Thursday, June 3, 2010

A Summer Secret Book Review

The Mysteries of Middlefield Series: Book 1
Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2010
ISBN: 976-1-4003-1593-2
Young Adult
268 pages

Thomas Nelson Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book as part of their bloggers book review program. I was not required to write a positive review, and therefore, the review is 100% my honest opinion.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's not my average love story book though, this one is a YA (young adult) mystery.

I read this book in 4 days, which is a record for me. That was super fast. I don't read much during the day, but with how hot it has been I read it while Avery played in the sprinklers and It was super easy to get it finished in no time. 
A Summer Secret was written about a young girl named Mary Beth who has a twin bother and two younger brothers. As most older sisters, she has her fair share of responsibilities, chores and babysitting.

It seems like a huge burden to carry but with finances a problem, everyone in Mary Beth’s family do their fair share of work. Mary Beth gets tired of the boys being disgusting and obnoxious, making messes, invading her private space and their constant irresponsibility.

Tired of all the nonsense, Mary Beth seeks to find a place of her own. A place for privacy where she can record in her journal and have some serenity. She decides to find a refuge in an old abandoned barn in a neighbouring field which her parents have declared off limits. But then again, she desperately needs a place to call her own. It will be her secret.

There is only one problem. She is not the only person who is claiming the barn as their own. Her secret has been discovered and now she may be in grave danger.

I would recommend this book to anyone of all ages. It's an Amish book, and they do speak a little dietsch, but in the beginning there is a glossary of terms that are used throughout the book. I do think this book was a little slow at progressing and I definitely think under 200 pages would have done it just fine, but I did like it A LOT. I'm more into the YA books anyway, I'm not into the hard to read advanced books. So this was more my style. 

I like that it shows the Amish way of life. My grandparents are friends with some Amish and I do know how they live, but to hear about the WHOLE lifestyle in this book was really interesting. If your interested in other ways of life, then I would suggest reading this book. 
The cover does give away the storyline a little bit. Like you can tell what is going to happen, but it isn't too bad. And you don't really realize it until after you've read it! 

I would rate this book a 3.5 out of 5. I thought it was good and definitely worth reading, but was a little slow and a little dry. But I still liked it!
Thanks again to Booksneeze for providing me a copy of the book for review!