His Risk: The Amish of Hart County

His Risk: The Amish of Hart County

by Shelley Shepard Gray

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ISBN-13: 9780062469168
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 15,064
File size: 764 KB

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 Risk: The Amish of Hart County 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Homesteading More than 1 year ago
4 ½ STARS!!! I like a good story with a male POV included. Shelley Shepard Gray has written a vivid character when it comes to Calvin Fisher. He had a hard life growing up and left home at fourteen, making a lot of unwise choices afterward that have led him to living a double life. He takes a huge risk returning to Horse Cove, Kentucky when he finds out his brother is sick. Trying to make up for the past, he hopes his presence in his Amish brother’s home will not put his family and Alice Yoder in harm’s way. Alice is a nice girl with grit. She may look meek and mild on the outside, after all she is a preschool teacher, but she is not afraid to speak up when necessary. She needs a little excitement in her life and Calvin is going to do just that. Whoa there, not that way! This is Inspirational fiction, after all. J Needless to say, since His Risk is a romantic suspense novel (emphasis on the suspense) there was danger involved. I was hanging on every word Gray wrote. She has crafted some absolutely amazing characters! I was a fan of Calvin from the beginning but then I met West and, oh my, I can’t even talk about him. He turned out to be my favorite character. My heart was pounding so hard throughout much of this story. I felt like I was living within the pages. I loved hearing from more than two or three characters. It is brilliant and gives much more depth and dimension to the story than if it had just been Calvin and Alice’s POV. And because Alice’s friend, Irene, has such an active role in the story, hopefully we will get to see what happens to her later on in another book. There are twists and turns I did not expect. Some I was happy about. Others…not so much. It is not like most Amish books I have read but still a fabulous book and I highly recommend it. His Risk will stay on my keeper shelf and be re-read many times. It is that good! I was gifted a copy of the book from the author and publisher. I was not required to write a review. No compensation has been received.
BearCubsMamma 5 months ago
Shelley Shepard Gray is my all time favorite author! And she has done it again, her writing and the characters bring you right into the story. I love to read about the Amish and I also like suspense, Shelley writes Amish, suspense and romance but it is a clean romance which I really love. Thank you again for writing such great books! Whether you like Amish, romance or suspense; you won't be disappointed with Shelley's books!
Laundry_Whispers 5 months ago
Working my way through the Amish of Hart County series has been interesting. I mean that in a totally good way! These books were released over a period of time that I am spanning in a matter of weeks. That gives a different perspective on the books, inconsistencies I pick up on that other's may not due to the span of time between books, the ease of falling back in with the communities and characters, and of course the fact that it's a subset (of sorts) of a favorite genre so it's easy reading. I mean, let's face it, Shelley Shepard Gray takes Amish fiction to a different level with layers of gritty reality and not all sunshine and roses lives for her characters. Life isn't always idealistic and simple, even for the Amish and I appreciate that she can weave touches of real 'Englisher' life as it impacts the Amish communities into her books. I was super excited to get back with Mark and Calvin from 'His Guilt' in this book. Calvin deserves his story, even if he is no longer Amish. It was interesting as well since I have read the 'An Amish Homecoming' (releasing 10/16!) novella collection before reading this so I sorta knew what happened and got a glimpse into the future of Irene as well. There are a couple of little things I need to address first. And apologies now as there will most likely be a spoiler or twenty while doing so. First, as I've mentioned in previous reviews of this series, there's a disconnect about what has happened and which community of the county they happened in. This book starts in February, not long after the Christmas adventures that were in 'The Gift' yet nothing is mentioned of those events. Nothing. I'm totally OK with that on one level but on another I feel like it would still be a concern for this small community. Secondly, I feel like the DEA/gang angle that Calvin was in was overly simplified and a bit rushed. I mean, who goes around talking about being in a gang? It feels a bit outdated. And it also feels a bit, OK a LOT, simplified. However, I get it. It's a book about the Amish and less about surviving in and spying on a gang. Lastly, I really really struggled with wrapping my head around the idea that a super sheltered, overly coddled, Amish girl would have the backing of her family to pursue a non-Amish future. I mean, Alice was so very sheltered and almost smothered by her parents yet her family comes together and makes way for her to travel to Calvin, a known bad guy, former Amish man, with no intentions of returning to the faith. Really? It felt backward. Awkward. And just, I mean it's amazing they love their daughter