Review: The Gift by Shelley Shepard Gray

the giftThe Gift was a great way to jump into some holiday reading, peppered with a bit of mystery and danger. It is part of a series set in Hart County, however, is definitely readable as a stand alone novel.

The main characters, Susanna and Neil, get off to a very rocky start. I really liked Susanna and felt so sorry for the way she and her family were being treated. I also felt for Neil, even though I was frustrated with him early on in the story. I appreciated the way the author showed his emotional growth as the book progressed. It wasn’t immediate and it was something he had to work on, yet he did realize the error of his ways and worked to make things right..

I enjoyed the two seperate romances that developed and that there were viewpoints from the characters who were involved in these relationships. It gave a well rounded feel to the story. The hint of danger and uncertainty kept me turning the pages to see if my suspicion about who was behind the the mayhem was correct.

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

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About the book:
 

A special Christmas story about love and blessings in the next book in the Amish of Hart County series
The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that causes her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into the icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous “accidents” that someone wants them gone.
Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it’s not the Schwartz family’s fault, but he can’t help but be resentful. Until he meets Susanna. She is kind-hearted and bold, and Neil can’t stop thinking about her pretty green eyes.
Neil thinks the accidents are just that, but Susanna’s father is convinced the Vance family is responsible. Susanna refuses to believe Neil would do anything to harm her. She’s fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out to uncover the truth before someone gets hurt . . . or worse.
About the author:
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.
Find out more about Shelley at http://www.shelleyshepardgray.com.
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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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