Her Secret~Book Review~ Shelly Shepherd Gray

by adustyframe ~ March 22nd, 2017



About the Book:
A suspenseful tale of a young Amish woman who is forced to move to a new town to escape a threatening stalker


After a stalker went too far, Hannah Hilty and her family had no choice but to leave the bustling Amish community where she grew up. Now she’s getting a fresh start in Hart County, Kentucky…if only she wasn’t too scared to take it. Hannah has become afraid to trust anyone-even Isaac, the friendly Amish man who lives next door. She wonders if she’ll ever return to the trusting, easy-going woman she once was.


For Isaac Troyer, the beautiful girl he teasingly called “The Recluse” confuses him like no other. When he learns of her past, he knows he’s misjudged her. However, he also understands the importance of being grateful for God’s gifts, and wonders if they will ever have anything in common. But as Hannah and Isaac slowly grow closer, they realize that there’s always more to someone than meets the eye.


Just as Hannah is finally settling into her new life, and perhaps finding a new love, more secrets are revealed and tragedy strikes. Now Hannah must decide if she should run again or dare to fight for the future she has found in Hart County.
My Thoughts:
I hadn’t read a book “for fun” for awhile and I looked forward to reading this one.
Hannah’s family does not communicate well and secrets and accusations and assumptions swirl all while Hannah tries to gain control of her life after being stalked.
She makes a friend with the neighbor and tries to settle into their new community but strange things keep happening.
Is she losing her mind or did her stalker find her?
It’s an enjoyable read and the author writes her story well. The only thing and it is a picky one in a way but I kept thinking about it so I’m sharing it.
In chapter 17, the story is dated August 3 and it talks about the last chill in the weather was past and more flowers were blooming and Hannah loved the tulips and daffodils and pointed out a patch of pink daffodils………August and daffodils and tulips don’t particularly go together. Hopefully it was a proofreading error that just got missed!
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About the Author:
Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.



Disclosure~I was given a free copy of this book in order to provide a review. All opinions are my own.


Give Save Spend

by adustyframe ~ March 21st, 2017

When James was small, we had the Dave Ramsey kid kit with little envelopes and a savings chart to teach him to give, save, and spend.

I was perusing Etsy the other day and saw this cute homemade kit!

I really believe in the system and think it’s taught James quite well. He loves being able to contribute to giving projects his youth group does, or sending a gift to our Compassion Child–we still have the same guy that one of my readers helped James pay for for 2 years (or 3?) so that he could have a Compassion Child.

What sort of things have you used or seen people use to teach kids the give, save, spend?


What I’m Reading

by adustyframe ~ March 14th, 2017

This was suggested to me by a friend and it is good and thought provoking. Under Our Skin by Benjamin Watson

This one I’m reading because I have more than one friend or acquaintance who left terrible abuse only to discover their church didn’t support them. Unholy Charade by Jeff Crippen

Just started this one. It’s very good although a bit heavy since it’s talking about her husband’s death. The God of All Comfort by Dee Brestin

Working through this one slowly. In The Presence of My Enemies by Gracia Burnham

I’m not really reading anything “for fun” right now. I have several on my Kindle and several in my piles. I’m just not really working on any!
What about you? Read anything good lately?

**Amazon links (as if you couldn’t tell!) **


Open Up The Heavens

by adustyframe ~ March 9th, 2017

I’m practicing with the worship team for an event coming up soon.

This is one of the songs and Nathan and I love it! We sing it a lot.

We also use the tune in daily life…sort of like Mr. Rogers Neighborhood where they sing everything.

Today was, “Open up the fridge….and get the milk……” (try it when you listen to the tune…) It seems to work for everything.

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Would You Like To Know Collection Book Review

by adustyframe ~ March 3rd, 2017



We received copies of these sweet little books from Kregel Publications.

Nathan and I enjoyed reading them together.

The books are a good size for small hands with colorful pictures. The stories are easy to follow along with and share some nice truths in an age appropriate manner.

Nathan loves reading Bible books, so he immediately got busy enjoying these.

Included is:
Would You Like to Know About God?
Would You Like to Know How to Pray?
Would You Like to Know Jesus?
Would You Like to Know the Bible?
Would You Like to Know the Story of Christmas?
Would You Like to Know the Story of Easter?


I appreciated that they are just the right length to enjoy and not lose interest in.

If you’re looking for some books to help little ones start learning about Jesus in an easy colorful way, you may be interested in adding these to your collection.


Disclaimer~I received a copy of these books from Kregel Publications in order to provide a review. All opinions are my own. 


This Is The Life

by adustyframe ~ February 24th, 2017

I think this a lot.

This is the life.

Having both boys still living at home.

Having my husband with us.

Being able to pay our bills and give to important ministries.

Hearing a little guy chatter all day.

Watching a big boy grown into a man.

Someday this house will be quiet. I won’t be running a high schooler all over. My little guy will be grown and gone.

It will be good to have just my husband and I but I know I will miss these days.

This is the life.


On His Way Home

by adustyframe ~ February 17th, 2017

My husband should be home in the next couple of hours. Yeah!

I shared all the things I love to do for him when he’s on his way home to show him honor–like clean the toilet, have his favorite foods on hand, etc.

Well, I have been SICK since Tuesday night. I’m so exhausted and I’m blowing my nose constantly and my eyes look like a creature from the lagoon (or swamp?) UCK!!!!!

So, I haven’t been able to pull anything together. The house can attest to that one–especially since the 3 year old is not low on energy.

To honor him, I didn’t drink all the Caribou coffee haha! Seriously though. It’s soooooo good and he drinks coffee like crazy. This morning, I had a little selfish thought that I’d put that away until he left because it will be gone in a couple hours at the rate he drinks coffee.
But since I can’t do anything else to prepare for his homecoming tonight, I wanted to save some for him. You know I would have saved it for him even if I could have done everything else 😉


Bible Memory

by adustyframe ~ February 12th, 2017

In our Sunday School class today, the speaker taught about Bible memory and suggested a simple way to help memorize verses.

I need to work on memorizing a passage so I’m sharing the tips here.

  1. Read the passage aloud 3 times
  2. Write the passage as you read aloud 3 times
  3. Read what you wrote aloud 3 times
  4. Do this daily for a week and ask someone to listen to you.

You should have the passage almost completely memorized at that point.

Are you memorizing a passage right now? Share it please!


A Little British

by adustyframe ~ February 6th, 2017

I think that Nathan and I are are a little British!

He adores Peppa Pig and has borrowed quite a few words from their vocabulary. He uses a torch to see (flashlight)….enjoys going on the lift (elevator)….and talks about tomahtoes (tomatoes of course). He also found a new one called Sarah & Duck about a little British girl and her duck.

I enjoy The Crown, Call The Midwife, and Downton Abbey as well as Jane Austen and many other British books.

Hmmm……..Susanna, do you have room for us? I think we need to make a move!

Do you enjoy any British books or shows?


Something To Remember

by adustyframe ~ January 30th, 2017

This song has been going through my mind lately.

What is going on in the world and our country is important and I think we should be engaged and informed. But sometimes (often) that can lead to a feeling of unrest.

It’s important to remember that He is king of the world.

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