• The Secret

  • Seasons of Grace, Book 1
  • By: Beverly Lewis
  • Narrated by: Rachel Botchan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (197 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Secret by New York Times best-selling author Beverly Lewis, is a compelling portrait of an Amish family's struggle to overcome the effects of a baffling secret.

Soon-to-be-engaged Grace Byler is perplexed by her mom's nocturnal weeping and wandering - and her dad's refusal to discuss what's wrong. But when her mom runs off, Grace puts her own life on hold to pick up the pieces her mother left behind.

©2009 Beverly M. Lewis (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Two young women, Amish Grace Byler and graduate student Heather Nelson, stand as counterpoints in parallel plots involving two secrets. Grace's mother is troubled; Heather, whose mother has died of cancer, tells no one in her circle of her own diagnosis of terminal illness, which drives her to Pennsylvania Amish country in search of healing. Grace's mother makes a decision that painfully complicates the action and drives it forward. Grace, her family and friends and the Amish milieu are drawn with characteristically ample detail, right down to jars of preserves set out on the tables at many bountiful Amish meals. Lots of powerful emotions go characteristically unspoken in this reticent culture, though the reader won't miss them." ( Publishers Weekly)
"No one does Amish-based inspirationals better than Lewis." ( Booklist)

What listeners say about The Secret

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Enjoy all of Beverly's books

I enjoy all the books that Beverly Lewis has written. I am intrigued with the Amish stories. This series is one that you must listen to all three books to find out the ending. If you want a wholesome, clean series, this is the one for you. Take time to share these with the young people in your home.

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Not my favorite Amish/Lewis story

Reader had strong articulation, but her little girl voice distracted throughout. Slow story line. It felt like she was drawing it out to have enough for a series. Overall, pleasant...but I wouldn't buy again if I had it to do over.

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Book is only a teaser--Do no fall for it.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I purchase a book to finish at least part of the story--this was like a soap with NO answers.Just a teaser to buy more books....I will not be purchasing her books again. $60 to read one story and get it finished.

What was most disappointing about Beverly Lewis’s story?

Did not fill in one blank. Not one story line was completed! I feel she was looking to make lots of money and just devided one book into thirds.

What about Rachel Botchan’s performance did you like?

She did a nice job and I found her voice easy to listen to.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

NONE

Any additional comments?

These three should be sold as one....that is how I feel I have been cheated. I have read other series that move on to different stories, but they finish the first leg of the story and then move on. She opened 3 stories and did not finish even one.

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good story

Beverly Lewis' books start out slower than Cindy Woodsmall's but once they get going she spins a good sory. The Secret could be written in any setting but this author writes with Amish ones. You learn about Amish life and realize they have hopes, dreams, and lives just like everybody else. This book answers what the secret is but it leaves enough mystery hanging that you know you are going too read book two to experience what happens. Sometimes I'm not sure why I enjoy these books but I do.

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Hated the Narrater and miss the reads of real Amish.

I miss the days of good old old order Amish days. This one was way too modernized for me.
It was hard to fall the story because the narrator had a very hard time changing her voice. I started listening to Beverly Lewis‘s books with the shunning. Her books just keep getting more and more modern and I’m finding it disappointing.
Her stories used to have me hooked. Lately they become totally predictable and drag on!
The story line was okay. I usually love sequels, and since I have already bought the next book, I’ll be listening to it. But I’m not very excited about it.

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The storyline was ok!

The book was ok. The storyline wasnt anything exciting. I expected more of a peak for the climax where I didnt really find a climax in the story. The Narrator was good.

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The Secret

The most annoying voice I have ever listened to. Like a mousy little girl. Argh...

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  • 09-08-19

All over the place!

I started off thinking I would like this book, but it just meanders all over the place. The end was apparently written to entice you to read the next book, as nothing, not ONE thing, is ever "settled" The book just ends and leaves you sitting there thinking, "What was THAT all about? I listen to this narrator a lot, because she records a lot of Amish books, but she's just not grown on me. I'll give her another chance, because she narrates about half of all the Amish audiobooks. So, there are slim pickings out there. If you get this book, be prepared to commit to the second one, because it just leaves you bewildered.

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Booooorrrrriiiiinnnngggg

This is one of those books that you listen to forever waiting for something to happen and it never does. This book is simply an introduction to the next book. You could probably skip this book and go right to the second book and not miss anything. The narrator has a very girlish voice and makes unnecessary pauses in random places. usually love to read books written by Beverly Lewis, but I was so bored by this book that I’m not even curious about what happens in the next or the third volume of the series. I wish I hadn’t wasted a credit on this book.

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Really bad narration.

What was most disappointing about Beverly Lewis’s story?

SLOW! I have no idea what the story would bring but just could NOT get thru the long intro. I started chapter 3 and knew that the story was going nowhere.

What didn’t you like about Rachel Botchan’s performance?

The little child voice was impossible to listen to. I waited for it to get better but it never did.