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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: 500
Vendor: Christian Fiction Series
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.81 (inches)|
Series: Charmed Amish Life
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.