The problem with books by Shelley Shepard Gray is that they end too soon, they are too quick to read, and they’re gone before you know it. The Gift is the third installment in this series, and it is no exception. You can read my review of His Guilt here. The story is immediately engaging and the characters endearing. Gray wastes no time in diving into the plot and her development is just as quick and thorough. I find myself unable to put the books down. The dialogue is engaging and characters bring an interesting twist on Amish Fiction.
Gray’s characters are relatable, sisters totally different yet bonded in friendship, neighbors struggling with change and hardship, families divided and unified all appear in this intriguing mystery set in Amish country. I love that the story carries Amish tradition in its setting and plot but that unexpected parts of the culture and reality of a modern world also appear. Gray’s stories really are a fresh face to Amish fiction.
I am already excitedly awaiting the next book and to see where Hart County and the mysteries there take us next. Thanks to Litfuse Publicity for providing me a copy in exchange for my honest review. I hope you will check out Shelley Shepard Gray here and purchase your own copy of the book here! Let’s book club the next one if you do. And just an inside scoop they are fabulous on audiobook too!
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About the book:
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.