Amish Author Marta Perry & Where Secrets Sleep

Marta Perry

My guest today is Amish author Marta Perry. She is offering a copy of her latest title Where Secrets Sleep so be sure to leave a comment. Here’s Marta:

The atmosphere was perfect

The idea for the Secrets series of books came to me when my husband and I were doing one of our favorite things—staying at a bed and breakfast inn. The moment I saw The Towers, an imposing Italianate Victorian mansion, I was enthralled. By the time I’d taken in the elaborate interior, lovingly restored to its 1800s condition, I knew the atmosphere was perfect for a romantic suspense novel, and when we left, I was already scribbling madly in my notebook, creating the first story.

Fleeing a betrayal 

Allison Standish, a devoutly urban interior designer, is the fish-out-of-water in my fictional community of Laurel Ridge. Fleeing a betrayal by both her boss and the man she thought she loved, she arrives in the small town eager to wind up the details of her estranged grandmother’s unexpected legacy so that she can have the means to start a new life far from the wreckage of the old one. But Allison soon learns there are strings attached to her legacy, as she finds herself running Blackburn House, a Victorian mansion converted to house businesses and offices, and acting as partner to an Amish woman in running a quilt shop in the building.

The terms of her bequest

No sooner has she become acquainted with the terms of her bequest than she has to start dealing with a parade of discontented people, including unknown cousins, townspeople with agendas, and an especially annoying cabinet-maker, Nick Whiting, who takes issue with every one of her plans. Allison has to call upon all of the tact she’s ever employed in her career to balance all the claims, and she finds herself constantly adjusting her big city expectations to the small town values of everyone around her. To her surprise, her Amish partner, Sarah, is a valuable asset in helping her negotiate the maze of claims and counter-claims, and Allison soon learns to appreciate the qualities that make up an Amish attitude toward life.

Where Secrets Sleep

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Danger soon mounts

But the situation turns dangerous when Allison discovers evidence that her grandmother had detected wrong-doing on the part of someone in Blackburn House, and that her death may not have been the accident everyone believes. Danger soon mounts with attacks on Allison, and her annoyance with Nick becomes a minor factor compared with his determination to protect her at all costs. It will take all her physical courage to survive, but it will take emotional courage to conquer the baggage she carries from her past, accept what’s happened to her, and move on to love.–Marta

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Leave a comment to enter the drawing for a copy of Where Secrets Sleep.

QUESTION: Have you ever stayed at a bed and breakfast? If so, did you enjoy it? If not, would you like to? Why?–Lyn

PS-I’ll be previewing new books by other Plain People authors–more Marta, Ann H Gabhart, Judith Miller and me on Weds. Don’t miss them!


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51 Responses to Amish Author Marta Perry & Where Secrets Sleep

  1. Hello Lyn and Marta. I love the cover picture and also the review. Would love the chance to win it. I have never been to a Bed and Breakfast, but know many who love them. I never get to travel unless to a family re-union. Hope it is a stand alone. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  2. Connie Saunders says:

    No, I haven’t had the chance yet but I think it would be so enjoyable. I enjoyed reading about this new book.
    Thank you and blessings!

  3. Melanie Backus says:

    I have stayed in a B&B and I enjoyed it very much.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

  4. Tammy Traxler says:

    I have not stayed at a bed and breakfast but I have wanted to. They have changed over the years I know, but now most of them have their own bathroom in each suite. I love Marta’s books.

  5. Shelia Hall says:

    Yes, I have and enjoyed it very much

  6. Loretta Shumpert says:

    I have stayed at quite a few B&Bs and have not dissapointed in any of them. In fact, it has been a positive experience each time.

  7. Ola Norman says:

    Can’t wait to read this one!

  8. kim amundsen says:

    Love all your books.

  9. Nita says:

    I enjoy reading Marta’s books. Would love to stay in a bed and breakfast. Maybe this summer!

