Monday, July 10, 2017

Book Review His Guilt by Shelley Shepard Gray

His Guilt
About the book (provided by Litfuse)
His Guilt: The Amish of Hart County(Avon Inspire, July 2017)
A suspenseful tale of an Amish man who will risk all to protect the woman he loves
Mark Fisher has returned home to Hart County, determined to put the past behind him. Two years ago, after being wrongly accused of assault, he left the Amish community, though never forgot his home. When the one person who had helped him through his rough times asks for help, Mark returns. But it is pretty Waneta Cain who makes him want to stay…
Neeta is one of the few people in Hart County who doesn’t believe Mark is guilty of hurting anyone. However, his worldliness and tough exterior do make her uneasy. As she begins to see the real man behind all the gossip and prejudice, she wonders if he is the man for her.
Just when Mark starts to believe a new life is possible, a close friend of Neeta’s is attacked. Once again, everyone in the community seems to believe he is guilty. But what hurts most is Neeta’s sudden wariness around him. When another woman is hurt, a woman who is close to both Neeta and himself, Mark fears he knows the real culprit. And time is running out. Will Mark be able to find him before Neeta becomes his next victim? 
And I thought
A cross between a sweet Amish romance.  
And a suspenseful thriller.
These books are a fast read for me.  I am swept in to the story.
The romance and the conflict kept me riding the wave until the very end.  
His Guilt is the 2nd in a the series.  The topic of the story isn't what I typically expect in a story about the Amish.  I expect 
sweet romance with good kind hearted folk.  

This is not what Shelley gives the reader.  For the most part the characters are good kind hearted and God fearing.  But she writes 'real life' and 'real life drama'.  

His Guilt is a story about abuse.  Women are being attacked and abused.  

For me I couldn't help but think it was sad.  I think I  try to tell myself that there are places  that are wholesome and free of pain, hurt and crime.  But I realize that place only exists in the here after.  

The stories in this series are about pain and hurt and crime.  
But they are about love and hope and redemption. 

I enjoyed all the characters.  The main characters are able to get beyond their pasts and fall in love and live happily ever after.

I liked Marks brother and hope to see him maybe in a different series.  After leaving home at 14 he got into trouble.  Years later when he returns his trouble follows.  An causes some to speculate that he's possible the villain. In the end he's grown into a strong 
man with a little help from Mark and Lori. (they knew each other in high school).  And with some help from the local police he leaves town and goes under cover.  Sounds like a great new series may be in the works.  We can hope!

I liked many of the sub characters and am glad to see that Lori and Deputy Beck get together too and make an appearance in book 3.

Shelley provides some feedback and questions at the end and an excerpt from book 3. 

His Guilt is a good and clean romance.  It is a bit of a thriller 
and the crime(s) make this a book one that I would suggest parents read before allowing an older teen to read.  A parental discussion 
might be warranted.  (No language.  Nothing overly graphic.) 
Very tastefully written. 

Readers of romance would really like this book and book 1 in the series.  

I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse.
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