Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Son's Vow

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A Son's Vow

by Shelley Shepard Gray  

Amish Fiction
Avon Inspire

Charmed Amish Life series

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.

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?

My thoughts:  A SON'S VOW is the first book in Ms. Gray's newest Amish series. It has several point of view characters, not just Lukas and Darla. The book was rather hard to read as it deals with loss and physical abuse and the depravity of mankind, although it was dealt with somewhat tactfully.  I admired the way Lukas stood up for Darla -- in a way. In another way, he was a bully of a different sort, not so much physically though, but in a way that I will do what I want and you have nothing to say about it. Since he was interfering in her life, I think she did. I admired that Darla had the strength to fight for herself instead of letting Lukas run all over her. She was a little spitfire at times. 

Written in Shelly's unique voice I found myself tangled up in these characters lives. I hoped Aaron would turn away from his anger issues and that Lukas would be somewhat less forceful. There is no faith message to speak of in the story, forgiveness is the theme, and I did get confused over Darla's family dynamics -- who is who -- but I think I eventually figured that out. Those who can't get enough bonnet fiction will likely love this. Or fans of Ms. Gray. 3 stars. 

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 Meet the Author

Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-timeNew York Times bestseller, a two-timeUSA Today bestseller, 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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