A Son's Vow (Charmed Amish Life Series #1)

A Son's Vow (Charmed Amish Life Series #1)

by Shelley Shepard Gray

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A Son's Vow (Charmed Amish Life Series #1) by Shelley Shepard Gray

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062337801
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/26/2016
Series: Charmed Amish Life Series , #1
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 46,096
File size: 1 MB

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.

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A Son's Vow: The Charmed Amish Life, Book One 0 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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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.
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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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.”
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)
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.
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful start to a new series. A Son's Vow is about grief and forgiveness, and how to handle with either. Several characters dealt with grief very differently and how that grief affected their relationships with each other and with God. When tragedy struck, how did the community and the characters react? If you were in their shoes, how will you handle your pain? We start off with Lukas and Darla trying to mend their life-long friendship, and heal as both families were deeply affected with the death of their respective fathers by the tragedy that struck the town of Charm, Ohio three months ago. Lukas, as the oldest took over responsibilities to his family mill (which is one of the main source of employment for the town) and to his siblings. Darla, as the oldest daughter felt responsible for her family's income, and farm, while the uncertainty and unpredictability of their brother, Aaron's emotional state comes into question. When things turn abusive, will Lukas and Darla realize their care towards each other is more than the feelings of childhood friendship? Will Aaron turn his grief of anger from abuse to humility and love? Let's talk about the characters. Darla and what she endure had me teary-eyed many times over in A Son's Vow. I almost wish I have the power to jump into the story and protect her, as Lukas does. However, her humility and inner strength in facing the issues in terms of the farm, Aaron and even Mary had me rethink many times when I should've bite my tongue and "turn the other cheek." (Matthew 5:39). Darla did just that and let Mary rant and rave and humiliate her. As you read about her understanding of the pain Mary was feeling, even though she knows she doesn't deserve Mary's treatment, God brought in an army to show her His love. And that itself brings a sense of gratitude and love in my heart. How many times have God shown His love for me? I loved every character and I can't wait to get to know them in their stories. Rebecca, Hannah, Amelia, Patsy, the twins, Levi and even Aaron. And Mary, I do hope we will revisit her a bit and see that she had finally found solace. Forgiveness is not to forget but cherish. If it's too hard, aim for the Lord, let Him help you reach the rest of the way towards a forgiving heart. QUOTABLE QUOTES "God is good. So good that He is giving me the courage to push aside both of our doubts and wait." (72) "I don't think the Lord minds me bringing Him up in the slightest. What's more, I think He wants me to realize that I need to wait for the important things." (72) "If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you." - Matthew 6:14 (Epigraph) "Reach up as far as you can. God will reach the rest of the way." - Amish Proverb (Epigraph) Indeed He will. A lovely story to touch the hardest of hearts. How a community, friends and ultimately, God can bring healing, and forgiveness to those who grieve in any form. Shelley is an amazingly gifted author that weaves together stories that speaks and dance all on its own. Highly recommend. http://justcommonly.blogspot.com/2016/01/a-sons-vow-to-keep.html NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.