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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Book Review - Peace: A Crittenden County Christmas Novel by Shelley Shepard Gray

About The Book:

After a year of secrets and scandal, will this Amish community finally find peace under the bright promise of Christmas?

Beth Byler has a secret. Ever since she met Englischer Chris Ellis while helping out at the Yellow Bird Inn, she can't stop thinking about him. She knows a relationship could never go anywhere—Chris was working undercover in Crittenden County as a DEA agent. That meant he faced danger daily and carried a gun, making him completely unsuitable for an Amish woman like herself. But she knew he felt the attraction, too. It was the reason he left so suddenly, promising never to see her again.

Then, three days before Christmas, while Beth is taking care of the inn, Chris returns. This time, he is bleeding and in need of a place to hide. Against her better judgment, Beth takes him in and tends to his wounds. She also promises to keep his presence a secret. Before long, it becomes clear that nothing between them has changed—a relationship is inevitable. But are they ready to sacrifice everything for this chance at love?

My Thoughts:

Author Shelley Shepard Gray is well-known for her Amish-themed novels, and her series, "The Secrets of Crittenden County," is one of my favorites. She brings the outside world into the Amish community and shows how both cultures can work together with a little work, a little patience, and a lot of love and understanding.

Her holiday novel, "Peace," is the fourth book in the "Crittenden" series, and focuses on sweet Beth Byler and DEA agent Chris Ellis and their star-crossed romance. Gray mixes in mystery and danger with the heartwarming romance that blooms between the two to create a charming and intriguing Christmas tale. It's a mix that works well and keeps the reader enthralled to the final page.

I highly recommend any work by Shelley Shepard Gray for those who enjoy Amish-themed novels, and inspirational fiction. 

About The Author:

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

Check out her website at www.shelleyshepardgray.com

My thanks to Avon Inspire/Harper Collins Publishers for the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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Susan Velin said...

This looks like a very good story. I will add it to my reading list. Thanks Sharon

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Looks like a great read. Had to pop in and say hi Sharon! I hope you and yours are well. Happy Thanksgiving.

Shelley said...

Sharon, thank you so much for reading PEACE! I'm delighted that you enjoyed the story!


Sharon Galligar Chance said...

Thanks for stopping by, Shelley! Waving hi to Susan and Shelia! It's an "S" kind of day!! :)