Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Gift - The Amish of Hart County 3 - by Shelley Shepard Gray

 About the book:

A special Christmas story about love and blessings in the next book in the 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.
My review:
This was an enjoyable story about a tough situation for two families.  Susanna was a tough girl and I liked how she wanted to get to the truth of whoever was behind the accidents.  Neil made a stupid choice early on but realized the error of his ways and changed his attitude.  It would be really hard to lose your farm, especially when it was under embarrassing circumstances, but he determined to keep his priorities in order and be thankful for what he did have.  Characters prayed and tried to trust God.  There was a little bit of romance.  There was some excitement as it seemed someone was out to scare the Schwartz family.  I loved the sense of community that Amish books always have.  This was a slightly suspenseful Christmas story you'll definitely want to read if you like Amish stories!
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
About the author:
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.
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