About The Book:
(Avon Inspire, January 2016)
Three months ago, everything changed for Darla Kurtz and her family.
Darla's father was responsible for a terrible fire at Charm's lumber mill which killed five Amish men. And though he, too, lost his life, the town of Charm hasn't looked at her family the same since. Even Lukas Kinsinger---with whom Darla used to have a close friendship.
Now her brother's anger at the town is spilling over onto Darla, and she has the bruises to prove it. The accident already cost five lives, but if something doesn't change soon, Darla fears it will cost her---and her family---even more.
Lukas Kinsinger wants to mourn the loss of his father, but he can hardly find the time to breathe. Suddenly the head of his father's lumber mill and responsible for taking care of his three siblings, he's feeling the pressure. He has also never felt more alone---especially with the new tension between he and Darla. But when he learns of her troubles at home, Lukas knows he can't simply stand by and watch. Someone has to help her before another tragedy occurs.
As Lukas and Darla attempt to repair their families, they discover something deeper than friendship growing between them. But will Lukas and Darla's love be accepted after so much loss? Or will the pain of the past overcome any chance of future happiness?
Shelley Shepard Gray's first book in her Charmed Amish Life series is set in the quaint Amish village of Charm, Ohio, and tells the stories of the Kinsinger siblings who are each struggling to find both forgiveness and love in the face of tragedy.
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I am a big fan of Shelley Shepard Gray's Amish novels, and so I was thrilled to review "A Son's Vow," the first book in her eighth series featuring the Amish and their way of life.
Set in Charm, Ohio, this story is a little darker than most Amish romantic novels. A devastating tragedy has occurred in the small town, affecting nearly everyone in town. But no one as much as Darla Kurtz and her childhood friend Lukas Kinsinger. Both lost their fathers in a lumber mill fire, and both are struggling to regain a sense of normalcy in lives which will never be normal again. But as time gently heals and love finds it way back to the young couple, they must face their community and their families and help them all as well.
Shelley has done a magnificent storytelling job with this new novel. Already a master at her craft, she takes it up a notch with this dramatic and heart-wrenching story. Her characters are personable and fully defined as folks you would want to get to know as friends and neighbors. And while this is a sometimes sad story, there is joy and love intertwined throughout the tale that gives reader much hope for a "charming" ending.
"A Son's Vow" is a brilliant beginning to what promises to be a much anticipated series of novels! I look forward to the next installment, "A Daughter's Dream."
I highly recommend this novel, as well as all of Shelley's previous works.
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.
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My thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this tour, and to Avon Inspire/William Morrow Books for providing the review copy. I was not compensated for my opinion.