A Son’s Vow

A Son’s Vow

A Son’s Vow (Avon Inspire, January 2016)

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?

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.

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  • Absolutely amazing! A Son’s Vow, by: Shelley Shepard Gray
    A Son’s Vow is book one in The Charmed Amish Life by Shelley Shepard Gray. This is not your typical Amish romance book. Shelley has skillfully written a heart touching story.

  • A Son’s Vow was a very interesting book to read and I found it hard to set down. I did actually read it in one day! I really liked the main characters, Darla and Lukas. It was difficult to watch as Darla received bad treatment from certain townspeople and also abusive treatment from her brother. I so wanted her to stand up for herself, but could understand her fear of doing so.

    Lukas was absolutely wonderful! Did he always handle everything correctly? No. Did he know what steps should really be taken to help in Darla’s situation once he was aware of it? Not really. He had some learning to do and he put his all into trying to make things right. I really liked the development of the relationship between these two people.

  • Shelley Shepard Gray hits the nail on the head, every time! She has a real knack for writing fiction any time I see a chance to read her latest I jump on it quickly. She has a rather large fan following because she writes in a way that draws you in immediately and her writing holds on to you till the last page. She is a really great writer!

  • This book was exceptional!

    It was my bedtime when I decided to read just a few chapters of this book to relax. The next thing I knew, I was turning the last page and it was the wee hours of the morning! It has been quite a while since I’ve become so engrossed in a book that I’ve lost track of time.

  • What a blessing it was to step into the town of Charm. Not because it was charming, though it is, and not because everyone and everything is perfect, it was not. And trouble? Yes there was that, too. But the people were human. I saw myself and my friends in the faces of Charm. They had the same goals, dreams, anxieties and distress we all have. Death and rejection change people, as do love and good fortune. As Darla, Luke, their families and friends battle with everyday living, there are glimpses of hope of a brighter day dawning, of lives changing, and of bad habits being dealt with in healthy ways. We glean wisdom from others through the characters, and I was sorry to leave Charm at the end of the story. And we all know that just because the story in a book comes to an end, does not mean the story is over. I look forward excitedly to read more about their lives.

  • This is the beginning of a new series by author Shelley Shepard Gray called “Charmed Amish Series” Everything was going okay in Charm until the day there is a fire and 5 men get killed. Darla Kurtz and her family have the worst time because it was first believed that her father started the fire. Some people took it out on her even though her father also dies.

  • This is an amazing read! A MUST READ!

    I loved the happiness and Joy that was part of the ending of this book. I love it when people pull together for each other and look out for those they love. This had the best well rounded characters and the story as not like all the Amish books out there you will read something that I bet you have never read about in Amish books. I wish that I could share this book with everyone I know.

    Love trumps everything. You are going to be glued to this book from page one.

    I gave this book 5 stars. I highly recommend this book and I can’t wait to read book two in the Charmed Amish Life series.

    I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

  • A Sons Vow by Shelley Shepard Gray was another great book. I love all of the books about the Amish that Shelley has written, but if I am honest, this book has to be one of my favorites.

  • I enjoy reading Shelley Shepard Gray and so I was not disappointed with this new book in her The Charmed Amish Life series. I started reading it as soon as the book arrived at the house and did not put it down until I was finished. Once you begin reading the story it draws you in and holds you fast. The characters were not your traditional everything is perfect in our world Amish family. Darla’s brother Aaron had some issues with anger management and as a reader you sat anxiously ready for the big explosion. This book was filled with a lot of anger, judgement, forgiveness, handling of grief that all centered around a fire that killed five men at the mill. Each character in the story interlocks with all the other characters of the story in their personal journey through the grief that accompanies tragic deaths. The characters emotions were raw and real and the characters came alive on the page, which is the mark of a great writer. If you enjoy reading Amish fiction, this is definitely a “must read”.

  • Shelley has done a magnificent storytelling job with this new novel. Already a master at her craft, she takes it up a notch with this dramatic and heart-wrenching story. Her characters are personable and fully defined as folks you would want to get to know as friends and neighbors. And while this is a sometimes sad story, there is joy and love intertwined throughout the tale that gives reader much hope for a “charming” ending.

