A Son's Vow: The Charmed Amish Life, Book One

A Son's Vow: The Charmed Amish Life, Book One

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by Shelley Shepard Gray
     
 

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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

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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?

Editorial Reviews

Kathleen Fuller
Shelley Shepherd Gray has written a charming story that is sure to please fans of Amish fiction. A delightful start to a new series!
Amy Clipston
“A beautiful story of faith, hope, and second chances. Her characters are so real that they feel like old friends. Once you open the book, you won’t put it down until you’ve reached the last page.”
Suzanne Woods Fisher
“With her endearing and delightful characters, written in her trademark descriptive style, author Shelley Shepard Gray has once again crafted a story that will capture readers’ hearts from the first page.”
Romantic Times BOOKclub
“If this first book is any indication of how the remainder of the series will be, I can hardly wait! It is a quick read (I finished in less than a day), complete with surprising twists. Gray tactfully addresses topics not commonly found in many Amish-themed novels.”
New York Times bestselling author Jillian Hart
Shelley is one of my favorites. An engaging, heartfelt story with characters who are easy to love. Sweet, heartwarming and wonderful. I savored every word.
Cindy Woodsmall
Once I began reading it, I couldn’t set it aside until I had read every page...a delightful story.
Beth Shriver
Once again Shelley does an exceptional job at penning a story. I can always count on a good story line and a satisfying ending.
bestselling author Beth Shriver
Once again Shelley does an exceptional job at penning a story. I can always count on a good story line and a satisfying ending.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062337795
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/26/2016
Series:
Charmed Amish Life Series , #1
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
73,714
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

Meet 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.

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A Son's Vow: The Charmed Amish Life, Book One 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous 12 months ago
I enjoyed reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really predictable, very little about Amish life or the Amish religion. More like a Harlequin romance. Obvious about halfway through how it would end. Okay for an easy, simple read, I suppose.
ConR More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of Shelley's writing. I don't know if this fictional story is typical of what any group of Amish people would do. But it is a wonderful story of forgiveness and mercy, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There are great lessons in here for me and I feel for many Christians. Forgiveness has been a theme in my life lately. I appreciate the message of this book.
ObsessedwithBooks More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I've read by Shelley Shepard Gray and it won't be my last! She brings a freshness to the Amish fiction world that you don't always find in other Amish-related books. Nothing makes me happier than authors who don't create perfect characters that never make mistakes; hence why I feel she's an innovation to the genre. She's not afraid to let her characters show emotion - such as the anger Aaron carried around with him and unfortunately took out on Darla. There was more than once when I wanted to reach in and thump Aaron on the head for the way he treated not only Darla, but Hannah (who lost her fiance in the fire), and the Kinsinger family as well. Darla and Lukas were caught between a rock and a hard place with their families fighting; Lukas's siblings blamed Aaron and Darla's father, while Aaron tried to do whatever he could to prove his father's innocence and blamed the Kinsinger family. I cheered Darla on throughout the book as she found her backbone and not only stood up to the town bully, but she stood up against her brother and kept seeing Lukas anyway. It was nice to see how their bond strengthened as the book moved along at a good pace. Overall I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to see what happens with Hannah and Rob, a secondary story that was easy to follow along with Lukas and Darla's storyline. Please note that I received a review copy in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author Shelley Sheppard Grey has created another series. Set in Charm Ohio and masterfully written. In the 1st book of.her new series families struggle to deal with a tragic accident which takes five lives. Lukas and Darla are childhood friends. Both lost their fathers in the accident. As they struggle to reconnect you can't help.but cheer them on. In this 1st book she introduces us to not only Lukas & Darla's families but too other families in this small town of Charm. You don't feel overwhemed by the additional people. As you sometimes will with other authors. Ms Grey weaves the twist and turns of all the families seamlessly. I have already Pre-Ordered books 2 & 3 of this series. Can't wait to catch up with the people of Charm Ohio.
