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Accidents keep happening to the Schwartz family since they moved to their new farm in Hart County. Who would want them gone? The farm previously belonged to Neil Vance’s family and he has been resentful. Susanna’s father thinks the Vance family is responsible for the accidents. As Susanna gets to know Neil,she sees how kind-hearted he is. It couldn’t be him.
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Avon Inspire
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 6.00 X 9.00 (inches)|
Series: Amish of Hart County
The Amish Widower, Men of Lancaster County Series #4Virginia SmithHarvest House Publishers / 2017 / Trade Paperback$9.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 10 Reviews
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New York Times Bestselling Author Shelley Shepard Gray gifts us with a special Christmas story about love and blessings in this next book in her Amish of Hart County series.
The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that causes her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into the icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous “accidents” that someone wants them gone.
Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it’s not the Schwartz family’s fault, but he can’t help but be resentful. Until he meets Susanna. She is kind-hearted and bold, and Neil can’t stop thinking about her pretty green eyes.
Neil thinks the accidents are just that, but Susanna’s father is convinced the Vance family is responsible. Susanna refuses to believe Neil would do anything to harm her. She’s fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out to uncover the truth before someone gets hurt…or worse.
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.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Amish + Suspense + Christmas = a dream of a readDecember 4, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Reading a Shelley Shepard Gray book is like a glorious homecoming. There's comfort and familiarity paired with the unexpected of a new story. The thrill of discovery spikes my anticipation and once I start reading I can't stop until I reach the end. Which is exactly what happened with The Gift. Consumed in one sitting followed by the letdown of having finished far too soon.
The suspense is subtle -- a series of unexpected accidents that no one wants to take seriously except for Susanna and her sisters. And they are already adjusting to a difficult transition to their new home in Hart County. Unearthing the reason behind the surprising hostility the Amish community harbors against them is just the beginning of the mystery.
Neil and Susanna's friendship gets off to a rocky start. It's Neil who has to dig deep and reflect on the emotions that fuel his anger and ultimately his behavior. It's a powerful awakening that brings depth to the story. There's also a surprise (and very sweet) secondary romance All woven into a suspenseful plot that kept me turning pages.
Amish + Suspense + Christmas = a dream of a read!
My thanks to Avon Inspired and Litfuse Publicity Group for providing me with a copy of this book.
gccbookworm4 Stars Out Of 5Amish Christmas MysteryNovember 21, 2017gccbookwormQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In "The Gift," third in the Amish of Hart County series by Shelley Shepard Gray, the reader meets Susanna Schwartz, a young Amish woman new to the Hart County, Kentucky. Susanna is in her buggy during an ice storm heading home when she hears what sounds like gunshots. The noise spokes her horse causing her buggy to tip over. Thus begins the first of several incidents that cause Susanna to think someone doesn't want her or her family to be in Hart County and particularly be on the new farm her family purchased. She discovers that the Amish man who found her along the road is Neil Vance, whose farm she now lives on. Neil is upset over his family losing their farm and takes out his disappointment on Susanna. But as the story progresses, he tries to become a friend to Susanna and help her discover who is behind all the incidents. A nice little Amish mystery and romance to read over the holidays. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Litfuse Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
tumcsecTuscaloosa, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Mystery, Danger, RomanceNovember 20, 2017tumcsecTuscaloosa, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was a very interesting Amish story. It had mystery, danger, and double romance. The Schwartz Family has scrimped and saved for a long time in order to buy a farm. The Vance Family has put their farm up for sale because of debt and mismanaged finances. The small community seems to have hard feelings against the newcomer Schwartz Family for "taking the Vance's farm away from them". Mysterious "accidents" seem to befall the Schwartz Family, some life threatening. Who is behind these happenings or are they truly accidents?
Initially Neil Vance sounds off, rather harshly, to Susanna. His friend Dale confronts him on it and soon he apologizes. Susanna, her sister Amanda, Dale and Neil band together to try and find out who is behind these incidents, before someone is seriously hurt or worse.
I found myself reading into the night to find out the real culprit. I had a couple of guesses but found myself surprised at the end.
I won a copy of The Gift in a giveaway but was not required to write a review.
Mrs ARS4 Stars Out Of 5A suspenseful ChristmasNovember 18, 2017Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Gift was another atmospheric Amish read that made me chilly just reading it. This is a story about two families, one who lost the farm and one whose dreams came true at finding and buying a farm that they could actually afford. Starting off with quite a wild ride, we are gripped with a sense of unease and a dark malevolence from the very start. Too many accidents cannot be ignored. Susanna and her family try to reach out to their neighbors to find out why they have been ostracized by the community when they have just moved in. Trying to begin a new life in ideal circumstances is hard enough but when it seems someone wants you off the farm permanently, that is scary.
I really liked the angle of the story where Susanna and Neil Vance-the oldest son of the family that sold the farm- become unlikely friends and reluctant love interests. Not only do we have their story but we get Susanna's sister, Amanda and their new neighbor's romance as well. A dark, chilling story within the Christmas season made for an interesting read this holiday season.
I received a copy of this novel for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
ibjoy1953VirginiaAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great Amish ReadNovember 17, 2017ibjoy1953VirginiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
Living in their new home, the Schwartz family is happy to finally have a big home and farm. But when strange things start happening to members of the family, it is clear that someone doesnt want them living there. And across the district, Neil Vance is concerned about his family since they had to sell their farm for such a low price just to pay off their dads debts. Neil and just about the entire community harbor hard feelings against the Schwartz family for stealing their home as they so think. But when Neil meets Susanna Schwartz, it begins to stir feeling in him that hes not too sure about.
I enjoyed this plain family, and plain communitys story. Everyone seemed to jump to conclusions when an offer is made on the farm and Mr. Schwartz accepts the offer, blaming the Schwartz family. The incidents that happened clearly showed that someone was forcing them out. Ms Gray does a good job of incorporating twists and turns throughout the story to keep you guessing who the guilty party is. The lovable characters developed well as the story progressed. And the story has a beautiful ending.
I received this book from Litfuse Publicity Group to read and review. 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 55.