Thursday, January 28, 2016

Review: A Son's Vow by Shelley Shepard Gray AND Guest Post

A Son's Vow
By Shelley Shepard Gray
Series: The Charmed Amish Life, Book 1
ISBN: 9780062337795
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
Publisher: Avon Inspire
Reviewed from: an eARC provided by the publisher--thank you Avon!
Purchase Notes: I have since ordered a copy for my library

About 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?

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Guest Post--Day in a Writer's Life by Shelley Shepard Gray

Day in a Writer’s Life

By 8:00 or 8:30 each morning, I’m in office. We have two dachshunds. One’s name is Butch, and though I did the interviews and completed all the paper work to adopt him, he loves my husband the best. So if Tom is in town, Butch is always by his side. Luckily our 13 year old dachshund Suzy is my faithful companion. Usually around 8:30, I tell Suzy that it’s time to go to work. She goes to her basket of squeaky toys, pulls one out, and leads the way to the basement. After squeaking happily for a few minutes, she darts under her blanket and sleeps for 6 hours.

I, on the other hand, do email, FB, Twitter, and whatever else that needs to be done. If I have trips planned, I usually work on booking hotel reservations or attempting to get my calendar in order. Or I’m corresponding with my assistant Laurie or my publicist at Harper. Both of them are far more organized than me and usually get things accomplished in a more timely manner.

10:00 am. Time for more coffee! It’s also time to write. I usually try to write 10-12 pages a day. A few years ago, I started writing down my page goal, and now I’m fanatical about that. I write down my ten numbers and carefully cross out each page that I complete. I usually listen to music and type away.

12:30 Time for a break! I take the dogs out, fuss with the house, either get something to eat or convince myself not to eat. Then, do about another hour of emails.

2:00 pm. My office has no windows, so depending on the time of year, I’ll either finish my pages
there, or transfer everything outside! I’ll finish up my pages and work by 4:00.

Days where I don’t have to do anything but write are my favorite work days. However, these
only happen about twice a week. Because of my publishing schedule (this year I have 6 books +
two novellas out) I always have revisions or line edits or promotion work for one book or another. That means I have constant deadlines. I need to complete everything in a timely manner so everyone else can do their job! Because of that, many of my days are revisiting books and completing edits, writing blogs, or planning for an interview or book party.

So, pretty much this is my day! It’s really not all that exciting, but it is extremely gratifying. Whenever I have a chance to describe my daily routine, I am reminded how thankful I am! I’ve got the best job in the world, and I really love being a writer.

What Did I Think About A Son's Vow?

A tale of love, forgiveness and trying to begin again when the unthinkable, A Son's Vow is a compelling read. It has been quite some time since I have read an Amish centered story, so I was not sure what to expect. This one drew me in and kept my attention throughout. For Darla, knowing that her father's actions resulted in the death of so many (including his) is a extremely trying thing. For the Kinsinger siblings, loosing their own father in the fire has caused a range of emotions. For Lukas, he has to be step up and hold his family together, while also battling his own grief. 

There is a fascination with the Amish way of life for most people, and they wonder how this story reads--is it authentic, would these characters really go to the extremes that they do? While I am not Amish, I am a human. I cannot help but think if I were in the same situation, I would be experiencing the same depth of emotions conveyed by Ms. Gray. At the heart of the novel--love and forgiveness, rings true no matter how you live your life. 

Meet Our Author, Ms. Gray:

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 Hold 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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