so much they are willing to pave the way toward happiness but on the other hand you NEVER see the Amish open to the idea of their children leaving their faith. They are usually trying to pull them back. I said finally but there's one more thing I need to address, actually two. First the suspense in this book came out of no where, felt twinged with desperation, and didn't fit to the rest of the story. I totally saw things coming for a different direction (you know. . .the gang angle). With that said the gang angle was weird too. I mean, here is Irene trusting a stranger, an Englisher, almost from the git go. And he's not a good person! And she's just sure I'll get in your truck. Sure I'll go to a trail that will be pretty empty and isolated this time of year but it's public so why not. For a girl who didn't trust the hairs on her own head she fell into
Anonymous 7 months ago
I really enjoyed most of this book i think it ended abruptly i would have like to see whar happen ro r Them as a couple
Anonymous 11 months ago
A community's trusted & responsible preschool teacher is the unlikely focus of an undercover DEA agent, around whom the action & conflict of this plot revolves! A great read!
TobiForgetHousework More than 1 year ago
Once again Shelley Shepard Gray has outdone herself. I love The Amish of Hart County series. She didn't disappoint with His Risk. I was drawn into Calvin and Alice's story from the start and was rooting for them to see past Calvin's past and their differences. Alice is drawn to Calvin yet she knows because he's been an Englisher she should stay away. Calvin is caring, and an alpha teddy bear you want to cuddle up to. With a slight underlying suspense theme, this story will draw you in and have you on the edge of your seat til the end. If you enjoy Amish romance with a touch of suspense I highly recommend reading His Risk and the rest of The Amish of Hart County series!
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
I won a copy of this book from Goodreads giveaways, I was required to give a favorable review. This is a wonderful story of how you can change your life for the better. Calvin was raised in the Amish faith but left in his early teens but made a lot of bad choices and got in with the wrong people. He was given the chance redeem himself by working undercover for the DEA, but also he was able to get closer to his brother again. His brother Mark went back to the Amish community and is now married but illness brings Calvin back to try to help his brother. Across the street Alice, a preschool teacher in the Amish community is fascinated by Calvin and they become friends. But she doesn't know all of his past. Things happen that brings them closer and also helps bring a lot into her world. I enjoyed how you read to such much the Amish but you forget they are human as the rest and make bad decisions about their families, like with happened with Alice's friend Irene's childhood, and Calvin & Marks. I recommend this a wonderful read in this series.
vics49548 More than 1 year ago
I don’t know how she does it, but author Shelley Shepard Gray just keeps putting out great books. This one is a dandy! An Amish story with a twist, His Risk is full of suspense and danger. Add in a sweet romance that can’t be and you have a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Written realistically, expect that as you read. There is talk of smoking, drugs, and other things that go with the criminal element but Gray wrote all this very tastefully. Without it, the book wouldn’t be as genuine and it didn’t bother me in the least. The characters were well developed and genuine. There was much regret about the past that included rejection and loneliness, but we see that nobody is beyond redemption when God is allowed to work in lives. If you enjoy Amish fiction that is different than the norm, I highly recommend this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
HIS RISK is Ms. Gray's most recent book. Fans of Amish romance will love this book. There is enough of a suspense to appeal to Amish romantic suspense readers, but it isn't overly scary or anything. It is more peaceful, written in Ms. Gray's quiet way. Alice is a naive Amish girl, overly protected by her parents, yet she works in a daycare. Horse Cave is a quiet, peaceful town. Yet Calvin is anything but quiet and peaceful. He is undercover as a crime lord, and is set for promotion in the crime industry... YET somehow, the criminals distrust his brother's diagnosis of cancer and so they start spying on Calvin when he goes home to be with his brother for the surgery, dragging trouble to the innocent community. Fans of Ms. Gray or Amish fiction will want to read this book to find out what happens next. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
