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The Kinsinger siblings are struggling to find forgiveness and love due to a tragedy. Everything changed when Darla Kurtz's father was found 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, lumber mill wants him to take his father's place and he is 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?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.31 X .65 (inches)
ISBN: 0062337793
ISBN-13: 9780062337795
Series: Charmed Amish Life

Publisher's Description

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?

Author Bio

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.

Editorial Reviews

Shelley Shepherd Gray has written a charming story that is sure to please fans of Amish fiction. A delightful start to a new series!
“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.”

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  1. tammycookblogsbooks
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Several characters are fighting against or trying to keep vows that they made
    January 19, 2017
    tammycookblogsbooks
    Quality: 0
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    Meets Expectations: 0
    In A Son's Vow, several characters are fighting against or trying to keep vows that they made to others and to God. When a fire at a local mill kills a handful of it's workers, surviving family's faith in God and in members of the community are put to the test.

    This book is different from many Amish stories in that it puts abuse, physical and emotional, front and center. This is a difficult subject to tackle and I appreciate how Shelley approached it from the viewpoints of the abuser and the one being abused. The main character Darla Kurtz is a sweet young woman as is minor character Hannah Eicher, who story I am sure continues with the series. If you are looking for something a little different than the run-of-the-mill Amish Fiction this is a book that I would recommend. I was provided a complimentary review copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
  2. Christa
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Great Read!
    January 9, 2017
    Christa
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I really enjoyed reading A Sons Vow, the first book in the Charmed Amish Life by Shelley Shepard Gray. This series is based in Charm, Ohio, a town I would love to visit someday.

    Five Amish men died in a tragic fire that happened at the local lumber mill in Charm. Everyone seems to put all the blame on Darla Kurtz father who also died in the accident. Darlas brother is having trouble controlling his anger and is tired of everyone blaming his father. Lukas Kinsinger, Darlas friend and son of the man who owned the mill, steps in to try to help Darlas brother control his anger before it is too late. With friction building on both sides, will Lukas and Darla be able to keep their long-lasting friendship intact?

    I highly recommend checking this book out. Shelley Shepard Gray has written a beautiful story, one that you will reread over and over again.
  3. lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    heart touching
    October 19, 2016
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Lukas 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.
  4. abookandacuppa
    Prairie Village, KS
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Son's Vow
    August 2, 2016
    abookandacuppa
    Prairie Village, KS
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This 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!
  5. Kav
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved it!
    April 28, 2016
    Kav
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A 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.
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