Friday, July 13, 2018

"Hide and Secret" by Kathleen Fuller

About this book:

  Anna Mae Shetler is a tomboy who loves nothing more than exploring the woods with her two best friends, Amos and Jeremiah. During a game of hide and seek they stumble upon a mystery that will threaten to tear apart their friendship, and—as they soon discover—it’s a mystery that caused a rift in their families decades earlier. 
  Anna Mae and her friends are playing in the old tree house in the woods when a floor board suddenly breaks. No one is seriously hurt, but when they take a second look, they see that a metal box of money and a diary are hidden under the floor in the crook of the tree branches. Upon further inspection, they discover that it is a lot of money.
  As the three set out to solve the mystery, they learn that Jeremiah and Anna Mae’s grandmothers were once great friends, something they would have never guessed since the two women have only been distantly civil to each other in their lifetimes. As they search further, Jeremiah and Anna Mae realize there is a missing third party who must certainly hold the answers to this puzzle. Before they can find out, the money disappears again and threatens the trust of the three friends.
  Can Anna Mae solve this mystery before it tears apart more relationships? And can God heal decades-old pain and distrust?”

Series: Book #3 in the “Mysteries of Middlefield” series. Review of Book #1 Here! and Book #2 Here!

Spiritual Content- A few Scriptures are mentioned & quoted; A few Prayers; Talks about God, His will, faiths, & praying; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Many mentions of God; Many mentions of joining or leaving the Amish church/faith; Mentions of Bibles, Bible reading, & Proverbs 31 women; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of churches, church going, services, & ministers; Mentions of forgiving & forgiveness; Mentions of Amish beliefs; A few mentions of godly people; A few mentions of sins; A couple mentions of being blessed.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: an ‘idiot’, a ‘retarded’, two ‘stinkin’’, four ‘dimwit’, five ‘stupid’s, and eleven forms of ‘dumb’; Being tied-up, gagged, deceived, & threatened (up to semi-detailed); Pain & blood/bleeding (up to semi-detailed); Keeping secrets; A bully, his actions, & comments; Helping someone cheat on a test; Many mentions of Jeremiah’s mother who left her family; Mentions of injuries & blood/bleeding; Mentions of being tied-up & gagged; Mentions of stealing; Mentions of lies, lying, & liars; Mentions of cheating & cheaters; Mentions of bullies, their actions, & comments; Mentions of killing, plucking, & cutting chicken (up to semi-detailed);A couple mentions of throwing up; A mention of divorce.

Sexual Content- Mentions of courting/dating, crushes, falling in love, boyfriends, break-ups, & betrayals; A few mentions of noticing; A couple mentions of not being alone with the opposite gender; A couple mentions of jealousy.

-Anna Mae Shetler, age 13
-Jeremiah Mullet, age 13
                                P.O.V. switches between them, Bertha (1x), & Ella (2x)
                                                        223 pages

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My personal Rating-
While this book did feel over-the-top dramatic at times, I would say this was probably my favorite of the series. I really enjoyed all the faith content and Jeremiah.

See y’all on Monday with a new review!

 *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

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