    “A Son’s Vow” is a brilliant beginning to what promises to be a much anticipated series of novels! I look forward to the next installment, “A Daughter’s Dream.”

  • Shelley Shepard Gray consistently delivers skillfully-written stories of hope and grace, and A Son’s Vow is no exception. Engaging and honest, this is deeper than a romance and so much more than marketing for an Amish utopia. It’s beautiful, it’s creative, it’s witty, and it’s real. In my opinion, it doesn’t get much better!

  • Can you see me happy dancing from there…? Another book… and another series from the amazing Shelley Shepard Gray! YAY! YAY! YAY!

    And talk about starting things off with a bang!

    A tragic accident…

    The blame game…

    A somewhat ostracized daughter…

    And thrown into the midst of this storm… romance!

    And WOW!

    Shelley does not disappoint! She brings us an intriguing new series with characters whose pain we will feel deeply.
    Don’t miss a single book of this new series. I know I don’t intend to!

  • When tragedy strikes, a community is often left to grieve and heal. Whether they do so alone or together is up to each person to decide. The community of Charm is devastated by the fire, and their loved ones are struggling to move forward and heal.

    People handle grief in different ways, and the characters in A Son’s Vow reflect that variety. Touching on tough issues like forgiveness, abuse, and responsibility, these characters and their experiences could easily be you and me, our families and friends…

  • Cindy Patterson says:

    I am so excited that Shelly’s new book is out. Can’t wait to read it. Thank you Shelly Shepard Gray for sharing your books with us readers.

  • That’s what makes Shelley Shepard Gray’s newest book A Son’s Vow one of the best Amish stories I’ve read in years: her characters face incredibly realistic problems, yet their faith shines through brightly. Nobody will mistake Gray’s new cast of characters as living with rosy glasses on; in one way or another, everyone is facing problems head-on. These problems take Amish fiction to a new level: we’re no longer talking only about love, but about physical abuse and forgiveness and abandonment.

    Gray deals with these deep topics with wisdom and compassion. I appreciate the way that her characters took time to determine a Biblical course of action. They stood up for others, whether the people attacking them were Amish or English.

  • A Son’s Vow has the elements of a great drama without all the extra mumbo-jumbo. At the heart of the story is a deep tragedy — the explosion at a local mill that killed five men from the Charm community. Devastated, two young friends (Darla and Lukas) must figure out how to move on with life. The book, the first in the series, seemed quite short despite its 288 pages. I felt like the story just flew by me.

    At the front of the book is a hand-drawn map, reminiscent of Lord of the Rings or something. I loved it! So many times I have a hard time visualizing the exact dimensions of a fictional town, and this map perfectly fit into my mind.

  • This book is wonderful! I love how the characters come to life and that the story moves along at a nice clip, so it is hard to want to put it down.;) The main characters are very like able. I’m already looking forward to the next book in the series!

  • Shelley Shepard Gray has hit is out of the park again with this book in a new series. The characters in this book were very likeable. I felt bad for Darla and how the town was treating her after the accident. So she had not only her own grief to deal with but the anger of the town as well as trying to raise her family. The author did a good job in developing each of the characters and the descriptions she used were good as well. After reading this you will want to stop by Charm and have a visit. This is going to be a series to remember. I am looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book and who we will meet.

  • Once again Shelley has made an entertaining story with interesting characters in this first book of the Charmed Amish Life Series. In this story we see a town that has suffered a big loss and are all still grieving but deal with it in different ways. One young man is hurting inside, since he doesn’t know how to deal with his grief he ends up taking his anger out on his family and friends. Judgemental attitudes and forgiveness are also big issues that are dealt with.

  • This is the first in a series by Shelley Shepard Gray. As with most series, the first book is introducing a lot of characters. So it might take little bit to keep everyone straightened out at first. But soon you connect everyone together. I was honestly more interested in one of the other characters than the main character. i felt that this other story line was more engaging and I am curious to know what happens next. This is what is great about a series–readers will relate to certain characters more and many people will be able enjoy the series.

