Friday, November 21, 2014

Trading Secrets by Melody Carlson - REVIEWED

About the Book:
The truth may set you free--but it might also land you in some uncomfortably hot water.
Over the years, Micah Knight has exchanged many letters--and many secrets--with her longtime Amish pen pal, Zach. But Micah's kept quiet on the biggest secret of all--the fact that despite her name, she's a girl.

Now Micah finally has the chance to meet her pen pal face-to-face. She wants nothing more than to experience life on Zach's Amish farm, but she's more than a little anxious. Will he be angry at her for deceiving him all these years? And will she risk losing his friendship to find something more?

My Thoughts:
“ …I feel certain this lifestyle is not for wimps.”   (p. 172)

Once again, Melody Carson takes a honest, sometimes whimsical look, at life through the eyes of a teenager.  This time she allows Michah Knight to get into some pretty hot water when she goes to visit her Amish penpal over Spring break.  She convinces herself she just wants to share the truth with him face-to-face – the truth of her six-year long deception!

She discovers many things during her brief stay among the Amish.  Michah learns a lot about the Amish way of life – about the hard work required, the dedication of faith, and the life-long commitment required to walk out that lifestyle choice.  She also learns that not everyone born to that lifestyle embraces it.  At that moment.  Some people have dreams that require them to leave the Amish faith, but they just want to leave it for a time, and then return to their faith and their people.  But that isn’t really an option, so they hide and discount their dreams as unreachable.

Zach, Michah’s Amish pen-pal, tries to hide his long-held dream from everyone, even himself.  But friendship opens the door for both Michah and Zach to share their dreams with each other.  In doing that, they open the door to opportunity – to fulfill dreams and deepen their friendship.

As always, Carlson drew me into her story.  Personally, I think Michah’s dad should have been a bit more curious about her plans for Spring Break, but that’s just me.  It all worked out for everyone involved in a most unlikely but satisfying way!  This is a young adult read that I am happy to recommend!

About the Author:
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than five million. She is the author of several Christmas books from Revell, including the bestselling The Christmas BusThe Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington's, which is being considered for a TV movie. She is also the author of many teen books, including Just Another GirlAnything but NormalDouble Take, the Life at Kingston High series, and the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. She is the winner of aRomantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series andFinding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon.

For more information about Melody visit her website at

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