His Promise: An Amish Christmas in Hart County

His Promise: An Amish Christmas in Hart County

by Shelley Shepard Gray

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ISBN-13: 9780062469205
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/23/2018
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 16,324
File size: 2 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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His Promise: An Amish Christmas in Hart County 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Laundry_Whispers 13 days ago
Let me educate you on why it is imperative to write a review as soon as you finish a book. It's been a couple of weeks since I finished this book, like October when Ma was in the hospital and life was chaos. In trying to keep up with life and work and everything in between I've struggled to sit down and write this review. . . for a long time. I've partly struggled because all those initial 'feels' are vapor. I'm a 'feels' reviewer and now I have to try and become an cognitive reviewer. By that I mean that I'm not sharing out of the emotions of the book, which is where I write best from, but more from the lasting impressions, which are harder for me to write from. Think from, yes, write from oh no. I toyed for a moment with re-reading the book to get feels again, but it's the holiday season and I'm still drowning over here. So here we go with a cognitive review of a book I absolutely loved, a month or more ago. Imagine being in a strangers home for the holidays while your family also went out of town. Grace finds herself in just this situation while pet sitting a grump dachshund while an arsonist is on the lose in their community along with other nefarious menaces and she finds herself next door to her sister's ex beau, the one who broke her heart. A person you hoped to never see again, for varying reasons not all related to said sister's broken heart. Like the fact that maybe, she had a crush of her own on the young man. Meanwhile, John Michael has moved on with his life as a firefighter after calling things off with Grace's sister. He's close with his family and building a name for himself in the fire department. Yes, he has guilt about how things happened but he had his own secrets to hide. Namely a crush on Grace. Thrown together because of the dog, and an older lady from their community who is having some memory issues and serious neglect from her family they forge their way forward. I appreciate the skirting of insta-love. Yes, they fell for each other pretty hard and pretty fast, but they had history. Not their history, really a stolen history, but a history all the same. I loved how they came to the same ideas and decisions without having to hash it all out. I like that they built their relationship on a solid foundation of what is now instead of letting themselves get sucked into the past, though Grace struggled more so there. At the end of the day this quote sums so much of their relationship up perfectly, and really any relationship across the board. 'I'd rather live with consequences from something that I chose to do instead of something I was forced to do.' If John Michael hadn't have called things off with Grace's sister then they would never had been provided an opportunity to explore their own feelings for each other. Had that relationship gone forward it might have even caused bigger issues down the road. Even the sister eventually saw that John and Grace were better suited for each other than she had ever been with him. At the end of the day, the mayhem was caught, the romance was on solid footing and this was the perfect conclusion to the Amish of Hart County series. Perfect as a stand alone I highly recommend the entire series. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Edelweiss+. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
lolly-pops 27 days ago
HIS PROMISE is book six in Ms. Gray's Amish of Hart County series but it easily stands alone. There are some previously mentioned characters, but they are nonintrusive and you don't need to read their story to understand this one. Grace is pet-sitting a grumpy dog and at first I think she is not the brightest crayon in the box. She puts the leash on the dog, carries him outside, unhooks the leash and puts him down and the dog promptly runs away. Well, duh. I guess she learns her lesson though, the dog is walked on the leash from then on. The suspense is really low key. There is an arsonist working with a robber and that is keeping the police and fire department busy. Grace sees footprints around the pet owners residence and the door opened, but no one believes her until after Grace invites a lady with beginning dementia to stay with her. There is a stronger than usual, for Ms. Gray's books, faith message, which is really nice. The romance is, of course, pure and wholesomely sweet. Fans of Amish romance, low-grade romantic suspense, and Ms. Gray will love this book. It will make a great gift for the reader on your Christmas list. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
Holly 3 months ago
I'm not much for books with the Amish but this one had me glued to the pages until I had the entire thing read! Immediately you get this sense that Grace isn't like most Amish women and I think that is what drew me even more into the story. Then you have the hot neighbor named John Michael who Grace known from her childhood when he was courting her sister. Now with Grace dog-sitting in a fancy mansion and things are getting weird around town with all the arson fires, the romance between John Michael and Grace is also heating up as well. It's only when an old neighbor is having problems is when the problems in town get closer to Grace that will lead to a night that she won't forget! I'm not going to say much after this because y'all need to read this book and find out what happens for yourselves, you won't be disappointed at all! Being that this is the 6th book in the series, it totally doesn't feel like it and it's easy to see why people love this Author as much as they do! Thank You to Shelley Shepard Gray for this awesome story that turned me into a fan of yours from now on!! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher!