  • At 262 pages, A Son’s Vow is a fast-paced, emotional read from beginning to end. Shelley Shepard Gray works her magic to craft a wonderful tale with the powerful message of love and healing. I thought the main plot was intriguing and the characters were beautifully written. Overall, I enjoyed reading a A Sons’ Vow and I recommend it to others readers.

  • A Son’s Vow was an easy read with a little less depth than I’d prefer (especially given the circumstances of the story), but with a lovely emphasis on forgiveness, friends, and family.

  • Lukas Kinsinger is such a strong and compassionate hero! He fights for Darla throughout the entire course of this book, and that is my favorite thing about him. Despite all that he has been through since the fire that claimed his father’s life, he is able to put aside his grief and focus on making things better for Darla, and that is literally just the sweetest thing ever. Plus, he is just a wonderful older brother and an all-around great person, and that is why I love him as much as I do.

  • A SON’S VOW is the first book in Ms. Gray’s newest Amish series. It has several point of view characters, not just Lukas and Darla. The book was rather hard to read as it deals with loss and physical abuse and the depravity of mankind, although it was dealt with somewhat tactfully. I admired the way Lukas stood up for Darla — in a way. I admired that Darla had the strength to fight for herself instead of letting Lukas run all over her. She was a little spitfire at times.

    Written in Shelly’s unique voice I found myself tangled up in these characters lives.

  • Moments says:

    Charm, Ohio is the setting of this brand-new series and also a horrific tragedy that killed several men and left two friends trying to pick up the pieces and find their place in this town once again. “A Son’s Vow” is such a great start to this new series and I cannot wait for book #2 to be released.

  • Escape to the Amish community in Charm. It is a town trying to recover from a disaster. See the different personalities as they deal with their grief and try to pick up their lives again.
    There is hurt and anger, grief and loss as well as love, laughter and relationships.
    A Son’s Vow has something for everyone.

  • It was a change to read a story from Gray where things were’t all roses. Don’t get me wrong, I always enjoy her stories, but A Son’s Vow definitely has a different tone than most anything I’ve read in the Amish genre. Be on the lookout for this book and the books to follow in this new series.

  • The pain and emotions in this book felt very real. The tragedy was a pivotal moment in everyone’s life and would shape their future forever. Instead of grieving alone, they needed to learn to reach out to each other and open their hearts again, each on their own timetable. Most of all, this was a story about forgiveness and letting go of blame so healing could begin. “A Son’s Vow” is a very moving story that will touch your heart and make you want to wrap your arms around the residents of Charm.

  • Ms. Gray is one of my favorite authors-she has a talent for drawing me into the book, leaving me feeling like I personally know the characters and don’t want the story to end! She once again pulled me in to this wonderful new story, set in a small Ohio town named Charm. A horrible tragedy at the local mill left the community divided, and families in turmoil. Lukas and Darla, best friends for many years, feel a strain between them. As they work hard to heal their own families, they both struggle with their relationship.

  • I LOVED this first book, in Shelley’s new series. “A SON’S VOW” … It was complicated, yet simple, making all kinds of emotions rise to the surface. A story of sadness, family, faith, forgiveness and grace. A set of characters to love, identify with, and root for. Cannot wait for the next in her series! Ms. Gray never disappoints! 5* for this book….don’t miss out on this one!

  • Although Amish fiction is not my favorite genre, I know I can always depend on a good read when I pick up one of Shelley Shepard Gray’s novels. She has a unique approach that probes the depths of human emotions and brings her characters to life. I find it easy to empathize with each of them because their life situations are familiar despite the difference in culture.

    “A Son’s Vow” takes place during a time frame following a devastating fire that killed several men of the community. Although no evidence proved him responsible, Darla’s father was blamed for the accident by many residents. With so many affected by the fire, relationships have been strained, even those between once close friends like Darla’s friend Lukas.

  • This book is different from many Amish stories in that it puts abuse, physical and emotional, front and center. This is a difficult subject to tackle and I appreciate how Shelley approached it from the viewpoints of the abuser and the one being abused. The main character Darla… Read More >>

  • I found A Son’s Vow to be a fairly quick read, and enjoyable. Sometimes it was rather emotional; meaning, you may want to have your box of tissues handy. I know how one’s grief/anger/pain can deeply hurt the rest of the family when it is inappropriately displayed.

  • With forgiveness as it’s theme, A Son’s Vow is a book that delves deep into the grief of an entire community after a fire at a local lumber mill takes the lives of five Amish men. While forgiveness was the basis and the theme of the story, there are several side stories I would like to mention, and comment on. One was the relationship between Lukas and Darla, it was volatile and often he seemed too rough for my taste. Also, the unforgiveness of the community baffled me a bit. I realize that the Amish are like any other people, and have to work through their issues also, but since the advent and increasing popularity of Amish stories, we have seen that their custom is to forgive. So the unforgiveness did stump me a bit. This was not my favorite of Shelley’s books….

  • This is book #1 in the Charmed Amish Life series by Shelley Shepard Gray. This book is about a town that has been hit by tragedy of the town’s mill having an accidental fire and the death of 5 employees. This leaves the town and the families of the dead in mourning and trying to put their lives back……………………..

  • This book tackles domestic violence from an unusual angle. Darla’s brother is taking his grief and anger out on Darla, and leaving marks. Lukas tries to put a stop to it, but Aaron won’t listen to him. Aaron finally snaps and accosts someone else, forcing him to admit there’s a problem.

    I enjoyed this book. I particularly like the sideline of Hannah, the sweet Amish girl who works as a nanny for an “Englisher” couple. While she’s enjoying their baby boy, she’s also starting to appreciate the virtues of their handsome next door neighbor.

  • This is where I find that Shelley shines. Her Amish are not perfect. They have the same problems that you can see anywhere in any community. This book deals with abuse in a few forms, verbal and physical but don’t worry Shelley handles it with grace.

    I enjoyed this storyline and the new cast of characters.

  • You will become a page-turner on this one and hoping for the best for all concerned, and hoping life long friendships won’t be broken. It seems that while most of the community think that Henry Kurtz was the cause, and yes it was an accident, others feel it was the Kinsinger family, whatever caused this tragedy the survivors and broken and trying to find their way back to living and their faith.
    Come journey with this book, and I’m looking forward to the next in this series, and hopefully more answers will be forthcoming!

  • Overall, this book was a 4/5 star for me. Shelley did a great job addressing domestic violence and forgiveness throughout this book. I loved the additional story of Hannah and cannot wait to see if she is in a future story through out this series.

  • This one I truly enjoyed and as all of Shelley’s novels, they are always over much too soon. I simply want more because you find yourself so lost in the story it’s over before you know it and you have turned the last page. There are some great additions to this one beside the cute map within the front cover, There is a meet the author section, about the book and some great discussion questions just perfect for the book clubs! A bonus recipe is also included to make this truly a treat! For me, hands down a 5 out of 5 stars once again. Now I can’t wait for the next novel in this series!

  • Fic Gal says:

    I’ve never read this author before so the title got my attention. That happens a lot and for me it seems to work since I have pretty good luck when it comes to picking books I end up enjoying. I’ve also been seeing a lot of Amish fiction lately so I feel like it was just screaming at me to pick it up and read it.

  • Forgiveness, faith, healing and love is what you can find in this novel. It was a perfect reminder of faith in love. This novel will not disappoint at all!

  • 1 Six 1 Five says:

    A Son’s Vow is the first in a new Amish series by Shelley Shepard Gray. I was hesitant to sogn up for the blog tour for A Son’s Vow because I don’t really read Amish fiction anymore, except for Beverley Lewis, it has become the same ole’, same ole’. But I have enjoyed other books by Shelley so I thought to give it a shot and I am so glad I did. I actually really loved and enjoyed A Son’s Vow. And I love the cover of the book too.

    A Son’s Vow was a huge surprise and I can not wait for book #2 to release on May 24, 2016.

