His Guilt: The Amish of Hart County #2 by Shelley Shepard Gray *christian suspense book review*

His Guilt: The Amish of Hart County by Shelley Shepard Gray

I have been enjoying this new Amish suspense series by Shelly Shepard Gray! “His Guilt” is book 2 of 3 in the Amish of Hart County series.

I didn’t like the main character Mark at first. He was very rude and abrupt and defensive with others. He starts working at the local nursery and store with Waneta (Neeta) and over time starts to change how he talks and interacts with others. Neeta is a very kind woman who tried to make good choices and help others. She eventually warms up to Mark and tries to help him overcome his past. Mark had a terrible upbringing with an abusive father and a younger brother who runs away. Because Mark was accused of hurting a girl 5 years prior, he becomes a prime suspect when other local girls begin to get attacked.

I didn’t care for Mark’s friend Lora in this story even though her character evolved by the end of the story. She was very worldly and felt that Neeta was high and mighty because she tried to make good choices and think ahead to the future. I dont’ like when someone tries to make a good person feel bad because they aren’t making bad choices like others.

In my opinion this story (and series) is meant for adults, not young adults; since it deals with heavy issues like abuse, forgiveness, judging, guilt and rape.

This is a Christian book about an Amish community that deals with more serious, real life issues that we all face today. I feel like the author did a good job portraying that but still had some romance and Christian themes through out.

I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
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 never forgot his home. When the one person who had helped him through his rough times asks for help, Mark returns. But it is pretty Waneta Cain who makes him want to stay…

Neeta is one of the few people in Hart County who doesn’t believe Mark is guilty of hurting anyone. However, his worldliness and tough exterior do 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 he is guilty.  But what hurts most is Neeta’s sudden wariness around him. When another woman is hurt, a woman who is close to both Neeta and himself, Mark fears he knows the real culprit. And time is running out. Will Mark be able to find him before Neeta becomes his next victim?

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Shelley Shepard Gray lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. A busy wife and mother of two, she spends her days writing and keeping track of her two teenagers. Her two dogs keep her company when she writes in her basement.

Shelley enjoys writing about the Amish and visits Amish communities in Adams and Holmes counties several times a year. When not spending time with her family or writing, she serves on several committees in her church.

She also bakes a lot, loves coconut cream pie, and will hardly ever pull weeds, mow the yard, or drive in the snow.

Shelley also spends a lot of time on line! Please visit her website, www.shelleyshepardgray.com to find out her latest news…or become her friend on FaceBook.

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Wills & Trust (Legally in Love Collection #3) by Jennifer Griffith

Wills & Trust (Legally in Love Collection #3) by Jennifer Griffith

I received an advance copy of this book but unfortunately it had alot of errors making it very hard to read. I enjoyed the story, however, based on the title of the book and chapter headings I thought it would be more of a romance story between an attorney and his childhood friend. The story mostly revolved around baseball and historic facts which I personally didn’t find very interesting.
It was a clean, quick, romantic story but not something I would read again.
I received a copy of this e-book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.

About the book:
Town beauty queen Brooke Chadwick knows Dane Rockwell will never take a second look at his best friend’s younger sister, no matter how much she’s longed for him. She’s a kid nuisance. A pity case he played catch with after her parents died in an accident. Dane Rockwell is a Rockwell—of the felons, frauds, and cheats Rockwells in town. How can he possibly ask Brooke Chadwick—of the upstanding, reputable Chadwicks in town—to consider him worthy? Now Dane is back in town with three things: a ring in his pocket, a kiss burning on his mouth for her, and a law degree to prove his worthiness. Brooke is about to say yes to a proposal, but not Dane’s. Disappointment looms. But when Brooke gets notice to attend a reading of a stranger’s will with her legal counsel, Dane is her only option for a lawyer, and it might be Dane’s only chance to earn her trust. With themes of love, loss, second chances, an inheritance from a stranger, beautiful beach scenes on the Chesapeake Bay, baseball games, Babe Ruth, antique collectibles, a gripping court case, betrayals, and lots of romantic kisses and chemistry, this book’s plot twists and turns through Dane and Brooke’s lives–as Brooke learns to trust, and Dane learns about self-will. Wills & Trust is a new standalone romance in the bestselling Legally in Love Collection by Jennifer Griffith.

