7/21/17

Dumpling Cats - Sarah Sloyer


5+ Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Waffles is a relaxed feline who loves to read, and Cheeks just can't get enough to eat. These fun-loving characters are just two of the 25 dumpling-shaped crochet cats in this whimsical collection. The cuddly crochet critters were inspired by the Pok√©mon™-like craze Neko Atsume, a game that enables you to attract cats to your backyard and "collect" them. Each little dumpling has a name and personality points that add up to big fun!

You don't have to be an expert to crochet and collect these adorable kitties — the patterns are suitable for crocheters of all skill levels. Easy-to-follow instructions are accompanied by full-color photos and simple drawings. The directions explain every stage, from ears to tail, and some of the patterns include accessories and costume items. Plus, there are bonus patterns for a cat bed, food bowls, and more!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Sarah Sloyer, a crochet designer whose designs can be found on Ravelry, specializes in crochet characters with plenty of personality. A graduate of New York City's School of Visual Arts with a degree in Animation, she lives in the Philadelphia area.

MY THOUGHTS -
OMG! This is an absolutely adorable book. Besides the patterns for 25 cats there are also patterns for a sleeping bed, a box, and a couple food bowls. I have to be honest - I have not made any yet because of such a crazy busy summer schedule. But - I am going to make every single one in the book! I have a new grand-baby on the way due in Sept. and I am sure she will love to play with them when she comes over.

Each cat is so different. Some are standing, some are sitting, some are laying and some have costumes! All of them are just so stinking cute! And - each one has a story. I sat there one night reading each one out  loud to my husband LOL, he loved it! But then again, we are both "cat people".

The directions look excellent and there are also a ton of pictures to show you how. I don't see how you could go wrong with this book.

When my daughter was over visiting I showed her the book and told her I was going to make them all for her new baby. She also thought I should copy each story page and put them in a notebook so she can read about them and learn their names while she is playing with them. I thought this was a wonderful idea.

Oh what fun we are going to have! I can't wait to start crocheting!






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7/19/17

The Sick House: The Ulrich Files, Book 1 - AUDIO review


4 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Dr. Siegfried Klein has vanished on a mysterious pilgrimage to an abandoned infirmary in the ghost-town of Moonville. The locals in the surrounding areas are tight-lipped, hostile to outsiders. Local legend has it that the old Sick House is packed with spirits, none of them friendly, and that to set foot in it is to enter Hell itself.
Enter Harlan Ulrich, private investigator and skeptic.
Traveling to the site, the detective begins the long process of separating truth from grisly local myth, and during his investigation stumbles upon certain frightful evidence that tries his nerve. He wants to find the doctor in one piece and weathers the hostilities of the locals even as their stories keep him up at night. But the longer he spends in the ghost town of Moonville, the more he feels the influence of something sinister in the shuttered infirmary.
When finally the truth is revealed and the infirmary's sordid past comes to light, will Ulrich manage to escape with his life?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Once upon a time, a young Ambrose Ibsen discovered a collection of ghost stories on his father's bookshelf. He was never the same again.
Apart from horror fiction, he enjoys good coffee, brewed strong.
Visit his website: https://ambroseibsen.com/

ABOUT THE NARRATOR -
Jake Urry -  I am an actor and audiobook narrator, and also co-run Just Some Theatre Company, producing new writing that we tour around the UK. I'm currently recording Audiobooks for sale on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. 
Visit his website: https://www.jakeurry.com/

MY THOUGHTS on the story-
Boy I have missed reading this genre, and this one was Very good! A creepy but fun story. I wouldn't really call this horror, thriller - maybe, spooky - kind of, dark - definitely! I did get some goosebumps in a few spots.

The main character, Harlan Ulrich was not supposed to be all that likeable... and yet - I liked him. He seemed real to me. He admitted his failures and fears and doubts. He was unsure of himself and still he pushed on, not giving up till he found some answers.

The descriptions in this book are amazing. It definitely gives you the feeling of being right there, which I am not sure is a good thing or not, LOL.

I am already signed up to review the next "Ulrich File" book - Medicine For the Dead. I am really looking forward to this book as well. I will be posting my review on Aug. 10th.

 MY THOUGHTS on the audio -
This reader was excellent! I loved him, I loved his voice, the accent - kind of sexy! In a creepy, dark, horror story kind of way lol. But seriously - he made the book for me! And I am really looking forward to listening to him on the second one!