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Wilani More than 1 year ago
Wow! a powerful book by Shelley Shephard Gray. This is the first book in her new series taking place in Charm, Ohio. It is not your typical Amish book. In this book, anger and abuse because of the anger takes place. The Amish are not immune to these kind of problems, but they do work together to solve them. I love the way Shelley handled this topic. It is well written and I fell in love with the characters. I can not wait to read the next book in the series when it comes out
faithsnana More than 1 year ago
A tragedy took place in the peaceful town of Charm, Ohio. There was a terrible fire at Kinsinger Lumber Mill that claimed the lives of five Amish men. Among them were Stephen Kinsinger, owner of the mill, and John Kurtz. Lukas Kinsinger and Darletta (Darla) Kurtz had been friends since childhood often visiting each other’s homes. This accident put a strain not only on the friendship between these two and their families but members of the community as well. One woman who lost her son blamed John Kurtz for starting the fire. She took her anger out on Darla every time she saw her. Darla’s brother Aaron claimed the mill was neglectful when it came to safety. There were seven Kurtz children and, not only had their father died, their mother had left them. Darla did her best to keep the family going. Aaron grew bitter and took his anger out on his siblings, mostly Darla since she was the oldest. Shelley Shepard Gray tells a story of loss, grief, anger, love and forgiveness in this book. Thank you Shelley for another great read!
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
SUCH a sweet romance--it also dealt with some very serious issues: grief, anger, abuse, forgiveness, and starting over--it did so beautifully, and I found myself tearing up so many times as I neared the end of the novel. I really liked Darla's character. At the beginning of the story, she's still feeling overwhelmed with the turn her life has taken, and she seems to just stand back and let people dump on her--her brother Aaron, her neighbor Mary--but by the novel's end, she's sticking up for herself and letting others know she's not anyone's doormat. Though she takes some strength from Lukas, she doesn't allow him to fight all her battles for her. I also appreciated that she wasn't willing to marry just for safety or convenience--she held out for love, as every good heroine should. Lukas could be a bit overbearing at times, but at heart he was a worthy hero. He did what he did from a place of love, and I liked that he was the first one to try and re-establish his lifelong friendship with Darla. (Even though it took him long enough to figure out that he really wanted something more from her--but that's why God gave him sisters, obviously!) I'm absolutely loving the people of Charm, and can't wait for more of the series to come out! (Please say Hannah's going to have a book--she's one of my favorites!) Rating: 4 stars / B+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
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BookReviewerNicole More than 1 year ago
*My Thoughts* This book was fabulous! I loved Shelley's Brides of Pinecraft Series, and in my oppinion, this series is going to be even better! Every time Darla had to defend herself and her family to the town, I physically ached. I understand on a very miniscule level what it is like to be rejected, but nothing like that. However, Shelley has a way of showing everyone elses true feelings so as not to make enemies out of the other characters, but eventually, friends. Her writing is superb! I could see the tension and attraction on the part of Lukas and Darla but it didn't overtake the line of forgiveness and grace in the story. This was so much more then a romance story. Shelley really did enrapture me with the story each person had and the heartache and healing they all shared. A beautiful story, inside and out, this series will be another great success if Shelley continues this trend! ____________________________________________________ *My overall thoughts* A completely beautiful Amish romance that is so much more! Woven with faith, healing, forgiveness, and love, A Son's Vow is a much welcomed addition to my shelves! _______________________________________________________ *My Rating* I give A Son's Vow by Shelley Shepard Gray... 5 stars!! _______________________________________________ *Audience* Romance lovers? If you love these authors, you'll love Shelley too: Wanda Brunnstetter, Jennifer Beckstrand, Linda Byler, and Suzanne Woods Fischer! *I received this book from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts were my own and I was not compensated in any other way.
