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Summary

Hannah has a good life. A beautiful home, a loving husband, and a wonderful Amish community are only a few of her daily blessings. But she has carried a heavy burden for years: a secret that no one must know. When tragedy strikes, her secret threatens to be revealed, jeopardizing everything she's ever loved. Will Hannah be able to face her greatest fear and find God's purpose for her life?

©2013 J.E.B. Spredemann (P)2013 J.E.B. Spredemann

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Don't bother, it's tedious and unenjoyable

This 'secret' is only of relevant interest to these Amish..
Whilst I respect the way they want to obtain substantial amounts of land and be self sufficient, really they aren't and use this facade while happily making&taking money from the rest of us.
The narrator could do nothing with it. It's one dimensionality dreadful, seriously....
Don't bother

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  • Cindi
  • 21-11-13

Forgiveness, is it possible?

This was the first book I've read (listened to) by this author. I plan to read many more because I enjoyed this one so much.

Hannah lives with a secret that she has shared with no one. It's amazing how one secret can affect so many people but this story illustrates just how that can happen.

Hannah grows up with Samuel and Christian who are best friends. Samuel leaves their Amish community without warning but leaves a note behind saying goodbye. Hannah and Christian get married and attempt to start a family when tragedy strikes, threatening to reveal her secret.

This is not your typical "feel good" Amish novel. It brings up real-life situations that can, and do, happen and the harsh consequences of our decisions. Because of some bad choices we make, we can struggle with shame, remorse and many more heartbreaking emotions. Fortunately, this story also focuses on forgiveness and trusting in God. If you make it through this book with dry eyes, you are much tougher than me.

I highly recommend this novel to anyone wanting a closer relationship with God or desiring to learn the importance of forgiveness.

I received an audio version of this story from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Debbie
  • 10-02-15

Truth, Forgiveness, Blessings . . . Faith

I've long had admiration for the Amish, who after I had grown up, settled in our area in Kentucky, gaining the respect of their neighbors. We often stop and buy baskets and other handmade goods from them when we travel back home, and marvel at their craftsmanship. We have always thought of them as brothers and sisters in Christ. This book touched my heart in ways unimaginable. I have often wondered how these humble, hard working people can exist untouched, and unblemished alongside their "English" neighbors, in a world that is so corrupt and full of temptation. As we have driven past their simple houses, with no electric lines going to or from their homes, and no cars parked in their drive ways, I've contemplated it. For you can see their black buggies at Wal-mart sometimes, they must venture out into the "English" world . . . to be in it but not "of" it. Just as all Christians must . . . but the rest of us, at least we THINK we have put on a little armor . . . This book, An Unforgivable Secret, gives us all a deeper look into Amish life . . . and for me, a greater hope that His mercy penetrates deep into all who would call themselves His servants.

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  • Renee Martin
  • 30-11-13

Not your average Amish book!

This book dealt with issues of life that not all Amish books have. I stayed interested throughout the story. There were a few moments when the narrator seemed to have a difficult time making sentences flow smoothly. A couple times there were small annoyances with how she used her voice, but I don't think it was so bad to not listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-11-13

Can God forgive

If you could sum up An Unforgivable Secret in three words, what would they be?

God healing people

Which scene was your favorite?

Can't say as it is a spoiler.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes it is.It was a book that made me think about choices we make and how they affect our lives.

Any additional comments?

Hannah has a secret, a secret that she thinks is unforgivable.This secret could ruin her marriage and have her shunned. How can she go on with life as this secret affects not only herself, her husband and her family and close friends. Will her husband forgive her and more importantly can God forgive her.

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  • Savannah
  • 02-03-15

Amazing!

I absolutely loved this book! Loved how they didn't just drop the story. You weren't left wondering what happened. Perfect amish inspired read!

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  • Lavonna
  • 02-03-14

Loved this book!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have read many amish books but i do think this is one of my favorites!

What was one of the most memorable moments of An Unforgivable Secret?

The Story was written so you could really feel the emotions of the characters.

What about Lisa Larsen’s performance did you like?

Voice was very soothing and fit the personality of the characters.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

i went through many emotions with the books, from tears of joy to tears of sadness.

Any additional comments?

I really loved this book, it is the second book i have listen to by this author. Look forward to more.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-01-14

Wonderful!

What made the experience of listening to An Unforgivable Secret the most enjoyable?

I really enjoyed this book, it covered a very difficult topic and did it well. It really touched my heart.

What does Lisa Larsen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Lisa did a wonderful job narrating this story, especially with all the different characters. She brought each of them alive and truly an individual.

Any additional comments?

A great read, well written and will truly touch not just your heart but your soul.

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  • Patricia
  • 24-12-13

Loved it

Love amish fiction in general and this book specifically. I loved the story, well told

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  • Margaret Ann Shampang
  • 28-05-16

an unforgivable secret

I found this book fascinating and exciting clear to the end.
I will continue to read Amish books.

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  • Pippa
  • 26-02-16

Great

Great book, will read them all. The next one is on order. I enjoyed this very much. Love this author and the voice of the reader