1. Her Fear
    Her Fear
    Shelley Gray
    Avon Inspire / 2018 / Trade Paperback
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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good story!
    September 13, 2018
    vics49548
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Author Shelley Shepard Gray writes in such a way that her stories, especially this series, hold my interest from the very beginning. The books have been so hard to put down!

    In this story, Gray addresses the subject of an unwed mother in the Amish community and her abusive family, something you won't often read about. And Amish moonshiners? I never knew such a thing happened. But the Amish are human and have troubles and trouble makers, just like every segment of society. Hope and faith in God soften this story and bring redemption.

    With well-developed characters and great descriptions of the communities you'll be enthralled. The twists and turns kept me turning the pages quickly to see what happened next.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
  2. Horseshoe Bend, AR
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Her Fear
    September 2, 2018
    Laura Hilton
    Horseshoe Bend, AR
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    My thoughts: HER FEAR is the fifth book in Ms. Gray's Amish of Hart County series, but it easily stands alone. Noah is an Amish EMT and it was good to see a popular author write about this little known fact that yes, Amish do work as EMTs or firefighters or first responders.

    Sadie is pregnant and the father, in the way of a lot of single young men, claimed she was easy and had other lovers and she couldn't prove.... which of course is simply bogos because she could if she'd have a paternity test, but of course, she didn't and it didn't come up. Her parents are abusive and kicked her out when she said she was pregnant and they claimed she lied about who the father was (taking her ex-boyfriend's word over hers)

    Of course, that just means more trouble when Sadie is taken in by relatives with an undercover business and soon they find themselves under suspicion.... for ___________ (not saying so I don't give a spoiler.)

    This isn't the best Shelley Shepard Gray book I've read, but it is engaging. While I noticed the timing issues and theatre direction issues, I think most readers would not. Fans of Ms. Gray will likely love this story.

    This is being marketed as romantic suspense, but it is heavier on the sweet, innocent romance than it is on the suspense. There are dead bodies, but nothing gruesome so any screamish readers shouldn't be concerned.

    This is in Ms. Gray's understated, sweetly naive style that appeal to so many.

    I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
  3. Hampton Roads -- VA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Intriguing Amish fiction!
    August 16, 2018
    homesteading
    Hampton Roads -- VA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Sadie's back story is sad. Her parents and boyfriend treated her as if she was garbage and they could throw her out when they didn't want her anymore. I was relieved when she finally, through Noah's tenderness and love, came to realize that she is worthy because she is a child of God. Hope gave her courage to take a stand against savage treatment from her father, and begin the journey to who she was meant to be.

    Noah is quite simply a gut (good) guy. He has always felt called to help others and being an EMT gives him a unique opportunity to use his Pennsylvania Dutch language to translate when they are called out to an Amish home. From the first time he sees Sadie hovering anxiously near the door, he knows something is not right in the Stauffer household. But how is he going to figure out what it is? Why does he even care when he doesn't know her?

    I enjoyed reading Her Fear because it is a different type of Amish story. Sadie is banished to live with kinfolk, the Stauffer's, in Kentucky, and there is a mystery surrounding the goings-on in that home. I was expecting something creepy, after all it is a SSG novel, but when it was revealed, I was kind of taken aback. In all my years of reading Amish fiction, I don't think I have come across the subject. I appreciate the author notes in the back of the book discussing Kentucky Amish and their history. I feel like I learned something about a community of people that fascinates me.

    The story felt a little rushed, especially near the end, but I still recommend it to fans of Amish fiction and mystery/suspense. It wasn't nail biting but I was spellbound at times and definitely did not want to put the book down. Gray certainly knows how to fully engage my senses. I'm looking forward to the next book in the Amish of Hart County series. Even though this is book 5 in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone.

    I was gifted a paperback copy of the book from the publisher. No review was required. No compensation received.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love the Amish of Hart County series
    August 15, 2018
    Cheri
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    His Fear, the latest book in the Amish of Hart County was just as good as the others in the series. I can't wait to read the next one as well. I love how they are all in the same town and some come back and revisit old characters in previous books, yet they are new storylines, new topics and new characters introduced. This book grabbed me from the beginning and the ending was as great as the beginning was. I could really feel the emotions of Sadie and Noah, as well as Esther. In fact, my heart broke the most for Esther I hope the author will do a story about her as she deserves a happy ending as well. Great series, wonderful book, can't wait for the next one.
  5. Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Must Read!!
    August 12, 2018
    sstorm
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Her Fear by Shelley Shepard Gray is not a typical amish read, but better. I love this entire series and this is the 5th book in the The Amish of Hart County series. While it can be read as a stand alone, I highly recommend reading the entire series. You will enjoy each book and the characters. Shelley Shepard does a fantastic job at bringing the characters to life and bringing the reader into the story.

    Her Fear deals with subject matters that are delicate and emotional, an unplanned pregnancy, abandonment, family difficulties, lies and so much more. This book is such a great read. The writing is phenomenal with the plot twists and turns, which made reading this book go rather quickly I could not put this book down because of how my emotions took over when reading this book.

    I highly recommend grabbing a copy today and reading it! You won't be able to put it down. I give this book 5/5 stars. This was such a great read, make sure you pick up the entire series.
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