Litfuse Blog Tour: A Son's Vow by Shelley Shepard Gray
|A Son's Vow|
by Shelley Shepard Gray
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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Shelley Shepard Gray books are among the first I reach for when I want to escape. They are always so fun and entertaining. Some of her books have serious undertones, but usually are more fun and uplifting. A Son's Vow is one of the most weighty of her stories to date. Domestic violence is one of the themes at the heart of this story. Loss and bitterness threaten to forever tear apart two families who were once inseparable and more than a few times I didn't think things would work themselves out by the end of the story. I'm not sure I've ever read a romance where the whole thing was just so emotionally draining. Shelley certainly does an excellent job at bringing out the hurt and anger that each of the characters are feeling. The whole book just seemed angry if that makes any sense. It was a change to read a story from Gray where things were't all roses. Don't get me wrong, I always enjoy her stories, but A Son's Vow definitely has a different tone than most anything I've read in the Amish genre. Be on the lookout for this book and the books to follow in this new series.
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~ My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars ~