HIS GUILT : the Amish of Hart County
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray delivers the next novel in her Amish of Hart County series -- 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 he never forgot his home. When the one person who helped him through rough times asks for help, Mark returns. But it is pretty Waneta Cain who makes him want to stay...
Neeta is one of the view people in Hart County who doesn't believe Mark is guilty of hurting anyone. However, his worldliness and tough exterior 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 Mark is guilty. But what hurts him most is Neeta's sudden wariness around him. When another woman is hurt -- a woman who is close to both Neeta and Mark -- Mark fears he knows the real culprit. And time is running out. Will Mark be able to find the perpetrator before Neeta becomes his next victim?
A complicated love story cloaked in suspense. An unusual combination for an Amish novel and I love the edginess Gray brings to her story. It's full of imperfect characters making flawed decisions that have far reaching ramifications. Lots of juicy, gnarly stuff that makes you think and squirm and come away a better person.
Even in this tight-knit Amish community, Mark can't escape the shadow of his past. It doesn't matter that he's not guilty of any wrong doing if everyone still thinks he is. Prejudice fuels gossip and soon he's second guessing his return to Hart County. But for the kindness and faith of a few, he'd be truly lost.
The gossip ensnares Neeta, and she struggles to separate fact from fiction as she begins to develop a friendship with Mark. Wary. Confused. Feeling pulled in two directions, it takes awhile for Neeta to see the truth and gain the confidence to stand by it.
Shelley Shepard Gray once again brings inspiration and hope into the lives of characters facing real and raw issues. But she doesn't leave it there. She throws in a sinister suspense plot that kept me riveted right through to the hair-raising conclusion. A spellbinding read.
Book provided courtesy of Avon Inspired and Litfuse Publicity Group.
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