His Risk is the fourth installment and my first introduction to Shelley Shepard Gray's The Amish of Hart County. I did not feel as though I was missing much by not reading the other books in the series. However, I do want to read them to see what had happened prior to this one. I thought it was pretty good and liked the suspense, mystery, and danger. I was intrigued with Calvin right from the stars and loved him with Alice. His Risk is a good, sweet and clean Amish story. I give it 4 1/2 stars. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars “Anything worth holding on to was worth risking it all for.” His Risk continues Gray’s The Amish of Hart County series, a series of loosely-connected Amish suspense novels set around Horse Cave, Kentucky. While most of the books (including His Risk) can be read as stand-alones, this one follows up with Calvin Fisher whom we first met briefly in His Guilt, a story that focused on his brother Mark. In this novel, we get to visit with Mark and his wife Waneta again – two really great characters, especially Neeta. (But fans of their story may want to keep a couple of tissues close by for their subplot in His Risk.) The focus, though, is on Mark’s brother Calvin – a guy with a rough past living a troubled double life now. When he meets naive-but-feisty Alice, he’s torn between his duty and his heart. As with the other books in this series, the title can apply to any number of characters, and I love how Gray does that! There’s an immediate, more obvious, application but there’s always at least one other meaning that can be taken from the title’s tie-in to the book. And in this case, that secondary thread nearly broke my heart. Ok, not nearly. It did break my heart a little. But Gray weaves it together so well that it takes on an almost poetic poignancy. Bottom Line: His Risk crackles with tension from the first page to the last. While it’s high-stakes suspense for sure, it is less ‘mystery to solve’ and more ‘battle to stay alive’. There is a mild mystery thread but mostly the suspenseful tension is centered on Cal and his double life as a high-ranking gang member and undercover DEA agent – and his Amish roots. I loved this internal dynamic and the combo of ‘bad boy hero’ with the redeemed rogue he really is. The best of both worlds! And I loved Alice and her strength and courage and heart. Gray’s characters are layered and endearing, and her writing as always exudes grace and warmth. I can’t wait for more books in this series! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Both Alice and Calvin are taking risks, but Calvin’s is much more dangerous. It appears that his life is a real mess since joining the English community. Too bad Calvin became enamored with Alice. Now more than just her heart is at risk. And eventually Alice’s good friend is at risk. Calvin has to figure out some way to end the danger. It won’t be easy, and it puts him in even more danger. Ms Shepard Gray is one of my favorite authors of Amish fiction. This book that crosses over into the English world particularly impressed me. Thank you, Ms Shepard Gray. As always, I look forward to your next book. ***Book provided without charge by Litfuse.*** Submitted by sunnyislandbreezes
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
His Risk by Shelley Shepard Gray is book four in The Amish of Hart County. Shelley has written a captivating story that grabs you right from the start and doesn't let go until the very end. A story that is full of love, faith, suspense and much, much more.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of my favorite books by the author. She has mixed Amish country, gangs and DEA agents into one action packed story that should be made into a movie. The premise of the story is about Calvin coming back to his roots because his brother is ill. There are some hard feelings between the brothers that are very evident as they see each other. I loved how the author showed how bitterness can get in the way of relationships. Calvin has some deep secrets that could harm those he cares about. Will his presence back home bring danger to the community? I really liked Calvin because he wanted to do the right thing and hopefully along the way find forgiveness from his family. It would be hard for a family member to come back home after knowing he has been involved with illegal dealings. I wanted Calvin and his brother Mark to find their way back to each other. The author does an exceptional job of showing the dynamics between the two brothers and their lifestyle. Sometimes it isn't easy to come back home. Alice was the sweetest person I have read about. She is lovely, caring and adores her job as a gifted preschool teacher. When she runs into Calvin you could feel the uncomfortable feeling Alice had. Its not everyday she runs into a man dressed liked Calvin. His rugged good lucks did intrigue her and I kept thinking how opposites attract. I really liked how Alice and Calvin slowly started to each other. It must have been hard for them to let their guard down. Sometimes a girl is just attracted to the bad boy and Alice can't fight her feelings for Calvin. The story is filled with intrigue and danger that heightened the story to a level of excellence. The author does an amazing job of giving us glimpses into Calvin's secret life. I'm not sure I could put myself in danger like he did. I came to really like him and loved watching his transformation. The ending is so powerful and edgy that I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Fans of the author are in for a treat with this explosive story. Will Calvin be able to save his family and Alice from danger? There are a few other characters in the story that are a vital part to Calvin and his secret life. I won't say much more, but be prepared to be surprised and feel a bit sad as this explosive story takes us to the depths of evil where prayer and forgiveness will be needed. I enjoyed being reminded that we shouldn't judge someone by the way they look or where they come from. People can change and we need to give everyone a chance. I received a copy of this book from LitFuse. The review is my own opinion.
