The Gift: The Amish of Hart County

The Gift: The Amish of Hart County

by Shelley Shepard Gray

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ISBN-13: 9780062469144
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 151,433
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(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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The Gift: The Amish of Hart County 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Laundry_Whispers 6 months ago
In my whirlwind tour of The Amish of Hart County series, 'The Gift' is the first one that didn't just wow me. I mean, I loved it, it was amazing, and Shelley Shepard Gray can grip me into a story about popcorn, but WOW just didn't get me with this one. It did keep me guessing though. It's been a long time since I was wrong about the bad guy and this time, I was so very wrong. Before I get into the book though, this one was much more benign than the previous ones. It does mention happenings in the previous two but in such a way that it truly can stand alone if you haven't read 'Her Secret' and 'His Guilt'. It also is extremely low on the trigger warning scale. So, necessities aside let's look at this book I loved but didn't wow over, shall we? This book eased into the story like warmth from a candle on a chilly fall evening. It didn't jump in with a clatter and it was a softer book than the previous one's in this series. I felt the lag from time to time that I probably would not have noticed if I wasn't reading them back to back. I think that's why the nefarious character snuck by me as well. I had my heart set on this person from early in the book, it just made sense based on what little info I had gleaned at this point (again early). As the take progressed I just kept falling back to the same person. There were other potentials but this person still fit the bill. Needless to say, it wasn't my person at all but yet. . . This one didn't neatly wrap up either. It all but says the real person who did it did it but. . . they were just at the station for questioning and nothing was totally resolved. At least for me. I needed that confession ya know? There's another thing that bothered me that, again, I probably wouldn't have noticed if I hadn't been reading the series back to back. 'Her Secret' took place in Mumfordville. 'His Guilt' and 'The Gift' took place in the same community which is near Mumfordville but not in Mumfordville. However, this book referenced the happenings in 'His Guilt' as though they had taken place in the other town. This bugged me. It almost felt like there was a disconnect between what happened and this book and instead of addressing it as a community they talked like it was the community over from them. Again though, probably only even picked up this being mentioned (only twice) as I had literally just finished 'His Guilt'. That being said I still loved this book. I loved the slow building of both Susanna and Amanda's relationships, even though they sorta drew out into instalove. I would love to know more about this community and more backstory on these families. I felt a lack of depth there, even though it was more than made up for as the events unfolded. I would love to see if Neil and Dale's childhood dreams of growing up farming next door to each other ever comes to pass. I mean, since they plan to marry sisters and all. Next week, 'His Risk'. All counting down to the newest release in just weeks!
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
Author Shelley Shepard Gray has written "The Gift" and this is part of her series called The Amish of Hart County series. As usual I really enjoy her stories. Suzanna Schwartz is very happy to be on her new farm with all of her family right in time for Christmas. Why does it seem that other people are trying to hurt them or at the very least trying to make them leave? It can be no accident when her sister is almost killed. Neil Vance is the man who used to own the farm with his family, before they lost it. He is very upset but then he meets Susanna. She is not at all how he though she would be and he finds himself drawn to her. Susanna is in the middle, everyone believes that they know who is the real culprit. She also is drawn to Neil. Should she just leave with her family, or should they try to find the guilty person. Whatever she decides she better hurry! I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book for a review and all opinions are mine.
