Lancaster County Secrets
Suzanne Woods Fisher
Reviewed by Cindy Loven
Bertha Reihl has been carrying around a secret for fifteen years, and a chance encounter in town, makes her realize it is time to break her silence. How she is going to do this is an elaborate plan that only she is privy to, but she feels sure that it will help everyone involved. And possibly might even save the life of her rotten mean brother Simon Troyer.
Simon Troyer is really where this whole story begins, years earlier he had married a young woman who had a daughter, and his wife had died soon after their baby was born, and Simon took off, leaving his young stepdaughter alone to take care of a baby, when she wasn't much more than a baby herself.
Young Lainey O'Toole, had done the best she could to take care of her baby sister Colleen, but a horrible accident in front of the cottage she lived in, created an opening that she would have never thought of.
Now Lainey is back in town, on her way through to upper New York to attend a culinary school, but she knows she needs to speak to Bertha Reihl, about the secret. Unfortunately her little car goes its last mile and decides it can go no further and Lainey is stuck in the town, that she was only hoping to visit.
Young Bess Reihl is summoned to come spend the summer with her grandmother, unaware that her life is fixing to change so drastically and so quickly that will nearly overwhelm everyone involved in her life.
I have to say, Suzanne Woods Fisher captured a side of Amish life in this story that I really haven't ever considered before. Each book in this season just continues to improve and you are pulled into the story so deep you feel you know each character. I loved this book!! 295 pages US $14.99 5 stars
This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
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