[fusion_text]An Unforgivable Secret, by J. E. B. Spredemann, is a book about an Amish woman name Hannah who has a terrible secret in her past that has been haunting her for years. When her secrets get exposed, her life changes in ways that she never would have imagined.
This is a story about forgiveness and grace and the fact that no sin to big to be forgiven. It’s also a story about the consequences of sin, even if you’ve been forgiven.
Overall I would say that I liked the book. It had a good message about the consequences of sin and the grace given by God despite the past. I think that the author made sure not to make things too easy for Hannah. Even though it ended well there were many tough situations that the protagonist had to go through first.
The Amish way of life is not one I would favor but the simplicity of it is nice. The thing is, the more you read Amish fiction (or even just the blurbs), the more you realize that a lot of bad things happen despite all their attempts to not be of this world. Of course, without conflict, you have no story. So in this book there were a lot of what I’m guessing is Pennsylvania Dutch words used that give the sense of the different culture Amish people have as compared to us Englischers. A glossary was put in the beginning and didn’t have all the words. Normally for books I’ve read that use foreign language, they put this in the back. I’m not really sure which way is better.
I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars and the same rating for family friendliness since it deals with “thematic elements”.[/fusion_text]