22 November, 2010

The Secrets Beneath, by Kathleen Fuller

The Secrets Beneath, is a fictional mystery novel for girls written by Kathleen Fuller. The story-line centers on Bekah, a thirteen-year-old girl whose family is a part of the old-order Amish and who is known for her curiosity! When strange things start going on in her hometown of Middlefield, Ohio, she can hardly stand it. Why is her new neighbor acting so strange? Why has her cousin Amanda suddenly comes to live with them, without anyone telling Bekah why and what is causing her cousin to be so sad?  In this book, the reader is caught up with Bekah as she determines to discover the answers to her questions, even though she becomes entangled with danger.

I found this book to be mediocre. (However, I am quite critical when it comes to fiction.) I was disappointed by the storyline being as anticipated and of the heroin’s lack of obedience to her parents and thoughtlessness, though I thought the book did an excellent job of portraying their correct response towards her and of the relationship particularly between Bekah and her mother. Another quality of the book that I appreciated, was how it left the reader with an understanding of another’s pain as Bekah grappled with her cousin Amanda’s heartache, and the realization of how crucial it is to always treat others with the compassion of Christ since we can never fully know what they may be facing during that time in their life.

*This book was gratefully received from Thomas Nelson at no cost in exchange for my agreement to post this review.


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