Rachel J Good
Received from Netgalley
BURIED SECRETS is the second book in the Sisters & Friends series. I haven’t read the first book and found the story easy to follow along with. Rachel uses the first few chapters to bring the reader up to speed with what happened in the previous book, and I never felt lost at all. But I am going to go back and read the first book, Change Of Heart just because I love Rachel J Good’s writing. She hooked me from the very first page and never let go. Her characters weren’t perfect and they all had faults which only made them more real and more endearing to me.
Emma stole my heart right away and while reading her story, I couldn’t help but feel all of her emotions and anxiety. I just wanted to reach into the story and give her a big hug and help her try to remember her past. Emma was involved in an accident three years before and it almost killed her. While she healed physically, she couldn’t remember anything that happened a year before the accident or the accident itself. BURIED SECRETS is exactly what her family tries to do with what happened to her and how she was acting right before the accident happened. The characters aren’t your usual Amish folks and that will pull you in even more.
BURIED SECRETS is filled with happiness, love, loss, letting go, forgiveness, healing, and real heart break. I’ve always loved Amish fiction and the way they take their time falling in love. In most contemporary romance books, it’s insta-love and to me, that isn’t very realistic. Slow courtships and taking the time to get to know someone seems to work for the Amish and it will keep you flipping the pages trying to see if Emma ever remembers her accident and what led up to it. All the while she finds her feelings growing for Sam, her neighbor. Will he help her to remember? Will Emma ever figure out why her sister is intent on keeping Emma and Sam apart? I read BURIED SECRETS in two sittings. That’s how emotionally invested I was in Emma’s story. Once I started reading, it was very hard for me to put this wonderful story down.