  • I read this book in one day. It was a nice cozy book with a lovely story. I liked how the romance developed naturally without being sappy sweet. Just a lovely, Amish story line. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

  • Shelley Shepard Gray is a noted author of Amish novels. She has many series that she has written and many books that I have read. “A Son’s Vow” is book one in the Charmed Amish Life Series. The setting for this story is an actual small town in Ohio, called Charm. I assume that the next books in the series will also be set in Charm, Ohio and will continue with stories about the families introduced in this first book of the series. This novel concerns the problems in the aftermath of a mill fire that killed five Amish men. This novel is one of forgiveness. The process by which the people of the town of Charm and the families involved in the accidental fire is inspiring. I always learn something from the stories written by Ms. Gray.

  • Shelley Shepard Gray has a great knack of writing a book about the Amish with a plot that transcends the setting and the faith of the characters. In this story, several characters in town were recently impacted by a deadly fire at the local mill that killed five Amish men. Each of the characters that were impacted were dealing with the grief in their own way, and not all in the healthiest of ways. As the story unfolds, they discover that pulling together after that devastating event that drove them apart will help them all heal. She writes such a captivating set of characters and as you join them on their journey of healing, it is hard to not feel a connection with the characters.

  • Do you like Amish fiction as much as I do? Amish fiction often reminds me that although I am washing lots of dishes, at least I have a dishwasher and although we have lots of clothes to wash that we get to use washers and dryers. I love to see how simple life can be even though I know that it would be so hard to live that life. The best is that things about this book applies no matter what type of life you lead. The families in the area are trying to get over the death of the five men in a local accident but many are pointing the fingers at others. The human emotions are a reality whether you are Amish or Englisher and any one can relate to the emotions that they are all going through. I enjoyed the great characters and wonderful writing so much!!

  • “.A Son’s Vow” is an exceptional story with exceptional characters that you care for and so want them to get together. I can hardly wait for book two.

  • A Son’s Vow is a compelling story that captivated me from beginning to end! Told with such strong emotion, my heart ached for the Kinsinger and Kurtz families. Lukas and Darla, as well as their families, are engaging characters and their journey is a beautiful example of love and forgiveness.

  • While this book had a good story with some unexpected twists, I never really felt I connected with the characters. That lack of connection made it difficult for me to really get into the book and the story being told.

    The town of Charm is 100 days removed from a mill fire that killed five men in the community. While some of the survivors have begun the process of moving on, some are still stuck in the tragedy and the actions that caused the fire. It is those that are still stuck in the past that cause drama and turmoil for the rest of the town.

  • Lovely new series! Although Shelley incorporates a wealth of sensitive issues (grief, anger, physical abuse, blame), the narrative isn’t especially deep – but other factors combine to make this a really good story. The heart and emotion of its characters are vividly conveyed, and the story’s length seemed just right. A Son’s Vow is not your typical Amish story, and that makes for a compelling read…While Lukas & Darla are the lead characters, they are surrounded by a great ensemble cast of family and friends. I love that we get to come back to familiar characters and see their development. Recommended.

  • EmpowerMoms says:

    The story was very well written with a steady pace and plot with many emotions surfacing like guilt, anger, forgiveness, love, and understanding. I especially liked Lukas’s character and how patient and persistent he was with Darla and her family members.

  • Shelley Shephard Grey hits it out of the ballpark once again. Her writing style pulls me in, and I feel as if I’m truly there. I could feel the heartache in Charm, and I could feel the emotional turmoil between Lukas and Darla. Lukas and Darla have a history together, and when her father is the cause of his father’s death (along with the others) it is almost too much to handle. The town is in pain, and the bonds of family and friend are also pained. Shelley Shepard Grey does a superb job capturing the essence of these tense relationships. From the dynamics between Darla and Lukas, and their kindling love despite all that has transpired, to the violence Darla endures at the hands of her emotionally distraught brother, Grey does a remarkable job at tying everything together and writing a wonderful and compelling story.

  • I thoroughly enjoyed A Son’s Vow by Shelley Shepard Gray.
    Since it’s book 1 in a new series I’m excited that some of the sub characters will join us again with their stories. I thought the little Charm was Charming. And I can’t wait to read more. This was an easy read as I was drawn into the story. The romance and the drama of domestic violence was a but of a culture shock to me but welcome. It’s not what I expected. But that’s what makes it a great story. I’m looking forward to more.
    I enjoyed the ‘twist’ in the Storyline/Title. It’s not what I expected.

  • I have always idealized the Amish as having less stress and generally being happy since they have less of society’s “burdens” within their communities.However, the more I read about the Amish through this author’s eyes, the more I realize that they do have the same troubles and struggles as everyone else.

    Anger and resentment over loss, unexpected happiness in the least expected place, and second chances are all part of this amazing story of families learning to forgive and move past mistakes.

    If you’re looking for a book to speak to you about the struggles we all have, but also provides hope in the midst of despair, then you’ll want to pick up this new series by Shelley Shepard Gray!Her writing is amazing and draws you in. You’ll feel like you’ve known her characters your entire life.

  • Wow! Acclaimed author Shelley Shepard Gray has done it again in her novel, A Son’s Vow. A tragic lumber mill accident killed five people in the local Amish community. This story is about several of the different people that it affects and how he or she deals with the situation.

  • At first, I wasn’t sure that I was going to love another Amish fiction book by an author I wasn’t very familiar with but I was drawn into the story right away.

    An accident at the mill jeopardizes friendships and families and a community. No one is quite sure how to rebuild their lives after the accident and relationships suddenly become tricky.

    I think you’ll enjoy this book–you’ll have to read it to see how it turns out! Shelley Shepard Gray writes skillfully and her characters are believable and real.

  • The small community of Charm, Ohio, is trying to recover from a tragedy…

    Shelley Shepard Gray has created another unique Amish fiction series, with character that will knock your socks off! Shelley knows how to write about serious subjects, for sure. In this first book of the series, five men have lost their live in an accident, and their families are suffering.

    The violence in this story is so real, I found myself cringing, but I loved how it was dealt with — and that’s all I’m going to say, so I don’t give too much of the story away.

    Don’t miss out on this new series.

  • I have to say that I had a hard time putting this novel down. Thanks to a day that was schedule free I was able to read it from cover to cover in a few hours. The plot and characters grabbed my attention from the first page. What a heartfelt novel that digs into your heart.

    I love that this author steps out of the box of the typical Amish Fiction writer. In this particular book she deals with physical abuse, anger, and deep grief. Also, the love of family, friends, and community and the healing we can bring if we can forgive one another no matter how much we hurt.

    The characters are very realistic and likable. A very emotional journey for all the characters that was truly complex stories of each character that lost a loved one. Shelley weaved the different characters together and their unique situations in a way that was heartfelt. I can’t wait for the next novel in this series.

  • …The Kinsinger family is a new favorite of mine and I’m anxious to read the next one’s story! :)….I always LOVE LOVE LOVE how Shelley adds animals into her stories and the Inspiration for this book was just as good as the story itself!…..

  • A completely beautiful Amish romance that is so much more! Woven with faith, healing, forgiveness, and love, A Son’s Vow is a much welcomed addition to my shelves!

  • The novel centers around Darla Kurtz as she deals with the countless dynamics that she must encounter after her dad dies is a factory fire (many in the town blame him for the fire and the deaths of four other men due to the fire) and then her mom abandons Darla and her siblings. Darla is a strong woman who continually focuses on doing what’s right. Unfortunately, she is living a fairly lonely life–her brother has serious anger issues and a weak work ethic, her sister isn’t all that helpful, and four other siblings are still pretty young and rely on Darla to care for and provide for them. Still, Darla stands firm and Gray has written this character not merely as a strong protagonist, but as a female with depth and personality.

  • A Rup Life says:

    I love how Gray weaves several character’s lives into a story. In this book Darla Kurtz’s father passes in a terrible accident that claims several other lives. The whole town is still mourning and often taking it out on Darla even though it has been several months. Darla takes the world on her own shoulders and has no one to count on. She is strong and independent but is missing out because she keeps all her troubles to herself. Enter long time friend Lukas who burst back into her life at possibly the best moment. He manages to save the day and gain her trust.

    This book has an adorable love story of childhood sweethearts but it also deals with death, abuse, coping and healing from loss. The physical abuse story line added an interesting twist to the overall story.