SouthernGalLovestoRead More than 1 year ago
The books in Shelley Shepard Gray's Amish of Hart County have an interesting twist to the typical Amish love story in the form of an element of suspense. His Risk is built largely around danger and mystery with the return of a member of the community who left several years earlier and appears to bring danger with him when he returns out of concern for his brother's health. The story is set in an Amish community, and most of the characters are obviously a part of that culture. An important thread throughout the story, though, takes place in the English world with plenty of suspense, danger, and questions. The story takes several turns, some particularly unexpected, keeping a good pace going in the interest level. His Risk is part of a series, and there are a few references to characters and events from the earlier stories. However, the book works just fine as a stand-alone for anyone who has not read the others. I recommend His Risk to fans of good Amish fiction. Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of the book. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed this series and was happy to learn more about Calvin Fisher in this novel. The reading of His Risk flowed very quickly for me, however, I did not connect with these characters very well. I liked Alice and I even liked Calvin, a person I was not fond of in a previous book. I am just a bit skeptical about certain events in the story actually working out the way they did. I can’t say more than that or I will give away major spoilers in the book. But, overall, I have liked the series and I am intrigued by the teaser for the next book that appeared in the back of this one. I am definitely looking forward to jumping back into this series for book five. (3.5 stars) I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading His Risk by Shelley Shepherd Gray. This is the fourth in her "The Amish of Hart County" series. This series is not your typical Amish series. It has mystery, intrigue, suspense, romance and a whole lot more. Each book in the series can be read as a standalone; yet they each involve suspense and mystery in the storylines as well as real life romance. As with the first three, I couldn't put this book down when I started it. I wanted to read it start to finish without interruption. The author has a way of drawing in the reader within the first few pages and then keeping us involved and engaged throughout the entire book. I can't wait for the next one in the series – they are that good. I would recommend reading all the books, but as I said, you can start with any of them as it won't ruin the storylines of the others. I received this book from the publisher as a complimentary copy but all opinions are my own. I wasn't required to write a review at all.
MelissaGH More than 1 year ago
Excellent story including mystery, intrigue, danger, finding trust and love and so much more. How can we forgive ourselves for past mistakes? Is it possible for others to forgive us, too? In this amazing story, the characters have lives that are filled with possibilities for the future, if only the past can be dealt with and forgotten. I enjoyed this story. I received a copy from the author and this is my own personal honest opinion. A review was not required.
