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Hidden [Reading] ➮ Hidden ➶ Shelley Shepard Gray – Thomashillier.co.uk When Anna decides it s time to leave her abusive boyfriend, she doesn t know where to turn Rob has completely won over her parents, and the entire community, with his good looks and smooth charm Only When Anna decides it s time to leave her abusive boyfriend, she doesn t know where to turn Rob has completely won over her parents, and the entire community, with his good looks and smooth charm Only Anna has seen his dark sideDesperate, she runs to the only place she s ever felt completely safe the Amish Brenneman Bed and Breakfast, where Anna met life long friend Katie Brenneman The family welcomes her in, and with few questions asked allows her to stay, dressed in Plain clothing, and help around the innKatie s older brother Henry is the only one who doesn t take too kindly to the intrusion He tries to ignore Anna, knowing no good would ever come from caring for an Englisher like her But as he gets to know Anna, he discovers her good heart and is surprised with her readiness to accept their lifestyleThe time Anna spends with the Amish, the she feels she s found a true home But how can she deny the life she left behind And will her chance for happiness be stolen away by the man from her past.


10 thoughts on “Hidden

  1. SheLove2Read SheLove2Read says:

    I had to think about what I wanted to say about Hidden, because sometimes when you really don t care for a book you tend to beharsh than you intended to The premise of this story is what drew me in initially a young englisher running away from an abusive relationship who finds solace and even love in the Amish community However theI read of this, thedisappointed I became The characters were one dimensional, especially the female lead The way her parents were depicted it is I had to think about what I wanted to say about Hidden, because sometimes when you really don t care for a book you tend to beharsh than you intended to The premise of this story is what drew me in initially a young englisher running away from an abusive relationship who finds solace and even love in the Amish community However theI read of this, thedisappointed I became The characters were one dimensional, especially the female lead The way her parents were depicted it is no wonder she turned to others for support, I would have too The abusive boyfriend seemeda caricature than a believable bad guy There was no depth to the story, when there absolutely should have been with a topic like abuse The ending is a HFN which was disappointing.2.5 stars


  2. Beth Beth says:

    I find myself not having much to say about this novel The storyline was engaging enough, however, I found myself just reading to get through it, rather than out of enjoyment I felt that the characters were one dimensional, the dialogue stilted and and the plot to have very little movement and felt predictable There were repeats of the same scenes, just written in different ways I didn t feel any connection to the characters, so I couldn t feel a lot of investment in the story There was a lo I find myself not having much to say about this novel The storyline was engaging enough, however, I found myself just reading to get through it, rather than out of enjoyment I felt that the characters were one dimensional, the dialogue stilted and and the plot to have very little movement and felt predictable There were repeats of the same scenes, just written in different ways I didn t feel any connection to the characters, so I couldn t feel a lot of investment in the story There was a lot of telling in the story and very little showing.The main character, Anna, leaves an abusive boyfriend by escaping to an Amish bed and breakfast, a place owned by a family that she has corresponding with since visiting there as a teenager Rob, the abusive boyfriend, is well known and well liked, so Anna feels little recourse but to escape, feeling that no one will side with her, particularly her parents, who have witnessed her flighty, immature behavior throughout the years.I was uncomfortable with some of the wording that Anna used, it seemed to imply that Rob s abuse in some way her fault, which I don t think was the intention at all I think it was meant to show that she was sacrificial and putting others before herself, but to me it just came across as unrealistic Rob s character was very on the surface, there was no motivation to him, no backstory that might provide a little insight into why he was that way Overall, this was just okay for me, and I won t be continuing on with this series


  3. Margaret Chind Margaret Chind says:

    Fabulous, that s the first thing I must say about this book, but I ll come back to that I do not know the correct terminology, yet I will try There is just something about the covers of Avon Inpire books, I have loved every one that I have seen and this is my favorite so far There is just something about the flat finish, instead of a glossy print that I just adore Not to mention the road with the Amish sky ahead and the image of the blonde girl with green eyes A little curious as to why sh Fabulous, that s the first thing I must say about this book, but I ll come back to that I do not know the correct terminology, yet I will try There is just something about the covers of Avon Inpire books, I have loved every one that I have seen and this is my favorite so far There is just something about the flat finish, instead of a glossy print that I just adore Not to mention the road with the Amish sky ahead and the image of the blonde girl with green eyes A little curious as to why she did not have the curly hair of our character though Now, about the actual story Anna s live is an interesting one A girl searching to belong and often as most looking in the wrong places for excitement and affection The evil in the book reminds me of the evil in that movie Enough But this is not a story of how to beat up your evil counterpart This is a story about strength and growth This book is a story about the heart, and about doing things that are right It brings in the idea of political evil and abuse, but everything bad brought in by the author is handled tactfully and revealed in a respectable manner This is a fabulous book, and a wonderful romance I think that one of the things that I like best about this book is that it is a romantic historical Christian fiction about Amish characters, but it is unlike any that I have ever read before


