Today I’d like to tell you about this charming Christmas story.
The Gift by Shelley Shepard Gray
(Shelley is another author that I had the privilege of meeting in August. I’ve read some of her other historical fiction books, and when I saw the chance to review this one, I took it!)
She has written many suspense stories. I love Christian suspense. This one is a bit different than most I’ve read in that it is also an Amish story. It is the third book in a series, but can also be read as a stand-alone (what I did).
I have to be honest here. My one drawback for reading this book is that it is an Amish story. This is not my preferred genre. If you know me personally, you already know that I am a Mennonite, (or our specific denomination can be further classified as “Amish Mennonite”.) This means that although I did not, strictly speaking, grow up Amish, (I have been asked quite frequently though, when I’m out shopping, if I’m Amish)I do come from an Amish heritage, and understand a bit better than the general population what the Amish are really like. Mostly, I don’t really care for Amish stories because they are not realistic or true to life. Maybe some other time I’ll do a post about this, or tell you more about my own growing up years.
Today, I’m doing a book review about The Gift, so I’ll move on with that! 🙂 I wanted to read this book because I’ve read & enjoyed other books by this author!
The Gift is an Amish Christmas novel that contains life, love & intrigue. Shelley Shepard Gray is a talented author, and this book does not disappoint. The suspense starts right from the very first chapter, Susanna Schwartz & her family are in the middle of something—is it danger? Or are they simply the target of angry neighbors?! At first it seems as though the former owners of their farm are trying to get even at them for buying their home away from them. Then Susanna meets their son Neil, and they become friends. They work together to try & solve the mystery.
Cozy, heartwarming, homey, & yet suspenseful, all in one book, it’s an excellent combination! Forgiveness, being neighborly, a bit of romance, and more are found in this story.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The Gift: The Amish of Hart County
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.
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.
Find out more about Shelley at http://www.shelleyshepardgray.com.
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