His Guilt (Amish of Hart County Series #2)

His Guilt (Amish of Hart County Series #2)

by Shelley Shepard Gray

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His Guilt (Amish of Hart County Series #2) by Shelley Shepard Gray

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray delivers the next novel in her Amish of Hart County series—a suspenseful tale of an Amish man who will risk all to protect the woman he loves.

Mark Fisher has returned home to Hart County, determined to put the past behind him. Two years ago, after being wrongly accused of assault, he left the Amish community, though never forgot his home. When the one person who had helped him through his rough times asks for help, Mark returns. But it is pretty Waneta Cain who makes him want to stay...

Neeta is one of the few people in Hart County who doesn’t believe Mark is guilty of hurting anyone. However, his worldliness and tough exterior do make her uneasy. As she begins to see the real man behind all the gossip and prejudice, she wonders if he is the man for her. 

Just when Mark starts to believe a new life is possible, a close friend of Neeta’s is attacked. Once again, everyone in the community seems to believe he is guilty.  But what hurts most is Neeta’s sudden wariness around him. When another woman is hurt, a woman who is close to both Neeta and himself, Mark fears he knows the real culprit. And time is running out. Will Mark be able to find him before Neeta becomes his next victim?

 

 

 

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ISBN-13: 9780062469137
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/04/2017
Series: Amish of Hart County Series , #2
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 148,977
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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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His Guilt 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excelllent could not put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MPruett More than 1 year ago
Author Shelley Shepard Gray is such an Amazing Author !!! She grabs your attention from the first sentence of the book and you can't put it down until you have devoured every word. Her writing flows so smoothly and so well that you feel like you are right there in the story. Shelley is very detailed which keeps you engaged and on the edge of your seat. This book kept me thinking about it long after I finished the book,which in my opinion is a sign of a good Author. I felt for Mark on so many levels. I thought it was very brave of him to come back to the town he had been wrongly accused of a crime in. I felt sorry for him being judged by almost everyone in the town and for him not having any family support. I loved the relationship between Mark and Waneta. I love how Waneta was able to see her mistakes and correct them so that she could give Mark a fair chance and the emotional connection he needed. This is a story of Gods Grace,Love,and forgiveness and I think it is a wonderful read for anyone.
CafinatedReads2009 More than 1 year ago
Ms. Gray is back with another hit in the Amish Of Hart County series! She never fails to grip me wholly and keep me in the center of the story. This book, just like Her Secret, was an instant gripper for me. Once again, the characters were captivating for me. I loved Mark and Waneta both. Mark's character really tugged at me the most. I can't imagine the pain that he endured through life. The things he dealt with in life, you don't imagine being a part of an Amish novel, but it was and it really made it that much more gripping. Oh to be there! I would go in mama mode on him and hug him big! Waneta's character, well, she was a little too judgy at times, but seeing God work on her, really made me love her that much more. This book is intriguing, emotional, and gripping. It is not a sweet Amish romance, but it is a wonderful Amish novel in a series that will steal your heart, just the same. You will go through the roller coaster ride of ups and downs as you fall in love with each character, as you feel each characters emotions,as they seek forgiveness,and the pain that they go through of letting go of the past. Anything less than a 4.5 star review will not do this book justice. I definitely recommend this book to all Amish fiction lovers, but be warned. It is not a light hearted read. And, I recommend reading book 1 first as it will make the experience of this series more fulfulling. I can't wait to read the next book Ms. Gray has for us! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from LitFuse Bloggers and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
CollieRescueMom More than 1 year ago
His Guilt Mark Fisher has been dealt a lousy hand his entire life. His childhood was seasoned with beatings from his father, days without food, clothing that didn’t fit and was never clean and a mother who left he and his little brother to endure it all. Mark returns to Hart County with the goal of buying his childhood home in order to both literally and figuratively sweep the cobwebs from every corner. Waneta Cain has always been a little afraid of Mark and is still leery of him when he returns home. She takes a huge step in faith and decides to be as pleasant as possible to this troubled young man. As they get better acquainted, their feelings for each other blossom. Just as it looks like life has smiled on them both, another attack happens and everyone looks to Mark. Shelley Shepard Gray has written a book that will draw you in and hold tight until the final page. Don’t miss this second book in the Amish of Hart County series!
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
Hi Guilt is book two in The Amish of Hart County by Shelley Shepard Gray. Shelley has outdone herself again, by writing another book that was even better than the last. I was captured right from the start and not let go until the very end. Love the unexpected happenings that keep you wondering what will happen next. I love the characters Neeta and Mark and the roles that they play. I felt sorry for Mark at one point when everyone wanted to blame him. This book is an awesome read. Be sure to get your copy today. I received a complementary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 4.5 stars!
