Sometimes a series comes around, you find yourself reading the book so quickly, you realize you're finished before you know it. Then unfortunately there is the long wait before the next book in the series is released. The saddest part is when you realize you've reached the end of the series and you're reading the final novel. It's like saying goodbye to friends, you know you may never see again. Each of them has found a special place in your heart. That's exactly what happens in the conclusion to The Secrets of Crittenden County, by Shelly Shepard Gray in the book, Found.What I love about this series, is due to the length of time between books, you kinda forget what happened in the previous books, but Shelley solves that by offering a prologue to help you remember where you left off. LOVE this idea and wish more authors used this in their series!
Throughout this series, there has been the murder of an Amish man, Perry Borntrager, who was found lying dead at the bottom of a well and no apparent suspects. We've learned that Perry wasn't well-liked among his Amish neighbors and friends and was recently fired for stealing from the store he was working out. Perry appeared to be living more in the English world than the Amish one, and had recently broken up with his girlfriend, Lydia. It seems besides the fact that the Amish don't talk about their issues to anyone, especially outside the community, they have been keeping secrets from one another as well.
Now with the investigation finally wrapping up, we are about to learn who really killed Perry Borntrager as well as find out what will happen to some recent love developments that have happened along the series, especially with the Amish Inn owner, Frannie and the English detective, Luke Reynolds. Will they be able to find a way to make their relationship work despite their cultural differences? What role does love have to play in all this? Lydia has found love with Walker Anderson, but what secrets are they holding? Will Beth find love in the heart of the Amish or will it lead her to interests outside the community instead? What about the notes his sister, Deborah, has been hiding? What do they say? To find out, you'll definitely need to pick up this series, but start at the beginning with Missing, then The Search and finally Found!
I received Found by Shelley Shepard Gray compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review. I've been so excited to be a part of this tour series from the beginning and am both sad and happy. Sad because as I stated above, it's over and it's hard to say goodbye to some of these amazing characters. I am also happy because even though along the way you may have been guessing, who did it and who will finally get together, you will finally have your answers and you might just be surprised when you find out. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and once again will keep this one on my permanent shelf to read again!
After reading Missing and The Search I had my list of suspects narrowed down to a handful with one particular character at the top of the list. Well, I can throw that list out the window because after reading Found, I need to brush up on my detective skills. In this final installment of The Secrets of Crittenden County, Shelley Shepard Gray pulls us back to Kentucky and into the lives of those who loved and loathed Perry Borntrager. Luke and Moses are trying to fit the last piece into the puzzle of Perry's death. Deborah is Perry's sister, who has always felt like she was walking in his shadow. He could do no wrong in the eyes of her parents, and she was often left feeling resentment for being overlooked. Now she is left with grieving parents who still think Perry did no wrong. They are in a state of denial and Deborah simply can't take it. Needing some space from her parent's she decides to find a job. How ironic is it that the only place that will hire her is Schrock's Variety Store, the one place she feels most unwelcome. Working alongside Jacob Schrock is the last thing Deborah wants to do, but she wants to put some normalcy back into her life and agrees to take the job. Jacob is mad at the world and most of his anger is directed towards Deborah. He wants nothing to do with anyone with the name Borntrager. Perry burned one too many bridges. Jacob knows things_..things he would rather keep to himself. With Deborah around the memories are there staring him down. As the investigation intensifies, Deborah and Jacob are pulled together by their knowledge of Perry's last hours of life. Feeling comfort when talking to Deborah, Jacob starts to soften up and the two start repairing the friendship they once had. That is until Jacob is hauled off for questioning and secrets come to light that Deborah could have never imagined__
Reading Found was like taking a roller coaster ride! I experienced a wave of emotions. At times I thought Perry, who was dubbed a drug dealing bully, was horrible while other times I felt aching in my heart for the son and brother who lost his life. Underneath the tough exterior was a boy who lost his way and was not able to find the road back to the loving arms of his family. The relationship between Jacob and Deborah can only be described as raw, honest, and laced with heartache.This was a very compelling book with an ending I did not, I repeat, did not see coming! I have loved every minute of getting to know these characters, and I am sad to see the series end but glad that the door on Perry's case has been shut. They do say whenever one door closes another one opens__
This book was provided to me from HarperCollins Publishing for review