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
Book One of The Charmed Amish Life a series taking place in Charm, Ohio a fictional little town. The book is complete with a fun little map in the front. I caught myself looking over the map as the story progressed. Book One is the story of a romance between Darla and Lukas. They've known each other all their lives growing up as best friends but when a tragedy strikes the town they drift apart. The author wove a sweet little romance together with the drama of domestic violence. This wasn't a story that I felt 'I knew what was going to happen'. In fact I was pleased and surprised. I had it all figured out based on the title and boy was I wrong. Isn't that what makes a good story? I thoroughly enjoyed this installment and I look forward to the opportunity to read more. I want to know what happens with the sub characters like Hannah that worked as a nanny for an 'English' couple. And the dog Rose that lived in the neighborhood where Hannah worked. I look forward to the installment that tells Hannah's story! On the negative side. Yep there is one. It's personal but I still want to include it. Get it said and be done with. Personally I thought the inclusion of the Amish words was annoying. Whew I said it. I might be the only one that feels this way. But I personally didn't think it added to the story or to the realization. I haven't been around the Amish and I might be totally off here. But I think one word here and there was just annoying. Personal opinion. One more negative for me. And it's not really negative exactly . . . There was one point in the story. A little mystery that was hinted at but didn't get solved and isn't really mention as if it will be solved in follow up stories. I don't want to give the storyline away. But I'm just wishin' to find out what happened! All in all. This was a great book. I started it couldn't put it down. To me that's a good read. So here's my 4 stars for A Son's Vow.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Shelley Shepard Gray in her new book, “A Son’s Vow” Book One in The Charmed Amish Life series published by Avon Inspire takes us into the life of Darla Kurtz. From the back cover: In the first book of New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s new Charmed Amish Life series, a young man and woman must heal their families—and themselves—after a terrible tragedy, but when their friendship gives way to deeper feelings, can their newfound love survive against the odds? 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 that killed five Amish men. Though her father lost his life, too, the town of Charm hasn’t looked at her family the same since. 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. Suddenly, Lukas Kinsinger, the head of his father’s lumber mill who is responsible for taking care of his three siblings, feels more overwhelmed than ever. He has also never felt more alone—especially with the new tension between him and Darla, who was his close friend before the accident changed everything. 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—and that someone is him. As Lukas and Darla attempt to repair their families, they discover something deeper than friendship growing between them. But will the pain of the past overcome any chance of future happiness? Don’t you just enjoy the town’s name of Charm? Despite all the tragedy that happens there, there still is a charm to it that does not go away. The fire at the Lumber Mill affected everyone especially Darla and her brother because her father was one of the victims. Her brother is having a difficult time with his father’s death and he is expressing his trauma with rage and violence and Darla is getting bruised because of it. Now the healing has to begin and like the proverbial Phoenix from mythology new lives have to begin. Ms. Gray has given us real people in Darla and Lukas and watching them grow individually and then together is a real treat. “A Son’s Vow” is an exceptional story with exceptional characters that you care for and so want them to get together. I can hardly wait for book two to see where Ms. Gray is going to take this series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
cscott9 More than 1 year ago
A Son’s Vow is the first book in Ms. Gray’s new series, The Charmed Amish Life, and takes place in Charm, Ohio. Heartache and tragedy takes place in everyone’s life and how you learn to overcome all comes down to where do you put your hope and trust. When tragedy strikes both the Kurtz family and the Kinsinger family and a friendship ends, what can be done to help both families overcome. Darla Kurtz’s father is responsible for the fire that took the life five men, including himself and Darla is feeling the anger her brother has for the town. Lukas Kinsinger used to be best friends with Darla until his father was one of the Amish men killed in the fire and now he has to run his father’s lumber mill and he is also responsible for his three siblings. Lukas decides to do what is right and fights for Darla, he knows he has to help her. While he helps her will he be able to put aside everything that has happened or will he walk away from her again? I loved the story of Lukas and Darla and while I was reading A Son’s Vow I came to realize how heartache and tragedy can cause us to turn away from everything we know that is true. God is here for us and so is others. I highly recommend A Son’s Vow to all Amish Fiction lovers. This is another great book by Ms. Gray!! You will definitely not want to miss this one.. Thank you to the Author for providing me a copy of this book for my personal and honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.