This doesn't happen often. I am very picky with readers. And seldom like them as much as I did this one. So - two thumbs up!

If you want to get your creep on - this is a quick and enjoyable read (nothing too graphic, gross, or violent). Try it in audio or read it yourself!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this audiobook from Audiobookworm Promotions Thank You!
 
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7/17/17

Sweetbriar Cottage - Denise Hunter


4 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
When Noah and Josephine Mitchell discover their divorce was never actually finalized, their lives are turned upside down.

Following his divorce, Noah gave up his dream job, settling at a remote horse ranch in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia, putting much-needed distance between himself and the former love of his life. But then Noah gets a letter from the IRS claiming he and Josephine are still married. When he confronts Josephine for the first time in months, they discover that she missed the final step in filing the paperwork and they are, in fact, still married.

Josephine is no happier about the news than Noah. Maybe the failed marriage—and okay, the botched divorce—was her fault, but her heart was shattered right alongside his, more than he would ever believe. The sooner they put this marriage behind them, the better for both of their sakes.

But when Josephine delivers the final paperwork to his ranch, the two become stranded in his cottage during the worst spring snowstorm in a decade. Being trapped with Josephine is a test of Noah’s endurance. He wrestles with resentment and an unmistakable pull to his wife—still beautiful, still brave, and still more intriguing than any woman he’s ever known.

As they find themselves confronted with each other and their shared past, old wounds surface and tempers flare. But when they are forced out into the storm, they must rely on each other in a way they never have before. Josephine finally opens up about her tragic past, and Noah realizes she’s never been loved unconditionally by anyone—including him. Will Noah accept the challenge to pursue Josephine’s heart? And can she finally find the courage to trust Noah?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 20 books, including Dancing with Fireflies and The Convenient Groom. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn't orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are raising three boys. 

Visit her website  DeniseHunterBooks.com
or visit her FaceBook page facebook.com/authordenisehunter

MY THOUGHTS -
I love Denise Hunter, she's one of my favorite authors and I have read so many of her books. This one however, was not my favorite. I did like it! It just wasn't the best for me.

Josephine just really rubbed me the wrong way. Right from the very first page I did not like her. Everything she said, everything she did was like nails on a chalkboard for me. She was like the absent-minded professor, everything she did was wrong, how could one person be so unlucky. Noah on the other hand was a sweetheart. I just adored him and I know the idea of the book was for them to get back together. But really, I didn't want them to! I thought he was far better off without her LOL and I've never done that in a book before.

Still a great summer (or end of summer) read as is any Denise Hunter book!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers Thank You!

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7/14/17

Kiss Me: A Sage McGuire Romance - Sharon Kleve


https://www.amazon.com/Kiss-Me-Sage-McGuire-Romance-ebook/dp/B0713RMRMJ/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1500034880&sr=8-3&keywords=sharon+kleve

4.5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Quirky, Private Investigator, Sage McGuire is up to her ears in trouble again in KISS ME.

Sage has left the security of her old job, as an executive assistant to a moron, and jumped feet-first into opening McGuire Investigations. If only her boyfriend, Sergeant Carter Morgan’s big gun and cop's intuition could save Sage from being grazed by a bullet to the temple, and another trip to the emergency room when she steals back her best friend’s uncle’s pooch, Mimi, from a psychotic loan shark in her very first case.

Carter's scary and conniving ex-girlfriend, FBI Special Agent Mia Williams, is back in town and full of trouble. Mia is determined to rekindle her relationship with Carter and she is used to getting what she wants—no matter what the cost.

Will Sage and Carter succeed in keeping each other out of trouble while falling head-over-heels in love?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Sharon Kleve was born and raised in Washington and currently lives on the Olympic Peninsula with her husband.

Sharon is a multi-published author of contemporary romance. She loves romance. She loves reading romance, living romance, and especially loves writing about romance. She gets no greater feeling than watching her characters come alive in each other's arms. Most of all, she loves giving her characters the happily ever after they deserve—with a few bumps and bruises along the way.

One of her favorite things to do is pick up a new book and sink into the story, immersing herself in the emotions between the characters. She hopes to inspire her readers the same way her favorite authors have inspired her.

When not writing, she can usually be found either curled up in her recliner with her cat and a good book, or in the kitchen baking sourdough bread or bagels.

