His Guilt: The Amish of Hart County (Avon Inspire, July 2017)
A suspenseful tale of an Amish man who will risk all to protect the woman he loves
Mark Fisher has returned home to Hart County, determined to put the past behind him. Two years ago, after being wrongly accused of assault, he left the Amish community, though never forgot his home. When the one person who had helped him through his rough times asks for help, Mark returns. But it is pretty Waneta Cain who makes him want to stay…
Neeta is one of the few people in Hart County who doesn’t believe Mark is guilty of hurting anyone. However, his worldliness and tough exterior do make her uneasy. As she begins to see the real man behind all the gossip and prejudice, she wonders if he is the man for her.
Just when Mark starts to believe a new life is possible, a close friend of Neeta’s is attacked. Once again, everyone in the community seems to believe he is guilty. But what hurts most is Neeta’s sudden wariness around him. When another woman is hurt, a woman who is close to both Neeta and himself, Mark fears he knows the real culprit. And time is running out. Will Mark be able to find him before Neeta becomes his next victim?
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.
My Take: This book is the second in a series but it definitely can be read alone. This book is about believing in someone even when events seem stacked against them. Mark is accused of an attack on a local woman. He is cleared but not before the damage is done to his reputation. Seems as if most people in the Amish community believe he was guilty. So he moves away until his parents die and he inherits the family home. There are really nothing but bad memories there but he is determined to remodel the house and make it a home. He gets a job at the local nursery where the owner believes in his innocence. There he starts to work with Waneta who has misgivings at first but decides to give him the benefit of the doubt and starts to get to know him. Things start to get scary when there are attacks on other women and people believe that Mark is responsible. This book was good as it kept me guessing and had me wondering if Mark really was the culprit. A good clean mysery/suspense book.
I received a review copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion.