By Shelley Shepard Gray
All I can say after reading this book is "WOW!"
This is the fourth book in "the Amish of Hart County Series" , however can be easily read as a standalone book. As a fan of Shelley's novels, I picked up the book knowing that I would enjoy it and it would be good, but this book simply blew me away!! I was captivated from the beginning to the end. It meets every requirement I have for the ideal read and then some!! It had magnetic qualities- pulling me into the story, and making me travel this tense journey of life alongside Calvin , the main character.
Calvin Fisher left his Amish community when he was fourteen and never returned. Until now!! It was only his brother's ill health that brought him back to Hart County. As this young man works to earn forgiveness , he meets Alice, a young nursery school teacher. AND .... the struggles begin as a romance develops, despite Calvin's deep, dark secret that could threaten his new found happiness.
Alice knows that her attraction to this secretive man is wrong. He is an Englischer now, as well as having a questionable job. Calvin attempts to convince her of his worth , however, she fights the attraction toward him. After all, she is a faithful member of the Amish Community.
Suddenly, the small community in which Alice resides, is alive with criminal activity. Calvin fears that his double life has put everyone in danger, particularly one special young lady for whom he is developing deep feelings. Alice begins to doubt her feelings and wonder if she is wrong about her confidence in Calvin's honor.
The characters in this novel are so realistically and well described that I immediately became part of their lives, living the highs and lows alongside them. Calvin became my hero! He dealt with Alice is such a kind, loving manner while dealing with his dangerous, threatening job. Alice is a sweet Amish girl who becomes my best friend. I wanted to give her a big hug and support her in her fearful experiences.
The plot is one that kept me on the edge of my seat from the first page of the book to the last! It was full of unexpected twists and turns and kept my heart throbbing throughout. For those readers who love suspense, this is a book that should not be missed!! For those who love Amish Fiction, this is a unique book that will grab you and not let you go.
Written in Shelley Shepard Gray's unique style, this book is a true winner!! It had a depth that is admirable. There is much more than what is apparent on the surface. As you did deep within the characters' lives, you discover surprising and yes, shocking details.
Definitely a five star book!!! What will this author come up with next??? This is going to tough one to beat!
This book was a gift. The thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.
About the Author:
Shelley Shepard Gray lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. A busy wife and mother of two, she spends her days writing and keeping track of her two teenagers. Her two dogs keep her company when she writes in her basement.
Shelley enjoys writing about the Amish and visits Amish communities in Adams and Holmes counties several times a year. When not spending time with her family or writing, she serves on several committees in her church.
She also bakes a lot, loves coconut cream pie, and will hardly ever pull weeds, mow the yard, or drive in the snow.
Shelley also spends a lot of time on line! Please visit her website, www.shelleyshepardgray.com to find out her latest news...or become her friend on FaceBook.