Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Publisher: Avon Inspire
Genre: Amish, Holiday, Suspense
Source: Molly at Harper Collins
Goodreads: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s latest Christmas novel in her Amish of Hart County series.
It’s set to be a white Christmas in Hart County, and Grace King is pet-sitting in a beautiful home with only a difficult dachshund for company. Just as she starts to miss the bustle of her large Amish family, Grace runs into a familiar face. Living right next door is John Michael Miller. He’s a fireman now, but five years ago, he had courted her older sister, then broke her heart. Seeing him again stirs Grace’s anger, but also reminds her of deeper feelings she’s done her best to deny.
The infatuation John Michael once saw in Grace’s eyes is long gone, though his complicated attraction to her remains. He had walked away all those years ago when he realized he was falling in love with the wrong sister. Now, as suspicious fires are set in their community, that’s not an option. Grace dismisses his warnings, and John Michael vows to keep an eye on her. But he can’t help wondering if he’s reconnected with Grace, only to risk losing her again.
Now all John Michael wants for Christmas is to keep Grace safe, in the hopes that they can one day have a future together.
Ope’s Opinion: I had not read a book about Amish people before, so I was a little surprised by some of the words used – gut ( good ) and Jah ( yes ), etc. It wasn’t hard to understand just felt like the author was trying to make sure we knew it was Amish. She also mentioned several times either Amish or English to make sure the reader knew there was a difference.
The writing seemed simplistic to me – at times choppy, short sentence, as if written for a beginner reader.
The story had one basic romance in it, the major part of the story was suspenseful, which I enjoyed. The ending was exactly what you expected and wanted. A good one for the Christmas season.