vics49548 More than 1 year ago
Although this is Book 2 in the Amish of Hart County Series, His Guilt is a stand-alone. I haven’t read Book 1 and had absolutely no problem understanding Book 2. That said, Wow. Author Shelley Shepard Gray delivers with this story. If you enjoy non-traditional Amish stories, who-dun-its, or suspense, you need to read this! Gray brings in the history of the Horse Cave, Kentucky, which I found interesting as I have never been there and didn’t realize it was an actual place. She also isn’t afraid to address the subject of both drug and domestic abuse, and the stigma that goes with them. Through it all, God is reaching out with forgiveness and mercy. Lots of twists, turns, and suspense will leave you wondering who to believe and who to trust. I highly recommend this book! I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
His Guilt was a riveting read from the first page. Author Gray jumps right into the heart of the story and the characters of Mark Fisher and Neeta Cain. I will admit that at first I was not sure of Mark and his motives. He acted abruptly and brusquely and not until I received the story from his perspective did I even try to really like him. Like Neeta and others, I was wary of his character. However the author was able to show him and his struggles in such a light that he became a much cherished character. This story definitely delves into a different Amish tale. Here the community is not at a peace as a young woman was beaten and murdered some years ago. Everything seems to be on the upswing and people have started to let down their guard until Mark and others who were somewhat outcasts in their Amish community return home. There is an evil in the town as more young women fall prey to the attacker and no one is safe. There were many ways this story could have gone and the author keeps us in suspense the whole time. This was an Amish novel with twist and turns and a dark thread woven into the story that gave it an undercurrent of creepiness. I received a complimentary copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Whew! What a tense book! I liked the two main characters, Mark and Neeta. Mark and his brother suffered a lot growing up. I felt sorrow for him and a lot of frustration in regards to how most of the community treated him, both in the past and the present. Their small-minded attitude toward him was hard to read about, but made for some excellent tension and situations to develop in the book. This novel had some very intriguing characters in it. Quite a few of them had to take a look back at their pasts in order to decide how they were going to allow that to affect their future. I enjoyed this Amish story that combined drama, romance, and a bit of suspense. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
This Amish Community makes me think that people are judged by the acts of their parents, and no matter how many years go by, no one seems to forget or accept. At least until the author introduces us to a preacher to lives his faith and encourages Mark Fisher to return to his roots and take over the empty home that has been left to him. Surprisingly Mark has stayed steady in his Amish faith, but that doesn’t mean that the congregation here will forgive and forget. We are also introduced to another young woman, she has not stayed Amish, but has tried to return to her hometown, and will she succeed or finally leave. Neeta soon discovers Mark working at the green house she works in, but she gives him the same cold shoulder the rest of the community does. The author will have you questioning whether Mark is a good guy, or is it his wayward brother, or who, as someone is attacking and almost killing young Amish women, and it doesn’t help that Mark was questioned a long time ago about an attack. Will this community ever come together and live up to their faith, you will be surprised how things turn out, and it keeps surprising right up to the last page. I received this book through Lit Fuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
conniet729 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Amish of Hart County series, and just like the first book, this one is JUST as amazing. I love how Shelley crafts raw and real situations. This book had me keep turning the pages. The story is refreshing to know that even though the Amish live separate from us, sometimes we can't outrun our past. God is always there. I loved the twists and turns through out this book. This can be read as a standalone - but I highly recommend reading in order. They are BOTH really good. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author --- all opinions are my own.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
"Whatever your past has been, you have a spotless future." - Amish Proverb Who knew Christian fiction could be so heart pounding? There will be some that will enjoy this book and others the define everything through a black and white microscope might think differently. This is a series unlike anything that falls under the Amish genre, and for someone looking for a bit of suspense in solving a murder mystery, then this is the series for you. It will have you glued to the book until the final page is turning hoping that this doesn't leave you in a cliff-hanger for the third novel and rest assured, you will have all the answers by the last page. Which leads me to ask the question, what will the third novel cover? Guess we will have to sit back and bide our time til it releases. His Guilt is the second novel in the Amish of Hart County Series with Her Secret being the first. Please read them in order to gain the most satisfaction in understanding where the second novel picks up. Mark Fisher returns back to Hart County, where he and his brother Calvin shared a less than normal Amish upbringing. Suffering at the hands of an abusive alcoholic father, and a mother that seemed to wish both boys were not hers, Calvin and Mark both left to find new futures some place else. Now that Mark Fisher has returned and is trying to find a new future now that his parents have passed away, leaving him the family home to restore, he struggles to fit into the community that is resolved to hold his past against him. He was questioned before in the assault of Bethany Miller, but was released when they could find no evidence to convict him. However most in the Amish community would rather have Mark Fisher leave and never come back. They are quite so willing to find forgiveness in their hearts. Waneta Cain, a young Amish woman tries to see things from a different perspective along with his employer and great friend, Mr. Lehmann who all work for Blooms and Berries. But when a murder happens, suddenly all eyes look for Mark Fisher, who once again seems to be the focus of this investigation. As more and more violence escalates in the community, members of Hart County seem convinced that Mark is the one to blame, but is he or is there something more sinister happening in the community that no one notices until it is too late? I received His Guilt by Shelley Shepard Gray compliments of Avon Inspire, a division of Harper Collins Publishers and Litfuse Publicity. This is one of the best suspense murder mystery series, I have read to date and love how Shelley doesn't give it all away until the very end as police investigations find the real guilty person, and it is not who I thought it was. It reminds you that too often we judge people based not only on their appearances, but also holding their past against them as well. When do we let people try and make a better future for themselves without our judging their actions of the past? For me, this one is worth all 5 out of 5 stars in this reader's opinion and can't wait for the third novel in the series to release.
busymomoftwo More than 1 year ago
As with the first book in the series, this book was captivating, suspenseful and had me hooked from the beginning. I found myself staying up later than I intended, so that I could read one more chapter and find out just a little bit more that might help me 'solve' the mystery (even before the characters did). I liked that the characters were real and had a diversity that is easy to consider in any community. It was very interesting that though most of them were raised in the same community their lives growing up were so different. These differences caused the characters to be stereo-typed by others but as the story unfolded, you learn that many of those perceptions were no longer the reality of who they are. In addition to the characters, the challenges faced in the book also transcend the Amish community and can be identified by members of any community. The characters dealt with gossip and fear, which drove many of them to inappropriate, unsubstantiated conclusions about those around them, but also the positives of self-discovery, forgiveness, friendships and love. Overall, the book had a nice balance of friends and family, love and suspense, discovering about others and growth of self. His Guilt was a great book and I look forward to reading more from Shelly Shepard Gray especially the suspenseful novels she is writing as part of her The Amish of Hart County series. A complimentary review copy was provided, but all opinions expressed are my own.
busymomoftwo More than 1 year ago
As with the first book in the series, this book was captivating, suspenseful and had me hooked from the beginning. I found myself staying up later than I intended, so that I could read one more chapter and find out just a little bit more that might help me 'solve' the mystery (even before the characters did). I liked that the characters were real and had a diversity that is easy to consider in any community. It was very interesting that though most of them were raised in the same community their lives growing up were so different. These differences caused the characters to be stereo-typed by others but as the story unfolded, you learn that many of those perceptions were no longer the reality of who they are. In addition to the characters, the challenges faced in the book also transcend the Amish community and can be identified by members of any community. The characters dealt with gossip and fear, which drove many of them to inappropriate, unsubstantiated conclusions about those around them, but also the positives of self-discovery, forgiveness, friendships and love. Overall, the book had a nice balance of friends and family, love and suspense, discovering about others and growth of self. His Guilt was a great book and I look forward to reading more from Shelly Shepard Gray especially the suspenseful novels she is writing as part of her The Amish of Hart County series. A complimentary review copy was provided, but all opinions expressed are my own.
SouthernGalLovestoRead More than 1 year ago
In His Guilt Shelley Shepard Gray continues her Amish of Hart County series. Just like the first book in the series, Her Secret, this one contains many elements of typical Amish romance, with a touch of mystery thrown into the story as well. The story deals with real-life issues that fit well into the book's Amish setting but which those of us outside that culture can identify with as well. Most of the difficulties and challenges in the story have their root in problems such as lack of forgiveness, gossip, and unsubstantiated presumptions. The fears and accusations cross over between the Amish and English characters and cause emotional and physical harm for both. Shelley's characters behave in believable ways that makes relating to them easy for the reader. Fans of good Amish fiction should enjoy this book. Even though it is part of a series, each of the installments is a stand-alone story; so you will be fine if you pick this book up first. I would, however, recommend the first as a good read also. Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of His Guilt. I was happy to share my personal thoughts in this review.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Not your typical Amish fiction, His Guilt is sure to keep readers guessing! Shelley Shepard Gray is a wonderful storyteller, and she creates an ominous ambiance in this second Amish of Hart County story. Mark Fisher is an intriguing character, and I was eager to discover how his relationship with Waneta Cain would unfold. I thoroughly enjoyed their dramatic story and am eager to continue this compelling series! I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
