Tuesday, July 17, 2018

HER FEAR by Shelley Shepard Gray

Publisher:     Avon Inspire
Published:     July 24, 2018
ISBN:        978-0062469212
Genre:      Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  myreviewbooks@aol.com


Sadie Detweiler made one mistake, but one that will be with her the rest of her life.  She fell in love with a man who wasn’t capable of loving anyone back.  But he did leave her with one thing that could change her life in ways she never imagined.  When she…and her parents…discover she is pregnant, instead of believing her that she trusted the man she fell in love with, trust his lies, they send her to live with cousins in Hart County, Kentucky.  There, unsure of her future, not sure where she fits in, not sure who to trust, she stands on the periphery of her cousins yet at the same time is drawn into their secrets.  When one of her cousins suddenly turns ill and dies, her world begins to change in a way she never expected.

As an EMT who is also Amish, Noah Freeman has walked a line between two worlds – that of the “English” and that of the Amish.  When he arrives at the Stauffer home where Sadie now lives, his only goal was to save the elderly Verba Stauffer’s life.  She dies before they reach the hospital of an unknown reason.  As they leave the house and head to the hospital, the image of Sadie standing in the shadows stays with him. He soon finds he cannot stop thinking about her and begins to seek her out.  But when he finds out she is pregnant his world shifts in a way he never expected.  When more people die of a sudden, unexplained illness, Noah can’t help but look into the cause.  As he searches for the cause of the mysterious illness he finds himself more and more in Sadie’s company and realizes that more than anything he wants to be with her. 

Shelley Shepard Gray’s Amish of Hart County is one of my favorite series.  Each book is a stand alone but there are ties to each of the other books.  You do not need to read them in order – she gives enough backstory to either catch up on a character from one of the earlier books, but it is done an integral part of the story so you don’t have to know about the earlier book.

In her latest, HER FEAR, she takes on the twin issues of pre-conception about the Amish and the jobs they can and do, do and an unwed mother within the community.  The changes that both Sadie and Noah go through both within themselves and with each other are well done.  I hurt for Sadie when the man she fell in love with lied about her and more so when her family turned their back on her.  Noah’s confusion and conflict with how he felt about Sadie against the backdrop of what he thought he wanted for his life were emotionally done.  Gray also does a wonderful job of portraying the different Amish sects and how they live their lives. 

Like I said, this is one of my favorite series and I cannot wait for the next entry.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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