The Secrets Beneath

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
He slammed her down in a chair. "Don't move!" She couldn't have moved if she wanted to. Fear clawed at her, making her mouth numb and her hands ice cold. Please, Lord, help me. I promise I'll never snoop again. Just send somebody here to save me!

Book: The Secrets Beneath by Kathleen Fuller, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2010
The Secrets Beneath (The Mysteries of Middlefield Series) 
Genre: Amish Fiction
Target Audience: Girls 12-16
Subjects: Amish way of life, obedience, relationship with siblings, showing love to others,obedience to parents
Summary: Bekah just can't help her curiosity! It gets the better of her every time! She's been told not to snoop, not to eavesdrop, and not to spy on neighbors from her upstairs window many times. Yet, that's exactly what she does, again and again in this story. Her cousin Amanda has come to live with them and no one is saying why so Bekah feels a need to eavesdrop to get the information she wants. A new neighbor has moved in next door and is digging holes all over his yard, but Bekah can't figure out why. So she spies from her bedroom window and even goes over to his house to snoop around. When finally she gets caught and the consequences come crashing in on her, will she ever be the same again?
Notes: This book follows the style of the adult Amish fiction books – very focused on the family relationships, the danger of secrets, and decisions about life direction. It teaches good lessons about showing love to others and about obedience to parents. 
Recommendation Scale: 4/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi
1 Thessalonians 4:11 – Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you,


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