Friday, July 21, 2017

His Guilt by Shelley Shepard Gray

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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?

Shelley Shepard Gray is the "New York Times" and "USA Today" bestselling author of the Seasons of Sugarcreek series, the Sisters of the Heart series, and the Families of Honor series. She lives with her family in southern Ohio, where she writes full time. Before her work in the inspirational market, Gray wrote several novels as Shelley Galloway. During this time her books appeared on the Waldenbooks bestseller list, and she won "RT Book Reviews'" prestigious Reviewers' Choice Award

Dynamic Uno here:  I couldn't put this book down.  Seriously.  I picked up His Guilt and was swept into Mark and Neeta's story almost immediately.  

I wanted to learn more about Mark's horrible home-life growing up that led him to become the man he is today.  I also wanted to find out more about Neeta and her family since they all seemed to get along so wonderfully; quite the contrast with Mark's background.

When the violent beatings started that left the victims half-dead, I was surprised because I never really expect that type of behavior from the Amish community-even though I'm sure it happens more than I realize or even want to know.  From that point on, I was trying to figure out who was responsible for causing this terror in the town and managed to narrow my suspicions to several characters.  (I really did want to be a detective like Nancy Drew when I was little.)  As it turns out, I was right!  *happy dance*  

You'll have to read the book to find out what happens between Mark and Neeta, as well as all of their friends and family, in this second suspense-filled book in The Amish of Hart County series.    Don't worry if you haven't read book one, Her Secret (my review here), His Guilt could also read as a stand-alone book.

Let me know what you think and Happy Reading!

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