Her Secret

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Her Secret

Her Secret (Avon Inspire, March 2017)

A suspenseful tale of a young Amish woman who is forced to move to a new town to escape a threatening stalker

After a stalker went too far, Hannah Hilty and her family had no choice but to leave the bustling Amish community where she grew up. Now she’s getting a fresh start in Hart County, Kentucky…if only she wasn’t too scared to take it. Hannah has become afraid to trust anyone—even Isaac, the friendly Amish man who lives next door. She wonders if she’ll ever return to the trusting, easy-going woman she once was.

For Isaac Troyer, the beautiful girl he teasingly called “The Recluse” confuses him like no other. When he learns of her past, he knows he’s misjudged her. However, he also understands the importance of being grateful for God’s gifts, and wonders if they will ever have anything in common. But as Hannah and Isaac slowly grow closer, they realize that there’s always more to someone than meets the eye.

Just as Hannah is finally settling into her new life, and perhaps finding a new love, more secrets are revealed and tragedy strikes. Now Hannah must decide if she should run again or dare to fight for the future she has found in Hart County.

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Reviews

  • Her Secret is part of The Amish of Hart County series by Shelley Shepard Gray. He Secret is another captivating book by Shelley.

  • The author gives the reader a charming and yet suspenseful read. It is well written and flows well. Faith is a strong part of this book. She gives good detail of the characters and scenery. This is a little different take on the Amish than other books I’ve read. This went outside of the mostly protected lives of the Amish and let the evils of the outside, in.

  • Shelly Shepherd Gray had yet done it again with this amazing story. I have read other books by Shelly and I believe this is one if my favorites. They just keep getting better and better every time and getting hard to choose a favorite.

  • Shelley Shepard Gray is one my favorite Amish fiction writers, so I guess you can say that my expectations for her newest novel, Her Secret, were probably high. I’m glad to say that I wasn’t disappointed a bit with the title. It’s not your straight up, by-the-book Amish romance. Yes, while there is a bit of romance between the characters Hannah and Isaac, the book has more a suspenseful plot to it, including a few twists and turns that I didn’t see coming.

  • I have a confession to make. Amish fiction isn’t typically a genre I can be found reading. My mother is the one who enjoys learning about the Amish and reading Amish fiction books. I can usually be found with a romantic suspense book in my hands. When Shelley Shepard Gray released The Secrets of Crittenden County series, my mother said; “Here is an Amish series I think you would actually enjoy. It has romance and suspense.” I read the series and was hooked. When I saw this newest series was also a romantic suspense Amish fiction, I couldn’t resist reading and reviewing Her Secret by Shelley Shepard Gray. I wasn’t disappointed! Her Secret is a captivating read with rich characters, a dynamic plot, and a nice mixture of suspense, romance, and Amish heritage. This is a must read for all!

  • Great writing and it will leave you spellbound!

  • If you like Ms. Gray’s books, Amish or historical, and like romantic suspense this book would be good. Ms. Gray has quite a gentle, non-intrusive voice, and that didn’t change any in this new book.

  • Shelley Shephard Gray has written an exciting new book “her Secret” for all Amish genre lovers. Meet Hannah Hilty, a young Amish woman, terrorized by an Englisher stalker and living in fear. But her secret isn’t the only one affecting the Hilty family.

  • Although I am not Amish, I trust Shelley to portray their lives in a realistic manner. I really enjoyed getting to know the Hilty family and the dynamics between the siblings, and their parents.

  • I really didn’t like this one. Although the idea of the plot was an interesting one, I just couldn’t enjoy the book.

  • Her Secret is a tale that will keep you turning the pages! Shelley Shepard Gray is an engaging storyteller, and the atmosphere of this story and the emotions of its characters are palpable.

  • Her Secret by Shelley Shepard Gray is an Amish romantic mystery and I really enjoyed it. It is the first book of The Amish Of Hart County which promises to be a cracking series. There are the themes of secrets, anxiety, fear and faith, families and friends. The book has a mystery to be solved. The reader gets caught up in the action. There is an air of menace as the mystery involves stalking. Shelley Shepard Gray manages to capture this air and convey it to the reader who finds themselves becoming anxious on behalf of the characters.

  • Best Reads says:

    Compelling. Chilling. Inspiring.

    Shelley Shepard Gray knows how to dig deep into the hearts of her characters, exposing weaknesses and strengths in equal measure as she forces them along a complex path of self-discovery.

