Wednesday, March 21, 2018

His Risk - The Amish of Hart County 4 - by Shelley Shepard Gray

 About the Book:

An undercover English DEA agent will do anything to protect the Amish girl he loves.
Calvin Fisher left the Amish community at fourteen and never looked back. Only his brother's illness can bring him back to Hart County. Now, as Calvin works to make amends, he meets Alice, a local nursery school teacher, and falls hard for her. But he has a secret that could threaten the happiness he's finally found.
Alice shouldn't like-or want-Calvin. He's English, has a questionable past, and an even more questionable job. Still, she can't help being intrigued. Though Calvin assures Alice that he's worthy of her, she's torn between surrendering to her growing feelings and steering clear of him.
When a sudden surge of criminal activity alarms the community and even targets Alice, Calvin fears that his double life has put everyone he loves at risk. As for Alice, she can't help but wonder if the brave and honorable man she's lost her heart to is far more dangerous than she could ever imagine.

My review:

This was an enjoyable story about two seemingly very different people.  It was hard to figure out how they would end up together and I'm still confused as to how they will work this out.  They don't really discuss it, which I found odd.  I liked the characters a lot and found the plot interesting.  There were some exciting moments, some cute ones and a bit of romance.  Alice is spunky and sometimes talks before she speaks while Calvin is very closemouthed and careful.  He's also struggling with his faith while Alice's seems strong.  I found it frustrating that Alice doesn't think of someone who seems obvious as the culprit.  I also thought she was going to do something about the parent of a child she teaches but nothing ever came of it and it seemed like a very big issue to just walk away from. Sometimes an odd word or phrase was used that didn't seem to fit and at one point, Alice prayed for two people who were already dead, which I thought was strange.  Both Calvin and her friend Irene grew up Amish but in abusive or neglectful households and each struggle with rejection and loneliness.  They also have low self-worth.  The story deals with some hard things but it's fairly light and has some humor in it.  It can be read as a stand-alone but some of the characters were in previous books.  Overall, I liked it and recommend it if you like Amish stories.

I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.

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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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