The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County . . . until gunshots remind them that someone wants them gone in Shelley Shepard Gray’s The Gift. Neil Vance thinks the accidents are just that, but Susanna Schwartz’s father is convinced the Vance family is responsible. Susanna refuses to believe Neil would do anything to harm her. She’s fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out to uncover the truth before someone gets hurt . . . or worse.

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About The Gift

The Gift book cover

A special Christmas story about love and blessings in the next book in the Amish of Hart County series

The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that causes her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into the icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous “accidents” that someone wants them gone.

Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it’s not the Schwartz family’s fault, but he can’t help but be resentful. Until he meets Susanna. She is kind-hearted and bold, and Neil can’t stop thinking about her pretty green eyes.

Neil thinks the accidents are just that, but Susanna’s father is convinced the Vance family is responsible. Susanna refuses to believe Neil would do anything to harm her. She’s fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out to uncover the truth before someone gets hurt . . . or worse.

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My Review

I think I set a record — reviewing multiple books where I’ve already read the previous ones in the series! Amazing.

Shelley Shepard Gray’s Amish of Hart County books may belong to the same series, but truly do act as standalone books. The occasional name or character show up in subsequent books – but very few, if any, spoilers appear! I appreciate that, even having read the previous books.

The Gift may be my favorite book in the Hart County series to date. Festive, and therefore perfect to read right now, it sets the mood for Christmas – with a bit of mystery, too. The book truly kept me guessing till the end. I wanted a few more clues earlier in the book as to the suspect’s identity and motives, but ah well. It still worked!

A gripping read that sheds fascinating insight into Amish life – especially when a mystery pops up in the community!

I received a free copy of The Gift from Litfuse. All opinions are my own.

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.

Find out more about Shelley at http://www.shelleyshepardgray.com.

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