busymomoftwo More than 1 year ago
The Gift is set during the holidays, it opens with a bit of mystery as Susanna Schwartz finds herself in an overturned buggy accident as a result of shots that were being fired, seemingly at her and her horse. Fortunately, someone is there to help comfort and protect her until help can arrive. New to the community, she does not know her rescuer or the connection that they have. As the story unfolds, other accidents and incidents continue, leading them to wonder if her family is being targeted. As has been the case with the other books in the Hart County Series, this book was captivating, suspenseful and had me hooked from the beginning. It was good that I was reading it on the car ride, because there were only the few questions from the backseat and the occasional stop to interrupt my reading - so different than reading a few minutes before bed each night. The twists and turns kept me guessing on who could be targeting the family and in the end, I was convinced it was different than was ultimately discovered. The story shared of one family's loss and another family's opportunity, of pride and jealousy, of the strength that can be found in family and the importance of hope and forgiveness. I enjoyed following the story as Susanna and Neil became unlikely friends and even found their feelings for one other developing deeper. 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. All opinions expressed are my own.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the most perfect writing and compelling to read with full of love and blessing and this is perfect for a special holiday season like Christmas day. The story of this book had many twist and turn that was had to guess what will be happen and unexpected it to happen plus the story was had a lot of love and inspiring to all the family and friend that need to believe in hope and the miracle will be happening. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity for this review”.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
The Gift was another atmospheric Amish read that made me chilly just reading it. This is a story about two families, one who lost the farm and one whose dreams came true at finding and buying a farm that they could actually afford. Starting off with quite a wild ride, we are gripped with a sense of unease and a dark malevolence from the very start. Too many accidents cannot be ignored. Susanna and her family try to reach out to their neighbors to find out why they have been ostracized by the community when they have just moved in. Trying to begin a new life in ideal circumstances is hard enough but when it seems someone wants you off the farm permanently, that is scary. I really liked the angle of the story where Susanna and Neil Vance-the oldest son of the family that sold the farm- become unlikely friends and reluctant love interests. Not only do we have their story but we get Susanna’s sister, Amanda and their new neighbor’s romance as well. A dark, chilling story within the Christmas season made for an interesting read this holiday season. I received a copy of this novel for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
I love Shelley Shepard Gray’s books. I love Shelley Shepard Gray’s suspense books. I love Shelley Shepard Gray’s Amish books. I love Shelley Shepard Gray’s Kentucky books. I love Shelley Shepard Gray’s Christmas books. So when a new Shelley Shepard Gray book releases & it’s an Amish suspense novel set in Kentucky at Christmas? Ssshhh… don’t bother me while I’m reading! I loved Susanna and Neil – together and separately. They are both fantastic characters and they have great chemistry together. I also really loved the secondary romance subplot playing out in this story! The suspense is well-plotted and you will find yourself cautiously peering around corners as things go from bad to worse for Susanna’s family. There’s a bit of predictability, sure, but that doesn’t detract from the enjoyability of the novel. Shelley Shepard Gray writes with a delightful blend of warmth and grace, with just the right amount of sass thrown in for good measure. You sit down to read a chapter and, before you know it, you’ve finished the whole thing because it’s so charming! The Gift is the same way. It’s a quick read but you’ll find yourself wrapped up in the words like a soft comforting blanket. Bottom Line: The Gift by Shelley Shepard Gray is Christmasy and cozy and comforting… uhhhh there’s just the little matter of someone wanting to harm Susanna and her family. Humor, heart, and faith join forces with danger and suspense – and the magic of the season – to bring you the perfect read for these colder nights! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
". . . out of the darkness had come the light. In all of its blinding goodness." When you read a title like "The Gift," what did you expect? I for one expected something tangible, and granted there could be depending on how you read into it. However, I should've known Shelley Shepard Gray would give me much more than I expected. In her latest story, the third book in the Amish of Hart County series, The Gift represented so much more. ". . . you raised me to respect others, have faith in Jesus, and practice forgiveness toward others . . ." "The Lord was showing her that light could shine in almost every corner of the world. " A story about jealousy, pride, resentment, fear and ultimately forgiveness and peace, The Gift resonates with readers, even if the experiences are not the same. There's a certain level of veracity to human nature that I find so poignant yet hopeful. There's hope because of light shines the most in darkness. There's such candor in the author's writing that I just love. It may not be what I'd want to feel at the moment, but many times, I would think back of the message, the story, the characters, and then realize, they made an impact that lasts. And that is The Gift, and the author's gift to her readers, at least to me. So, thank you, Shelley Shepard Gray. ". . . we're all just people in training. . ." Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion. Please note, all quotes are taken from ARC (essentially an uncorrected proof). Please do not share quote or if do, please make note that it is taken from an ARC.