  4. C. C. says:

    Could not tear myself away until it was finished Hidden Sisters of the Heart, Book 1 by Shelley Shepard Gray was a great read Loved the very descriptive friendship between Anna and her Amish friend Katie and the insight and growth of character of Anna when she escapes her abusive boyfriend and goes to Katie and her family.I think this would be an excellent book for teen girls to read how to recognize the signs of one of those abusive creeps like Anna s boyfriend and how their sick minds work H Could not tear myself away until it was finished Hidden Sisters of the Heart, Book 1 by Shelley Shepard Gray was a great read Loved the very descriptive friendship between Anna and her Amish friend Katie and the insight and growth of character of Anna when she escapes her abusive boyfriend and goes to Katie and her family.I think this would be an excellent book for teen girls to read how to recognize the signs of one of those abusive creeps like Anna s boyfriend and how their sick minds work Hopefully it will make young women promise themselves to never take that crap from any man.The story had a lot of sweetness to it but also some edge of your seat suspense.Highly recommend this book and I definitely intend to read the other two books andby this author I also loved her Amish mystery series the Secrets of Crittenden County trilogy


  5. Rod Rod says:

    AAAAaaahhhhhh I just read my first Amish romance There s no coming back from this Now where did I park my horse and buggy honestly, I thought it was a crime drama Like Harrison Ford in THE WITNESS Okay, seriously why do people swoon over these things like flies on poop Are all these stories basically the same Town City person gets involved in Amish culture while hiding out from bad guys or cop good guys Then they do a little farm work, bakes some cookies or muffins, fix a fence, TH AAAAaaahhhhhh I just read my first Amish romance There s no coming back from this Now where did I park my horse and buggy honestly, I thought it was a crime drama Like Harrison Ford in THE WITNESS Okay, seriously why do people swoon over these things like flies on poop Are all these stories basically the same Town City person gets involved in Amish culture while hiding out from bad guys or cop good guys Then they do a little farm work, bakes some cookies or muffins, fix a fence, THEN SUDDENLY notice the heavily clothed simple person or PLAIN , they like to call them hottie off in the distance Then sweaty eternal love blossoms soon to be followed by a major life decision for one or the other to leave or stay based on the conclusion of the crime drama issue of course Does that sum up almost every Amish Paradise love setting I don t know i m stopping at one This one, specifically Unless the library has little else to offer in the way of audiobooks please Dean Koontz write as fast as you can I ll even take a Stephen King or Janet Evanovich, maybe it s time to read Moby Dick or a Tale Of Two Cities.So in this totally original epic Bimbo Anna runs from her abusive politician boyfriend and ends up at her Amish childhood girlfriends house They hide out, bake, sell, go on buggy rides, and dream about boys AMISH BOYS of course.But then everyone is out looking for missing Anna Yep, her family, and neighbors, and Grannies Eventually she gets spotted in Amish town At the ONE local store of course I don t even think the Amish go to Rodeos Who ll get to her first Who cares The problem with this book is its religious take on the Amish The author just drools over the pleasant simpleness of its archaic cult like christian existence Sure, nothing wrong with maybe saving a few bucks on some hydro bills, and computer repairs BUT WHAT THE CRAP Seriously, buy an old car for 500 bucks and quit freezing your stupid butt off all winter out of total self righteousness and seclusion Buy your kids a Damn playstation 4 so they aren t totally illiterate pop culture deprived zombies HINT you can even play Farm Simulator 17 even stoned secular heathens enjoy this pastime with Doritos of course No harm will come Might even inspire a new fence building mayhem So, back to the religion The author makes it seem like these Amish are simply amazing down home Christians with the purest of intentions and Biblical understandings This is CRAP the Amish are humans after all They are mostly theologically illiterate and hiding from the mission field God placed us in Are the Amish even aware of the Islamic issues the world is facing Or the Mormon and JW problems the average town is spiritually forced to deal with How does an Amish get to the troubled heart of a Buddhist or Hindu spirituality It seems there is definitely a hidden huddle around the Amish closet of self preservation Are there Amish Universities and ministries all over the planet Amish orphanages and soup kitchens scattered amidst the Amish hospitals and Samaritans whoops Amish Purse medical and school supplies being shipped to a hurting planet Are the Amish slight Calvinists or liberal Arminian in their biblical theology Who is their current favorite Bible translator and Greek speaking Philosophical adviser What are the Amish s current understandings on Israel and the middle east who the crap knows How good are they in a religious debate issue Do they even read current religious scholastic outpourings The Amish aren t even in the game Socially or politically or spiritually.Anyway, this is a fun story Enjoy the desperate romance factor but please ignore the dreamy amish paradise that beckons Reality is much different And pay your taxes so you can use our hospitals and roads and universities seriously