Debragg More than 1 year ago
Author Shelley Shepard Gray is one of my favorites. I have enjoyed each of her books that I have read and "His Guilt" is no exception. When Mark Fisher is accused 2 years ago of an assault that he did not commit he leaves. Now he has come back to help a friend. Mark Fisher has just become interested in a woman named Waneta Cain and he wants to stay. The problem is that most think that he is really guilty. When people around them start to get assaulted again they start to look at Mark Fisher again. How is he going to prove that he is innocent? Will anyone especially Waneta believe in him ever again? How will be able to protect her? I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book by Litfuse Publicity Company for a review and these are all my opinions. Author Shelley Shepard Gray is one of my favorites. I have enjoyed each of her books that I have read and "His Guilt" is no exception. When Mark Fisher is accused 2 years ago of an assault that he did not commit he leaves. Now he has come back to help a friend. Mark Fisher has just become interested in a woman named Waneta Cain and he wants to stay. The problem is that most think that he is really guilty. When people around them start to get assaulted again they start to look at Mark Fisher again. How is he going to prove that he is innocent? Will anyone especially Waneta believe in him ever again? How will be able to protect her? I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book by Litfuse Publicity Company for a review and these are all my opinions.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
Are there bad people among the Amish? Basically they are known as peace-loving folks who are against violence. So do they ever get physically violent? As the story opens, Mark Fisher has returned to the small town of Horse Cave, Kentucky, after departing two years earlier following his questioning for the brutal beating of a young Amish woman. Although the sheriff decided Mark was innocent at the time, Mark left town immediately leaving many believing he really was guilty. On his first day working for Mr. Lehmann at the Blooms and Berries Nursery, things get off to a rocky start with a fellow employee, Waneta Cain, and a few customers. Will he ever be able to get past his past? Not only was he questioned about the beating but he and his younger brother were brought up by dysfunctional parents. He has a lot to overcome. Is Waneta being judgmental like so many others? What is the solution when one realizes he or she is being judgmental and takes corrective action but others continue to judge? In the case of Pastor Eli, he had a platform to confront it and confront it he did. But can a sermon solve all the ills of a community? For me, the big lessons in the book are that we should always stand ready to forgive others and we should never judge them when we do not have all the facts. Is it easy? And one final question: do things always have to get worse before they get better? Read the story to see how various citizens of Hart County dealt with all that was going on. I received an advance copy of this book from the author. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.
ConR More than 1 year ago
If you were to pick this up as your first "Amish" fiction, this would not be an average representation of the genre. That said, I think Gray thoroughly dissects what it means to love one another in the terms of the Biblical command. Preconceptions when first meeting a person or hearing of someone's past before you meet them threaten our discernment unless we have an open heart and mind. We need to have Jesus's eyes and heart towards others. I liked the book a lot and look forward to the next installment of the series. I was given a copy of this book in return for a fair review if I chose to review it, which I obviously did!!!
Mar-J More than 1 year ago
Romantic Suspense with Powerful Message Shelley Shepard Gray created another astounding romantic suspense with His Guilt, book two in The Amish of Hart County series. My attention was consumed into the story from the beginning. Returning home is not always easy with Mark Fisher discovering that when he returned to his home in Horse Cave, Kentucky after receiving word the family home was his. Mr. Lehmann had offered him a job at his Blooms and Berries Nursery but some members of the community were not pleased. He found so many judging him from his past of being accused inappropriately and his childhood in a dysfunctional family. Waneta Cain was judgmental initially but changed her attitude toward Mark and reached out to him, after all they were working together for Mr. Lehmann. When further assaults started happening within the community, Mark was the one fingers were pointed at. Even though the sheriff believed he was not the offender of the assaults he still had to be questioned. Mark’s past kept him bound until Pastor Eli spoke with him. Pastor Eli words were powerful with Mark realizing he had to stand up for himself and let the past go instead of carrying his guilt and negative feelings. How will Waneta and her parents play into assisting Mark? Who is the assailant or assailants assaulting young women in the community? Order your copy today for this dramatic romantic suspense by Shelley Shepard Gray. The characters are well developed with characteristics that are pleasing and some not so much by their actions. The strong message of forgiveness, nonjudgmental, faith, love and leaning upon God and others is beautifully displayed. I look forward to reading The Gift, which will be released November 2017 in this powerful series. I received a complimentary digital copy of Her Secret from Edelweiss by Avon Inspire of Harper Collins Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review but have expressed my honest thoughts.