Three sisters, each very different from the other, grapple with life issues as Amish women. This is the premise for Wanda E. Brunstetter’s latest series, Sisters of Holmes County, the first book being A Sister’s Secret.
Grace, the eldest of the sisters, harbors a secret she fears will bring rejection from her father and destroy her upcoming marriage. When an old boyfriend from her rumschpringe days appears in town snooping around for information to supposedly write articles about the Amish, Grace is suspicious. Then a string of vandalism occurs to her family and Grace is convinced her old boyfriend is involved.
Grace’s younger sisters Ruth and Martha have troubles of their own. Ruth is courted by a young man who is implicated in the vandal acts. Martha, who is trying to establish a dog breeding business, finds that her dogs are mistreated and soon stolen.
It seems that Grace’s secret has brought only trouble to her family. But when her secret is exposed Grace’s heart ache has just begun.
Ms. Brunstetter lays the groundwork for the series very well, introducing the characters, and giving the reader an excellent sense of the setting and the Amish culture. Yet, too many plot threads are left unresolved, leaving this reader unsatisfied at the end of book one. – Vasthi Acosta, Christian Book Previews.com
Grace is the oldest sister in the Hostettler family. Having put her rumschpringe (running around years) behind her, she has returned to Holmes County, joined the Amish church, and begun a new life. for the past four years, everything has been going fairly well, until the day she sees an English man who knows enough of her past to jeopardize her future.
Will Gary Walker's passion for Grace destroy more than one life? Amish man Cleon Schrock is planning to marry Grace, but ignorant of her past. Will love and faith triumph over shame and deception in Holmes County?