Email: sharon.kleve@yahoo.com
Blog: http://authorsharonkleve.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sharonrkleve
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SharonKleve

MY THOUGHTS -
Super cute, super quirky and super sexy ;-)
Sage McGuire is a trip and a half! Sage's personality really comes out in this story, she is quite hilarious. I really grew to love her - we've bonded! She always seems to get herself into trouble. She's got spunk I'll give her that!
After my stress-filled morning, I needed a luscious, raspberry-filled cupcake from the Mighty-O Cupcake Shop. I also wanted a nap, but my clients needed me. When I was a teenager, I splurged on a cupcake a day. After my body had learned the word metabolism, I had to slow down on the sugar—which depressed me. I created a technique to cut down on a few calories and still eat my favorite food. The technique required clean, dry fingers and a delicate grip. Hold the cupcake gently around the base, and grasp the frosting-coated top, with the index finger and thumb. Twist the top to the right, a quarter turn—while holding the bottom in place. Throw away the bottom and you’ve reduced your calories by two-thirds. The tops are the best part anyway.
This was a really fun quick read. The story had a lot more sex than I usually like, but as usual I just plug my ears and close my eyes and read on, LOL. The last half of the book was excellent and I read almost all of it in one sitting. Great ending.

And now - on to the third Sage McGuire book - Love Me.

https://www.amazon.com/Love-Me-Sage-McGuire-Romance-ebook/dp/B073QYBXGX/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500034847&sr=8-1&keywords=sharon+kleve

OH! PS & BTW - Aren't these book covers adorbs?!?!?! I LOVE THEM!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from the author - Sharon Kleve Thank You!

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7/13/17

Poetry and Ponderings - Diamante Lavendar


5+ Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
A Journey of Abuse and Healing Through Poetry
A raw collection of religious poetry and prose based on one Christian woman’s experiences of being abused, and how she healed herself with God’s love in order to move past the assaults.

In this rare collection of nonfiction Christian poetry and prose based on real life experiences, Diamante Lavendar, a victim of abuse, shows the reader the raw emotions of pain, hate, and denial that occur before a victim of abuse can find a way to heal from the pains of assault. Knowing herself the very difficult journey of being a victim, Diamante was abused as a child, and turned to alcohol and drugs to numb the pain. Many years later, she started to heal under God’s watchful eyes and was able to find love in her life again. She shares these truly inspiring, religious poems in the hopes that it may help other victims heal their hurts, as she did while writing the poetry collection.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR/POET - 
Diamante Lavendar has been in love with reading since she was a child. Diamante believes that everyone should try to leave their own positive mark on the world, and to make it a better place for all. Writing is her way of leaving her mark—one story at a time. She began writing in college and has published poetry in anthologies over the years. Most of her writing is very personal and stems from her own experiences, and those of her family and friends. She writes to encourage hope and possibility to those who read her stories.

To learn more about Diamante Lavendar and her books, please visit her website at: www.diamantelavendar.com.

Please Do Not Weep

Do not fret
For your grievous loss;

Do not feel
Like a wave that is tossed;

Do not weep
By yourself, so alone;

For I am with you,
Soon you will be home.

The things of this world
Are transient and brief;

I will be your comfort,
Your ease and your peace;

Notice the good
And perceive  not the bad;

Observe what you've learned,
The lessons you've had;

For everything you've been through
Has come at a cost;

There is good in the bad,
You have won and not lost;

I have set you here, love,
And you shall I keep;

Do not lose hope,
And please do not weep.
MY THOUGHTS -
Seriously, I can not really put into words just how beautiful this book and the poems within it is. This book is so amazing. Diamante Lavendar nailed it. If you (or anyone you are close to) have ever been abused or ever suffered under another's hand you will understand.

I was a victim of spousal abuse years ago (I am now remarried to a wonderful man who would never hurt me). This is what I felt. This is what I went through. Diamante' was taking what was inside me and putting it on paper! This was so real for me.
Taking away all the personal feelings - this was just a beautiful book. I loved every poem, they are so heartfelt. They spoke to me. They started out sad and EVERY one brought tears to my eyes! Then as the book goes on you could see the healing process. One of the titles says it all - Let Go and Let God Lead.
Another part that I really loved that doesn't have anything to do with the poems but shows the attention to detail - There are branches on every page. In the beginning they are bare then in the middle they have little buds on them then at the end they are in full bloom. I just love this idea, it shows the progress that she went through. 

