A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
Series: The Amish of Hart County #3
Published by HarperCollins on November 7th 2017
Source: Litfuse Publicity Group
Genres: Amish & Mennonite, Clean & Wholesome, Fiction, Romance, Suspense
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.
Note: Kristin reads and reviews both Christian and secular fiction on A Simply Enchanted Life. Out of respect for my readers, I am including a content review. This content review will help you decide whether this book is suitable for you.
Christian or Secular: Christian
Trigger Warnings: None.
The Gift is the third book in The Amish of Hart County Series by Shelley Shepard Gray. Overall, I enjoy this book because I like the characters. I was really pulling for Neal and Susanna from the very first scene. Although one can argue predictability. And honestly, the romance was evident from the start.
Though I liked the characters, the ending of this book was so anticlimactic. When I’m thrown a red herring, I’d like to see the real culprit brought to life in a way that takes my breath. The suspense fell short for me and I never felt any real urging to find out who was threatening the Schwartz family.
The story ended so abruptly that it nearly felt as if the story were incomplete. The way that each of these stories have been so far is that each character has a small cameo in the next book. I can’t imagine that satisfying my need for more.
This was a quick read that I still enjoyed up until the ending. All issues aside, I would suggest this book for people who enjoy the genre.