  6. Natalie Natalie says:

    A fast but very enjoyable read I haven t read anything by this author before, and I really liked it, so I m glad I gave this series a try This reminded me a lot of the Nicholas Sparks book Safe Haven but I liked this one a lotMultiple viewpoints are always difficult to pull off in a book, but they worked well here I didn t like Anna s parents much though They were very interfering and didn t listen to or honor her feelings The Amish characters were much better I m looking forwar A fast but very enjoyable read I haven t read anything by this author before, and I really liked it, so I m glad I gave this series a try This reminded me a lot of the Nicholas Sparks book Safe Haven but I liked this one a lotMultiple viewpoints are always difficult to pull off in a book, but they worked well here I didn t like Anna s parents much though They were very interfering and didn t listen to or honor her feelings The Amish characters were much better I m looking forward to the next book in the series, which I believe is about Katie She was a really good friend to Anna, and I m interested to read her story


  7. booksthrubifocals booksthrubifocals says:

    Sweet Amish romanceI ve read many stories of the Amish involving their lives, joys and sorrows, and of course a romance was usually involved The idea of an Englischer and Plain person becoming attracted to one another isn t new In Hidden Anna during her teens takes a quilting class along with her mother and she meets Katie, an Amish girl They maintain a friendship through letters and Anna spends some time at the B B owned by Katie s family, the Brennemens Anna, an only child is rather spoi Sweet Amish romanceI ve read many stories of the Amish involving their lives, joys and sorrows, and of course a romance was usually involved The idea of an Englischer and Plain person becoming attracted to one another isn t new In Hidden Anna during her teens takes a quilting class along with her mother and she meets Katie, an Amish girl They maintain a friendship through letters and Anna spends some time at the BB owned by Katie s family, the Brennemens Anna, an only child is rather spoiled and flighty, and after three attempts to attend college and several short term relationships and various job, she is working only part time at an insurance agency in order to have time to help with her latest boyfriend, Rob s political campaign He is running for state representative in Ohio, and is a wealthy, influential, and charismatic lawyer Anna learns that his charm is only surface after discovering his misuse of campaign funds His abuse escalates when she tries to ease out of their relationship The local sheriff and other government figures are in his pocket and no one, not even her parents believe her when she tries to tell them he is dangerous With no place else to turn, she covers her tracks and takes refuge with Katie s family, who welcome her warmly except for Henry, Katie s older brother He remembers the vain, self centered teen from her past visit, and has since been badly hurt when Rachel, a girl he was courting ran off and married an Englischer Both Henry and Anna have some soul searching to do Anna has fallen away from her childhood faith and is grieving and angry with her parents for their lack of support Henry needs to let go of the past and begin to trust again in God s plan for his life again The two become friends and support each other during a difficult time, but Anna needs to resolve her issues with her past before she can commit to the future even though she is drawn to the Amish life and the possibility of a deeper relationship with Henry Can Anna and Henry overcome all that stands in the way of their courtship Is Anna just running away from her problems again I found the story interesting and appreciated the frequent use of scripture verses, but understand that many readers do not Unfortunately, the book did not flow well for me I found the growing relationship between the h and H unconvincing as well as Anna s rapid changes in outlook growth in spiritual maturity I was confused with her parents attitude and her own doubts once they were reunited There were just too many uncrossed T s and undotted I s The book has promise but I don t think it was quite ready to be published