I asked for a print copy of the book instead of an e-book because I knew this was going to be a keeper. This is one definitely worth your time - it will work its way into your heart - it did mine!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Poetic Book Tours Thank You!
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7/12/17

His Guilt - Interview with Shelley Shepard Gray! With a Giveaway!


Author Interview! -

1.  What was your first book? Tell us a little about it.

The first book I published for Avon Inspire was called HIDDEN. It was first published in 2008. Oh, I was so worried about incorporating all the ‘right’ details about the Amish in this book! I remember looking up almost everything and feeling frustrated because I got so many varied answers. The book is still one of my favorites because it was so different than any other Amish romance I had read. It was about Anna, an Englischer girl who goes into hiding in an Amish B&B.

2.  How has your writing evolved since you first started writing?

I feel like I’ve become a better writer. I take more chances now with both plot and characters. I’ve learned to let the characters tell the story that they want me to tell. I’ve also learned to accept advice from both my critique partners and my editors. If they say something isn’t working, I go back and rework the story.

3.  Of all your books-which one is your favorite? And why?

My favorite Amish romance has been A SISTER’S WISH because it featured a girl in love with her older brother’s friend. I’ve just always been a fan of that plot. I’ve published over 60 books, but I would have to say that my favorite is a western called A TEXAN’S HONOR. It’s a fast-paced, western romance that starts with a train robbery and goes on from there. I loved writing it. It’s one of the few novels I’ve written where I completely lost track of time.













4.  And again, of all your books-which one was the most difficult to write and why?

Boy, this is a tough question for me! I’m a fast writer, but I’m not a confident writer. So, most of the time while I’m writing a book, I’m sure it’s terrible. In that way, a lot of my books are difficult for me. That said, the most difficult was a novel called THE CAREGIVER. It featured an abused heroine and a secondary plot about the heroine’s best friend, who was undergoing cancer treatment. I took both of those issues very seriously and wanted to do the characters’ justice. That meant I did lots of research and read lots of blogs written by women dealing with either spousal abuse or cancer treatment. I probably get my most reader mail about this book-a lot of people have liked it. I did a lot of crying while writing it, though!


5.  I have read so many of your books and have loved them all. But this one…I think this is one of my favorites. I just loved the characters and it felt so much more edgy and real to me.

Thank you! I really have enjoyed writing this series because the books and plots are very different than my usual romances. For HIS GUILT, I liked the challenge of writing about a hero who had a dark, secretive past. I really felt sorry for him - even though I made him up. I wanted to make the reader be on his side with me, even when many of the other characters in the book weren’t sure whether to trust him or not.

6.  How did you come about choosing and developing the characters? And without giving too much away-how did you come to developing this story-line? 

When I first researched Hart County, KY, I learned that the Amish there owned and worked in a lot of greenhouses. So, I knew I wanted my heroine to work there. I also wanted her to kind of be anyone’s next door neighbor-kind of girl. Approachable and nice. After I got her figured out…I started wondering what kind of man would both attract her and make her wary at the same time. And that’s how I came up with Mark Fisher. Everything kind of went on from there.

7.  Lastly (again without giving too much away) tell us a little about the next book ( and about writing the next book) in the series-The Gift. Please tell us something that we don’t already know, something that is not in the blurb.

Oh, this is a fun question! Here are two details that aren’t in the blurb.
One is ‘the gift’ doesn’t refer to a present. It stands for something else.
The second is that a good portion of the book takes place in Horse Cave…and here I don’t mean Horse Cave, KY. I mean underground, in the actual cave. And yes, I went down into the cave myself. It was damp and kind of creepy…even in the middle of the afternoon. My characters aren’t real thrilled to be there!
I hope everyone will enjoy it, and HIS GUILT, too.  

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Chapter 1
Horse Cove, Kentucky
August 4

