“The Gift” by Shelley Shepard Gray

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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 hurts – or worse.

The Gift

Gray hits another one out of the park with her holiday offering, The Gift!  She really keeps you on the edge of Santa’s sleigh as you try to figure out whether the incidents surrounding Susanna are accidents – or something more dangerous.

The blossoming relationship between Neil and Susanna doesn’t happen smoothly.  It’s shadowed by increasingly dangerous problems, and I loved the realistic suspense that builds throughout the story.  Gray’s a fabulous writer, and her descriptions of the problems confronting the Schwartz family ring scary and true on each page.

I liked Susanna and Neil.  They were both likeable but not perfect, and they felt like they could be the neighbors up the street.  I love how she makes her characters feel so alive.  Somehow she had me cheering them on from the very first page.

I’m loving Gray’s Amish of Hart County series, and The Gift might just be my favorite one yet.  

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I received a free copy of this book from LitFuse Publicity.  All opinions are my own.

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