Shelley Shepard Gray joins us today to talk about the hero of her new novel, His Guilt. (You can read my review here) First, let’s look at the book itself!
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?
SERIES: The Amish of Hart County #2
GENRE: Inspirational Amish Suspense
PUBLISHER: Avon Inspire
RELEASE DATE: July 4, 2017
Other Books In This Series
Mark Fisher is the hero of HIS GUILT, the second installment of the AMISH OF HART COUNTY series. Though I’ve made up some pretty good characters before, I have to admit that I’ve written few heroes who were more heroic. With that in mind, I thought you might like to know a bit more about him.
Here are the basic facts about Mark:
*He’s tall and built like a pro athlete. I had a Reebok ad with JJ Watt on it, so he was my inspiration. : )
*He has dark brown eyes and brown hair
Those features helped make him handsome, which I thought would help both the reader and Waneta, the heroine of the novel give him a second look.
But Mark’s looks weren’t what made him heroic or swoon-worthy. (at least in this author’s opinion)
What I liked so much about Mark was how upstanding and good he was…and how he’d been that way for most of his life. Growing up, he had to always look after his little brother Calvin, who was four years younger than him. He and Calvin were born to parents who didn’t feel the need to look after them. The boys were poor and hungry and because their parents weren’t well-liked many people in the community just kind of pretended they didn’t notice how neglected Mark and his brother were. Even at a young age, Mark took on all kinds of odd jobs in order to provide for his brother.
Unfortunately, Mark’s efforts weren’t enough to heal Calvin. Calvin leaves home when he’s only a teenager. Eventually, he gets in a lot of trouble and Mark blames himself.
A few years after Calvin leaves, despite Mark’s best efforts, he is brought in for questioning when a woman in the community has been brutally attacked. Even after he was found innocent, a cloud of doubt still surrounds him. Mark leaves Horse Cave, KY for two years, feeling both ashamed and angry about his reputation.
The day Mark returns back home is the beginning of HIS GUILT.
Obviously, Mark has a lot of baggage to attend to, and I did my best to have him deal with it-and fall in love-all while more women in the area are getting attacked. Yep, this book is packed with several storylines and features a few other characters who are fighting their own battles, too.
I hope you’ll join Mark on this journey, and cheer for him like I did when he finally finds his happily ever after.
Oh! And if you find your heart softening toward his brother Calvin…Calvin’s story will be published in March, 2018. His book is titled HIS RISK.
Comment from Carrie: Did you HEAR me SQUEALING with excitement that Calvin’s story is coming up?!?!
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.
What about you? What interests you the most about Mark and his story?