Mar-J 3 months ago
An Amish pet sitter, a past love for a young man who is a firemen, fires caused by arson, robberies, Christmas and an older lady that had been forgotten by so many in the community will keep the pages turning in His Promise. This latest installment in the Amish of Hart County series by Shelley Shepard Gray was a charming read where the hero and heroine are drawn together despite Grace King’s family attitude about John Michael Miller. Their compassionate spirit in reaching out to Dorma before tragedy struck her home and then caring for her afterwards. Christmas is difficult without family close by but the unique happenings that brought the characters together made this an outstanding read. I’ve enjoyed every book in The Amish of Hart County, but this is one of my favorite with the suspense, unusual occupations of the Grace and John Michael, a sweet spoiled dachshund named Snooze, action and scenes filled with vivid description that I felt I was in the middle of all that was transpiring. Then add in romance, suspense, friends, family, faith and God’s answered prayers for this winsome Christmas story. I look forward to reading Shelley Shepard Gray’s next Amish series. She never fails to provide plenty of intriguing characters and events when you close the book you think about the story in days, months and even in a year afterwards.
busymomoftwo 3 months ago
I have enjoyed reading the Amish of Hart County series by Shelley Shepard Gray because you get the chance to catch glimpses of characters you met in the other stories. This book, sadly, was the last book in the Amish of Hart County series. Even as such, it can be read as a stand alone book, so don't worry if you have to catch up on the rest of the series later. The story focuses on the holiday season of Grace King. Having agreed to pet sit, she winds up being left behind while her family heads back home to see family that needs their help. As much as she was looking forward to being away from her family, while pet sitting, she wasn't really prepared for the loneliness of not having them in town. When the dog that she is watching wanders away, she learns that John Michael, a former beau of her sister lives next door. While separately at dinner in the local diner, they run into Dorma, a woman who they know from their youth whose family used to own the land where John Michael and the family Grace is pet sitting for live now. As the story unwinds, there is a good thread of suspense, balanced with love, compassion and self-discovery. The suspense keeps the story moving quickly along, as you want to learn a little bit more about the seemingly foul play around the fires and thefts that have been happening in the community. The characters that Gray develops are very likeable and although Amish, they face similar issues and are fully relatable. The temperamental dachshund, named Snooze, that Grace was watching was a lovable, relatable pup with his own agenda whose antics added a few laughs to the story. I really enjoyed this story and watching Grace grow through the course of the story as she discovers what is really important. A complimentary review copy was provided.
