Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Gift-another great book by Shelley Shepard Gray {The Amish of Hart County book 3}

The Amish of Hart County series continues to be a winner for both Gray as well as her readers. Even though this is a series, each book stands very much on its own; The Gift is no exception, as anyone could read this and be fully drawn into the storyline without any confusion or missing information. The Gift is great in the way it looks at how finances and hardships affect even the Amish. The main storyline revolves around the Vance family, who had to sell their beloved farm, and the Schwartz family, who was able to buy the farm at a very reduced price. One family feels they have lost everything, the other feels they have gained the world. The complexities of the novel take place when the reader sees how the children within each family--specifically Neil Vance and Susanna Schwartz--are affected by the hurt, confusion, jealousy, and rejection that surround the farm transitioning from one family to the other. The tension increases when misfortune & accidents keep befalling Susanna and her family. The plot continues to weave through the various aspects of Neil & Susanna's relationship, has very solid secondary characters, and keeps the antagonist a secret until the very end of the novel. It's a wonderful novel, and I look forward to book number four!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher, but was under no obligation to write a review. My honest opinion has been provided without any requirement to write a positive review.*

The Gift: The Amish of Hart County(Avon Inspire, November 2017)
A special Christmas story about love and blessings in the next book in the Amish of Hart County series
The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that causes her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into the icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous “accidents” that someone wants them gone.
Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it’s not the Schwartz family’s fault, but he can’t help but be resentful. Until he meets Susanna. She is kind-hearted and bold, and Neil can’t stop thinking about her pretty green eyes.
Neil thinks the accidents are just that, but Susanna’s father is convinced the Vance family is responsible. Susanna refuses to believe Neil would do anything to harm her. She’s fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out to uncover the truth before someone gets hurt . . . or worse.
Shelley Shepard GrayShelley 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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