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about the book...
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?
Be prepared to encounter the Amish community in a manner like you probably haven't before! "His Guilt" explores what happens when gossip takes over a community and people judge each other based on fear and assumptions, with long-term negative consequences. My heart immediately went out to Mark for his difficult past and the unjust way in which people treat him. Although he's not perfect, which of us is? He certainly doesn't deserve the judgemental attitude that people greet him with. At first I wasn't totally sold on Neeta based on her actions, but soon I came to appreciate her determination to change her behaviour and treat Mark as God calls her to treat her neighbours.
The plot of this novel flows along at a solid pace, and Gray throws in some twists into the story that will keep you caught up in the story. Even though you may guess fairly quickly who is actually behind the attacks that have occurred in the past and present, if you are like me the real suspense lies in how Mark is being targeted and how that plays out. The way that Mark and Neeta's relationship gently unfolds in the midst of the prejudice enveloping him makes for interesting and genuine romance. Ultimately, it was the themes of forgiveness and second chances that I most loved about "His Guilt", not only in Mark and Neeta's story, but actually in Lora and Eddie as well (a story line I almost wished had been its own novel it was so intriguing to watch unfold!)
"His Guilt" will no doubt capture your heart with the likeable characters, the sense of justice that prevails, and the satisfying ending that will leave you with a smile on your face. Those readers who weren't able to have the chance to read the first novel in this series, "Her Secret", will be able to dive into this series with book two no problem as it can be read as a stand alone novel. "His Guilt" will be sure to please Shelly Shepard Gray's growing readership! I award this novel a solid 4 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher and the Litfuse Publicity Group, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
about the author...
Shelley Shepard Gray is the "New York Times" and "USA Today" bestselling author of the Seasons of Sugarcreek series, the Sisters of the Heart series, and the Families of Honor series. She lives with her family in southern Ohio, where she writes full time. Before her work in the inspirational market, Gray wrote several novels as Shelley Galloway. During this time her books appeared on the Waldenbooks bestseller list, and she won "RT Book Reviews'" prestigious Reviewers' Choice Award.
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