busymomoftwo More than 1 year ago
A complimentary review copy was provided to me. A Son's Vow is the first in a new series called The Charmed Amish Life, conveniently set in the community of Charm. Shelley Shepard Gray has a great knack of writing a book about the Amish with a plot that transcends the setting and the faith of the characters. In this story, several characters in town were recently impacted by a deadly fire at the local mill that killed five Amish men. Each of the characters that were impacted were dealing with the grief in their own way, and not all in the healthiest of ways. As the story unfolds, they discover that pulling together after that devastating event that drove them apart will help them all heal. She writes such a captivating set of characters and as you join them on their journey of healing, it is hard to not feel a connection with the characters. The one thing that kept me guessing was the vow - I had expected it to be an early revelation in the book, but the nature of the vow was not revealed until much later in the book (almost at the end). I don't think it hurt the story, but it did leave me wondering if I had missed something. I look forward to the next book in this series, as I know it will likely be about some of the other shadow characters in this story and that it will allow me to follow the progress of the stories of those characters that I came to love in this story.
SweetPeanutsMom More than 1 year ago
This is where I find that Shelley shines. Her Amish are not perfect. They have the same problems that you can see anywhere in any community. This book deals with abuse in a few forms, verbal and physical, and also grief, but don't worry Shelley handles it with grace. I enjoyed this storyline and the new cast of characters.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
With forgiveness as it's theme, A Son's Vow is a book that delves deep into the grief of an entire community after a fire at a local lumber mill takes the lives of five Amish men. While forgiveness was the basis and the theme of the story, there are several side stories I would like to mention, and comment on. One was the relationship between Lukas and Darla, it was volatile and often he seemed too rough for my taste. Also, the unforgiveness of the community baffled me a bit. I realize that the Amish are like any other people, and have to work through their issues also, but since the advent and increasing popularity of Amish stories, we have seen that their custom is to forgive. So the unforgiveness did stump me a bit. This was not my favorite of Shelley's books, but I do look forward to seeing what the next book of the series brings. 4 stars from this reviewer. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
I've been in love with the Amish lifestyle since visiting Lancaster, PA in my teens and there is something to be said for the love of family and community as well as their strong faith to accept things without any really question as to why God has allowed certain events to take place in their lives. They struggle but they don't hold on to things. In Shelley Shepard Gray's newest series, The Charmed Amish Life, we now follow the lives of those living in Charm, Ohio. The first book A Son's Vow takes us right into the heart of the action of this novel. There was a recent fire at the Kinsinger Lumber Mill in Charm and it claimed the lives of 5 men. Through an odd series of accidents starting with one man leaving an oily rag in the dumpster to wood shavings collecting there instead of where they should be and a piece of hot metal all lead to the fire without placing blame on any one individual. However in the heart of Aaron Kurtz, he believes that the brunt of the blame has been placed on his father who set the rag in the trash. He feels the Lumber Mills owners should have taken better care to ensure things like this don't happen even though they lost the life of their own father in the accident as well. Aaron's anger in not being able to let go is following him around to the point where he is taking it out on his family, through yelling and physically abusing his sister Darla. Darla tries hard to understand what Aaron is dealing with but she worries if he doesn't get it under control the members of the community will take action. As the oldest daughter she has more than enough on her hands to deal with besides her siblings but since their mother walked out as well, Darla is beside herself trying to figure out what to do and Aaron doesn't seem to be willing to step up to the responsibilities now falling to the wayside around the farm. She doesn't want to bring it up for fear he will only get angry at her and lash out even more. Her only consolation is talking to her best childhood friend Lukas Kinsinger, but since Aaron holds him personally responsible for the death of their father, he takes even that anger out on his family and Darla when he can. But Lukas isn't about to stand around and watch the only person he ever loved being abused. After all, he lost his own father in the fire as well. It will take a community pulling together to help Aaron before anyone else gets hurt. I received A Son's Vow by Shelley Shepard Gray compliments of Avon Inspire Publishing and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation aside from a free copy of the novel in exchange for my fair and honest evaluation. This one I truly enjoyed and as all of Shelley's novels, they are always over much too soon. I simply want more because you find yourself so lost in the story it's over before you know it and you have turned the last page. There are some great additions to this one beside the cute map within the front cover, There is a meet the author section, about the book and some great discussion questions just perfect for the book clubs! A bonus recipe is also included to make this truly a treat! For me, hands down a 5 out of 5 stars once again. Now I can't wait for the next novel in this series!
