Series: The Amish of Hart County #3
Published by Avon Inspire on November 7th 2017
Genres: Amish Fiction, Christmas, Suspense
Also in this series: Her Secret, His Guilt, His Risk
Also by this author: Her Secret, An Amish Summer, His Guilt, Love Held Captive
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New York Times Bestselling Author Shelley Shepard Gray gifts us with a special Christmas story about love and blessings in this next book in her 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.
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What happens when you purchase the house of someone who is being forced to sell it to you, in a community that dislikes you, because they feel you wronged the seller? That's what we learn in The Gift by Shelley Shepard Gray which is the third book in her Amish of Hart County series.
The story opens with Susanna Schwartz hearing gunshots as she is riding in her buggy. She ends up crashing her buggy and a young man comes to her aid.
Susanna’s family bought a new farm in Hart County and they couldn’t be happier about spending Christmas in their new home. That is, until they find out that many of the people in the town believe they forced the previous owners to sell for an unreasonably low price. On top of that, the previous sellers are now living in a small house on a family member’s property instead of the nice farmhouse they sold.
A sweet romance blossoms in this story as mysterious things happen-like Susanna’s sister falling through a wooden bridge. As these things happen, Susanna’s family starts wondering if someone wants them gone.
I really enjoyed this story. At the beginning I wondered where it was going because it took the mystery a little bit of time to develop. This was because we were learning about Susanna, the person who came to her aid, and the way many of the townspeople felt. However, all of that set up a touching story.
I felt for the Vance family, particularly the kids who were forced to move from a nice home to living on their uncle’s property. Shelley did a great job of transporting me into the story as I pictured the different scenes.
Shelley wove together a touching Christmas story with mystery, hurt, and learning to see the good in others or show them the good they are not looking for in us.