Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Hidden - Shelley Shepard Gray

Summary from Good Reads: When Anna decides it's time to leave her abusive boyfriend, she doesn't know where to turn. Rob has completely won over her parents, and the entire community, with his good looks and smooth charm. Only Anna has seen his dark side. Desperate, she runs to the only place she's ever felt completely safe -- the Amish Brenneman Bed and Breakfast, where Anna met life-long friend Katie Brenneman. The family welcomes her in, and with few questions asked allows her to stay, dressed in Plain clothing, and help around the inn.

Katie's older brother Henry is the only one who doesn't take too kindly to the intrusion. He tries to ignore Anna, knowing no good would ever come from caring for an Englisher like her. But as he gets to know Anna, he discovers her good heart and is surprised with her readiness to accept their lifestyle.

The more time Anna spends with the Amish, the more she feels she's found a true home. But how can she deny the life she left behind? And will her chance for happiness be stolen away by the man from her past?

Anna runs to Amish country to hide from her abusive boyfriend.  She lives at an inn that her friend Katie's family runs.  She does her fair share of chores, cooking and cleaning to earn her keep.  She even dresses Plain so that she is not noticed.  While she is there she creates a bond with Henry, Katie's older brother.  She also learns more about herself, her priorities and her faith.

I really enjoyed reading this book!  I read Grace last week and I had to start the series from the beginning so that I could learn more about all the great characters.  I really love Shelley Shepard Gray's style of writing.  I find that I read it quickly but still feel the depth of each and every character.  The next book in the series is Wanted followed by Forgiven.  I would highly recommend this series to anyone who loves Amish fiction!

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