He was watching her again.
As she handed her customer change across the counter of the Blooms and Berries nursery, Waneta Cain did her best to pretend that their newest employee was not inordinately interested in everything she did. He was simply observant.
Surely, it was just her imagination playing tricks on her anyway. Mark Fisher was probably trying to see how she handled the checkout counter. She used to watch Mr. Lehmann all the time when she’d first started at the nursery.
That had to be the reason.
“Thanks for your help, Neeta,” Mr. Killian said, interrupting her thoughts. “I’d be lost without you.”
“I’m simply glad I could help ya,” she told the Englisher with a bright smile as he lifted his box of seedlings from the wide well-worn countertop. “See ya soon.”
The man tipped his ball cap. “You sure will if I can’t get these to bear fruit. Wish me luck.”
“Good luck and good blessings, too.” After helping him with the door, she let it close behind her with a satisfying thunk.
She chuckled to herself. That Mr. Killian was a terrible gardener but a frequent customer. She sincerely hoped that one day he would develop that green thumb he wanted so badly.
“Do you always act that way?”
A shiver coursed through her as she turned.
Meeting Mark’s dark-brown eyes, which seemed to be studying her intently, she struggled to appear calm. “Like what?”
Mark stepped away from the row of metal shelves located in the back of the store. He’d been unpacking boxes and restocking shelves for the last hour. Methodically sorting and organizing merchandise while she helped customers. “Like they’re your friends,” he replied. “Like you’re so happy to see them.” Stepping closer, he lifted his shoulder. “Is that how you really are… or is that just an act?”
She didn’t care for the way he seemed to be insinuating that she wasn’t genuine. “It’s not an act. Mr. Killian is in her a lot. He’s nice. We are friends.”
“He’s English and must be fifty years old.”
“I don’t see how that matters. I can like people who are different than me.”
“Maybe you can. But you were sure smiling at him a lot. Or do you do that on purpose? To make sure that he will return?”
His question made her uncomfortable, but his sarcastic tone made her angry. “I don’t know why you are asking such things. I really don’t like what you are suggesting. I’m not doing anything out of the ordinary or smiling at customers in any special way. I’m just being my regular self.”
“Huh. So you treat everyone with smiles and kindness. You are friends with all sorts of people. Even people who are different from you. Except me.”
“I’ve been perfectly amiable to you,” she retorted. Except, of course, that was a lie.
“I don’t think so,” Mark murmured. “I’ve been her seven hours, four of them barely six feet away from you.”
She knew that. She’d known exactly where he was every moment they’d been together. “And?”
“And during all that time you’ve hardly said ten words to me. You sure aren’t smiling at me.”
She opened her mouth, closed it again. What could she say? He wasn’t wrong.
Mark stepped closer, invading her space. She could see the fine brown hairs on his forearms now. Noticed that he hadn’t shaved in a day or two.
“Is it because I was taken in for questioning?” he asked quietly, his dark-brown eyes watching her, as if he feared she would run. “Or, is it just me? Do you not want anything to do with me, Waneta?”
Her palms were sweating. She fisted both as she tried to come up with an answer. He was right on all accounts. She was uneasy around him.
Fact was, Mark Fisher was a large man. Tall and well-muscled. He had a rough way about him, too. It was disconcerting.
Of course, she’d always felt uneasy around him. He’d been an angry teenager, always glaring and short-tempered with most everyone. After he finished school, he’d worked for a few people around town. Rumor had it that his brother, Calvin, had taken off as soon as their mother did. Mark had even lived in Mr. Lehmann’s home for a time, until he was taken in for questioning about Bethany’s assault.
And after he was questioned, then let go for insufficient evidence, he disappeared for two years.
Now he was back.
Mr. Lehmann assured her that Mark hadn’t done anything wrong, but a lot of people in the community still believed that he was the masked man who’d beaten Bethany Williams. It wasn’t much of a stretch. Bethany had told lots of people that her assailant was over six feet tall and was very strong. But she also said she wasn’t able to identify the man.
Few other details had circulated after that. Then Bethany and her family moved up north, practically the moment she was released from the hospital.
Realizing Mark was still waiting, Waneta said, “I haven’t spoken to you much because we don’t’ know each other.”
His eyes narrowed. “But that’s not really true. We knew each other once. We did go to the same Amish school.”
“You were ahead of me in school. We hardly talked then.” He was only three years older than herself, but they were miles apart in terms of how they’d lived their lives. He’d also been the kind of boy she’d been a little scared of. He was rough and always seemed so angry.
For a second, he looked dumbfounded. “So, you do remember.”
“Of course I remember you and your brother, Calvin. Our school wasn’t that big, Mark.” Feeling pretty good about how self-assured she was sounding, Neeta folded her arms across her chest. “But that was a long time ago. Years have gone by.”
“Yeah. You’re right,” he said slowly. “Years have gone by. Practically a whole lifetime.”
He sounded so sad. She wondered what was going through his head. Did he regret hurting Bethany? And what had been doing for the two years since it all happened? Why had he even come back to Horse Cave? Surely, there were other, far better places to start over.
The door jangled as a couple came in. Like Mr. Killian, they were regular customers. James and Katie Eicher were Amish and lived on a large farm on the outskirts of town.
Glad for the reprieve, she smiled at them. “Hiya, Katie. James. How can I help you?”
Just as Katie was about to answer, her husband put a hand on her arm. “Go wait in the buggy, Kate.”
Katie looked at her husband in confusion, then blanched when she caught sight of Mark. Without a word, she turned and walked back out the door.
When it closed again, James glared at Mark. “What are you doing here?”
Mark lifted his chin. “I work here.”
“Is that true, Neeta?” James asked. “Did Henry actually hire him?”
“Jah. Today is Mark’s first day.” Unsure how to handle his anger, she cleared his throat. “Now, um, how may I help you?”
“Where is Henry?”
She looked around the room, which was a ridiculous exercise, seeing as it was perfectly obvious that Mr. Lehmann was not there.
“He’s out back,” Mark said, pointing to one of the four large greenhouses behind the retail store. “You want me to go get him for ya?”
“I don’t want you to do a thing for me,” James said. “I’ll go find him myself.”
Mark rocked back on his heels. “Suit yourself.”
Neeta winced at his flippant tone.
James, however, looked irate. Pointing a finger at him, James said, “I’m telling you now, Fisher. You stay far away from my wife. Don’t talk to her. Don’t even look at her.”
Instead of looking cowed, the corners of Mark’s lips lifted. “Or what?”
“Or I’ll do everything I can to ensure that you leave here for good.”
Mark narrowed his eyes. “Are you threatening me?”
Ignoring Mark again, James turned to her. “I can’t believe you are working in here with him. Do your parents even know?”
Before she could say that they did not, James strode out the door. It slammed in his wake.
For a good couple of seconds, Neeta stared at the door. She tried to calm herself, especially since she’d just realized that her hands were shaking.
Why was she so rattled? Was it because she was afraid of Mark Fisher?
Or because James’s anger had been so scorching?
“You never answered him,” Mark said from behind her, startling her out of her dark thoughts. “Do your parents know that you are working here with me?”
“Nee.”
“Why not?” he asked. “Is it because you’re afraid that they’ll want you to stay far, far away from the dangerous Mark Fisher, too?”
Before she could answer, the door opened again. This time it brought in Mr. Lehmann.
He looked from Mark to her and signed. “I came to check on how you two are doing after James Eicher’s visit. It doesn’t look like you’re doing too gut.”
“I’m fine, Mr. Lehmann,” she said. “But, um, well, it’s four o’clock.”
“Which means it’s time for you to get on him,” he said with a kind smile. “Grab your things and get on your way. We’ll see you tomorrow.”
She smiled weakly as she turned toward the back storage room, where her belongings were stowed. For the first time since she’s started working at the nursery, returning to work filled her with dread.
She didn’t trust Mark. Worse, she didn’t trust herself when she was around him.
Excerpt from His Guilt by Shelley Shepard Gray. Copyright © 2017 by Shelley Shepard Gray. Reproduced with permission from HarperCollins. All rights reserved.
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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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7/11/17

