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A Son's Vow #1 in the Charmed Life Series, by Shelly Shepard Gray
The Kinsinger siblings are struggling to find forgiveness and love due to a tragedy that occurred three months prior. Everything changed when Darla Kurtz's father was deemed responsible for a terrible fire, which killed him along with four other Amish men, at the town’s lumber mill. Now, the town people looked at her family differently, including Lukas Kinsinger, who Darla had always been close friends with. Her brother s anger at the town is starting to infect Darla. Lukas Kinsinger wants to mourn the loss of his father, but he is pressured by becoming the new head of his father’s lumber mill and being responsible for taking care of his three siblings. As Lukas and Darla attempt to repair their families, they discover something deeper than friendship growing between them. Will the town people change their opinion of Darla's family so the two can enjoy a happy future together?
Number of Pages: 288
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.31 X .65 (inches)|
Series: Charmed Amish Life
Shelley Shepard Gray’s first book in her Charmed Amish Life series is set in the quaint Amish village of Charm, Ohio, and tells the stories of the Kinsinger siblings who are each struggling to find both forgiveness and love in the face of tragedy.
Three months ago, everything changed for Darla Kurtz and her family. Darla’s father was responsible for a terrible fire at Charm’s lumber mill which killed five Amish men. And though he, too, lost his life, the town of Charm hasn’t looked at her family the same since. Even Lukas Kinsinger—with whom Darla used to have a close friendship.
Now her brother’s anger at the town is spilling over onto Darla, and she has the bruises to prove it. The accident already cost five lives, but if something doesn’t change soon, Darla fears it will cost her—and her family—even more.
Lukas Kinsinger wants to mourn the loss of his father, but he can hardly find the time to breathe. Suddenly the head of his father’s lumber mill and responsible for taking care of his three siblings, he’s feeling the pressure. He has also never felt more alone—especially with the new tension between he and Darla. But when he learns of her troubles at home, Lukas knows he can’t simply stand by and watch. Someone has to help her before another tragedy occurs.
As Lukas and Darla attempt to repair their families, they discover something deeper than friendship growing between them. But will Lukas and Darla’s love be accepted after so much loss? Or will the pain of the past overcome any chance of future happiness?
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.
“A beautiful story of faith, hope, and second chances. Her characters are so real that they feel like old friends. Once you open the book, you won’t put it down until you’ve reached the last page.”
“With her endearing and delightful characters, written in her trademark descriptive style, author Shelley Shepard Gray has once again crafted a story that will capture readers’ hearts from the first page.”
This contemporary Amish series-starter has something for everyone, including well-thought-out characters who hold their feelings close to protect their hearts. Gray writes about Amish life with charm and respect; she gives readers a glimpse into the simple way of life the Amish have embraced for generations.
Shelley is one of my favorites. An engaging, heartfelt story with characters who are easy to love. Sweet, heartwarming and wonderful. I savored every word.
Once I began reading it, I couldn’t set it aside until I had read every page...a delightful story.
Once again Shelley does an exceptional job at penning a story. I can always count on a good story line and a satisfying ending.
“If this first book is any indication of how the remainder of the series will be, I can hardly wait! It is a quick read (I finished in less than a day), complete with surprising twists. Gray tactfully addresses topics not commonly found in many Amish-themed novels.”
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5heart touchingOctober 19, 2016lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Lukas is the oldest of the Kinsinger siblings whose life, along with other families, has irrevocably changed due to a fire at the familys mill. Lukas lost his father and now he is the head of the mill and the family. As a result of the tragedy another resident of Charm has lost her father; however, some of the town folks blame Darla Kurtzs father for the fire.
Darla and Lukas have been close friends since they were little children and now both have to assume responsibility while trying to deal with their own grief. Darla works at the local post office to help care for her younger siblings; however, her brother Aaron, who works at the mill, has been different. Aaron is now an angry young man who, though pledged to marry Hope, is taking his anger out on Darla.
For me, I enjoy Shelleys tales as they are written so lifelike, meaning characters have real problems, feelings, etc. In book one of the series, we meet the two families and see the pain they are in and if Lukas can gain enough courage to pursue Darla even though she is not looked on favorably by others in Charm and most certainly not by Aaron!
I was glad I started with book one in the series as the other novels that follow flow from the previous book. While it could be read without reading the sequels, I couldnt put this book down as it grabbed my heart and I wanted to see how the families lived after the towns tragedy. I hope you enjoy each of the books in the series: A Sons Vow, A Daughters Dream, A Sisters Wish and An Amish Family Christmas.
abookandacuppaPrairie Village, KSAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Son's VowAugust 2, 2016abookandacuppaPrairie Village, KSAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This reader was charmed by this Amish romance set in Charm, Ohio.
From the first page, I was immersed in the lives of the characters. This isn't just another Amish light read.
Following a tragedy at the lumber mill, Lukas and Darla immediately find themselves as the leaders within their own families. We are introduced to other characters as well and observe how they are reacting to these changes.
The romance between Lukas and Darla is based upon their long friendship and mutual respect along with some great chemistry. I loved the gentle evolution of the realization of their feelings. Peaceful sigh-worthy!
The author lists an Amish proverb before the first chapter. "Reach up as far as you can. God will reach the rest of the way." This is so true and such a beautiful expression. Also listed is a verse from the Bible regarding forgiveness (Matthew 6:14). Another central theme of this novel is the acceptance of support from others.
Due to the domestic abuse issue in the novel, I would not recommend this book to teenagers.
Don't miss the cute illustrated map in the front of the book or the recipe for White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies in the back!
Kav5 Stars Out Of 5Loved it!April 28, 2016KavQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A poignant start to an exciting new series by one of my favourite authors. Gray knows how to get to the heart of the matter and, in the process, turn my dedicated reader's heart inside out!
Darla finds herself in the midst of so much angst and uncertainty at a time when fresh grief makes everything more unbearable. She's trying to cope on her own but Lukas is determined to change that.
Gray knows how to portray real life in all it's messiness so be prepared for a tumultuous read.
I sank into this story -- savouring the sweet essence of a lifelong friendship and the hope of using that as a foundation towards something much deeper. But, oh my goodness, the obstacles -- both physical and emotional that stand in their way!
The viewpoints of two secondary characters heighten the tension and add to an already angst-riddled plot. The inspirational message of grace and forgiveness took my breath away. So expertly woven into the fibre of the characters and their stories but not in a preachy way. An uplifting and heart-stirring read.
ConnieRMEAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Forgiveness and MercyApril 26, 2016ConnieRMEAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I am a fan of Shelley's writing. I don't know if this fictional story is typical of what any group of Amish people would do. But it is a wonderful story of forgiveness and mercy, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There are great lessons in here for me and I feel for many Christians. Forgiveness has been a theme in my life lately. I appreciate the message of this book.
Pure JoyInman, SCAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent!March 23, 2016Pure JoyInman, SCAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I was not sure I would like this book, but boy was I wrong! A deadly fire has affected the whole town of Charm, killing 5 Amish men. The setting, characters, conflicts and conflict resolution were all outstanding! I found the characters of Darla, Lukas, Hannah, etc. very appealing in their attitudes and outlook on life.The conversations at the end were masterful! It did not take long to read and I enjoyed every minute! It was engaging from start to finish. This is the first time I have read anything from this author and now I cannot wait to read another!
I received this book as a giveaway, with the understanding that I would give an honest evaluation, which I did give.