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A Sister's Secret

(Sisters of Holmes County #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,460 ratings  ·  201 reviews
Grace is the oldest sister in the Hostettler family. Having put her rumschpringe (running around years) behind her, she has returned to Holmes County, joined the Amish church, and begun a new life. For the past four years, everything has been going fairly well, until the day she sees an English man who knows enough of her past to jeopardize her future. Will Gary Walker's p ...more
Paperback, 299 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Barbour Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Lacy There is a lot of death and disaster, but the language is clean, and there is no explicit sexual content. There are, of course, marriages, courting…moreThere is a lot of death and disaster, but the language is clean, and there is no explicit sexual content. There are, of course, marriages, courting and pregnancy, but they are all clean. I have no problem letting my 13-year-old daughter read these books. The writing style and vocabulary, however, are probably not high-school level. I find older writers, Jane Austen and G.A. Henty, for example, to be more of a high-school caliber.(less)

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Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable Amish fiction.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A SISTER'S SECRET is a reprint of an older book that was published earlier, so many Amish fiction fans might have read it. I've been delinquent in my reading of books by this author and some have decided to further my Amish reading so they have sent me several of Wanda E. Brunstetter's books.

Grace has a lot of secrets, not the least of it as to who Gary Walker is and what he knows about her--which is more than what even her fiance knows. I kind of wondered how she thought she could keep her sec
Molly Cline
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the unabridged edition of this on CD; With a mixture of Ms Brunstetter's good writing and Ms Nielsen's good narration this book grabs your attention and you don't want to not listen to it until your done. BUT make sure you have the next book on hand because this story doesn't end at this book and will continue with the next (according to the summaries of the other books)

As you read-listen to this book you fall in love with and become a part of each character; and that will take yo
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am becoming a real fan of these books by Wanda Brunstetter and Beverly Lewis set in Amish country with Amish characters. They are a quick, relaxing read, but moreover, the characters pray, read the scriptures, talk about God, believe in lasting marriages and strong families and try to solve their problems with gospel principles. What a radical departure from some of today's fiction! I really enjoyed this book, and while it wasn't the best I've ever read, it was very nice and I will seek out mo ...more
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: amish, christian
Well, I did want to branch out from my normal reading. No dissolute viscounts, no teen girls saving the world, and a lot of awkward pennsylvania dutch words.
A SISTER'S SECRET is a reprint of an older book that was published earlier, so many Amish fiction fans might have read it. I've been delinquent in my reading of books by this author and some have decided to further my Amish reading so they have sent me several of Wanda E. Brunstetter's books.

Grace has a lot of secrets, not the least of it as to who Gary Walker is and what he knows about her--which is more than what even her fiance knows. I kind of wondered how she thought she could keep her sec
Lori Henrich
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grace has a secret that no one knows about. She is back home amongst the Amish, but for a time she was among the English during her rumschpringe. She had a job and dated. Grace never thought she would ever have to share her secret, even though she felt guilty about keeping the truth from her family. Grace felt that her family would never understand. Things were ok until Gary showed up in town and her past slapped her in the face. With her upcoming wedding Grace is torn between telling all or kee ...more
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
What a fantastic first book of the series. Grace Hostetter has done a lot of things during her rumschpringe including getting married and having a baby. Since her husbands death however, she has decided to move back home. When she arrives, soon after she is caught off guard when her husbands parents return her daughter. She spends the rest of the time in the book making sure Anna feels loved and praying to God to put her on the right path. Simply just lovely. A very easy read and something that ...more
Dec 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Book was great. It had a great story about love, loss, and learning. I enjoyed to read about the growth of the family. What really ticked me off? The end...What the heck, all that stuff going on and the reader is left with no answer as to who is behind them. I couldn't believe it! I spent so much of my time reading this and trying to figure out who was behind it all to be left with nothing!! SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!!!! What a bad way to ruin a great story!

On a sidew note...I will most likely read the o
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
What can I say about this book? It's not bad, but the writing feels very basic to me, and very innocent, as though it was written by a teenage girl who hasn't really had much experience in the world or with love, etc. The dialog often doesn't sound like people really talk and I don't know if that's because the author is trying to portray Amish speech patterns, but I don't think most of them speak as though they are children, either. It just feels more geared to middle-grade with the writing, but ...more
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
My least favorite characters were Roman (Grace's father) and Cleon (Grace's husband). Their inability to forgive Grace for keeping her secret for so long. I can really understand why Cleon was initially upset. That wasn't fair of Grace to withhold the fact that she'd been married and had a child while out in the English world. On the flip side, her fears about their reactions to her past were not lacking any foundation. Their disgust for her past (based on their prejudices against the English) w ...more
Sep 24, 2014 rated it liked it
This is the first time I've read anything by Wanda Brunstetter. Overall, I liked the story, but it didn't seem to close at the end of the book. Maybe that's Brunstetter's style? I've looked at the descriptions of the other books in the series, and it looks like I'll know who committed the attacks by the end of book three. I plan to read the whole series because the book kept my interest, and I want to know who is guilty.

