very apparent including that each community is slightly different for each other. If you like Amish romance, you’ll love this book and all of Ms. Gray’s books!

Hannah doesn’t know why she has a stalker. She only saw the English man for a couple of dates before she knew he wasn’t for her. Still, he wouldn’t leave her alone. Her family even moved from Ohio to Kentucky and Hannah still doesn’t feel safe. She doesn’t know if she ever will. Even leaving the house is hard for her. Isaac calls her the recluse but never to her face. This new neighbor never is seen except at church or with her mother. So, when he sees her while fishing, his teasing ends up making her mad. Not exactly how he wanted to meet his new neighbor. Can he make it up to her?

Book Blurb for Her Secret

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray begins a new series—The Amish of Hart County—with this 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 anyone—even 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.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2017 4.50