Monday, December 4, 2017

The Gift

GIVEAWAY
GRAY, SHELLEY SHEPARD
THE GIFT

New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepherd Gray gifts us with a special Christmas story about love and blessings in this next book in her 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 cause her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into an icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous "accidents" that someone wants the family 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 kindhearted and bold, and Neil can't stop thinking about her pretty green eyes.

While Neil believes the accidents are just chance, Susanna's father is convinced that the Vance family is responsible. yet Susanna can't imagine 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 in uncover the truth before someone gets hurt...or worse.

My Review:

Reading a Shelley Shepard Gray book is like a glorious homecoming. There's comfort and familiarity paired with the unexpected of a new story. The thrill of discovery spikes my anticipation and once I start reading I can't stop until I reach the end. Which is exactly what happened with The Gift. Consumed in one sitting followed by the letdown of having finished far too soon.

The suspense is subtle -- a series of unexpected accidents that no one wants to take seriously except for Susanna and her sisters. And they are already adjusting to a difficult transition to their new home in Hart County. Unearthing the reason behind the surprising hostility the Amish community harbors against them is just the beginning of the mystery.

Neil and Susanna's friendship gets off to a rocky start. It's Neil who has to dig deep and reflect on the emotions that fuel his anger and ultimately his behavior. It's a powerful awakening that brings depth to the story. There's also a surprise (and very sweet) secondary romance  All woven into a suspenseful plot that kept me turning pages.

Amish + Suspense + Christmas = a dream of a read!

My thanks to Avon Inspired and Litfuse Publicity Group for providing me with a copy of this book.


GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you wold like a chance to win a copy of The Gift, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday December 10 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

41 comments:

  1. I won this on a Goodreads giveaway but haven't read it yet. I think it's part of a series with "Her Secret" being #1 and "His Guilt" being #2, but I've read somewhere that they can stand alone. Knowing me though, I will read them all in order, lol!

    Thanks for the review. I've only read her straight Amish novels before and loved them. I'm sure these are just as good. :-)

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    1. Yes -- book three in the Amish of Hart County series but easily reads as a standalone. Hope you get to read them soon.

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  2. Oooh, this sounds like a good one. Amish + Suspense + Christmas...definitely a winner. I would love to win a copy. Thank you for the chance.

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.
    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. I love that combo too. Good luck, Cindy.

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  3. I know how you feel when you don't want a book to end! I am looking forward to this one!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. It's glorious and frustrating all at the same time. LOL Good luck, rubynreba.

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  4. All of her books are great reads. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. No matter what genre she writes! Good luck, Kim.

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  5. Amish, Suspense,and Christmas....a great trio! Thank you,Kav! mauback55 at gmail dot com

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

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  6. Hi Kav,

    I have all the books in this series but this one. I would love to add this one to the ones I already have.

    Have a great day!

    dandtdearing {at} roadrunner {dot} com

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    1. And there seems to be more coming out! Yay for us! Good luck, Tammi.

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  7. I am currently reading this book, which I am enjoying! I had read/liked the two prior books in this series, which is a little bit different with suspense plus Amish, although not scary suspense. No need to enter me. Thanks!

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    1. Glad you're enjoying it, CC. I love the unusual combination and the way this author works the suspense into her stories.

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  8. I always enjoy Shelley's books and this one has everything I like about her books. Thanks for the review and the chance.
    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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    1. She's a not to be missed author. Good luck, Pam.

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  9. Thank you for your review. Your statement - Amish + Suspense + Christmas = a dream of a read! says it all. It's everything I love in a book and I love the author as well. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  10. I’m looking forward to this one. I’ve enjoyed Shelley’s books in the past. Thanks paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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  11. Looks Great, I've heard of this book and this Author but have never read any of her books yet.
    Thanks for the chance.
    iamabho AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Oooohhh - Here's the perfect opportunity to check her out. Good luck, Linda.

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    2. Right Thanks for the chance :)

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  12. I've caught a few reviews of The Gift, and it looks stunning! Not entering, but appreciating. Thanks for sharing Kav!

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    1. Thanks for appreciating, Kelly. :-)

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  13. I love Shelley's books, thank you for the chance to win a copy of "The Gift".

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. I do too. Try never to miss one. Good luck, Wendy.

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  14. Wonderful. Thank you. teshawATsbcglobalDOTnet

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

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  15. Count me in

    melodybissonnette AT gmail DOT com

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  16. I love Shelley’s books. Thank you for the chance.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I do too and I am amazed at how many she produces in a year. Happy though. Good luck, Lucy.

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  17. I'm ready for a Christmas book! Include me, please, Kav! :)

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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    1. Tis the season! Good luck, Cheryl.

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  18. Please add my name in for this one. I've seen several reviews and it sounds wonderful! Thanks for your review and giveaway.
    d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  19. I blame (or commend?) you for my love of all things Shelley Shepard Gray! I finally completed the last book in her Charmed Amish Life series last month and almost felt a sadness in leaving that community. Luckily for all of us, she always has a new book to read or her hefty back list. tlhcoupon(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Guilty as charged and proud of it. :-) Glad you are loving her books too. Good luck, Terrill.

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  20. I read the first 2 but haven't checked out this one yet!
    Dianna

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