Thursday, October 7, 2010

Simple Secrets - Nancy Mehl

Summary from Good Reads: Can graphic designer Gracie Temple have it all: the big city life and a job at a successful advertising firm? Just when she feels life coming together she receives an unknown uncle’s inheritance in a quiet Kansas Mennonite community. The house comes with a dark legacy and a cast of interesting neighbors, including farmer Sam Goodrich. Can Gracie shake off the dust of this town or will its secret charms pull her in to stay?

Gracie had a lot to deal with inside this small Mennonite town called Harmony.  She went there with the intentions of dealing with her uncle's estate.  Once she got there, she learned of a secret that her uncle had been keeping for several years.  The thing is, there are people in Harmony who did not want these secrets revealed.

Along the way, she falls in love with the town, the people and even Sam.  Sam was the neighbor's nephew who guided Gracie through Harmony and became a wonderful friend.  Together they were determined to uncover the truth explained in her uncle's note.  Lots of people in Harmony had devasting secrets and the more Gracie dug into the past, the more was revealed.  In the end, Gracie, Sam and the whole community came together.

This was a heartfelt story about family, friends, love, community and truth.  It shows how holding back the truth can have a terrible affect on everyone around you as well as yourself for holding it inside for so long.

I honestly enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to reading more in Nancy Mehl's second book called Simple Deceit which is coming out in early 2011.  A special thanks to Net Galley and Barbour Publishing, Inc for allowing me to review this book for them.

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