Friday, May 21, 2010

My Review of A Summer Secret by Kathleen Fuller

My Review:
A thirteen-year-old Amish girl finds solace in an abandoned barn—one she was forbidden to go to. When someone seems to be tampering with the things she leaves there, she finds more trouble than that which her three brothers create at home. But her “summer secret” might just bring some positive changes to her life.

A Summer Secret is an enjoyable summer read! I think children around middle-school age might especially enjoy it, although some might find it a bit long unless they’re avid readers. But even though I’m older than the target age, I was still intrigued by the story, even if some parts weren’t as exciting to read.

At first, the fact that the main mystery was a secret that the protagonist kept from others (except for her twin brother) worried me. But never fear! As long as this book is read through to the end, good moral lessons will be found. I appreciated the way the story turned out, and overall I think the target age will have found a series to follow!

*Thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishing for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!*

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Renee (BlacknGoldGirlsBookSpot) said...

This looks so good! Beleive it or not I read a lot of YOung Adult fiction LOL! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

XOXO~ Renee

Bluerose said...

I'm glad I'm not the only adult reading "young adult" books! :)

Amber Holcomb said...

This was a good book! :)

Renee: It definitely is good to read this book all the way through! It was an enjoyable read, but the lessons don't really shine through until the end. :) I might just have to pass this on to my twelve-year-old sister sometime and see what she thinks!

Blurose: I'm glad I'm not the only one, too! :) Whenever I see fiction up for review on Booksneeze, I get excited--even if this one happened to be a YA book!

Hope ya'll can read it sometime!


lindsayw said...

Are you not going to use your season system of rating the books you review anymore? I thought it was a good idea, just wondering what happened to it. :)

Amber Holcomb said...

Lindsay: I definitely plan on still using my season rating system! This was a book I got from a book blogging program, so I kind of just did what they told me to do and decided not to add my own touches (I think I did the same with Never Let You Go).

I'm glad to hear you like the idea, and you should be seeing more of it soon! (There are some other recent book reviews I've done where you can see the rating system in action.) ;)


Ashley (Ibreath2read) said...

Sweet review, Amber!
For me, I went from chapter books to adult and completely skipped over YA. But, maybe when my mountaine of TBR looks less like Everest, I'll give this one a go. Your review makes me want to go to B&N and sit a few hours reading it (cause I'm too poor to buy it. I'm definitely in need of a summer job.LOL)

And I love the idea of the season system of rating too, Amber. And I don't think Thomas Nelson would mind if you used it in your reviews. I rate all the books I review for them and they don't seem to mind. So if you wanted, you could defnitely use. :D
Love Ya,

Amber Holcomb said...

Ashley: I'm glad you liked the review! And your comment about reading it at B&N makes me smile--a similar story is how I earned the nickname "Border's Girl" from Julie Lessman. ;) I started reading through A Passion Most Pure at Borders and was really enjoying it. Then I got my Dad to buy it so I could finish it and keep it as my own!

And thanks for sharing your view on my rating system, as well! That's so fun that ya'll like the season rating system--I'll have to remember to use it for all (even the Thomas Nelson) reviews in the future! ;)


lindsayw said...

I see, I didn't realize there were rules to the reviews! :) I guess I should read more of your blogs! Oopsie... ;)

Ooh, I got A Passion Most Pure for free for the Kindle for PC! I don't remember how, if the author was giving it away or Amazon. I thought that title sounded familiar...

Amber Holcomb said...


There are certain rules for some of the book blogging programs, but I guess as Ashley said it's not really that strict or anything. :) So as I told Ashley, I'll try to us the season rating system for all my reviews from now on! ;)

I hope you enjoy reading A Passion Most Pure! It's a wonderful book!!! :D