NKBookReviewer More than 1 year ago
"His Risk" by author Shelley Shepard Gray is the fourth in her "The Amish of Hart County" series. Even though it is Book 4, it can be read as a standalone. However, this is such an excellent series you will want to read them all. Trust me! This book is a thrilling, exciting read that takes one page to grab your attention. Author Gray has an exceptional style of writing. Her vivid descriptions take me away and I am immediately invested. Her storyline is well organized and well researched. Providing twists and turns, she keeps readers captivated. Characters are believable and well defined. They were also well rounded with good and bad attributes. I felt as though I knew them through their dialog and interactions. This book is written from four characters' perspectives. This book is the tale of Calvin Fisher, who left Horse Cave, Kentucky when he was a young teen boy of fourteen years old. Leaving his past behind, he is now an undercover informant for the DEA, specializing on a gang, the Kings. This gang is mixed up in serious crime. Calvin returns home because of a family crisis and while there meets Amish nursery school teacher Alice Yoder. Sparks ignite and a romance begins between a devout Amish girl and the forbidden Englischer (Calvin). As their relationship gets more serious Calvin is concerned that he might bring harm to Alice because of his connections to the Kings and the head of their organization, West Powers. As things begin to happen, Calvin questions his worth to be in Alice's life and she is skeptical about him. "His Risk" is a sweet romance, but much more. The emotions of the characters jumped right off of the pages and into my heart. I wanted to figure out the mysteries and twists. This is an amazing intrigue, suspense Christian novel. The issues tackled are relevant and timeless. Grace and forgiveness are two of the main points. Praying, faith, trust, hope, child abuse, and bullying are among life lessons this God glorifying novel discusses. It is encouraging and inspiring. Lessons on God hearing our prayers and having a plan for us as well as forgiving others and ourselves are notable. I also learned things about the Amish which is a bonus when reading a novel. It is always nice learning something new. Another nice thing about this 265 page paperback novel is that after the book there are some extra things. You will get information on author Shelley Shepherd Gray. She is a faithful Christian woman. There is a letter from her about her book, and she states Book 5 comes out July 2018. Next are discussion questions which are great for a reading group. It concludes with a sneak peek at Book 5. "His Risk" is a thrilling, Christian action, mystery, romance that I did not want to put down. I kept imaging it as a movie and wanted to cast the parts. Actually I want to watch it. It would be a great movie! Set in Hart County, Kentucky the scenery would be beautiful. The Amish culture and language are intriguing. This book has a sprinkling of Amish words in it. I highly recommend author Gray's newest release. Anyone will love it. It has a bit of everything (romance, mystery, action, inspiration, intrigue) so there is something for everyone. You might want to get a reading group and start with Book 1. They each have inspirational messages and discussions. All are so good! You will not be disappointed.
NKBookReviewer More than 1 year ago
"His Risk" by author Shelley Shepard Gray is the fourth in her "The Amish of Hart County" series. Even though it is Book 4, it can be read as a standalone. However, this is such an excellent series you will want to read them all. Trust me! This book is a thrilling, exciting read that takes one page to grab your attention. Author Gray has an exceptional style of writing. Her vivid descriptions take me away and I am immediately invested. Her storyline is well organized and well researched. Providing twists and turns, she keeps readers captivated. Characters are believable and well defined. They were also well rounded with good and bad attributes. I felt as though I knew them through their dialog and interactions. This book is written from four characters' perspectives. This book is the tale of Calvin Fisher, who left Horse Cave, Kentucky when he was a young teen boy of fourteen years old. Leaving his past behind, he is now an undercover informant for the DEA, specializing on a gang, the Kings. This gang is mixed up in serious crime. Calvin returns home because of a family crisis and while there meets Amish nursery school teacher Alice Yoder. Sparks ignite and a romance begins between a devout Amish girl and the forbidden Englischer (Calvin). As their relationship gets more serious Calvin is concerned that he might bring harm to Alice because of his connections to the Kings and the head of their organization, West Powers. As things begin to happen, Calvin questions his worth to be in Alice's life and she is skeptical about him. "His Risk" is a sweet romance, but much more. The emotions of the characters jumped right off of the pages and into my heart. I wanted to figure out the mysteries and twists. This is an amazing intrigue, suspense Christian novel. The issues tackled are relevant and timeless. Grace and forgiveness are two of the main points. Praying, faith, trust, hope, child abuse, and bullying are among life lessons this God glorifying novel discusses. It is encouraging and inspiring. Lessons on God hearing our prayers and having a plan for us as well as forgiving others and ourselves are notable. I also learned things about the Amish which is a bonus when reading a novel. It is always nice learning something new. Another nice thing about this 265 page paperback novel is that after the book there are some extra things. You will get information on author Shelley Shepherd Gray. She is a faithful Christian woman. There is a letter from her about her book, and she states Book 5 comes out July 2018. Next are discussion questions which are great for a reading group. It concludes with a sneak peek at Book 5. "His Risk" is a thrilling, Christian action, mystery, romance that I did not want to put down. I kept imaging it as a movie and wanted to cast the parts. Actually I want to watch it. It would be a great movie! Set in Hart County, Kentucky the scenery would be beautiful. The Amish culture and language are intriguing. This book has a sprinkling of Amish words in it. I highly recommend author Gray's newest release. Anyone will love it. It has a bit of everything (romance, mystery, action, inspiration, intrigue) so there is something for everyone. You might want to get a reading group and start with Book 1. They each have inspirational messages and discussions. All are so good! You will not be disappointed.