Librarycataloger 3 months ago
This is the sixth book that Shelley Shepard Gray has set in Hart County, Kentucky but it isn't necessary to read the other five books first. In "His Promise" we meet Grace King and the young Amish man that she secretly liked five years ago. She believed that he was interested in her sister Beth and even though John Michael Miller did "court" Beth he ended their relationship because his heart told him that it was Grace that he wanted. Fast forward five years and, after meeting again, it is apparent that there is definitely still a spark between Grace and John Michael. This story has the sweet beginnings of romance but the relationship is beset with strained feelings between John Michael, Beth and some of the other members of the King family. There is also danger and mystery because it appears that someone may be lurking around the house where Grace is pet-sitting during the Christmas holidays and John Michael fears for her safety. The occurence of several robberies in the area and fires that appear to have been deliberately set cause alarm and fear among the citizens of Hart County. There is a moving scene between Grace and a lady who has lost her home to one of these fires when they both realize that their various trials don't mean that God hasn't been there with them. The two of them find comfort in these words from Isaiah 43:2. "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flame will not set you ablaze." Author Shelley Shepard Gray has written a faith-based story that places her Amish characters in unusual circumstances even as they stay true to the beliefs that are the foundation of their Amish faith. Grace's job as a pet sitter isn't the norm for a nineteen year old Amish woman and John Michael is employed as a Hart County fireman. There are other interesting characters such as Jennifer and Dorma but the one that almost steals the book is an adorable but cantankerous little dachshund named Snooze that Grace is in charge of. He puts Grace in several unpredictable situations and he provides readers with many laughs! I enjoyed "His Promise: An Amish Christmas in Hart County" and I recommend it to anyone who likes Christmas stories mixed with Christian romance and Amish fiction. I believe that readers of the previous books in this series will especially like that Gray briefly mentions some of those prior storylines as she concludes The Amish of Hart County series. I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher but a review was not required.
Cheri5 3 months ago
His Promise by Shelley Shepard Gray was a wonderful book. It can be read as a stand alone or with the series Amish of Hart County. The book was a wonderful Christmas story but it also had a depth to it regarding faith, family and becoming an adult. I loved the mystery also woven throughout. This book kept me turning the pages for the romance, the humor, the suspense and the faith-driven message. Great story, love the whole series and highly recommend to many. It’s the perfect Christmas read all year long.
KrisAnderson_TAR 4 months ago
His Promise by Shelley Shepard Gray is the sixth tale in The Amish of Hart County series. Grace King is pet sitting, Snooze while his owners are on vacation. She is enjoying the quiet time away from her large and rambunctious family, but Grace had not anticipated so much of it. Her grandparents came down ill with the flu so her whole family packed up and headed to Ohio to take care of them and spend the holidays together. Grace’s best friend, Jennifer and her family have also left town for the holidays. Grace is out walking Snooze when he darts off. She is hunting for the little rascal when Grace encounters John Michael Miller who lives next door. John Michael had courted Grace’s sister, Beth three years ago and left her with a broken heart when he ended the relationship abruptly. Grace had been sixteen years old at the time when she was quite smitten with John Michael and did her best to keep her feelings under wraps. John Michael (what a mouthful) is a fire fighter for Hart County Fire Department and helps his parents with their farm during his downtime. He broke up with Beth when he realized he was courting the wrong sister. After helping Grace locate Snooze, he walks her home where they see strange footprints in the snow that circle the house. John Michael is worried about Grace’s safety especially with the number of questionable fires in the area and suspicious robberies. He is not about to let something happen to Grace now that he has reconnected with her. Will a dangerous situation lead to a happily ever after? Christmas is a time for miracles. His Promise is a part of The Amish of Hart County series, but it can be read alone. I thought His Promise was well-written with steady pacing. Grace is a kind yet naïve woman who has a pet sitting service. She is the quietest member of her family and, while she loves her family, she needs some time alone now and then. Grace’s generosity comes pouring out of the pages as she goes out of her way to help someone in need. John Michael felt he at home with the King family, but he felt he needed to stay away after he broke things off with Beth. John Michael now realizes that he handled the breakup of his relationship with Beth incorrectly (he was too abrupt). John Michael is a firefighter which is a dangerous and unusual professional for someone who is Amish. Some of the Christian themes prevalent in His Promise are honoring God, prayer, have faith, helping others and all things are possible with God. The Christian elements are woven into the story seamlessly. His Promise has a lovely ending that readers will appreciate. I did not understand why John Michael nor Grace ever spoke with their parents, a deacon, or the Bishop when someone in their community needed assistance. I like that they were helping the individual, but it was not a long term solution. Part of the Amish culture is the sense of community so this seemed out of place. I am giving His Promise 4 out of 5 stars. There are recipes at the end of the book along with discussion questions. His Promise contains romance, suspense, mystery, faith, family, generosity, a cute dog, and the spirit of Christmas.