  • Her Secret by Shelley Shepard Gray is one author that I am almost guaranteed that I will like whatever book she puts out. This is the first book in the “The Amish of Hart County” series, and I can’t wait to read other books in this series because I feel in love with the characters in this book.

  • Shelley says she “wanted to write stories about regular, likable people…” with her Amish Novels. The main characters, Hannah and Isaac, are definitely two people who are regular and likable. Well, at least Hannah was doing her best to be regular. With each new page I could only hope for a romance to blossom between them.

  • Romance/suspense in one book, YES you get them both in Her Secret. I loved the suspense it was a high level mixed with a sweet romance. I love an Amish book that is different with characters you can relate to. I won’t share the Secret with you and spoil the book for you. You will never see what is coming in this one. It was a real quick read. I read it in one sitting and I can’t wait for the next book in this series. The Amish of Hart County is one you are going to want to read for sure.

  • I absolutely LOVE Shelley’s books!! If she writes it, I will likely love it as I have yet to read anything of hers that I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed. She has a special way of totally immersing readers into the world of the Amish, endearing characters to the reader and just making readers feel as if they are a part of this world and these characters. Whether it’s a sweet romance with hints of drama or a suspense full of intrigue, Shelley is sure to please!

  • The plot of the story has some intriguing twists that keep the story moving pretty well, although it does get a little bogged down at times. Most of the characters are interesting and develop well throughout the story. The suspense, love story, and faith mix well with the other elements to make for an enjoyable read for fans of Amish fiction.

  • Shelley Shepard Gray had my heart racing as I couldn’t put down Her Secret! In the first book in Gray’s new series, Hannah Hilty receives a chilling envelope with photos, but these are no ordinary photos–the photos are of Hannah, yes Hannah herself! First, Hannah is Amish, so this is something new for her. Second, the photos are of Hannah alone, including one taken from outside her home that shows her silhouette undressing behind a curtain.

  • A truly beautiful story about overcoming hardships, learning to love and trust others and yourself again. Hannah is a beautiful soul who needed to learn to trust herself and others again, you can’t help but fall in love with her character. I loved every moment of this well written emotionally packed novel and I know you definitely will too!

  • Shelley Shepard Gray never fails to deliver a solid storyline while highlighting the Amish. She has gotten her new series, The Amish of Hart County, off to a great start with Her Secret. With solidly crafted characters, Gray grabs readers’ attention from the very beginning and keeps them invested in the story with a bit of suspense and mystery until the very last page. Readers will feel a part of the story. This is for sure one of those books that will keep you up all night. You won’t be able to put it down!

  • I have immediately fallen in love with this new series from my favorite Amish author. As soon as we began meeting the members of the Hilty family, I knew I was hooked.

  • The author is a master storyteller, and Her Secret kept me glued to the book until I was done. It is very suspenseful, and at only 247 pages is a quick read.

  • Author Shelley Shepard Gray has always delighted me with her stories. “Her Secret” is no exception.

  • All through this book I was waiting for the other shoe to drop, and expecting the worse, and now you will need to join me in the page turning.

  • I thought that this was an interesting story whether you are interested in the Amish faith or not.

  • A beautiful mix of the Amish faith and culture mixed with just the right amount of suspense. Shelley Shepard Gray did a fantastic job of writing a compelling plot around some real and frightening issues.

  • Her Secret is not your typical Amish story. With a heroine whose family has had to relocate because of a stalker, it was definitely not a story I had seen done before. It kept me turning the pages!

  • It’s an enjoyable read and the author writes her story well.

  • Moments says:

    Wow – “Her Secret” is a great book, full of suspense, fast-paced, and kept me reading fast to get to the end!  Shelley has a great talent for writing and this was still her same great style of writing, but so different from other Amish novels with the whole stalker and suspense aspect. 

  • Hannah and her family were living a happy life in Ohio were she met a Englisher by the name of Trent. After a couple weeks she knew that they could no longer be friends and she put an end to their relationship. Trent did not take the news well and began stalking her.

  • Wow! Wow! Wow! That is my first thought after reading this intriguing book from a master of storytelling. The author is well versed in anything Amish and it shows in the details of her characters. I love how she makes them come to life with vivid details. The author not only gives us a glimpse into the Amish life , but writes a story that is emotional and heartpounding.

  • This is such a great premise that goes beyond your typical Amish novels and takes the situation of harassment and shines the light on how some in the Amish community might perceive and handle it. Too often we think that the Amish are immune from the things we face, but they are as real to them as they are to the rest of us. I can’t wait for even more in this series as the family settles in Kentucky and a new start for all of them begin.

