When the wounded Irish American riverboat captain, Jeremiah Gant, bursts into the rural Amish setting of Riverhaven, he brings chaos and conflict to the community, especially for young widow, Rachel Brenneman. The unwelcome "outsider" needs a safe place to recuperate before continuing his secret role as an Underground Railroad conductor. Neither he nor Rachel is prepared for the forbidden love that threatens to endanger a man's mission, a woman's heart, and a way of life for an entire people.
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7 out of 7100%customers would recommend this product to a friend.
I'm just finishing book 1 and had decided early on to also order books 2 and 3 as I have a few friends who grew up Amish and are now Mennonite...precious people! This book helps anyone understand the trials and misunderstandings between the Amish and the 'English'. I thoroughly enjoyed this 1st book, and am on the last chapter and would advise readers to keep ordering BJ Hoff books. She's a favorite author for myself and my friends.
This is the first book I have ever read by BJ Hoff, so I came to this book with no expectations. I am well pleased with her style of writing. It is at a very good price right now, so I feel I got a real deal! The cover is nice an sturdy as are the pages. The print is very easy to read.
Now, to the story... I happen to have several Old Order Amish friends, so I am pretty certain that some of the events depicted in this story are very unlikely to have occurred. This should not be understood to be an actual way that the Amish live, though much of the details are correct. But, then it's fiction, so it's OK, and I enjoyed it immensely. It has good Christian content, and it's always a blessing to read a sweet love story that doesn't include sex and bad language. There are two sets of "sweethearts" in this, which is evident almost from the first few chapters (Not a lot of surprises). However, it was a good story, I really liked the characters, and I am looking forward to Book 2 in this trilogy.
B J Hoff is my favorite author and I was so glad to find another series she has written. I cannot put these books down. The characters come alive from the first chapter and you can't wait to discover the outcome of their trials, love stories and mysteries of the early Amish.
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Review 7 for Rachel's Secret - eBook
An excellent book I can't wait for the sequel .
Date:January 20, 2011
The book was excellent it's part of three book series by Bj Hoff I have read a lot of her books, she is an excellent writer you never want to put her books down.
I can't rate this one among my favorites but it is not due to anything lacking on the part of the author. I love Amish stories because they are clearly a people set apart and different from us many "Englishers" these days. I'm not fond of the more historical Amish novels simply because there isn't the technology and automobile differences to contend with in them. However, I did like the character development of this book and thought it was a terrific story. I'm in the midst of book two now! Definitely worth the time and is a good read!
I loved this book and could hardly put it down. The plot and character interaction was fabulous. I can't wait to read the next book! Rachel was such a wonderful character! BJ Hoff is such a great author!
I truly enjoyed this book. The story was so well written that it was an effort to stop reading at any time. I had checked this book out from the library, but I know that I will purchase it in the future for it is a "keeper."
A great book! Can't wait for the next one. This is the first book I've read by BJ Hoff, and I was very impressed with the intricacies of her story. I was drawn in with the characters and the plot from the very beginning. I've long been a fan of Beverly Lewis and Wanda Brunstetter and highly recommend this book to others who enjoy their writing. In fact, I can't quite identify it, but there is even an extra level of interest to this story that sets it apart from some of the others I've read.
I couldn't put this book down as it was so different from most of the Amish books I read and enjoy. Rachel is still grieving the death of her young husband and the drastic arrival of the wounded captain not only turns her world upside down but the whole tight knit Amish community as well. A wonderful read and I can't wait for the next book!
This is a very inviting book to read. The life of Rachel, her family and the impact it has on their life by inviting an "Englischer" into the home. Asa and Jeremial Gant are part of the Underground Railroad. Their lives are endangered by it and now Rachel's people are under attack too. Later on Gant falls in love with Racheal, which forbidden by the Plain People. Will the bishop and the Plain people accept him? This book leaves you hanging and wanting to read book 2, when it is available.