Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Caroline's Secret (Some Secrets, #1) by Amy Lillard

In Amy Lillard's poignant introduction to Wells Landing, a small Amish community is home to two brave souls hoping to forget their painful pasts and rebuild their faith in the future. . .Caroline Hostetler arrived in Oklahoma determined to forge a new life for herself and her daughter, Emma. As a single mother, she values the warmth and safety she's found in close-knit Wells Landing. She's even caught the eye of a handsome newcomer--a man who just may be the partner she longs for and the father Emma deserves. But the arrival of an Englisher threatens to lay bare the secrets she's worked so hard to leave behind. . .

After losing his life-long sweetheart, Andrew Fitch moved to Wells Landing to work in his uncle's furniture business and nurse his broken heart. Finding love again seems all but impossible--until he meets Caroline and Emma. But his plans to join their lives together may be shattered when the truth of Caroline's past comes to light--unless, together, they can learn the true meaning of sacrifice and forgiveness. 

About The Author 

I’m a wife, mother, and bona fide Southern belle. Published author, expert corn bread maker, and Squirrel Princess.
I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I’ve retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I’m from Texas. (?)  Rob and I have been married for over twenty years and have a son–a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!
I love homemade tacos, shoes, and romance novels–not necessarily in that order. I’m a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I’m shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.
I  believe that God is love. I guess that’s why I adore romances.
I have always been intrigued with the Amish culture, their gentle ways and slower-paced lifestyle. (And I love, love, love the fact that they stay married for their lifetime.) But until recently I never thought to blend this interest with my penchant for romance. Okay, okay, I’m a bit old-fashioned and even enjoy the gender roles that are present in this culture.  I love to cook and take care of my family. Yes, that’s me June Cleaver with a laptop.
I dislike people trying to convince me to read the Twlight series (I’ll get to it or I won’t, either way I’m good with it), gratuitous violence, and strawberry ice cream. (I know I’m alone on this last one, and again, I’m good with it.)
Favorite movies–(besides HP) French Kiss, Maid of Honor, A Lot Like Love, Just Married, and Sweet Home Alabama. Oh, and Miss Congeniality, Sabrina (both versions) and a 1940′s movie called Dear Ruth. If you haven’t seen it, you should! A-dorable. Anything with Doris Day and most all of Marilyn’s and Audrey’s.

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My Review:

Caroline’s Secret brings to light the differences of the many sects of Amish Communities, I’ve known that they existed, but some of the rules are laid out, so you can see how they vary.
Caroline came to the Oklahoma Beachy Sect from one of the most stringent Sects, the Swartzentruber. When we meet her she is living and working among her people, no one questions her, but she is holding a big secret, one that she could be shunned for.
We have another young man trying to put his life back on tract, after loosing the woman he was to marry. Andrew, is attracted to Caroline, but berates himself for not keeping his mourning. Through the whole story we find Gods hand on his people, and his help, just for the asking.
You will wonder almost from the beginning whom Caroline will end up with, and it becomes very surprising. We also have another romance here, one that has been going on for many years, without the participants realizing. This one is so sweet and fits almost like an old shoe!
This book gives a great insight into the Amish culture, and you might be surprised at what some of your assumptions are, and how wrong you will be. Enjoy!

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Zebra, and was not required to give a positive review.

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