Thursday, November 16, 2017

Book Review: The Gift by Shelley Shepard Gray

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The Gift: The Amish of Hart County by [Gray, Shelley Shepard]

The Gift: The Amish of Hart County

From Amazon:
New York Times Bestselling Author Shelley Shepard Gray gifts us with a special Christmas story about love and blessings in this next book in her 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.

My thoughts:

The Gift captured my attention right away with a great who done it mystery paired with a wonderful touch of romance.  Taken to the countryside with vivid descriptions I fell into the Amish way of life.  

There were well developed characters throughout but the whole Swartz family were my favorite characters. They were a tight-knit family who cared for each other dearly.  I was so impressed with them all, from the dad who wants to protect his family, to the mom who cares so deeply, and then the sisters who stood by each other.

Shelly reminds us how lives can be affected by lies and misconception and that its best to investigate before you pass judgement.  

I loved the ending and I feel like even though it was heartbreaking, it was a good end to the story.  

Although this is the third book in the series I feel as though it can be read alone without any problem. 

I received this book compliments of Litfuse Publicity.    I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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