busymomoftwo More than 1 year ago
I recently read a new book by Shelley Shepard Gray. The book was His Risk, the fourth book in her The Amish of Hart County series. The characters from the other books are mentioned, but as with her other books in the series, they are just minor characters in the book and the story focuses on a different set of characters, so you could easily jump in to the series with His Risk. Calvin has been working undercover in a gang. He takes a huge risk returning to Horse Cove, Kentucky when he finds out his brother is sick - he hopes his presence in his Amish brother’s home will not put his family or their neighbors in harms way. For Alice, life had always been good, sure she had made some questionable choices during her Rumspringa, but had left that time behind. She enjoyed her life as a preschool teacher and the opportunities to be on our own and watch over her brother's houses when they travel. Alice and Calvin grew up in the same community, but knew little of each other and their lives growing up were very different. His Risk was a good story, that pulled me in quickly. I found myself wanting to read just one more chapter, to see what happened next and to know how the issues at hand would resolve. I was expecting a little more suspense and mystery, like in the other books from the series, and although present, it wasn't as prevalent as it had been in the other books. In the case of this story, there was a sprinkling of suspense in the story but more so present as an open question of whether Calvin could move past the new life that his choices had brought upon him and find happiness. His Risk was a good book and I look forward to reading more from Shelly Shepard Gray. A complimentary review copy was provided.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
His Risk by Shelley Shepard Gray is the fourth novel in The Amish of Hart County series. Calvin Fisher left Horse Cave, Kentucky when he was fourteen years old and has done many questionable acts. Calvin is now an undercover informant for the DEA. He gives them intel on the Kings, a gang who commits illegal acts. Calvin has worked his way up the ranks to get close to West Powers, the president of the organization. Calvin receives a phone call from his sister-in-law, Waneta Fisher. Mark, his brother, has renal cell carcinoma in his right kidney and will be undergoing surgery. Calvin needs to return home to Hose Cave to be there for his brother. But Calvin needs to ensure that trouble does not follow him home. Alice, an Amish preschool teacher, is housesitting for her brother, Ed while he and his wife are vacationing in Pinecraft. She is on the front porch when Calvin arrives. The pair are drawn to each other, but Calvin does not feel he is good enough for Alice. Alice knows she should avoid Calvin since he is Englisch and has had a troublesome history. As they spend time together, their feelings grow. One night, Alice is walking home, when a car goes by her slowly several times. The next morning, the car is found abandoned and on fire. Then the preschool is broken into and many of the items inside destroyed. Calvin fears that the incidents are related to him and his connection with the Kings. Alice begins to wonder how well she really knows Calvin. Who is behind the incidents? Can Calvin keep Alice safe? Come along to Hart County and get to know Alice and Calvin in His Risk. His Risk is a compelling romantic suspense novel that is well-written with interesting characters. I like the authors writing style. The story has a steady pace and smooth transitions. His Risk is told from Calvin, Alice, Irene and West’s perspective. I like being able to discover how each character was feeling and thinking. Her characters are realistic with their doubts, struggles, and flaws. Alice was a strong, smart spunky woman with an inquisitive nature. Calvin has a danger and mystery about him which attracts Alice. While His Risk is the fourth book in the series, it can be read alone. Do not be surprised, though, that after reading His Risk you want to pick up the other three novels in the series. His Risk is a story about forgiveness. Forgiving of others and oneself. Other Christian elements include trusting God, power of prayer, having strong faith and following God’s path for your life. There is an issue of a parent abusing a small child in the book. I was glad to see Irene stand up to the bully, but I was puzzled by Alice’s handling of the situation. I hope we get to find out more about Irene in future books in the series. I enjoyed watching the characters grow in character and faith as they faced adversity. The four characters learn valuable lessons along the way. His Risk is an emotional novel with danger, mystery and romance.