  10. Martha Peace says:

    Love your books thanks for a chance to win

  11. Brenda Murphree says:

    i have never stayed at a B & B before! I know I would not like it if you had to share a bathroom! And when I get away a few days I don’t want to constantly run into people that wants to talk a lot! I guess I am antisocial when I’m on a vacation. I guess everyone is different. I would love to win this book!

  12. Pam Scott says:

    No, I have never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast. I’m an all-amenities type of person so that is not my kind of thing.

  13. Lucy says:

    I stayed at a B&B once, but it felt really awkward. I didn’t like sharing a bathroom. I love Marta’s books. TY for the chance.

  14. Debi Smith says:

    Love Marta Perry books and Books about Amish.

    • Debi Smith says:

      I have never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast Amish or otherwise. But would love (on my bucket list) to go to Amish country to visit and stay in one.

  15. Brenda orsbon says:

    Would love to win Marta Perry ‘s book. Have all I can get my hands on . Great writer. Keep up the great writing. Have never been to a bed and breakfast before but it sounds great. Almost one time in South Carolina.

  16. Helen Clouse says:

    I love Marta Perry books. Seems like I’ve been reading her stories forever and they just keep getting better.

  17. Kay Bossard says:

    I have never stayed at a B & B but would really love to someday! Amish country of course! I would love to win this contest. I have several of Marta Perry’s books and enjoyed them. God bless.

  18. terry wilson says:

    My husband and I stayed at a local B&B in Peru Indiana for our 20th anniversary. He surprised me. It was great fun

  19. Jeanie Dannheim says:

    I have not yet stayed at a bed and breakfast. Especially after reading some of the Grace Chapel Inn series and various other series and mysteries, I really would like to. They sound cozy, comfortable, the perfect way to spend time in a “classic” or vintage home (whatever the correct term is). Used to love seeing the grand old homes where I grew up and being in one of those homes even for a night would be fun and interesting.

  20. Charlotte says:

    I have never stayed at a bed and breakfast. Maybe someday if the right occasion comes along. I have enjoyed several novels set in bed and breakfasts though. Great reading!

  21. Diana Pugh says:

    No, I have never stayed in a bed and breakfast, but I really love every book you write, I buy them all. Ty.

  22. Amy says:

    I have not stayed at one, and right now with three little ones it wouldn’t be quite as fun as in a few years when my hubby and I could take a grown-up vacation – then we’d love to!!!

  23. Joan Kurth says:

    I have never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast but I would love to! I have read a lot about them and I have read and heard that they give you a yummy breakfast!

  24. jean fierro says:

    I love Marta Perry’s books. Looking forward to reading this latest one. I stayed at a B&B once many years ago and enjoyed it a lot.

  25. Judy Miller says:

    Hi Marty,
    I’ve stayed in a number of B&B’s, but my most “interesting” experience was at a B&B in New York. Several of us were on book tour and as the owner took us upstairs, there was a beautiful hand-woven blanket hanging at the first landing. One of the gals moved the blanket ever so slightly as she pointed it out to us and a BAT came flying out from behind the blanket. You never heard so many shrieks in your life. We all raced for our rooms, slammed our doors and did a thorough search for any other unwanted “residents.”
    Needless to say, I’ve had some wonderful experiences at B&B’s and some that weren’t quite so grand–but all have been memorable.
    Don’t put my name in the hat for the drawing. It’s a great read and I want one of these other ladies to have the pleasure. 🙂

  26. Connie Price says:

    I have never stayed in a bed and breakfast-but would like to. Much more personal than a chain motel! This sounds like a fun read! Thanks for the introduction!

  27. Sherrie Herman says:

    Would love to win this book sounds so interesting!! Thank you for the opportunity.

  28. Always fun to read about where an author gets inspiration for her stories. I love the title of your book, Marta. Where Secrets Sleep. That’s just perfect and has that mysterious edge that makes you want to dive into the story right away to find out what happens next.

  29. Ellen Gray says:

    Yes, my husband stayed at a B & B. It was wonderful. The room was beautiful and quiet and breakfast was around a big table like family.

  30. Cheryl Baranski says:

    I have never stayed at a Bed & Breakfast. I would love to. Just not in our budget though.

  31. wilma says:

    would love to win your book

  32. wilma says:

    have always stayed in hotels……love to win one of your books!

  33. Joan Arning says:

    I have never stayed at a B&B! I’m sure it depends on the type of vacation you are taking. It would be good for a relaxing getaway.

  34. Amy Bickel says:

    I’ve never stayed at a bed and breakfast. Haven’t had much opportunity to travel.

  35. Marta Perry says:

    Thanks so much, everyone, for stopping by. Susan, the Laura Ingalls Wilder tour sounds great. I’d love to do one. Last year I had a chance to tour the Anne of Green Gables farm when I was on a trip to Canada, and that was wonderful!

    • Sherrie Herman says:

      That sounds like it would be so much fun. I may have to look into doing it for myself and my mom.

  36. Michelle Conti says:

    Never stayed at a bed and breakfast. Have a favorite Inn we stay at in Ohio Amish Country 🙂

  37. Julie S says:

    I have never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast. Someday I’d like to though!

  38. Maryann says:

    I have never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast. Its something we have considered and maybe we will take a leap and try it in the future. I would like to stay at one in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in Amish country.

    • Marta Perry says:

      You will find lots to like at Bed and Breakfast Inns in Lancaster County. We’ve stayed at a number of them. Usually they feature a strong connection to the Amish, sometimes with Amish staff, sometimes set next to Amish farms, often serving Amish dishes for breakfast. You can sometimes arrange to have a meal in an Amish home through the inn’s proprietor, and you’d really enjoy that!

  39. paula Osborne says:

    Hello Ladies, I have never been at a bed and breakfast but sure would like to, dont get to travel much. I am liking the sound of this story and have read Marta before so know it will be a great one.
    thanks for sharing with us Lyn.
    Looking forward to this story Marta.

  40. Deanne Patterson says:

    I have never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast. I know I would love it though. Taking care of my 12 children every day does not leave me much time to relax and we have never gone on a vacation as a family. I would love to sit and talk to the Bed and Breakfast keeper an find out more about the area and where to go to site see.They are decorated so beautifully, it would be a great get away. I absolutely love your books snd alays look for them at the locsl librry. I would love to have a chance to read this one. Thank you for the opportunity !

  41. Patricia Ullmann says:

    I have never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast, but have always wanted to do this. Hopefully one day I can. Because of so many books having them in their story, I have dreamed what it would be like to stay in one in a small town with mom and pop stores, restaurants and cute shops.

  42. i cannot wait to read this – though I’d love to win – I’ll buy it if I don’t ????.

  43. Barb Przybylski says:

    Never stayed at a bed and breakfast but would really like to some day. I’ve read several of Marta Perrys book and loved all of them. Would like to be the winner of this book.

  44. Rebecca Maney says:

    I have not ever stayed at a bed and breakfast; I have considered them an option, but for one reason or another, we made a another choice. I would love to try it. rmaney(at)firstarpchurch(dot)org

  45. amyc says:

    I stayed one night at a bed and breakfast. I did like it. It made me get out and enjoy hiking trails and God’s beauty.

  46. Sonja says:

    Yes, I have stayed in various bed and Breakfasts. Including one in an Amish area. I enjoyed it alot and the breakfast was great. In one bed and breakfast, we were the only guests and the hostess sat and visited with us and ate breakfast with us. Really nice. sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

  47. Susan Floyd Fletcher says:

    I have stayed at 2 Bed and Breakfasts when I went with a tour group out west to the Laura Ingalls Wilder’s sites. It was a good experience, but I prefer hotels/motels. I love Marta Perry’s books, and hope to win this one. Thanks!
    Susan in NC