Monday, July 12, 2010

A Summer Secret

A Summer Secret
The Mysteries of Middlefield Series
By Kathleen Fuller

Mary Beth Mullet is a typical 13 year-old girl. Her brothers annoy her and she seeks to have a break from them. Yes, she's Amish but still human and working on being a better person. She finds her refuge in an abandoned barn, at least for awhile. When her twin brother discovers her there the two of them realize someone else using this barn for refuge. What to do about this stranger and why he's there becomes the main story of the book.

This is a great read. It's quick, easy, and entertaining but easily "solved". I didn't mind cracking the mystery so early in the story. It made me feel smart. (Yes, I realize it's a young adult book!) The peek into Amish culture was an appealing aspect for me. While I realize it's not 100% accurate, I believe the author did a very good job portraying the Amish lifestyle and making it easy to identify with the characters from another culture. I quite enjoyed the theme of the book. These Amish kids really live what they believe and are not afraid the live the way God wants them too. It made me hope that I can be more like that in my life: do what God would have you do no matter how scary or hard or silly it may seem at the time. What a righteous influence and example can be provided by truly living what you believe. I would recommend this book with the footnote that it is a young adult novel. I would love to read the next one in the series.

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