LucyMR1 4 months ago
Christmas, a temperamental dachshund, mystery, and seeing a man you had a crush on five years ago, all comprise into a wonderful story that will keep you entertained until the last page. This author adds adventure and intrigue into her Amish stories that holds your attention. I love the relationship between Grace and Miss Dorma. The antics of Snooze had me laughing more than once. The characters are easy to identify with and you feel like you are transported into their lives. An enjoyable read to cuddle up with. I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
MelissaGH 4 months ago
Heartwarming, sweet and inspiring, full of compassion, love, and faith. The care for people and animals is shown on each page. This one made me smile. I enjoyed the story very much. I received a copy of this book from the author. This is my personal honest opinion. No review was required.
BrittanyMc 4 months ago
His Promise was a nice addition to the Amish of Hart County series. This story is book six in the series, but can be read as a stand alone novel, too. I really enjoyed this Christmas story that included not only Amish characters, but also firefighting, romance, and some danger. Both of the main characters were very likable. Grace was so sweet and caring, often putting others before herself and looking to find a way to care for someone who had all but been forgotten by her family. John Michael was a great character. He was brave and loyal and a concerned, caring member of his community. I definitely enoyed this book and recommend it to fans of Amish fiction and to those who enjoy Christmas stories. (4.5 stars) I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
TobiForgetHousework 4 months ago
How I love this series from Shelley Shepard Gray! Even if you miss a book or 2 you can jump right in like you haven't missed a thing. I've been lucky to only miss the first two in the series and read the rest to date. I have fallen in love with Hart County and the resident's I've grown to know. Once again Shelley Shepard Gray does not disappoint. Grace and John Michael were meant to be. They jump hurdles that seem impossible in their world to be together. Their story is unique, fast paced and a bit suspenseful. If you love Amish romantic suspense I highly recommend His Promise and the rest of the Hart County Series.
KaileyBechtel 5 months ago
Shelley Shepard Gray has such a wonderful way of creating these realistic characters! It’s hard not to love them! Each one of the books in the Hart County series is excellent! This story is so original! Each book gets better and better! I love that the story comes to life. This book is such a delightful Christmas read! I highly recommend this book! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
poodlelover 5 months ago
As Author Shelley Shepard Gray takes us back to the Amish of Hart County, Kentucky, it’s Christmas time. Grace King’s business of pet-sitting involves taking care of a rambunctious dachshund named Snooze in a beautiful, quiet roomy house for two weeks over the Christmas holiday. She believes it will be a lonely Christmas without her family, but when Grace finds herself face-to-face with John Michael Miller, a man who broke her sister’s heart years ago, will her feelings for him bubble back to the surface? When alarming and suspicious things begin to occur in their community, will John Michael succeed in protecting Grace without her realizing the depth of feelings he has for her? Woven throughout the story is a thread of suspense and romance. You will enjoy the characters especially little Snooze. Treat yourself to a copy, plus it would make a charming gift! I was given a complimentary copy from the publisher. The opinions are my own.
MaureenST 5 months ago
I loved how the characters here had compassion for those less fortunate in their community, and how the two main individuals come to basically the same conclusion at the same time from different places. How can a couple have a romance when the girl’s family really dislikes the fellow? Answers are about to come and maybe they are right about him, but you will need to find out for yourself. We also get to spend some time with a cute, maybe, little pup. Throughout the challenges that seem to be happening, fires, robberies etc. we get to find out what is really important, and it is not the Christmas tree with the dog bones! This is a quick read, and I loved being back in Hart County and with the people that I have a fondness for. I received this book through Edelweiss and the Publisher HarperCollins, and was not required to give a positive review.