  • I was a bit trepidatious, given the story plot, but as I have always enjoyed Ms. Gray’s Amish fiction stories, I felt certain I would enjoy this one, too. Once I began reading, I did not put down the book until I finished it!

  • There are many reasons why I love this book. For one thing, I changed my mind multiple times as to who I think the title is about. Also, it’s a little edgy (in the best ways) while still retaining the sweetness that is a trademark of Gray’s writing. The suspense toys with “psychological thriller” status (and i LOVE that), and the romance is charming and tender.

  • I consider this to be the best book Gray has written. I love the mystery angle that she has incorporated into the book.

  • A close look at a stalker and his victim. No matter how hard Hannah tries, she just can’t get away from him – at least not in her own mind. She’s scared and afraid of trusting anyone even after her family moves to evade him.

  • If you’re looking for an Amish story with a twist of suspense, then you’ll definitely want to start with this first book in The Amish of Hart County series.

  • I’ve read many books about the Amish. Most of them involve teenage Amish during their “wild years” and Amish doing very non-Amish things. This book, Her Secret, is a nice switch from that. I wouldn’t say it portrays a typical Amish family but it does a good job of helping the reader relate to the family that struggles to handle things in their own way.

  • This book was captivating, suspenseful and had me hooked from the beginning. The story was filled with characters that are easy to relate to and has the right balance of friends and family, love and suspense. It showed the importance of open communication to keep a family strong and of depending on those around you in times of need.

  • I thought that this was a really good Amish thriller. It didn’t take me long to read it because I enjoyed it so much.

  • There is nothing better than curling up to a good book. Shelley Shepard Gray has done it again. The story plot was so good. I loved the suspense with this page turner.

  • I think the author did a good job putting the suspense and fear of having a stalker into this reading experience. I was engaged in the story, and wanted to find out what was going to happen next. If you are fan of romance with a suspense thrown in, I highly recommend this.

  • As much as I enjoyed Hannah and the other characters, the pace moved slowly for me. I liked Her Secret, but it wasn’t a favorite read. I do think that readers that enjoy Amish novels will still want to read it. It was worth reading, but not one of my favorites.

  • I thought this was a good story to introduce the series and it kept me flipping pages quickly. The story is easy to read and I read it in one sitting.

  • I really liked how the author shared some of the activities the Amish liked to do like a Sandwich Sale and the pastimes of the young people like fishing and taking care of the home. It’s a refreshing way of life that was shattered by the menace in this story. However, the charming connection between Isaac and Hannah is not to be missed.

  • The secrets and mysteries in this story make the reader long for the next book to already be out, as you finish the last page!

  • I enjoyed Her Secret. I really like a book that I can’t put down! I look forward to reading more in this series.

  • I read Her Secret non-stop over 24 hours. Carried it around with me (*cough* on my iPad). Snuck in “just 5 more minutes” anywhere I could.

    Engaging, mysterious, fast-paced, and well-developed, Her Secret will keep you guessing until the last page. It truly does have a lot to offer, and that is a pleasant surprise. Absolutely recommended.

  • This was a very intense book! The whole last 1/4 of the book I read with my hand to my mouth and tears in my eyes! It was very suspenseful, a little scary and very heart-felt!

  • This is a suspenseful story, albeit a bit predictable, with plenty of character growth as Isaac, Hannah, and members of their families learn life lessons about compassion, family loyalty, and strength.

  • I found this book to be an edge of your seat kinda of read that you don’t always find in Amish Fiction. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

  • While, this is the first book in Gray’s new series, I have read some of other her other books. I have enjoyed her other novels, but I was completely in love this one. It has a darker edge than other Amish novels I have read.

  • Even though Her Secret is an Amish read with the usual sense of sweetness it’s got a not so sweet topic, stalking. I enjoy Ms. Grey’s work because she touches on topics that can happen in any culture letting us know that being Amish doesn’t mean being perfect. Or living a perfect life.

  • That is really what stood out to me in this novel. That this seemingly close-knit family let secrets keep them apart. And how once the secrets were no longer kept in hiding, understanding, love, and grace came pouring in. Forgiveness played a strong role as well.

  • This Amish fiction book was suspenseful and a real page turner. It kept me going the whole time I was reading and I had a hard time putting it down. I loved the down-to-earth nature of the stories and how it showed family come together during times of hardship.

