Thursday, April 28, 2016

A Son's Vow

GIVEAWAY

GRAY, SHELLEY SHEPARD
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 Review:

A poignant start to an exciting new series by one of my favourite authors. Gray knows how to get to the heart of the matter and, in the process, turn my dedicated reader's heart inside out!

Darla finds herself in the midst of so much angst and uncertainty at a time when fresh grief makes everything more unbearable. She's trying to cope on her own but Lukas is determined to change that.
Gray knows how to portray real life in all it's messiness so be prepared for a tumultuous read.

I sank into this story -- savouring the sweet essence of a lifelong friendship and the hope of using that as a foundation towards something much deeper. But, oh my goodness,  the obstacles -- both physical and emotional that stand in their way!

The viewpoints of two secondary characters heighten the tension and add to an already angst-riddled plot. The inspirational message of grace and forgiveness took my breath away. So expertly woven into the fibre of the characters and their stories but not in a preachy way. An uplifting and heart-stirring read.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  A Son's Vow please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday May 1 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

30 comments:

  1. This sounds really great. My sister reads a lot of Amish fiction and I've read some of her books.

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    1. Shelley Shepard Gray is one of my favourite Amish authors. Good luck, J.C.

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  2. I haven't read this author's Amish stories but I really enjoyed Whispers in the Reading Room. Thanks for your review- they always make me want to read the book!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. She's such a versatile author, isn't she? Good luck, Heidi.

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  3. I enjoy Shelley's books and look forward to this one. Thanks for sharing your review.
    steveandellengray(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Ellen. Good luck.

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  4. I'm a fan of Shelley's books as well, especially her Amish books and this one is special to me because I live in Ohio and because I visit the Amish town of Middlefield on a regular basis. Keeping my fingers crossed. Thanks Kav!
    dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. Oh -- that's exciting -- this one will come to life for you then. Good luck, Diane.

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  5. Sounds really interesting. All of Shelley's books are great and she one of my favorite authors. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of her book.

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    1. She's amazing and I love this new series. Good luck, Karen.

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  6. This one sounds like a must read! Thank you, Kav! mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  7. Have it on my kindle will be reading soon.

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  8. I love Shelley's Amish books. This sounds like a wonderful new series that I would love to read. I haven't read about the Middlefield Amish community yet.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. It's a promising start for sure. Shelley's books are always wonderful. Good luck, Maryann.

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  9. I always enjoy reading Amish Fiction and Shelley Shepard Gray is a favorite.

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  10. Sounds good, always fun to start a new series!

    Pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. I love Shelley's books and am looking forward to starting this series. I am reading two Amish books right now. I would love to read this.

    Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

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    1. So many great Amish books out there, aren't they? Good luck, Deanne.

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  12. I didn't know about this new series - really looking forward to it!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. I always look forward to reading anything by Shelley Shepard Gray. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  13. Sounds like a great read for my summer break from school. I'd love to read this!
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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    1. Ah -- summer breaks and reading -- the perfect combination. Good luck, Susanlulu.

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  14. It sure sounds like a great book! Thanks for featuring it!

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome. Good luck, Samantha.

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  15. Love her books and your review!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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