Friday, June 27, 2014

BOOK GIVEAWAY AND REVIEW OF AN UNFORGIVABLE SECRET BY J.E.B. SPREDEMANN


Yesterday I reviewed a young adult Amish book by J.E.B. Spredemann, and today I am reviewing an adult Amish fiction by the same author.  This book is very special.  It is beautifully written and tells the tale and aftermath of a devastating secret.  I have to say the author surprised me; I didn't suspect what was coming at all!

Jennifer Spredemann has generously offered to sponsor the giveaway of one copy of this novel, An Unforgivable Secret.  I'm so excited about this as the book carries a very powerful message!  The contest is open to all US residents.  Please leave a comment below including your email address.  I will announce the winner next Wednesday, July 2, 2014 and notify the winner by email.
For a chance to win this incredible novel, just comment below and add your email address, the winner will be posted July 2nd.


Rarely does a book claim to have a secret that is as well kept as J. E. B. Spredemann’s An Unforgivable Secret (Blessed Publishing).  This well written book is shocking and surprising, filled with tender moments of romance and forgiveness on one page and dark depression, tragedy, and self-loathing on the next page.  Readers are cautioned to keep tissues handy with the conclusion of this novel being uplifting and faith-affirming.

An Unforgivable Secret is the story of Hannah, Christian, and Samuel.  They have all grown up together, having been school chums for years, and playing together in each other’s barns.  When they get to their Rumspringa time, Samuel was going to ask Hannah if he could give her a ride home but Christian asks first.  Hannah and Christian start dating and get serious.  Christian decides to sneak behind Hannah’s back and begins to see an Englischer girl.  Samuel is disgusted with Christian’s behavior but keeps quiet.  Christian asks Hannah to marry him and she is over-the-moon excited. 

Unfortunately on the night he is to break it off with his Englischer girlfriend, Hannah happens to be at the same restaurant and sees them together.  The next evening at the young people's get together, Hannah confronts Christian with what she saw and breaks it off with him.

Shortly after that, Samuel decides to move to Ohio to start his life without his best friends, Christian and Hannah.  Samuel has family that lives in Ohio and has met a girl, Carolanne.  In time, they marry.  Meanwhile, Christian and Hannah reconcile and marry as well.  The years go by but something is not right with Hannah; the depression and feelings of unworthiness take their toll on her.

Hannah’s luck runs out and her scandalous secret is revealed.  The author deals with very sensitive topics in an extraordinarily thoughtful and caring manner. The amazing forgiveness that God gives to all His people is shown.  The author reinforces the theme that there is no sin God will not forgive; the Bible passages quoted give soothing words for all God’s children.  An Unforgivable Secret is a well-paced, page turning success.  Characters are well defined, the message is timely and beautifully delivered, plus the author skillfully manages to keep readers guessing quite a while before exposing the secret.  An Unforgivable Secret was published June 8, 2013.

26 comments:

  1. I would to have a chance to read your books. I love reading Amish fiction. They remind me of the country we renin would like to live again if possible.

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  2. I love reading Amish fiction books. They give me such a peace inside when I read them. I love sitting on my back deck laying on my porch swing listening to the birds sing while I read. ---Penny Cogburn

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    1. My email address is kanuu_gurl@yahoo.com

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  3. I'd love to win a copy of this.
    cathyann40@yahoo.com

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  4. Wow! What an interesting sounding book! I would be honored to win a copy of "An Unforgivsble Secret"!! I am looking forward to reading tnis and finding out what Hannah's secret is!!
    Thank you.
    Elaine
    tinkerbell2by2@gmail.com

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  5. Would love to win a copy of this book.
    seraphinangel7(at)aol(dot)com

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  6. I would love to win a copy -- it could be an after birthday gift! Thank you for the opportunity.

    Barbara Beers
    barbarabeers (at) verizon (dot) net

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  7. Brenda AndrezeywskiJune 27, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Thank you Gloria :-) would love to win :-) make a great belated birthday gift to me :-) we love reading God based books! This is so nice of ya to do this give away :-). Anyone who wins will be truly blessed!

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  8. Thank you Gloria for hosting this giveaway for J. Spredemann. I enjoy reading Amish fiction -- they are normal people that have trials as well as joys in life. My email is cmcfaithingod@gmail.com

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  9. Would love to win. This would be the first book I have read by this author. Christy at christyjc@bellsouth.net

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  10. would love to win as this would be a new author for me valerie
    impicbb@juno.com

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  11. This sounds like a very intriguing book I love new authors and this one I have not read before so am interested in his style of writing about the Amish.
    dkw1999@gmail.com is my email so if I get lucky and win this book

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  12. I love all Amish books. Would love to win

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  13. Avid Amish fiction reader. Especially love the ones that keep you on the edge of your seat.
    dcofohio@yahoo.com

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  14. would love to read this. Plus, an author I've never tried. What better way to find good authors than a contest. pattysdream@yahoo.com

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  15. I would love to win this book. pattysdream@yahoo.com

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  16. Thank you for such a generous opportunity. blackbird365@aol.com

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  17. Wow just reading your Review makes me want to Read the Whole Book, sure would like to win this so I can...
    wthomp@windstream.net

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    1. Jean, this book honestly is quite remarkable, it is very well written and will hold your interest. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  18. I so would love to read this! Nothing like a book with a bit of surprise and being Amish related makes it that much better!
    lori@hazelriverscenicstudio.com

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  19. This book sounds great.I would love to win it.Thanks for the chance.jackie_tessnair@yahoo.com

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  20. Love to read and would so appreciate winning the book.
    Thank You
    fabricluv@gmail.com

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  21. This sounds like a great read. I would love to win this book. Thank You for the chance! lmhenson741@gmail.com

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  22. Thank you to all who entered, and thank you, Gloria, for your awesome review! I'm glad you enjoyed the book. I pray God will use it to touch many hearts. Can't wait to see who wins! Blessings, Jenn

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  23. I would love to read this. Looks like a great book. I really enjoy your works!

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