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This book includes a lot you don’t expect from Amish fiction and most of it in a very good way. One of the primary characters didn’t grow up Amish. Let's face it. You don't see that every day. Another character did something so heinous, you’d never expect it of someone a part of a group known for “non-violence.” The characters are consistent, even when that consistency fits outside the normal expectations for the Amish. Unlike historical fiction where they often attribute modern ideals and ideas to historical characters, Buried Secrets shows people who keep themselves separate from “the world” still being impacted by that world. And that’s important to see.
And one of the best parts? LOVE that cover. I mean, look at it! They blended the Amish objection to being photographed with the modern preference for people on covers and did it without making that girl too made up and polished OR too raw and unappealing (because on covers "plain" photography can look rather amateurish. It's just a beautiful cover--even more so than the other book I saw by this author, A Change of Heart. After reading this one, I suspect I know what that's about! And, I will probably buy the book and read it.
As Amish fiction goes, I really loved Buried Secrets.
In the interest of full disclosure, however, sometimes showing that intrusion of modern life into a world that eschews most of that modern sometimes felt anachronistic. I don’t know that they are. I want to be very careful not to say that Ms. Good is “wrong” about any of it, but a few things jerked me out of the story. The reference to the babies’ nursery… I just never picture the Amish with nurseries! Even if the author meant the bedroom the children would sleep in, I just see them calling it a bedroom or something like that. Nursery conjures up the idea of a rather trendy, “not plain,” thing.
She made references to not dating and having a girlfriend—again, they felt removed from what I’m accustomed to in Amish fiction. And again, I refuse to say she's "wrong" about it. However, that's one problem with very specific genre fiction. They tend to create expectations.
Revised: However, since discovering that some Old Order Amish DO have "nurseries" and it is common to "date" and have "girlfriends," I can't help but wonder if perhaps I SHOULD be jerked out of the story. I mean, if my understanding is severely outdated, isn't it an author's job to educate me? For example, the time period for one of my books called recipes "receipts." Some people were bothered by that. They thought I'd been caught by the spellcheck bug or something. I was just being accurate to the time period. And so is Ms. Good. So, I'm revising my opinion on this one. I think that's a pretty cool thing--learning something new that challenges your expectations!
On the other hand, a few of the Amish-isms got a little old. Okay, only one that really made a lasting impact now that I’m removed from the story a bit. I know that the Amish word for baby is boppli. And if I didn’t, by the time I got done reading this book, I would never be able to forget it. In speech, using that word makes so much sense, but in narrative, it really became a bit burdensome. It’s a bit nit-picky of me, but since it annoyed me, I thought I’d throw it out there for those who are also bothered by such things.
There was one thing though...
The thing that bothered me the most about the book were certain bits of repetitiveness. Sometimes the author would state something, and right away, state it again. I couldn’t tell if she rewrote it one way and then the other, only to forget to remove one or if she just wanted to make sure we really understood what she wanted us to take away from it. And honestly, this was big enough for me that she almost lost a star over it.
Buried Secrets is just a really great story with interesting characters and a rather unique plot for Amish fiction. If it were not Amish, most of my “complaints” would be moot. However, the big plot twist would not have had the same impact. Four solid stars. Just not quite enough over to round up to five.
The blossoming relationship between Emma and Sam was a joy to read. Rather than immediately try to rush into a romance they chose to focus on friendship and getting to know each other. The author did a wonderful job of writing this storyline, especially the scenes where Sam was trying to help Emma. The emotions were real and raw, and I found myself sympathizing with Emma wishing that I could help her myself.
I found myself reading this book as quickly as I could so I could solve the mystery of Emma's past. The author was fantastic at grabbing your attention every time Lydia and Caleb started to mention something about the past but then stopped short. My frustrations grew with each moment, but in a good way. It just mean I needed to find out the truth about Emma's missing year. Great way to keep me hooked in the storyline! There was also a twist near the end that really tugged at my heart. Without giving any information away, I will just say the author obviously put a lot of thought and effort into writing those scenes. Warning - it may make you a little emotional!
I cannot say enough good things about this book and think you will thoroughly enjoy it. It was so fun to read! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
There are underlying plots in Buried Secrets that definitely caused this book to be a page turner. Every family has secrets, but this one was totally a shock who actually knew the most kept secret of Emma’s life. A year of Emma’s life she could not remember, plus the fact it appeared some family members could not stand to communicate or be around her. When Emma discovered English clothes, in the closet of the soon to be nursery, Lydia was set on not explaining why and who they belonged too when Emma enquired. However, Emma secretly kept a green sweater out of the sack as she felt a pull to it. Would she start remembering the past that Lydia feared for her?
When Emma seemed to be making progress overcoming her fear unexpected twists and turns happened with an unannounced visitor. What will happen between the visitor and Emma when Lydia goes into premature labor? The ending of this gripping story was astonishing. My heart was racing with various emotions as I read the final pages. Rachel J. Good’s stories reels you right in the moment of the story along with the characters’ emotions and actions.
Thank you to NetGalley for providing a complimentary copy of Buried Secrets. I was not required to write a positive review but have shared my honest thoughts.
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