Review: A Son’s Vow by Shelley Shepard Gray + Blog Tour + 5 Book Giveaway!

A Son's VowA Son’s Vow was a very interesting book to read and I found it hard to set down. I did actually read it in one day! I really liked the main characters, Darla and Lukas. It was difficult to watch as Darla received bad treatment from certain townspeople and also abusive treatment from her brother. I so wanted her to stand up for herself, but could understand her fear of doing so.

Lukas was absolutely wonderful! Did he always handle everything correctly? No. Did he know what steps should really be taken to help in Darla’s situation once he was aware of it? Not really. He had some learning to do and he put his all into trying to make things right. I really liked the development of the relationship between these two people.

This story is also full of other interesting characters, such as Hannah and Rob. What an interesting side story that was. Of course Darla and Lukas’ siblings all play their own roles in this book. I was very fond of Rebecca and enjoyed her appearances in the story. And then there is Darla’s brother, Aaron. His actions and the hatred that had risen up in him was hard to read about. I wondered how the author would handle him as the story wrapped to a close. I thought she did a good job with it and brought about a satisfactory ending. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more books in this series.

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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A Son's Vow

A Son’s Vow (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.

Learn more and purchase a copy of A Son’s Vow.

Shelley Shepard Gray


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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About Brittany

I am a homeschooling mother of four children. I am an avid reader and have been for as long as I can remember. I truly enjoy reading and reviewing books I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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