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Sometimes through no fault of our own making, things change in unexpected ways that leave us feeling upset and downright mad. When the Vance family put their farm up for sale, there were no takers for quite some time. Forced into the option by their Uncle whom their father has quite the debt to pay thanks to gambling issues, they were left with no choice than to take whatever was offered, even if it wasn't enough to settle the debt. While their Uncle demanded full payment or turning the property over to him to settle things, their father decided to take the next offer for far less than what the property was worth. He wasn't about to turn everything over to his brother in hopes of appeasing him. Just that one circumstance would set off a series of hostility to the new family whom the community seemed to have taken advantage of the situation, and an Amish family at that. The Schwartz family had hoped to embrace their new home and community but instead found themselves trying to justify how they were able to purchase the farm amid the rumors circulating about them. For Susanna, she loses control of her horse and buggy coming home during a winter's storm and feels that someone was shooting at her. Of course, that is easily explained away that hunters apparently forget just how close to the roads there were now that hunting season was in full swing. It cost her family a new horse and buggy. When a series of unfortunate accidents begin to happen on their farm and to their family, it appears as if someone is wishing them to move. When first the shooting, then a property line section of fencing is destroyed, along with a bridge collapsing that almost took the life of their younger sister, the family begins to question those in the community, but instead of getting help, they are seen as accusing the community of trying to bring them harm. When Susanna and Neil Vance begin their own investigation, signs point to something more sinister. They have little time to figure things out before things begin to turn deadly. I received The Gift by Shelley Shepard Gray compliments of Litfuse Publicity and Avon Inspire, a division of Harper Collins Publishers. Readers who love a great suspense among their Amish novels, will want to pick this one up. This is the third novel in the Amish of Hart County and as with all of Shelley Shepard's novel, I don't even have to read the back cover because she involves the reader so much, they feel like they're a part of the book. There are some bonus material at the conclusion of this novel including reader's guide questions, insights into the story line and some delicious Amish recipes to try. I give this novel a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
The Gift was a great way to jump into some holiday reading, peppered with a bit of mystery and danger. It is part of a series set in Hart County, however, is definitely readable as a stand alone novel. The main characters, Susanna and Neil, get off to a very rocky start. I really liked Susanna and felt so sorry for the way she and her family were being treated. I also felt for Neil, even though I was frustrated with him early on in the story. I appreciated the way the author showed his emotional growth as the book progressed. It wasn’t immediate and it was something he had to work on, yet he did realize the error of his ways and worked to make things right.. I enjoyed the two seperate romances that developed and that there were viewpoints from the characters who were involved in these relationships. It gave a well rounded feel to the story. The hint of danger and uncertainty kept me turning the pages to see if my suspicion about who was behind the the mayhem was correct. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
The author has created a page tuner here, and I couldn’t put it down, quickly became involved and wondered who was doing the evil acts. Yes, I guessed and guessed wrong, but you will be doing the same with this non-stop action in Amish country, and first impressions are not always right! I loved being back in Hart County and being updated on past friends, and love has survived! This is a new group, but they are now part of the family, and this story is going to linger with you for a long time. Be ready for you heart in your throat right from the first few pages, shots being fired at you as you drive your buggy down the road, and then right to the end with your falling into a cave, will all survive? You don’t want to miss this one, Amish and adventure, family and love of God, so many accidents, or are they? I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Blog Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
I love returning to the Amish community of Hart County and especially enjoyed doing so at Christmas! It is a pleasure to revisit past characters, as well as meet new ones, as Gray brings another compelling story to life. When accidents occur and danger threatens, Susanna Schwartz and Neil Vance are drawn together in unexpected ways. A great blend of suspense and romance, I thoroughly enjoyed The Gift and look forward to continuing this intriguing series! I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
vics49548 More than 1 year ago
Another page turner by author Shelley Shephard Gray, I truly had a difficult time putting this book down. And while I wanted to see how it ended, I didn’t want it to end! Gray does a wonderful job of bringing her characters to life. You’ll feel the tension, the pain, and the mystery. Yes, mystery. Not your typical Amish story, this quickly developed into a who done it that I couldn’t figure out. Filled with family tension and trials there is also a sweet romance and a knight in shining armor. I highly recommend it! I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
THE GIFT is the third book in the Amish of Hart County series by popular author Shelley Shepard Gray, but it easily stands alone. This one is also a Christmas book, but could be read at any time of the year. Written in Ms. Gray's sweet voice, the story is everything you come to expect from a Shelley Shepard Gray novel. Sweet. Innocent. Engaging. Sue and her family are new to Hart County, but they expected to quickly make friends and be accepted. Instead, Sue is shot at right away, and while they missed her and the buggy, they did spook her horse, causing an accident, the loss of a valuable horse and buggy, and fear. Then a fence is broken down. When their bridge is deliberately sabotaged it seems plain as day someone is trying to scare them away. But who? I had my suspicions who was behind it, but I'm not going to tell you who or if I was right or not. If you like romantic suspense but are the screamish sort, there is nothing remotely scary about Ms.. Gray's stories. Ever. Or at least not yet. No dead bodies, and nothing jumping out and going boo. But it is engaging and you have to keep reading to find out who-dun-it, or if you guess early on, to see if you are right. Why was fairly evident. There are two romances in the story, too. Four point-of-views. Fans of Shelley Shepard Gray and Amish fiction will want to read this book. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
SouthernGalLovestoRead More than 1 year ago
Shelley Shepard Gray's The Gift is another very enjoyable story in her Amish of Hart County series. There is the expected Amish romance, with an nice dose of conflict, tension, and suspense in the story. There are lots of questions about who might be the "villain," questions that kept me guessing throughout most of the book. The characters were interesting and kept me engaged in the story. I would recommend The Gift to Amish fiction fans. The books in this series are not really tied together except by location, so reading them in order is not a necessity. The story is set around Christmas time, making it very appropriate to read at this time of year, or any time at all. Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of The Gift. I was happy to share my own thoughts for this review.
