by Shelley Shepard Gray
on Tour July 10 - August 10, 2017
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray delivers the next novel in her Amish of Hart County series—a suspenseful tale of an Amish man who will risk all to protect the woman he loves.
Mark Fisher has returned home to Hart County, determined to put the past behind him. Two years ago, after being wrongly accused of assault, he left the Amish community, though never forgot his home. When the one person who had helped him through his rough times asks for help, Mark returns. But it is pretty Waneta Cain who makes him want to stay…
Neeta is one of the few people in Hart County who doesn’t believe Mark is guilty of hurting anyone. However, his worldliness and tough exterior do make her uneasy. As she begins to see the real man behind all the gossip and prejudice, she wonders if he is the man for her.
Just when Mark starts to believe a new life is possible, a close friend of Neeta’s is attacked. Once again, everyone in the community seems to believe he is guilty. But what hurts most is Neeta’s sudden wariness around him. When another woman is hurt, a woman who is close to both Neeta and himself, Mark fears he knows the real culprit. And time is running out. Will Mark be able to find him before Neeta becomes his next victim?
This novel might be a bit of a twist in the Amish genre. Not all is well and peaceful in this Amish village. While I would describe it as a cozy mystery as there is little violence described, this novel clearly portrays the prejudice and violence that can arise in an Amish community.
Gray's novel is driven by character issues. The community must face their attitudes toward Mark, a man who has been cleared of past accusations of violence. I was surprised at the prejudice many retained toward him. Mark has difficulty overcoming his troubled past to make a relationship in the present. He also faces the cost of his own family loyalty.
I recommend this novel to those who enjoy the Amish genre and novels concentrating on character development. You'll have the opportunity to think about how one faces his past to live in the present. You'll be challenged to think about forgiveness and restoration. You'll get a little suspense and a little romance too.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Book Details:Genre: Fiction, Amish Fiction
Published by: Avon Inspire/HarperCollins
Publication Date: July 4th 2017
Number of Pages: 304
ISBN: 0062469134 (ISBN13: 9780062469137)
Series: The Amish of Hart County #2 | It is a stand-alone novel
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
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Author Bio: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.
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I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel through Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours. My review is an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy for this blog provided by Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours.