Book Review (and a Giveaway!): His Guilt by Shelley Shepard Gray

July 17, 2017 Amish, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Kentucky, mystery/suspense, romance, Shelley Shepard Gray 18

about the book

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?

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SERIES: The Amish of Hart County #2
GENRE: Inspirational Amish Suspense
PUBLISHER: Avon Inspire
RELEASE DATE: July 4, 2017
PAGES: 304

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“Stop carrying the guilt.”

Shelley Shepard Gray knows how to deliver thrilling Amish suspense with a touch of romance and a dash of humor!

Just as in Her Secret, the title of His Guilt could apply to any number of men throughout the book. The three I’m thinking of in particular each have some sort of guilt they are holding onto, whether or not it’s warranted. And the community as a whole is happy to heap it on, in response to their own fears.

Gray’s Amish characters aren’t part of a bonnet-and-straw-hat-wearing utopia. Instead, they are realistically flawed and delightfully human. The good, the bad, and the ugly all get some page time, and we can learn more than a thing or two about ourselves in the process. Domestic abuse, substance abuse, assault, attempted rape, prejudice, and gossip are addressed with grace and dignity – and countering them all is kindness and faith. Waneta and Mark are written with such heart and personality that they will quickly feel like friends, and you will be fully invested in how their story plays out.

Shelley2The suspense angle in His Guilt is both chilling and heartwrenching. When I thought I had it figured out, Gray would write a scene with just the right amount of vagueness to make me question my astute sleuthing skills. The truly warped villain and a community on edge will keep YOU on edge, and heaven forbid anyone try to talk to you during one especially riveting scene. “Not. Now. I’m watching my book.” (Really movie-worthy action scene)

Bottom Line: Might not want to read this one at night!! But do make sure you read it! Between the gossip flying left and right, the multiple suspects, the intriguing subplots, and the sweet message of faith I couldn’t put it down. Shelley Shepard Gray writes with warmth and grace, even when the story turns dark, reiterating the message that hope and healing are always within reach.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4+ stars / Riveting

KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion

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about the author

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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18 Responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): His Guilt by Shelley Shepard Gray”

  1. Carolyn Astfalk

    Argh. This might be the one that makes me give Amish fiction a(nother) shot. I’ve enjoyed some of Shelley Sheppard Gray’s non-Amish books.

    • Carrie

      you really should – Shelley is the reason I started reading Amish fiction (her Secrets of Crittenden County series that I started with is still my fave)

  2. Paula S.

    I have enjoyed Shelley’s books about the Worlds Fair! This looks interesting!

  3. Jo Ann

    Looks like a great read. I love Amish fiction.
    Having lived in Amish country as a child, it brings back
    memories of more simpler life.

  4. Beverly Duell-Moore

    I’ve just started to read “Her Secret”! Love what I’ve read so far!

  5. Evangeline

    I have enjoy yes Shelley’s books in the past and would love to win a copy of this one.

  6. Evangeline

    I have enjoyed Shelley’s books in the past and would love to win a copy of this one.

  7. Wendy

    Shelley , have been enjoying your books for a long time !! Just picked up His Guilt !! Can’t wait to read this one !! Thank you !!

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