Similar to my motivation to read a romance novel, my interest in The Secret Keeper by Beverly Lewis was heightened as a way to connect and appreciate the literary interests of my library patrons. Working in a highly populated Amish and Mennonite community, our little library stocks a great deal of Christian themed books which appeal to many of our regular library visitors.
I will be the first to admit that I was quite surprised by how much I enjoyed The Secret Keeper. In the beginning, its squeaky clean language and descriptions of the “Plain people” was a bit sugary at times. However, I found I was quickly drawn into the overarching point of the story. I eventually found myself not only appreciating the simple ways in which the characters in the book lived, but also quite compelled to try out such a lifestyle for myself.
I learned a lot about Amish culture and its teachings. While their ways of life can be primitive at times and their meek and mild attitudes toward each other a bit frustrating to observe, I really did enjoy this small glimpse into their daily existence. I’ve definitely been gifted with an increased appreciation for their humble way of life – especially the devote way they honour their prayer day with rest, relaxation, and meditation.
This fictional story of Jenny Burns going from “fancy” to “Plain” was quite enlightening and really outlined the stark contrast between two world extremes. I found this book not only to be a nice little romance story but also a direct window into Amish culture. There were, however, parts of the story that I was a bit confused by but later discovered that this particular book is part of a larger series, therefore I had not been privy to what had happened during previous manifestations of the storyline. Thankfully that confusion didn’t last long and I was able to piece together enough to understand the reasons behind certain parts of the story.
If you like very innocent, light hearted, modestly worded reads with a Christian overtone, I highly recommend giving this book, or any others by Beverly Lewis, a read. I can say with all honesty that I have full intention of reading another one of her books in the near future. For some reason I see them as very good springtime reads.
Next up on the book shelf: The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer