Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Shelley Shepard Gray & His Risk

Posted March 24, 2018 by meezcarrie in Amish, Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, mystery/suspense, romance, Shelley Shepard Gray / 8 Comments


Hi friends! I love chatting with Shelley Shepard Gray, any chance I get, and today she’s here to talk about the character who has lingered with me the most from His Risk.

An undercover English DEA agent will do anything to protect the Amish girl he loves.

Calvin Fisher left the Amish community at fourteen and never looked back. Only his brother’s illness can bring him back to Hart County. Now, as Calvin works to make amends, he meets Alice, a local nursery school teacher, and falls hard for her. But he has a secret that could threaten the happiness he’s finally found.

Alice shouldn’t like-or want-Calvin. He’s English, has a questionable past, and an even more questionable job. Still, she can’t help being intrigued. Though Calvin assures Alice that he’s worthy of her, she’s torn between surrendering to her growing feelings and steering clear of him.

When a sudden surge of criminal activity alarms the community and even targets Alice, Calvin fears that his double life has put everyone he loves at risk. As for Alice, she can’t help but wonder if the brave and honorable man she’s lost her heart to is far more dangerous than she could ever imagine.

My Review:


One of my favorite chapters from HIS RISK is between the hero, Calvin Fisher, and a secondary character in the novel, Irene Keim. The chapter takes place near the end of the novel, and it involves Calvin taking Irene to the parking lot of a place where he used to live.

At first Irene is confused and not all that happy that Calvin insisted she take this little field trip with him. She’s hurting and confused by some of the things that had happened earlier and is afraid Calvin will make things worse instead of better.

But instead of hurting her, he reminds her of how they both had overcome so much. Calvin is also brutally honest. He talks about the mistakes he’s made in his past and what he knows about the person they both are mourning. Irene has a really hard time hearing his words—but then Calvin shares that he knows that God hasn’t given up on them. His faith and his belief that they are both deserving of God’s grace is what finally heals Irene and gives her hope for the future.

I wrote this scene after I finished the first draft of the novel and found myself worrying about Irene in the middle of the night. I knew that I needed this scene for her almost as much as the novel did! (Funny how these characters become so real to me.) When I finished writing this chapter, I knew that God had been with me, writing those words. It was a great feeling.

I’m happy to share that I’ve been so worried about Irene getting her own HEA that I gave her a story of her own! It’s called The Courage to Love and it’s a novella in October’s An Amish Homecoming. I hope you’ll look for it and cheer Irene on as much as I did.


Can I just say how excited I am that Shelley is giving Irene a story?!? I’ve been worried about her too lol ♥

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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Enter to win a copy of His Risk. Five winners will be chosen! Click the image below to enter to win. The winners will be announced March 28 on the Litfuse blog!

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What about you? Which recent secondary character has captured your heart?

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8 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Shelley Shepard Gray & His Risk

  1. Kay Garrett

    Love Shelley Shepard Gray’s books and can’t wait for the opportunity to read “His Risk”.

  2. Jean Dixon

    I really dont have favorite characters but agree that irene is a great one cant wait to read hopefully win this book also the courage to love ty and God bless you! Love your books!

  3. Marilyn Brown was

    I have just started Amish/ mystery books and really enjoy them Thanks for the opportunity to enter this giveaway.

  4. patricia rose

    Have not read so no favorite, but would love to read, i have only read a few amish, i like like suspense and romance,

  5. Ellen L Gray

    I recently read Beverly Lewis’ books The Crossroad and The Postcard and really liked the secondary character Lavina, the main character Rachel’s distant cousin. She was a strong supporter of Rachel’s faith.

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