I enjoyed the sisters and the love they showed to each other and those in th
Jun 09, 2013 rated it liked it
After having recently read another of this author's books, which I did not like for many reasons, a friend gave me this one. My rating on this book was higher than on the first (The Half-stitched Amish Quilting Club) but not by much. Should I try a third book... or move on to another author. Positive notes about the book: I think the story was very plausible, the characters seemed to act according to their roles in the story, and even the ending - with no resolution to the problems in the book, ...more
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amish, audio, romance
Grace has a secret, and secrets have a way of coming to the surface, no matter how hard you try to suppress them. But really, aren’t her experiences during her rumspringa hers to conceal or reveal? Her father and her husband think Grace is less than honest when they find out what she has been hiding. Adding to the stress is a string of acts of vandalism aimed at Grace and her family. Who is behind the attacks, and just how far are they willing to go? Until someone is hurt? Or worse? Author Wand ...more
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Sister’s Secret is one of Wanda Brunstetter’s earlier books that I reread. Grace kept secrets from her family and future fiancé that came to light after a series of damaging events in their Amish community. Grace struggles were realistic as so many will keep secrets of unpleasant times in their lives. The three Holstettler sisters supported each other but yet disagreed which was typical. Brunstetter wove some mystery into this story that readers might be able to figure out before the end. A st ...more
Jul 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-ve-read
Grace has a secret from her time of running around before she became a member of the Amish church. She doesn't want her family to know about it. She is about to get married and doesn't know if she should tell her future husband about her past either. When her past catches up with her and a bunch of break-ins and bad circumstances fall in her family, she may as well be destroyed as well as the man she loves.

This was pretty intense and sometimes annoying to read for me, but in a good sense. I mea
Jeanie Mccarthy Pityinger
Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved this book, this is the first in this series so I'm anxious to get to the next :D I have my guesses as to who 'dun it' but since it hasn't been revealed yet, I'll have to keep reading to see, lol. I am so glad that Grace learned in the end to stop trusting in herself and have a little more faith and trust in those she loves to stand by her and to accept her - faults and all, and to forgive her. I was getting nervous and worried when it took Cleon so long to listen to the Lord and those ar ...more
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amish, christian
Having only read the Amish fiction of Beverly Lewis and Marta Perry, I went into this new series with no expectations and a little bit of fear, that no one could write Amish fiction like Lewis, this book proved to be very close to Lewis, but different.
I found myself understanding both Grace and Cleon's points in this book, she did keep a very important secret from him and that was very wrong of her.
I liked her sisters Martha and Ruth.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Be
Jul 22, 2015 rated it liked it
I thought I was going to be disappointed when I started this book. The writing didn't seem to be as good as other books I've read by this author. It started out slowly and as if the words were forced. It took almost 4 chapters before I really got interested in the story line. then it sped up and I decided to finish it. I am so glad that I did! This is book one of a series. By the last page, I was hooked and knew I would continue to the second book.
Jul 31, 2013 rated it liked it
I did not realize there were two more books in the series. I stayed up way to late finishing it so I could find out what would happen and I was left hanging and forced to read the next two books. It's not the best writing but the story grabbed my attention and got me to check out the next two in the series.
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-books
The writing for this book is pretty terrible and some of the plot elements were repetitive but I was intrigued enough with the plot to finish it to the end. I'm not sure how accurate to the Amish culture the plot was but I felt like I learned a few things about the Amish here.

Won't be continuing with the series but I would wiki the rest of the series.
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Different from most Amish themed novels. I found the plot kept me guessing but was disappointed that one major story was unresolved. Literally the last 4 pages attempt to wrap it all up but leaves the reader hanging with questions. This was my first from this author and unsure if I would pay $ to read more other than to find out what happens to these characters.
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this first book in the "Sisters of Holmes County" series. The difference with this novel is that this series is based in Holmes County, Ohio instead of Lancaster, PA. You will get caught up in the characters and want to read Book #2. If you love reading Beverly Lewis, you should give Wanda E. Brunstetter's books a try.
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Totally unexpected. I have always avoided the Amish novels because I assumed they would somehow disrespect the Amish way of life. Not so. My husband bought this book for me for Christmas because he recognized the Hostetler name as my mothers maiden name. Really enjoyed it and am currently reader the second in this series.
Dec 20, 2013 rated it liked it
All I can say is that this book didn't finish and you have to read the next one and the next one to find out who done it ....I think or at least that is what I got from the back of the cover the the third book.
Terresa Smith
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy these amish fiction books. This is a quick read about the secret that an Amish girl has kept for 5 years and what happens when it is reveled. I can't wait to read the second in the series.
Diane Davis
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
A lovely book.. But glad I am not Amish.. Way to constritive for me... Even though I am a rule follower they have too many and I would not be able to handle it.. She had a big secret and whether she handled it correctly or not is the big question...
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All readers & those who enjoy Christian fiction -Bible stories.
Recommended to Melba by: mom
I really enjoyed reading this book, and the characters are so believable & endearing to me. I plan on reading the rest of this series, or the books I have (1-3); plus, I will be reading more of Wanda's books soon, as they are easy to read & thoroughly enjoyable as well.
Jul 08, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. It seemed to move a bit slowly at times and I felt myself wanting to get to the next point in the plot already. Moving on to the next book in the series. Amish fiction is easy and enjoyable reading. It provides an escape of sorts from the modern day world!
Jaymelee Glaspy snyder
Feb 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book was actually painful to finish. The characters had no personality, the plot was predictable. The writing was plain. The ending was left unfinished to draw you to book number 2, but no thanks, I will pass.
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