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Mark Fisher was wrongly accused of assault and left the Amish community. A friend needs help and he returns. While there, Neeta Cain captures his heart making him want to stay. She doesn’t believe the gossip about him. When an assault on her friend occurs, the community assumes he is the guilty party. Even Neeta is wary around him. Another attack causes Mark to think he knows who the real offender is. What if Neeta is his next victim?
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: William Collins
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 5.30 X 8.00 (inches)|
Series: Amish of Hart County
The Amish Widower, Men of Lancaster County Series #4Virginia SmithHarvest House Publishers / 2017 / Trade Paperback$7.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 10 Reviews
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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.
“It is easy to become invested in the characters, as even the secondary characters are well-developed and vital to the storyline... the taut writing creates a perfect blend of mystery and romance.”
Karen M. Byus5 Stars Out Of 5His GuiltAugust 4, 2017Karen M. ByusQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was drawn into this story from the very beginning. I was wondering as I read along, what was his guilt. But Shelly Shepherd Gray is my favorite author. I have read all of her Amish novels and each one gets better and better. Any reader of drama novels will enjoy this book.
Just Commonly5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent - Page turner! Great themes throughout!July 24, 2017Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0"He'd spent most of his life trying to do the right thing in the worst of sort of circumstances." (12)
There's always a dilemma when I read a new book from Shelley Shepard Gray. Like many of the author's books, His Guilt, the second book in The Amish of Hart County series leaves me elated with having read a very satisfied read, but with the question of figuring out which one of the author's is my favorite. I'm particularly fond of this series with its cryptic suspense, flawed characters and the secondary theme of gossiping and its ramifications.
"I think you are being judgmental. You are casting stones without a care about who they hurt. . ." (60)
As the past haunts our main character Mark, gossip and standing up for what (and who) she believes in marks Neeta's struggles in His Guilt. How easily are we affected by hearsay or easily we conclude that we know about a person based on their past or what the majority thinks? It's easy to point fingers or feel victimized, but what if you're the one behind all the gossip or what if your past casts a dark cloud over you constantly? I closed the last page of His Guilt with more than elation of having a satisfied conclusion, but a desire to look into my heart and be wary of my action and thoughts. Isn't that what makes a good story - when it gives a reader more than just a story, but meaning?
". . . memories hurt, but I don't want them to define me." (75)
"There's a big world out there. It is filled with pain and hurt. . . But it's also filled with opportunities and wonderful people. And love. If you dare to step out of your prison." (191)
There's a certain amount of darkness shown that's quite different than typical Amish fiction. Scenes of physical abuse described and possible rape mentioned. Yet, it was written in a way that holds true to its genre, as well as for readers looking for realism in fiction. In all, His Guilt gives a whole new meaning to how words can hurt, how trust and faith heals and forgiveness relieves the tension that burdens deep into one's soul. Sometimes, the romance plays second fiddle, and that's fine, because simplicity still shines at the right moments.
" '. . . You mean something to me.' She didn't know whether to give him a hug or burst into tears. His words were heartfelt." (145)
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
Please note, all quotes are taken from ARC (essentially an uncorrected proof). Please do not share quote or if do, please make note that it is taken from an ARC.
CafinatedReads20095 Stars Out Of 5Emotionally Gripping and Heart Stealing too!July 23, 2017CafinatedReads2009Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Ms. Gray is back with another hit in the Amish Of Hart County series! She never fails to grip me wholly and keep me in the center of the story. This book, just like Her Secret, was an instant gripper for me.
Once again, the characters were captivating for me. I loved Mark and Waneta both. Mark's character really tugged at me the most. I can't imagine the pain that he endured through life. The things he dealt with in life, you don't imagine being a part of an Amish novel, but it was and it really made it that much more gripping. Oh to be there! I would go in mama mode on him and hug him big! Waneta's character, well, she was a little too judgy at times, but seeing God work on her, really made me love her that much more.
This book is intriguing, emotional, and gripping. It is not a sweet Amish romance, but it is a wonderful Amish novel in a series that will steal your heart, just the same. You will go through the roller coaster ride of ups and downs as you fall in love with each character, as you feel each characters emotions,as they seek forgiveness,and the pain that they go through of letting go of the past. Anything less than a 4.5 star review will not do this book justice.
I definitely recommend this book to all Amish fiction lovers, but be warned. It is not a light hearted read. And, I recommend reading book 1 first as it will make the experience of this series more fulfulling. I can't wait to read the next book Ms. Gray has for us!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from LitFuse Bloggers and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
KateGlenolden, PAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Another winner by Shelley Shepard GrayJuly 22, 2017KateGlenolden, PAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Mark Fisher has been dealt a lousy hand his entire life. His childhood was seasoned with beatings from his father, days without food, clothing that didnt fit and was never clean and a mother who left he and his little brother to endure it all.
Mark returns to Hart County with the goal of buying his childhood home in order to both literally and figuratively sweep the cobwebs from every corner.
Waneta Cain has always been a little afraid of Mark and is still leery of him when he returns home. She takes a huge step in faith and decides to be as pleasant as possible to this troubled young man. As they get better acquainted, their feelings for each other blossom. Just as it looks like life has smiled on them both, another attack happens and everyone looks to Mark.
Shelley Shepard Gray has written a book that will draw you in and hold tight until the final page. Dont miss this second book in the Amish of Hart County series!
CherylB19875 Stars Out Of 5AwesomeJuly 20, 2017CherylB1987Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Hi Guilt is book two in The Amish of Hart County by Shelley Shepard Gray. Shelley has outdone herself again, by writing another book that was even better than the last. I was captured right from the start and not let go until the very end. Love the unexpected happenings that keep you wondering what will happen next. I love the characters Neeta and Mark and the roles that they play. I felt sorry for Mark at one point when everyone wanted to blame him. This book is an awesome read. Be sure to get your copy today. I received a complementary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 4.5 stars!