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

Posted May 17, 2024 by meezcarrie in Amish, Book Review, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, mystery/suspense, romance, Shelley Shepard Gray / 40 Comments

Unforgiven book review

Unforgiven by Shelley Shepard GrayUNFORGIVEN by Shelley Shepard Gray
GENRE: Contemporary Romance/Suspense (Clean)
RELEASE DATE: May 21, 2024
PAGES: 292

I love the way Shelley Shepard Gray writes heroes that appear big and tough on the outside but turn into teddy bears with the people they care about, specifically the woman they love … and Seth Zimmerman is one of my favorites! This ex-con has had my attention since I first met him in another series (though he is a slightly different variation of that character here), but he completely stole my heart in Unforgiven. He was exactly what Tabitha Yoder needed, and she in turn was exactly what he needed too. I absolutely loved watching these two fall in love. Seth on a mission – to protect Tabitha, yes, but also to woo her – is incredibly swoony.

Both Seth and Tabitha are former Amish, now isolated from their community (though not shunned) because of choices they made. Seth, for being an ex-con (after accidentally causing the death of someone who was attacking a friend). Tabitha, for daring to divorce her abusive husband after he took one precious life and nearly took hers, too. That’s another thing I love about Gray’s Amish novels – she never tries to portray the Amish as perfect saints who live in a utopia but as flawed human beings just like the rest of us who are touched by the same things we deal with in the ‘Englisch’ world. The tough topics in Unforgiven are handled with an abundance of grace and lots of heart, tempered with sweet romance and moments of wit, too. Seth and Tabitha are truly good characters with compelling backstories, and the Amish they still interact with are as well. Including Seth’s sister and her new beau, whose perspectives I also enjoyed reading.

Bottom Line: Unforgiven is another heartfelt and layered story from Shelley Shepard Gray with absolutely engaging characters you’ll love right away. Along with the charming romance (plus a bonus), there’s an air of underlying danger and fear that lurks around Tabitha, thanks to her ex-husband, that gives the book a dash of suspense to keep tensions high. The perfect excuse for Seth’s teddy bear heroic side to come out, something which certainly put a grin on my face, but for Tabitha to find her own inner strength as well (which also made me smile). This book really does have it all – including an adorable hund – so make sure you’ve added it to your TBR list!

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

My Rating: 4.5 stars / loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3+ / will forget to breathe on occasion

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Shelley Shepard Gray
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Shelley Shepard Grayis the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 100 books, including Unforgiven. Two-time winner of the HOLT Medallion and a Carol Award finalist, Gray lives in Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail. Learn more at

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What about you? What makes you want to read Unforgiven by Shelley Shepard Gray?

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40 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Unforgiven by Shelley Shepard Gray

  1. MS Barb

    There are some interesting characters & backgrounds for this book! What can Tabitha do to protect herself!???

  2. Joan Kurth

    I have read so many of Shelley Shepard Gray’s books and this sounds like another winner!

  3. Janet Putney

    I love Shelley’s books and have read her Sycamore Circle books and loved the character of Seth. I can’t wait to read his story. It sounds like a fascinating story.

  4. Maryann

    Shelley always writes such great stories! Amish fiction is one of my favorite genres to read.

  5. I always read the book excerpt before choosing a story to read- after reading the book excerpt on “Unforgiven” – I want to read this book-thanks

  6. Nancy

    I would like to read Unforgiven by Shelley Shepard Gray because I like to learn about the Amish.

  7. Janice Moore

    I would like to read about Tabitha’s courage to divorce due to abuse, in a community that doesn’t approve.

  8. Carol Alscheff

    I enjoy reading g stories about second chances. This sounds like another great book from Shelley Shephard Gray.

  9. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on UNFORGIVEN by Shelley Shepard Gray. LOVE this author’s books and this one is already on my TBR list. Sounds like an amazing read. Can’t wait for the opportunity to read and review it.

  10. Anne

    A captivating and intriguing novel that is a treasure to enjoy. I enjoy Shelley’s books greatly.

  11. Elle

    I would be very interested to read this book and learn more about the world of these characters.

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