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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway - Found: The Secrets of Crittenden County by Shelley Shepard Gray

About The Book:

A murder is solved and a quiet Amish community must deal with the repercussions. Amid the surprising revelations, can a newfound love survive?

As the search for Perry Borntrager's killer continues, Jacob Schrock feels like his world is about to crumble. Right before Perry went missing, he and Jacob got into a fistfight. Jacob never told anyone what happened that terrible night. He's good at keeping secrets—including his love for Deborah, Perry's sister. But when Deborah takes a job at his family's store and their friendship blossoms, Jacob senses everything is about to be revealed.
Deborah has been searching for a slice of happiness ever since her brother's body was discovered. When the police start questioning Jacob, Deborah can't believe that the one person she's finally allowed in could be the one responsible for her brother's death. Will she believe what everyone seems to think is the truth . . . or listen to her heart, and hope there is still one more person who is keeping secrets in Crittenden County?


A murder mystery.  A love story.  A inspirational story about the Amish and their neighbors.  In their own rights, each element would be an intriguing story, but when combined the three blend into a fascinating tale that is impossible to put down.  Author Shelley Shepard Gray manages to do this with her series, The Secrets of Crittenden County.  And with "Found," her final volume in this trilogy, Gray wraps up the mesmerizing story of murder among the Amish with finese.

Beginning with a short prolouge to remind readers of what has happened previously, Gray takes her cast of characters careening toward the conclusion of a murder investigation that has rocked the quiet community. The Amish and their "English" neighbors alike have struggled since the murder occured, and the young people have been under suspicion for their actions.  As the clues begin to unfold, the true idenity of the person responsible comes as a shock to the town (and to the reader!)

Gray captures the essence of the quiet Amish ways, their strong sense of faith and morales and she adds in the excitement and turmoil of a murder mystery to create a series that is truly unforgettable. The charming and old-fashioned romance between the young folks is an extra treat for readers, a nice cherry-on-top.

I enjoyed this series, and I highly recommend it for mystery lovers, as well as those interested in Amish stories.

About The Author:

Shelley Shepard Gray is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Families of Honor, Seasons of Sugarcreek, and Sisters of the Heart series. She lives with her family in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time.

Be sure to check out her website at www.shelleyshepardgray.com for more information on her books and upcoming projects.

In conjunction with my 4th Blog Anniversary, I have a giveway that mystery lovers will LOVE!

One lucky winner will receive the entire "Secrets of Crittenden County" series by Shelley Shepard Gray.


Leave a comment on this post, plus your email address!   That's it!  Simple and Easy!

I will announce the winner on September 9th!

Good luck, everyone!

I received this set of books to review from the publisher, Avon Inspire.  I was not compensated for my opinion.


Mystica said...

If this is open to all please count me in.

Thanks for sharing.


skkorman said...

I would love to read these books—thanks for the opportunity to win them!

skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

Myra C said...

Happy 4th Blog Anniversary! I would love to read these book, thanks for the giveaway!

myra0502 at yahoo dot com

Linda Kish said...

Wow! This is a great giveaway. I hope I get to be the lucky winner.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

JoyAnne said...

Wow, great giveaway!!

JoyAnne11 at gmail dot com

traveler said...

Happy 4th Blogaversary. This is a lovely giveaway. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

petite said...

What a great giveaway. Thanks for this chance. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

Shelley said...

Thank you, Sharon, for reviewing FOUND! I hope your readers will enjoy the whole series!

Anonymous said...

I've only read the 1st in this series so far. I'm looking forward to reading the last 2 books as well. I must find out who killed Perry!!


Anonymous said...

Would love to read these!

Maureen Timerman said...

My sister and I were talking about this series last night....love Shelley's books!


Anonymous said...

I'd love to read this trilogy; thank you for the opportunity to win it. What a lovely treat that would be!


karen said...

terrific author! one of my favs...haven't started this series yet cause I want to be able to read them all....patience, patience, patience...now they are all out..yippee!

karen said...

sorry...my email: westveer4@charter.net (just in case)

Connie said...

