I’ve recently started reading Amish fiction as well as some Romantic Suspense, but Amish Romantic Suspense? I didn’t know that was even a thing, but Her Secret has me hooked.
Where other Amish fiction keeps me at a slight distance from the characters, I found myself becoming invested in Hannah Hilty and her struggle to regain a normal life after being victimized by a stalker. Having her teen siblings blame her for the upheaval of their lives felt so authentic and added to the story.
[Isaac had] been charmed by Hannah tonight. Until they’d sat out on this porch, he’d thought he’d already witnessed all of her moods. He thought he’d seen all she had to offer, but he realized very quickly that he couldn’t have been more mistaken. (p.202)
Isaac Troyer charmed me from the first and it was interesting to learn more about his back story, but even more interesting to see him grow in understanding.
Finally, it all became clear to Isaac…Real meaningful relationships were about so much more than smooth sailing. Hannah was more than just a stalker’s victim. She was far more important to him than that. (p.166)
This novel delivers both as a romance and as a suspense novel. I found myself rooting for the potential couple, while wondering how the stalking plot would play out. While I was able to guess a certain twist, it did nothing to diminish the impact or my enjoyment in having it unfold.
Recommended for those who enjoy any of the various genres and sub-genres that this ticks the boxes for! Heartwarming with a good dash of pearl-clenching danger, Shelley Shepard Gray has set the bar for Amish Inspirational Romantic Suspense fiction.
Her Secret (The Amish of Hart County #1) by Shelley Shepard Gray | Avon Inspire, March 2017 | paperback, 247 pages also available in ebook and hardcover
This review refers to a finished copy won in a First Reads giveaway on goodreads.com, courtesy of the publisher. Reviews are encouraged, but not required. All opinions expressed are my own.