mackenzie_carol More than 1 year ago
A Son’s Vow is the first book in Shelley Shepard Gray’s The Charmed Amish Life series, but is definitely not the first book I have ever read by her. In the past, I read her Crittenden County series—Missing, The Search, and Found—and The Promise of Palm Grove and The Proposal at Siesta Key, the first two books in her Amish Brides of Pinecraft series. My favorites of her novels, however, are the ones I just read a couple of months ago, the ones she published under Shelley Gray, the three novels in her Chicago World’s Fair Mystery series—Secrets of Sloane House, Deception on Sable Hill, and Whispers in the Reading Room. Apparently she’s an even better historical fiction/mystery writer than an Amish one, but that’s another discussion for another day since this is an Amish novel. Darla Kurtz is such a sweet character; hardworking and caring, always doing for others and never stopping to think of herself. Despite all of the horrors she faces, she is constantly strong and resilient, and that is definitely something that I admire about her. I also feel so much sympathy for her throughout the novel as I realize just how badly her brother treats her. I cannot imagine how horrible I would feel if my brother treated me in such a way, so I truly sympathize with her, and that fact makes me admire her even more. Lukas Kinsinger is such a strong and compassionate hero! He fights for Darla throughout the entire course of this book, and that is my favorite thing about him. Despite all that he has been through since the fire that claimed his father’s life, he is able to put aside his grief and focus on making things better for Darla, and that is literally just the sweetest thing ever. Plus, he is just a wonderful older brother and an all-around great person, and that is why I love him as much as I do. All in all, I really enjoyed this novel, and am definitely excited to read more in the series. However, I find myself needing to give it only four out of five bookshelves, most likely because of one simple reason. Even though this was a great story, it just didn’t even come close to how wonderful the Chicago World’s Fair Mystery series is, and that really disappointed me. Throughout the whole novel I was really anticipating it being just as fabulous, and was kind of let down when it wasn’t. Although, that possibly could just be because I absolutely love both mysteries and historicals the most out of almost anything else I have ever read. At the end of the day, this was a quality book that I would recommend, and did definitely enjoy. I received a copy of this book from the Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for only my honest review. (This review is from my blog, spreadinghisgrace.blogspot.com)
thall5 More than 1 year ago
A Son's Vow is the first book in The Charmed Life series by Shelley Shepard Gray. This engaging story caught me right from the first few pages. It is set in the town of Charm, Ohio, where a tragic incident had happened abou 3 months before. Five families were struck by the grief of losing a family member and now they must deal with how to cope with that grief and how to move on with their lives. Among these there is Darla Kurtz , who is now in the position of trying to take care of and provide for her siblings along with her brother Aaron. While dealing with her grief and trying to put one foot infront of the other just to make it from day to day, she is blamed by people in her community's for her father's part in the accident. One person in particular seeks her out every day on her job just to inflict more pain. She has no one to turn to since her brother Aaron has become eat up with hate and anger over the loss of their father, and her life long friend and confidant Lukas has also drifted away as a result of grief and uncertain feelings in his own life and family after the death of his father from the same tragedy. As if grief, dealing with hatred from people in the community, and responsibility for her family are not enough, Darlanow has to deal with her brother Aaron and his anger that has turned into abuse that he is now inflicting on her. She fears for herself and her siblings as her brothers' anger is spiraling out of control. Then, one day Lukas stops by the post office where she work so. Can he help protect her? Will she let him back into her life after feeling so betrayed? Aaron need some hel, but who can help him before he hurts someone else? Will their faith and love be enough to bring them through and heal their homes and community? I really enjoyed this book! Recommend to any Amish fiction fan. You will not be disappointed. I received a complimentary copy of this book for honest review.