His Guilt - Shelley Shepard Gray


5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
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?

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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MY THOUGHTS - 
Excellent as always! This is my 8th book from her. Shelley Shepard Gray has risen to the top of my favorite authors! She is always one I look for when new books are coming out. And I always sign-up to review or purchase her books - its a no-brainer! If it's from Shelley - its going to be great!

I especially loved this one! I am not sure exactly what it was about it. The characters were great. I loved Neeta (Waneta) she just had this simple goodness about her. And I even loved Mark. I know you are not supposed to like him right away, he has a past, a poor upbringing and was accused of beating a woman to death years ago, then it starts happening again. I know we are suppose to be leery of him but I just liked him and trusted him.

I also really liked the little romance blossoming (for two couples!) it was just so sweet, gave me chillbumps a couple times. I just love sweet, clean romances like this and Shelley puts a bit of suspense and shady characters in the mix for a perfect recipe for Amish Fiction.

Her books are always so real for me. They are not all fairy-tale-ish. They are real life. People down on their luck, drugs, alcohol, abuse and even murder. They are gritty, edgy, and daring for Christian fiction! As long as Shelley keeps writing them, I will keep reading them.

Please come back tomorrow to check out my interview with this great author about this book, the next one in the series - The Gift, and her books in general! It's a great interview!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Litfuse Thank You!

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