1. Unforgiven
    Shelley Shepard Gray
    Revell / 2024 / Trade Paperback
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  1. lady harris
    Maryland
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Unforgettable Suspenseful Amish Christian Romance
    May 19, 2024
    lady harris
    Maryland
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Unforgiven - eBook.
    Unforgiven by Shelley Shepard Gray is the most soul-stirring, emotionally-charged, suspenseful Amish Christian Romance I have ever read. Gray with her gripping prose keeps her readers spellbound as they journey with her characters through this hair-raising story.

    Tabitha Yoder, a divorce, and Seth Zimmerman, an ex-con, outcasts of the Amish of Crittenden County Kentucky, but not banned, were the main characters. They were surrounded by a cast of equally strong secondary family member characters and one very evil villain. Tabitha was a victim of abuse by the one person who vowed to love and cherish her. She became a recluse partially because of fear, and partially because of family desertion due to their Amish faith. The only one to come to her aid was Seth who chopped firewood and put it on her porch along with food. After many months Tabitha finally opened the door to thank this man for helping her. Slowly a trusting bond formed between them. Will the bond last and become love, or will the villainous ex-husband seek his long promised revenge?

    Unforgiven, which I highly recommend, is the first book I have read by Shelley Shepard Gray. Why, I ask myself, when I so enjoy reading Amish Christian literature, and she has been publishing books since 2008? Unfortunately I do not have an answer, except from here on out I will definitely be reading more books by this marvelous author who writes unforgettable stories.

    A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Revell via NetGalley through Interviews & Reviews. I was not obligated to write a favorable review, and all opinions are my own.
  2. Britt98
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Compelling Story!
    May 16, 2024
    Britt98
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Unforgiven was an emotional and compelling story that I did not want to set down! The author dealt with some heavy topics, including domestic abuse. It was hard to read about what happened to Tabitha with all that she went through and all that she lost, yet the author handled the subject well.

    The two main characters in this story, Tabitha and Seth, are what you could call Amish adjacent, I suppose. They are both formerly Amish. They both still live near their Amish community yet are not Amish anymore and both live under a cloud of judgment from their former friends and family.

    I thought that the author did a wonderful job of showing the internal struggles that both of these characters had faced over the years since the events that changed their lives. The reality was that even though there were things they regretted from their pasts, they both realized that despite their community's judgment, they knew that they were forgiven by God and that certain actions they took were necessary, no matter what the community thought.

    I loved seeing the way Seth and Tabitha connected and the way she grew to trust him. Seth was such a good man and I loved getting to read his story. This is the first book in a brand new series and you don't have to read any books before it to understand the story. However, if you do want to read a couple of books that have Seth as a side character, you could pick up the Rumors in Ross County series and get a few more scenes with this formerly Amish ex-con.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
  3. mc
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent read
    May 15, 2024
    mc
    Over the years I have read a ton of Shelley Shepard Gray book, Unforgiven is the best yet.

    The characters are well-developed, the pace of the story is just right, and we get a blend of Amish and "English" beliefs about divorce, abuse, dating, ex-cons, and of course, God's love for us.

    Set in one of Gray's favorite locales, Crittenden County, Kentucky, the unforgiven characters are former Amish man Seth Zimmerman, sent to prison for the accidental death of an Amish man who was close to raping an Amish woman, and former Amish schoolteacher Tabitha Yoder, who divorced her husband after enduring years of abuse.

    Other characters include Seth's younger sister Melonie, Bethanne, the young woman Seth saved from rape, and her younger brother Lott, boyfriend to Melonie.

    In addition to the theme of forgiveness, Gray also covers opening oneself to others, tearing down the walls we often build around ourselves, and being open to God's plan for our lives.

    Gray covering the physical abuse of Tabitha by her ex-husband makes one realize that the Amish life is not always so plain. Even though she is now "English," the shunning Tabitha experiences after her divorce from her family and community points out how the abused need the support of family/friends, not fingers pointing at her as if the abuse was her fault. That in turn made Tabitha have low self-esteen.

    We also see similar treatment in how Bethanne is viewed by others and how she sees herself.

    The developing love story between Tabitha and Seth is sweet and show their growth throughout the book. The courtship between headstrong Melonie and Lott gives us something to look forward to in future books. Which leaves Bethanne who will soon have her own story to tell!

    If you have not read Shelley Shepard Gray's other books, you should!

    #unforgiven

    #shelleyshepardgray

    #revellfiction
  4. Cheri S
    Battle Creek, MI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    WONDERFUL story!
    May 15, 2024
    Cheri S
    Battle Creek, MI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I love reading a book cover to cover. When reading the authors notes for this book, this time I read them ahead of time, she talked about how Seths story was a continuation of The Rumors in Ross County series. Because I loved this book so much, I am now reading that series as well. I originally picked up this book because of the back cover blurb but I could not put it down because I entered into the lives of Tabitha, Seth, Melonie, and Lott. I could see the characters points of view from both the parents of the young adults as well as the young adults feelings. The author did a great job of letting us see into the hearts of all generations and the tough decisions that had to be made, whether or not their hearts agreed. I absolutely loved Seths initial conversation with Lott. Oh to be able to speak truth in love that way. Not my gift but one I admire. The author did a great job of showing the vulnerability of the characters while also showcasing their strengths. Excellent book. I hope this is not a standalone but that there will be more to this community and these families.

    I was given this book as a complimentary copy but was not required to write a review.

  5. patb
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Characters
    May 14, 2024
    patb
    Unforgiven by Shelley Shepard Gray takes place in an Amish Community but the characters are not Amish any longer. Seth Zimmerman is an ex-con. Tabitha Yoder divorced her abusive husband and is isolated within her community. Seths sister is also a character in the story. Seth and Tabitha have a tenuous friendship that grows throughout the course of the book. The characters in the book have redeeming qualities and traits as they interact and grow throughout the book. I enjoyed reading Seth Zimmermans story of his past, his conviction, and his insights after his imprisonment back in his community. I enjoyed seeing how the characters find out more about each other and how their relationships would evolve.

    One of my favorite quotes in the book, Rushing through things is rarely the best option. To do them right takes time. I feel that way about Shelley Shepard Gray books. I like to savor, read, and then read again. Each character takes time to reflect and express their feelings to others important in their life. I would have been happy to read a few more chapters about Seth and Tabitha and their relationship.

    I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did, and that you read other Shelley Shepard Gray books; she is one of my very favorite authors. The characters have a kindness about each of them. And I am always sad when I finish the book. I would like to keep reading and seeing how their friendships and relationships continue to grow.

    I received a complimentary copy from the publisher.

    Thank you to the publisher for an advance copy of this book. The opinions expressed are my own.

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