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars One of the first things that struck me about A Son’s Vow was how it addresses topics that aren’t usually explored in Amish fiction. Topics such as unforgiveness, abuse, bitterness, grief, depression. A refreshing reminder of why I love Shelley Shepard Gray’s Amish novels. It’s not so much the case now (thankfully), but when I first tried Amish fiction, all the characters and plots seemed encased in an almost utopian bubble. I didn’t care for it. When I discovered Shelley Shepard Gray, she gave me a new appreciation for the genre. (I have since found several other Amish fiction authors I like as well for these same reasons.) Her characters are real and honest and sometimes raw, but they are also sweet and quirky and sometimes flirty. And no matter what the situation, grace coats every word. Lukas and Darla have so much history behind their friendship – and now so much emotion. Emotion that could – and does – strain the relationship but which also has the potential to make it all the sweeter. I loved watching them interact. Lukas’ protective instincts (swoon!). Darla’s torn loyalties. The moments when they put aside the recent past in favor of the distant (swoon! again!). And then there’s Hannah… whose brewing and complicated relationship I hope to see more of in the series. But beyond all (quite enjoyable) plot points of a romantical nature, the focus on grief and how we each absorb it really sets this book apart from the crowd. Nearly for every character in A Son’s Vow, we are shown a different approach to loss. Some healthy, others not so much. The emphasis on God’s faithfulness, despite our doubt, our anger, our sin, is sure to touch readers no matter what stage of grief they may find themselves. Bottom Line: Shelley Shepard Gray consistently delivers skillfully-written stories of hope and grace, and A Son’s Vow is no exception. Engaging and honest, this is deeper than a romance and so much more than marketing for an Amish utopia. It’s beautiful, it’s creative, it’s witty, and it’s real. In my opinion, it doesn’t get much better :) (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
SharonChance More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Shelley Shepard Gray's Amish novels, and so I was thrilled to review "A Son's Vow," the first book in her eighth series featuring the Amish and their way of life. Set in Charm, Ohio, this story is a little darker than most Amish romantic novels. A devastating tragedy has occurred in the small town, affecting nearly everyone in town. But no one as much as Darla Kurtz and her childhood friend Lukas Kinsinger. Both lost their fathers in a lumber mill fire, and both are struggling to regain a sense of normalcy in lives which will never be normal again. But as time gently heals and love finds it way back to the young couple, they must face their community and their families and help them all as well. Shelley has done a magnificent storytelling job with this new novel. Already a master at her craft, she takes it up a notch with this dramatic and heart-wrenching story. Her characters are personable and fully defined as folks you would want to get to know as friends and neighbors. And while this is a sometimes sad story, there is joy and love intertwined throughout the tale that gives reader much hope for a "charming" ending. "A Son's Vow" is a brilliant beginning to what promises to be a much anticipated series of novels! I look forward to the next installment, "A Daughter's Dream." I highly recommend this novel, as well as all of Shelley's previous works.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing! A Son’s Vow, by: Shelley Shepard Gray A Son’s Vow is book one in The Charmed Amish Life by Shelley Shepard Gray. This is not your typical Amish romance book. Shelley has skillfully written a heart touching story. A story that is filled with so many strong emotions that will surly draw you into the story right from the start and not let you go until the very end! There is so much love, pain, heartache, hope, denial, devotion, and faith in this story. Characters that will grab hold of you and take you for the emotional roller coaster of a ride thought this story. This book surely has to be Shelley best Amish fiction that she has ever written! I am so looking forward to reading the next book in this series. Be sure to order your copy of A Son’s Vow by Shelley Shepard Gray today! 5 stars! I received a copy of this book for my honest review.
MitziAB More than 1 year ago
What a blessing it was to step into the town of Charm. Not because it was charming, though it is, and not because everyone and everything is perfect, it was not. And trouble? Yes there was that, too. But the people were human. I saw myself and my friends in the faces of Charm. They had the same goals, dreams, anxieties and distress we all have. Death and rejection change people, as do love and good fortune. As Darla, Luke, their families and friends battle with everyday living, there are glimpses of hope of a brighter day dawning, of lives changing, and of bad habits being dealt with in healthy ways. We glean wisdom from others through the characters, and I was sorry to leave Charm at the end of the story. And we all know that just because the story in a book comes to an end, does not mean the story is over. I look forward excitedly to read more about their lives. Thank you to Amy and Chris at Litfuse Publicity Group, Shelley Shepard Gray and Avon Inspire, an imprint of HarperCollins for the opportunity to read this book. I was given a free book for the purpose of writing a review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own