Debragg More than 1 year ago
"The Gift" by author Shelley Shepard Gray is a wonderful Christmas story. Susanna Schwartz is just starting a new life with her family on their new farm. But, there are things happening that is scaring them all. First, Suzanna's buggy turns over after there is the sound of a gunshot. As if that is not bad enough her little sister almost dies when she falls into a creek from a bridge. Neil Vance is a man who does not want to blame the Schwartz family for his family's bad luck. It was not their fault that the farm they picked was his family farm. Neil has just meet Suzanna and he is very attracted to her. Suzanna's father thinks that someone is trying to get them to leave, and he believes it might be other members of Neil's family. Susanna believes that she loves Neil and she cannot side with her father. Susanna has to find out what is going on before someone really gets hurt or she has to leave. Will they be able to solve the mystery? Will Neil and Susanna have any chance at all? I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book for a review by Litfuse Publicity Group and all opinions are mine.
conniet729 More than 1 year ago
I have been enjoying this series by Shelley Shepard Gray. The third book focuses on the Schwartz family. I loved following this story along with the twists and turns that the author has led us on. I am loving the Amish of Hart County series and hope to see more! I received a copy of this book from the author, all opionions are my own.
ConR More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed this series so far, and I think "The Gift" is an excellent story. I don't think it can be considered just a good book for the Christmas season, as so many books are that are set during this time of year. There is plenty of mystery, tension and romance in this book that make it a good read for any time. So don't discount it because of the Christmas timing!!!
Mar-J More than 1 year ago
I've savored this marvelous and beautiful story since I closed the book, wondering what is happening in the lives of my new friends/family members of Hart County, Kentucky. The Schwartz family had expected to be accepted in their new Amish community, but instead accidents and actions seemed to be happening to their family to convince them to return to Holmes County, Ohio. They had never owned a farm and were thrilled to be spending their first Christmas on the farm they had purchased from the Vance family. However, the Vance family and members in the community felt like they had stolen the farm from them with the low price they paid. Neil Vance and Susanna Schwartz meet when she was injured in a buggy accident, but never were introduced until later. The remarks Neil leased out to Susanna did not go well and he regretted it later. Dale Kaufmann and his family had been neighbors to the Vance family, thus his friendship with Neil included speaking opening. Will Neil heed Dale’s remarks or continue to feel sorry for his family and himself? Dale and Amanda Schwartz seemed to make a connection when they meet, but unexpected events kept tension high surrounding the Schwartz’ family. No one seemed to know who the culprit was causing the misfortunate accidents that clearly were accidents when Susanna, Neil and Dale decided to investigate a sturdy bridge that gave way when young Traci Schwartz walked across it. The action, realistic characters, anguish, regrets filled with disappointment kept the pages turning to see how the lives of these loved characters would play out with their faith and trust in God with Christmas approaching. The kindness of Neil’s mother to bake and share with those less fortunate in the community, even with them having little compared to when they lived on the farm, added a new depth to the character of Neil as Susanna traveled with him to deliver the tins of cookies for Christmas. What tragedy would cause the community to rally together on Christmas Eve night? Whose relationship will blossom? Order your copy today of The Gift, book three in Shelley Shepard Gray’s The Amish of Hart Count. The Gift will inspire and give new meaning to how valuable relationships are with one another and with the Lord Jesus, who came that Christmas night so many years ago. Relationships are truly a beautiful gift any time of the year, but extra special at Christmas. I look forward to reading the next book in this series that had a sneak peek at the end of The Gift. I received a complimentary copy of The Gift from the author. I have expressed my sincere thoughts for this astonishing Christmas story.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
The Amish of Hart County is an inspiring series by Shelley Shepard Gray. The third book focuses on the Schwartz family. They bought a farm in Hart County, Kentucky, and moved there from Holmes County in Ohio. For some reason unknown to them, they are not feeling very welcomed to their new community. A suspicious buggy wreck and an even more suspicious accident on a footbridge raises their concern. But other things happen that continue to cause unease in their family. Even as the Schwartz daughters make friends with young men in the area, the tension keeps the family almost in limbo. Can they truly trust their neighbors, or maybe more specifically, who can they trust? As Susanna gets to know Neil better, she still finds herself hesitating at times about what to say or how to say things to him. Besides the fact she is just normally reserved, he is the oldest son of the family whose farm they bought and he felt the loss very deeply. What will he have to do in order to get past the deep sense of loss and bewilderment about all that has happened to his family? I did not get all of my questions answered before the book ended but I think more important were the lessons about faith, learning to trust, and working with others for the good of all. I enjoyed the way everything built up to a climax on Christmas Day. I received a copy of the book from the author. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.