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“The Song of Copper Creek” by Kristen Mckendry *book review and giveaway*

“The Song of Copper Creek” by Kristen Mckendry

Grace returns to her childhood home in Canada after a tragic accident leaves her without her husband and 3 kids. Grace begins working at Copper Creek Farm in exchange for room and board in hopes of finding peace and healing. Grace isn’t afraid of hard work, but she is afraid to open up to people and have close relationships and even share about her past.

This story was a steady pace but was a little slow for my personal taste. I did like reading about the specific things Grace did on the historical farm and how they made and did things. On a personal level, I can’t even imagine the loss and heartache of losing your entire family.

Grace was able to rely on her religion and faith in God which is talked about through out this story. I would consider this a Christian, Womens fiction book.

I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
It’s been more than a year since she lost her family—a tragedy that has left Grace Whitaker a shadow of her former self. Unable to move on surrounded by so many memories, she makes the desperate decision to return to her childhood home in Port Dover, Ontario, Canada. There she hopes to salvage the broken pieces of her life—but what she finds is the promise of peace and healing in an unlikely place. Copper Creek Farm is part of a Canadian historical museum, offering glimpses into nineteenth-century pioneer life. Yet the farm offers much more than that—it is a place of second chances. For Grace, the opportunity to work the land alongside the loving Whelan family is the first step toward healing. But she isn’t the only broken soul seeking hope on the farm. Grace is joined by a young man in trouble with the law, as well as the Whelans’ son and grandchildren, who are struggling through their own heartbreak. Together, these survivors discover the strength that can be found in friendship. But when faced with the uncertainty of the future, will they have the courage to move beyond the past to forge new lives for themselves?

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The Capture (Griffin Force #3) by Julie Coulter Bellon *book review and giveaway*

The Capture (Griffin Force #3) by Julie Coulter Bellon

I have read all three books in the Griffin Force series and they are all outstanding! “The Capture” is book 3 is just as good, if not better.

The story line was fast paced from the first page to the last. I was gasping and on the edge of my seat for most of the book, especially the first several chapters. (my husband kept asking me if I was okay) It was hard to read Zaya’s experiences while in prison, but it made the characters and story line more realistic especially in their line of work. I really like the Griffin Force team characters and how they interact and take care of eachother like family.

I highly recommend this series if you enjoy lots of action and adventure. I absolutely loved it and my almost 16 year old loves this series too. This is a series of books that I will read again and again.

I received a copy of this Ebook complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.

About the Book
Julian Bennet, head of Griffin Force, finally finds love with Zaya Altes, but the day he buys her an engagement ring, international terrorist Nazer al-Raimi abducts her. Getting her back consumes him, yet it takes nearly six months to find her. The daring mission to extract her from a hidden prison in Afghanistan is successful, but Zaya has suffered during captivity. Though she’s grateful to Julian for breaking her out, she wants nothing to do with him. Before he can show her how much he still loves her, Nazer finds them and vows revenge. Can Julian keep Zaya safe and still stop Nazer once and for all?

Zaya Altes nearly gave up hope of ever being rescued, but when Griffin Force finally finds her, returning to life is harder than she imagined. While her feelings for Julian are as strong as ever, she feels too broken to recapture what they once had. Instead, Zaya jumps at a chance to trap Nazer, wanting vengeance for what she’s endured. As the final showdown draws near, however, Zaya will have to make an unimaginable choice to let Nazer close to her again. But when a shocking web of betrayal is uncovered in their own ranks, their one chance to capture him is compromised. Julian and Zaya will put everything on the line, but can they survive this ultimate test and finally reach for their chance at happiness?

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Julie Coulter Bellon is the author of more than a dozen romantic suspense novels. Her book All Fall Down won the RONE award for Best Suspense and Pocket Full of Posies won a RONE Honorable Mention for Best Suspense.

Julie loves to travel and her favorite cities she’s visited so far are probably Athens, Paris, Ottawa, and London. She loves to read, write, teach, watch Castle, Hawaii Five-O, and eat Canadian chocolate. Not necessarily in that order.

Julie offers writing and publishing tips as well as her take on life on her blog ldswritermom.blogspot.com You can also find out about all her upcoming projects at her website juliebellon.com

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