Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A Son's Vow by Shelly Shepard Gray

A Son’s Vow
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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.
My Review:
 Shelley Shepard Gray is known for great fantastic writing and this book continues to be a testament to her unique story telling. A Son's Vow is the first book in the Charmed Amish Life series and is about a small town dealing with a tragedy of an accidental fire at the town's mill, which leaves five employees dead.  There is a tremendous amount of blame going on and the town is having a difficult time moving forward. This book has a couple of different themes going on that are interesting and make this book move at a fast rate. First, Shelley tackles the topic of domestic violence, which is a dangerous and challenging issue to deal with, especially as one brother is dealing with a tremendous amount of grief and anger.  Shelley also wove the theme of forgiveness throughout the entire novel, which was imperative as the town was very resistant. Finally, I liked the sideline story of Hannah Eicher and her "job" helping the Englisher couple. I hope to see more of her story in another book tied to this series.
I give this book a 4/5 star review. 
Thank you to the publisher for allowing me to review this book in exchange for my honest review. 

About the Author: 
Shelley Shepard GrayShelley 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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