Shelley Shephard Gray is an amazing author. I love her wholesome Amish-themed novels. They always leave me with a warm-fuzzy feeling after reading one. I would so love to win her "Secrets of Crittenden County" series. That would be fabulous! Thanks so much for offering this terrific giveaway.

Carmee said...

I would love to read these, Happy Anniversary! Thank you for this wonderful contest, please count me in! Carmee miaross1961@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I would love to have these books. Shelley is a great writer.


Anonymous said...

THANKS FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN THESE BOOKS.debbiemosley44@hotmail.com

pat cowans said...

Would love to win this, sounds like a great read. Thanks for doing this.

Teresa Kerr said...

I would love to win these books!

Teresa Kerr

Sandi Coughlin said...

I would love to win this set of books. slc925@yahoo.com

LISA said...

Happy 4th Anniversary. I would love to receive these books. Enjoy your day, I enjoyed your review.



Mary Ellen Ashenfelder said...

This is a wonderful giveaway. I would be thrilled to win Please accept my entry. Thank you.

Alesha said...

What a great giveaway! Thanks for offering it!


Lcenlow said...

Thank you for your review. The books sound great and I would love to read them. Please enter me.


Dana Wilkerson Spille said...

I love to read Amish books .I would love to win a copy of your book .Thank you so much Dana M Spille

Melissa said...

These books look intriguing, thanks so much for the opportunity to win them. Congratulations on your blogaversary


Pam said...

This sounds like a great trilogy and I would love the opportunity to have them.

Pam said...

Didin't put my e-mail so here it is flintloudon@aol.com

Thank you

Judy said...

I would love to win this trilogy. I think Shelley is one of the best Amish fiction writers. Thank you for this generous giveaway!


Pat Endicott said...

I would love to win these. I love all of your books

Phyllis said...

I have read Missing, but would love to win the whole set. So count me in. bride57no1@yahoo.com.

Shelley K. said...

I would love to win.

MariaT said...

I would love to win these books! After reading "Missing" & "Search," I am ready for "Found!"


Carol N Wong said...

This is a great giveaway, I love, love, love Amish Fiction. I haven't any by this author yet!!!!


Shelley said...

my email was skovacic@hotmail.com. Thank you

Jennifer Walters said...

Would love to win these books:) walters@centurylink.net

LadyRed said...

Shelley is a fabulous author! Her books are wonderfully written and give you a very thorough education in the Amish lifestyle that most of us will never see in practice otherwise! Thanks for this chance!

Anonymous said...

I love to recieve this set of books. I love reading these stories. Thank you! Cindy Hetherington LaMay

Anonymous said...

In my humble opinion, Shelley Shepard Gray is one of the all-time best writers of Amish fiction around. I can't wait to read "Found."

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the anniversary!! I look forward to seeing more of what you do!! Would love the chance to win the trilogy of Shelley's books. Thank you!!!


Lisa said...

Would love to read and win these great books!!! Enter my name.
Lisa Williams

Anonymous said...

I enjoy Shelley,s books and would like to win the books.

Anonymous said...

If I am lucky enough to win Shelley's books, I will share them with all the ladies at work as we do with all of her other books!


Anonymous said...

I am sorry if I posted twice...I dont think the first went thru
Would very much love the chance to have the complete set!

Wendy Newcomb said...

Great giveaway! Thank you so much for hosting it.


Al said...

What a wonderful giveaway. I enjoy reading Amish fiction and would love to win this set.

Alecia Ernst


Anonymous said...


Ronda Ferry said...

Would love to read these books thank you for chance to win the set

Sharon said...

I just downloaded the second book on my Nook and have decided I need to read book 1 first! I would love to win the series!

Amy Campbell said...

I really want to read this series! Thanks for the giveaway!

campbellamyd at gmail dot com

holdenj said...

I think this setting in the Amish community would be interesting. Thanks for the chance to win all three!