A SON'S VOW
The Charmed Amish Life #1
Shelley Shepard Gray
Releasing on January 26, 2016.
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?
The town of Charm had a tragedy that effected the whole community. Darla and Lukas both lost their fathers. The community blames Darla's father and Lukas' father owned the mill that the accident happened at.
I love Lukas' loyalty to Darla and his family. Though he's forgiven what happened his family isn't quite ready. He is fun and flirty with Darla even though he's still discovering his true feelings for her. As much as Darla has loved Lukas most of her life, she's afraid if she renews their friendship it will effect his standing in the community. Darla has been bearing the weight of her father's accident because certain community members hold the blame over her head.
Hannah has a story woven into Lukas and Darla's story. At first I wondered why, but as the story went on and she interacted with the various other characters and her own side characters she stole my heart and I'm dying to find out what happens next for her.
Shelley Shepard Gray has started a new world that I didn't want to leave and left me ready for the next book in the series. A Son's Vow is a story of community, survival, hope and true love.
I give A Son's Vow...
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 Hold 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.