Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of my favorite authors! I wouldn't think this book could be any better than what she has written so far. I was wrong ...this novel is an excellent read. Wanda gives us insight into what each character is thinking and feeling. Because this is the first book of a series, questions aren't completely answered in "A Sister's Secret". I look forward to Book Two of the "Sisters of Holmes County" grouping.
This is my first Wanda Brunstetter, although, I have been reading Amish Christian Fiction for a while and enjoying it from Beverly Lewis and Cindy Woodsmall. I couldn't sleep last night, so I decided to start this book, I guess that was around ten or eleven o'clock. Well, that was a mistake, because then I could not stop or go to sleep until I was finished at after five in the morni...more This is my first Wanda Brunstetter, although, I have been reading Amish Christian Fiction for a while and enjoying it from Beverly Lewis and Cindy Woodsmall. I couldn't sleep last night, so I decided to start this book, I guess that was around ten or eleven o'clock. Well, that was a mistake, because then I could not stop or go to sleep until I was finished at after five in the morning!
This is not a book to pick up and have a short quaint read of enjoyment. It states on the inside back flap that Wand a E. Brunstetter writes about the Amish life, because she likes the simple, plain life. Well, if you are using the general description of their lives, sure. But not the lives of these characters. One thing after another happens in this story to the family Hosteller, and you never expect what is next. There is a main secret, which from the first chapter, I was able to guess, but for many many chapters after that she throws things in that make you wonder. Nothing ends up being what you thought, and after tons of page turning trying to find out what happens, the book ends, with only minimal things resolved, and you're left scrambling to get the next book in the series.
Luckily, I checked out both from the library at the same time.
I wanted to like this book, as we used to live near Holmes County, Ohio, and always enjoyed making trips there and seeing the Amish farms. But it's so poorly-written. The characters are one-dimensional, and their motivations are, too. The dialogue is dull and repetitive. The female characters are weak and boring, and the male characters are cruel and unfeeling. Save your time unless you really like the Christian fiction genre.
1st book in the Sisters of Holmes County series.
I love all of Wanda Brunstetter's books and this one is no exception. She writes such heartwarming books that you can picture the characters and share their happiness and heartache.
This is not the first book I have read by Wanda E. Bruntetter nor will it be the last. I do enjoy the lightheartedness of her books. This one was no different a little less predicable then some of her other books have. Even with the predicable elements I still found the book enjoyable. The story takes place on a Amish settlement in Ohio where we meet the lead of the story Grace. She is Amish and is strong willed, keeps to herself and is very secretive. Grace is about to marry Cleon who is also of the Amish faith. Four years earlier during Grace's rumschpring (German/Dutch for running around years) she spent time in the English (what the Amish call those of us not Amish) world with no contact to her Amish family. After she returned she still didn't talk about her life away from them. Which can only mean one thing in the literary world is that there something amiss. At least in Grace's past there is, which is about to possibly be revealed by the new English reporter in town. The reporter Gary is someone who Grace use to date and he has some stories to tell about Gracie. Will he tell Grace's family her secrets or will she stop him? I'm not telling.
I had one problem with the book . I had a problem believing that Cleon and Grace were in love and in the end the feeling I had about them changed. That was my only real problem though.
Since I have never known an Amish person but do live close to Pennsylvania Dutch Country I can't say for sure whether the settings are authentic but do feel like they are pretty close. In the author biography it is stated that she visits Amish settlements often on her travels. Every so often her books she will add a couple of Dutch/German words that the Amish use and I love that. It makes me want to learn the language. When talks about food I want to eat the same food they are eating. Matter of fact just today when was reading about peanut butter and honey sandwich I said, "That sounds good I think I will have that." And I did.
In this book and most of her books Wanda E. Brunstetter has a way of romanticizing the Amish life. I find nothing with but that is just the best way I can describe the way she writes. Out of it you get the feeling the Amish are hard working and mindful of there faith. In the books the God factor is not overwhelming in there daily lives but still there. My point is your not getting beat over the head with God or beliefs. Just a little nudge here and there. In all it a was good read. I give it about 4 stars. Not unbelievably great, but good enough to pass on to someone. Oh and I almost forgot to mention this book is the first in a series of 3. The third book a A Sister's Hope is due out in July 2008.
This book was an easy read, without any sex or bad language. The use of 'Dutch-German' was rather annoying, because the author would use a word and then have another character repeat the sentence with the English word immediately after. The story was also incomplete. I don't know if she intends to continue the story in her other books, but the story doesn't reveal who is committing the acts of violence against the main characters family. It felt rushed, near the end, like she was running out of pages, and the main character's problems are 'resolved', literally, on the last page.
Great story. I always enjoy these...nice to hear the unfamiliar Dutch words pronounced! As always, the author leaves you hanging so you have to get the next one in the series! The narrator could have been a little better.
Sheila D. reviewed A Sister's Secret (Sisters of Holmes County, Bk 1) on
I enjoyed this read very much. I have read " A Sister's Test" Book Two and A Sister's Hope" Book Three. In these books the story was interesting but was to long and so often I skimmed over parts. To often the story line was repeated and the last book the story line was boring to me. Like I said, the story was to long.
This is book 1 of the Sisters of Holmes County. You do not have to read them in order. All are so well written. All are engrossing and if you read one you'll want to read them all. This one is love and justice. Beautiful series.
I think that this author could write her books in 200 pages instead of 300.
Each character has to explain each situation to the next character and it gets repetative (and a little annoying) very quickly. Tho I do appreciate a good love story with morals and clean language. I have alraedy read the second book and I'll probably finish the last one just because there is a story line that continues through all of the books and I want to see how it ends, but I can't decide if it's good enough to start another series.
I thought I was going to be disappointed when I started this book. The writing didn't seem to be as good as other books I've read by this author. It started out slowly and as if the words were forced. It took almost 4 chapters before I really got interested in the story line. then it sped up and I decided to finish it. I am so glad that I did! This is book one of a series. By the last page, I was hooked and knew I would continue to the second book.
Grace has a secret from her time of running around before she became a member of the Amish church. She doesn't want her family to know about it. She is about to get married and doesn't know if she should tell her future husband about her past either. When her past catches up with her and a bunch of break-ins and bad circumstances fall in her family, she may as well be destroyed as well as the man she loves.
This was pretty intense and sometimes annoying to read for me, but in a good sense. I mean annoying as in agitated about how certain people act in it. This is really just a story about trusting in God and also in being honest with those who you care about.