Shelley Shepard Grey's A Son's Vow REVIEW

Once upon a time ago, I was blessed to review my first Shelley Shepard Grey book, A Wedding at Orange Blossom Inn. This was my first experience with Amish fiction, and I was hooked! I was very excited to be chosen to review her next book, A Son's Vow. A Son's Vow is every bit as wonderful as A Wedding at Orange Blossom Inn!

About the Book

A Son’s Vow

Shelley Shepard Gray’s first book in her Charmed Amish Life series is set in the quaint Amish village of Charm, Ohio, and tells the stories of the Kinsinger siblings who are each struggling to find both forgiveness and love in the face of tragedy.
Three months ago, everything changed for Darla Kurtz and her family. Darla’s father was responsible for a terrible fire at Charm’s lumber mill which killed five Amish men. And though he, too, lost his life, the town of Charm hasn’t looked at her family the same since. Even Lukas Kinsinger—with whom Darla used to have a close friendship.
Now her brother’s anger at the town is spilling over onto Darla, and she has the bruises to prove it. The accident already cost five lives, but if something doesn’t change soon, Darla fears it will cost her—and her family—even more.
Lukas Kinsinger wants to mourn the loss of his father, but he can hardly find the time to breathe. Suddenly the head of his father’s lumber mill and responsible for taking care of his three siblings, he’s feeling the pressure. He has also never felt more alone—especially with the new tension between he and Darla. But when he learns of her troubles at home, Lukas knows he can’t simply stand by and watch. Someone has to help her before another tragedy occurs.
As Lukas and Darla attempt to repair their families, they discover something deeper than friendship growing between them. But will Lukas and Darla’s love be accepted after so much loss? Or will the pain of the past overcome any chance of future happiness?

My Thoughts

Shelley Shephard Grey hits it out of the ballpark once again. Her writing style pulls me in, and I feel as if I'm truly there. I could feel the heartache in Charm, and I could feel the emotional turmoil between Lukas and Darla. Lukas and Darla have a history together, and when her father is the cause of his father's death (along with the others) it is almost too much to handle. The town is in pain, and the bonds of family and friend are also pained. Shelley Shepard Grey does a superb job capturing the essence of these tense relationships. From the dynamics between Darla and Lukas, and their kindling love despite all that has transpired, to the violence Darla endures at the hands of her emotionally distraught brother, Grey does a remarkable job at tying everything together and writing a wonderful and compelling story. 

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