  • If you love mysteries and enjoy Amish fiction, you absolutely want to read Shelley Shepard Gray’s latest novel.

  • The book kept me in suspense and it kept my attention. It was a good read and it kept me wanting to keep reading to find out what happened next in the story. If you are looking for a good suspense/thriller book that is easily read and keeps you guessing than look no further!

  • Her Secret is the first book in The Amish of Hart County series by Shelley Shepard Gray. This suspenseful novel, while a very good read, left me wanting more. With larger print and at 247 pages, I felt that this read more as a novella than as a full-length novel.

  • Shelley Shepard Gray’s, Her Secret, the first book in her latest series, “The Amish of Hart County”, puts a unique twist on life in the Amish community, a mystery of sorts. At the novel’s end, Gray informs readers this series will include six books total, each suspenseful in nature.

  • I thought this was a good story to introduce in the new The Amish of Hart County Series by the author. It was an easy to understand book worth reading. I enjoyed it greatly.

  • With a unique plot and characters you are sure to grow to care about, “Her Secret” is another solid addition to Shelley Shepard Gray’s ever growing repertoire of novels.

  • Book by Book says:

    Shelley Shepard Gray starts her Amish of Hart County series with a generous dose of suspense and romance, as Hannah Hilty attempts to escape her lurking stalker. With many secrets, familial complications, and the ever-present threat of danger, Her Secret presents a unique (though quite predictable) Amish story with a few interesting twists and delivers an entertaining read to fans of Amish fiction.

  • A Book Lover says:

    This was a good Amish book. It is the first in a new series The Amish of Hart County. The plot was not your typical Amish storyline.

  • EmpowerMoms says:

    I really enjoyed this new series by author Shelley Shepard Gray! I have read other Amish fiction books by her and I really enjoyed the suspense and drama in this story.

  • Her Secret by Shelley Shepard Gray was an interesting novel that had a good mixture of suspense, danger, and a rural setting. The story line moved at a slow but comfortable pace, and it included important and well developed themes such as forgiveness, kindness, and moving past previous experiences by trusting and leaning on God and His help.

  • This was truly a book that I couldn’t put down. I loved it! The plot was so fresh (I’ve never seen Amish and crime/mystery/suspense blended together in quite this way) and it had a touch of romance in it as well.

  • The cover of Her Secret, Shelley Shepard Gray’s latest Amish fiction story already gives us a glimpse into what we can expect. The first book in The Amish of Hart County wraps you in with the suspense of a stalker and what his selfish acts can do to an Amish girl and her family.

  • That realism is what made this book so exciting.  While the love story is fun, it was that combination along with the suspense of Hannah’s situation that kept the pages turning.  As someone who was stalked years ago – and still prefers to keep her back to the wall in a crowded room – I could totally relate to Hannah’s fears throughout the book.  I enjoyed the safe places and friends with which Hannah was surrounded, however, and that made Her Story a fun and suspenseful read.

  • I truly enjoyed this novel, and I am happy to recommend it to everyone! You will come away with renewed faith in God’s strength to show us the way we need to go – even when we decide to run the opposite direction.

  • Yet another outstanding book by Ms. Gray, I really enjoyed this suspenseful page turner that had me on the edge of my seat until the very end. I loved the perfect balance of suspense and romance, it made such a delightful read as it truly drew one in.

  • I wavered back and forth when I saw this book and the cover. I’m not much of a suspense person, but I really like Shelley Shepard Gray and have read many books written by her. My curiosity won over because I just had to see how Gray wrote in a little different of a genre than normal. I have always related her with Amish fiction, but never really with suspenseful books. The cover was enough to pique my interest because it looked a little dark and mysterious to me, unlike a lot of her covers that are brighter in color.

  • I really enjoy a good mystery, and I also enjoy Amish fiction. This book, having both of those elements, was a really great read. I thought Shelley did a great job of there being a mystery and tension while still allowing the peaceful Amish way of life to seep through – it was a really good blending, in my opinion. It was a little short – I would have preferred there be a bit more character development, but it definitely makes me want to read more of her books!

  • Intrigued by the suspense/Amish combination, I decided to go for it. The story had my on the edge of my seat through every page! The characters and the changes that they went through were amazing and the plot was thrilling until the very end. This is a series I’ll stick with!

  • It might seem like Amish families would be immune to modern “English” problems. Unfortunately, they’re just as susceptible to bad situations in life. My only concern for readers is that there are several sensitive topics brought up in the story (be aware in case you have significant triggers.)

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