  8. Jenny Trout Jenny Trout says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I ve been torn about writing a review for this book Not because I didn t like it I did But I can t put my finger on what exactly I liked about it.I know what I didn t like I didn t like the way some of the exposition was presented Oh, Character A, you remember how Character B always was For a while she did this, and then she did this, and then she did this Why am I recounting this to you as though you don t know it already I didn t really feel the abusive boyfriend s motivations for ge I ve been torn about writing a review for this book Not because I didn t like it I did But I can t put my finger on what exactly I liked about it.I know what I didn t like I didn t like the way some of the exposition was presented Oh, Character A, you remember how Character B always was For a while she did this, and then she did this, and then she did this Why am I recounting this to you as though you don t know it already I didn t really feel the abusive boyfriend s motivations for getting her back did he want her back, or did he just want to shut her up The stakes would have been so much higher for me as the reader if I thought Anna had been in real jeopardy And I didn t quite understand why, if Anna was already pretty strong in her faith she turns to prayer quickly, and without any prompting from anyone else, when the chips are down , why was she with a person like Rob, who was a bad person Yet, with all that I found lacking in this book, I really enjoyed it I liked Anna, and I liked that she had the courage to leave an abusive situation, then put herself in harm s way to protect the people she loved I liked the fact that her decision to convert didn t come in a flash of God inspiring her, but after she thought about it and weighed her feelings for Henry against the reality of giving up her way of life I liked that her parents weren t perfect, and didn t immediately accept her decisions, despite their faith.The things I didn t like were minor annoyances, and I enjoyed this book overall, so I ll probably readfrom this author


  9. Loraine Loraine says:

    SUMMARY When Anna decides it s time to leave her abusive boyfriend, she doesn t know where to turn Rob has completely won over her parents, and the entire community, with his good looks and smooth charm Only Anna has seen his dark side.Desperate, she runs to the only place she s ever felt completely safe the Amish Brenneman Bed and Breakfast, where Anna met life long friend Katie Brenneman The family welcomes her in, and with few questions asked allows her to stay, dressed in Plain clothing, SUMMARY When Anna decides it s time to leave her abusive boyfriend, she doesn t know where to turn Rob has completely won over her parents, and the entire community, with his good looks and smooth charm Only Anna has seen his dark side.Desperate, she runs to the only place she s ever felt completely safe the Amish Brenneman Bed and Breakfast, where Anna met life long friend Katie Brenneman The family welcomes her in, and with few questions asked allows her to stay, dressed in Plain clothing, and help around the inn.Katie s older brother Henry is the only one who doesn t take too kindly to the intrusion He tries to ignore Anna, knowing no good would ever come from caring for an Englisher like her But as he gets to know Anna, he discovers her good heart and is surprised with her readiness to accept their lifestyle.Thetime Anna spends with the Amish, theshe feels she s found a true home But how can she deny the life she left behind And will her chance for happiness be stolen away by the man from her past REVIEW I enjoyed reading this book but after reading so many Amish novels, I find that they all seem to have similar storylines I know that one of Beverly Lewis books has almost an identical story line to Hidden I also felt that the issues such as abuse were somewhat skimmed over and that Anna s decision to become Amish was rather hurried FAVORITE QUOTES We don t deserve His God s guidance at allbut that s the beauty of grace, is it not Sometimes a person just has to trust in the Lord that the people in our paths are meant to be If we didn t trust anyone, we d have a very lonely life, now, wouldn t we


  10. Kristy Mills Kristy Mills says:

    This book had so much potential It was such a great idea for a love story A girl has to go into hiding, hides with an Amish family and falls in love with an amish boy I was so excited to read this book, and I did enjoy it But I think it moved too quickly There wasn t enough suspense, or relationship building They didn t like each other one second and then after two meaningful conversations, that seemed to be too revealing and forward, for the way they had been treating each other, they wer This book had so much potential It was such a great idea for a love story A girl has to go into hiding, hides with an Amish family and falls in love with an amish boy I was so excited to read this book, and I did enjoy it But I think it moved too quickly There wasn t enough suspense, or relationship building They didn t like each other one second and then after two meaningful conversations, that seemed to be too revealing and forward, for the way they had been treating each other, they were in love I just wished it didn t happen so quickly I like it when authors take their time, and let the relationship build at arealistic pace I getinvested in the characters that way


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