CafinatedReads2009 More than 1 year ago
Amazing! Another amazing novel and addition to the Amish of Hart County series. To date, I think this is her best one yet in the series, though I did love all of them. Ms. Gray, whose talent has always intrigued me, wrote a novel that pulled me instantly to the center of the story with Calvin and his life. I fell head over heels instantly with him and loved following his risky story. When Ms. Gray introduced me to Alice, yet another character to fall in love with, I knew this book would be one I would be up long into the night reading. I was right. Seeing Alice with the kinner in her class, then watching her fight her feelings for Calvin, really tugged at my heart through the story! This is definitely a 5 star worthy novel in this series. The ups, downs, twists, and turns that Ms. Gray add to this absolutely inspirational novel of risking all for love, is wonderful and keeps the reader hooked. I can't wait for the next and final book in the series to get back to Hart County and see what Ms. Gray gives us next. Hats off and twenty thumbs up to a talented author on this one! *Cafinated Reads received a complimentary copy of this book from LitFuse Blog Tours/Publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
Reeceeangel More than 1 year ago
Calvin Fisher is caught between a rock and hard place trying to redeem himself after a lifetime of bad decisions. He wants to get out of gang life but the only way to accomplish that is work for the DEA. Either way he still has to hide his life from his family and do things that goes against the faith he was raised. A phone call from home has him rushing to his brother, Mark's, side. Alice has lead the life of a good Amish girl after a wild rumspringa and enjoys her life as an Amish preschool teacher even if she feels smothered at times by her family. To have some freedom, she has agreed to housesit for her brother and sister-in-law who live across from Mark. Alice has developed an interest in Calvin as she watches him from afar. Will Calvin be able to leave his city life behind while in Hart County or will the city life destroy what he has come to love in this quiet community? This is the fourth book in the Amish of Hart County series but reads as a stand alone book. I was captivated from the first sentence until the last. Gray has written a beautiful work of art set in my home state of Kentucky. I felt myself traveling the roads with Calvin and Alice and seeing the beauty of the rolling hills filled with Kentucky bluegrass. His Risk is filled with romance and suspense. You have the budding romance of Calvin and Alice and the married romance of Mark and Wanetta that have the reader cheering and crying. My heart is still pounding from a few scenes and I am not talking about "that". I am talking about suspense that keeps you turning the pages well past your bedtime. I was so impressed with His Risk that I have already bought the first three books in the series and will read on my Spring Break from teaching. If interested the books in the series are: 1. Her Secret 2. His Guilt 3. The Gift 4. His Risk 5. Her Fear - release 7/24/18 6. His Promise - release 10/23/18 I dare you to give any of Shelley Shepard Gray's books a read and not find yourself gobbling up all of them as fast as you can.
cindybazzy More than 1 year ago
Shelley Shepherd Gray has done it again, I loved this story for several reasons. First this story takes place in a town right up from where I live and have family living nearby. So that makes reading this book that much more fun for me, because I could "see" the area as I read. Shelley has always had such a wonderful way of bringing her characters to life, she never disappoints. You will fall in love with the two main characters Calvin Fisher, mysterious and secretive and Alice Yoder, plain and naive,as I did. The story begins with Calvin coming back home to Kentucky after leaving the Amish at such at the tender age of 14 after a terrible childhood and for his brothers health. Shortly after his arrival back home he meets sweet and highly regarded Alice. After their first meeting, they both feel drawn toward the other, and a friendship develops. Due to Calvins new life and job in the English world it causes lots of puzzlement and discomfort on both of their parts. Ups and Downs, and lots of twist and turns regarding Calvin. Is Calvin dangerous man? Should Alice be scared of him? It was a page turner for me and couldn't wait to read the next chapter. A bonus to this story, West and Irene. I also fell in love with these supporting characters. "The Risk" is the fourth book in The Amish of Hart County series, however since I hadn't had the opportunity to read the previous ones I was concerned if it would be able to stand alone. Definitely yes! Can't wait to read the others in the series.