Thursday, March 16, 2017

Her Secret : the Amish of Hart County

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GRAY, SHELLEY SHEPARD
HER SECRET

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray begins a new series -- The Amish of Hart County -- with this suspenseful tale of a young Amish woman who moves to a new town to escape a threatening stalker.

After a stalker goes too far, Hannah Hilty and her family are forced to leave the Amish community where she grew up. Now they're getting a fresh start in Hart County, Kentucky. But Hannah has become afraid of trusting anyone -- even Isaac Troyer, the friendly Amish man who lives next door. She wonders if she'll ever return to the easygoing woman she once was.

For Isaac, the beautiful girl he teasingly called "The Recluse" confuses him like no other. When he learns of her past, he knows he's misjudged her. However, he also understands the importance of being grateful for God's gifts and wonders if they will ever have anything in common. But as Hannah and Isaac slowly grow closer, they realize that there's always more to someone than meets the eye.

My Review:

Compelling. Chilling. Inspiring.

Shelley Shepard Gray knows how to dig deep into the hearts of her characters, exposing weaknesses and strengths in equal measure as she forces them along a complex path of self-discovery.

Her Secret reveals the raw grittiness of every day people.  Yes, this is an Amish story -- but not the typical kind. The Hilty family is as naturally dysfunctional as any Englisch equivalent. Each family member faces common challenges in unique ways. None of them do it perfectly. There were times I wanted to box ears and rattle teeth. And just as often I wanted to hug them tight and whisper comforting platitudes. It's the kind of story that seeps into your bones until you become a part of it.

Thriller-style suspense tempered by tender romance promises a page-turner of a read.

My thanks to Avon Inspire and Litfuse Publicity Group for providing me with a copy of this book.

http://litfusegroup.com/author/SGray

Giveaway Opportunity:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Her Secret : the Amish of Hart County please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoread AT yahoo DOT ca. If you post a comment and add your email address please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday March 19 2017.  Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

33 comments:

  1. Fabulous review as always! Book 2 in this series, His Guilt, comes out in July and Book 3 in November called The Gift. There will be 6 books in this series all with suspense elements and all stand alones. I'm sure you read this in the back of the book, but thought I'd let your viewers know the dates and titles upcoming. I almost finished my copy in one night, but sleep overtook me. Enjoying it immensely! Please don't enter me.

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    1. Oh, thanks for the heads up, Diana, because I did not read that at the end of the book. I read the interview and checked for an announcement for book 2 but missed it somehow. Clearly not as intrepid at forecasting my future reads as you are. :-)

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  2. I just love reading her books. cheetahthecat1986@gmail.com/ have not read a book of hers I do not like.

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    1. I know -- and she publishes them so fast! Good luck, Kim.

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  3. I'd love to read this book. Thanks for the review! It's been too long since I've read one of her books.
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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    1. Great place to start up again since this is the first in a new series. Good luck, Susan.

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  4. I do love Shelley's books and this one sounds awesome! Thanks for the great review.
    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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  5. I so want to read this. ❤️Thank you for the chance.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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  6. Your review gave me goosebumps, Kav! I'm so totally intrigued by this book I might have to break my rules and read it now and again when the series is complete. Thanks for the chance.

    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. I'm pretty sure each book is a standalone -- just taking place in the same Amish community. At least, that's what it sounds like from what Diana said. So you could happily read it right away. :-) Good luck, Diane.

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  7. I really enjoy a good Amish book especially a suspense one. ☺ Thanks for the chance to win. iamabho (@) gmail (dot) com

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  8. She is my mom's favorite author...would love to win it for her
    marcus802001(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. You're a good son, Mark. Good luck.

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  9. You have the best of 'three' worlds here, Shelley Shepard Gray, an Amish story and a mystery, LOVE IT!

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. I know -- what's not to love? Good luck, Wendy.

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  10. A new Amish series always makes me excited! Enjoyed the review.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Me too -- especially when it's written by Shelley Shepard Gray! Good luck, rubynreba.

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  11. I can hardly wait to read this one! Amish and suspense written by a great author means that it has to be a good book. Thanks for the review and giveaway. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. It makes me giddy just thinking about the next book to come. Good luck, Donna.

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  13. When this first went up for pre-order, I was excited to see your most assured review. It's, figuratively, the "Perfect 'Kav' Storm" - Suspense, Amish and Shelley Shepard Gray!! tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Bwahahahahaha!!!! The Perfect Kav Storm. Love that. Snicker. And yes, as a matter of fact, it is. Good luck, Terrill.

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  14. This sounds like a real page turner I would enjoy reading and Amish books are my favorite! Thanks for the review Kav and glad you enjoyed it. I love Shelley's books!
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Shelley's one of my go-to authors. Love everything she writes but I especially enjoy the mix of suspense and Amish. Good luck, Maryann.

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  15. Sounds like another great book! Count me in. I love Amish Fiction.

    melodybissonnette AT gmail DOT com

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  16. I love Shelley Shepard Gray. Period.

    Count me in, please.

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I totally agree. I'm reading An Umcommon Protector right now. Sublime! Good luck, Janka.

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