  • Amish fiction seems to be a “hot ticket” subcategory in Christian fiction these days. I don’t know if it’s because the Amish intrigue us or because we long for a simpler way of life, but I appreciate that Gray shows that no matter what group you are a part of, trouble can, and does, find you. I immediately felt for Darla, who lost her father to the fire that claimed 5 men of her community Besides the grief of losing her father, she has to help provide for her family, plus deal with the scorn of members of the community who basically ostracize her and openly blame her family for the tragedy. Not only that, but she also becomes the target for her brother’s anger. I also felt for Lukas, who lost his father as well, and is trying to mend his and Darla’s relationship.

  • Violence and abuse are not usually something we connect with Amish communities, but Amish have human frailties just as the rest of us do.

    Lukas, Darla’s friend since childhood, seems to have abandoned her. When he does finally reach out to her, the tension present between them makes it seem as if the friendship can’t be repaired. Because Lukas and Darla both have angry family members it won’t be easy to mend the wounds, but the two of them are determined to try.

  • This novel perfectly meshes multiple families that are all affected in different ways by the tragic event that happens at the local mill. All of the families have different ways of dealing with the pain, and this novel shows their journeys of healing together and showing forgiveness to each other.

  • A Book Lover says:

    This is the first book in the Charmed Amish Life series by Shelley Shepard Gray. The plot was interesting and had good subplot. The characters were okay. The subject matter and atmosphere of the book could be a little intense at times. I look forward to seeing where the series goes and how the characters develop.

  • This was a different kind of Amish book. The Amish are usually portrayed as being so forgiving, no matter what. But this portrays them as being human, maybe too human.

    I didn’t like all the abuse Aaron did, but Aaron finds forgiveness can solve problems.

    It did leave out what happened to Hannah when she shows up with a black eye in the company of an English man. That left me hanging. Maybe that will be addressed in book 2.

  • Book by Book says:

    Beginning the Charmed Amish Life series, A Son’s Vow introduces readers to the community of Charm, Ohio and offers an emotional and engaging story with great spiritual growth. Fans of Amish fiction will not be disappointed – I recommend it to interested readers.

  • I loved the characters of Lukas and Darla. They have so much raw emotion behind their words and actions and it made the story very enrapturing the more you read into the book. Its not exactly the same, but you get a little bit of Romeo and Juliet in this story with the feuding of families and lovers on opposite sides. It is a story that has been told a million times and will be told a million more, however this one is unique enough to keep your attention and desire to see what the next chapter unfolds. Will the two families stop their feuding and let the love grow between Lukas and Darla, or will the war continue? You will have to take a look to find out.

  • In this book we see families processing a tragedy and trying to work through it. The romance between Lukas and Darla cannot be denied but it is a tough road to travel. I am excited that this is a new series from Shelley Shepard Gray, because I really enjoyed the story and the characters. I want to find out what will happen to Hannah in the next book.

  • I found it interesting to read about Amish fiction in the book A Son’s Vow by Shelley Shepard Gray. The setting is in a Ohio Amish town called Charm. I adore the town and the characters in the book seeing their faithfulness with some unexpected twists. This was definitely a book I could not put down.

  • A wonderful story! I am very excited about this new series of Shelley’s. And I am equally excited to be apart of it.

    Shelley does wrap it up nicely in the end, but also leaves you wanting to know more about the characters and their families. I can’t wait to read the next one!

  • My heart went out to Darla because of the cruel treatment, and to make things worse, her brother launched out against the Kinsinger’s family because he thinks they are the blame. There were many twists and turns in this story, a lot of drama, hurt, tension, unforgiveness, not like your typical Amish story. Ms. Gray does an amazing job of weaving the dysfunctional community into a loving, forgiving and accepting community. This is one of those books that I had to read straight through without putting it down

  • Wonderful book. Easy read and definitely captures your attention. You’re going to love A Son’s Vow! And bonus it’s the first in a new series!

  • “A Son’s Vow” by Shelley Shepard Gray is another great Amish story. Charm is the name of the town where this story takes place. Darla is at the center of this story of love and hope. When there is a tragedy in town everyone blames her father. Now her life has suddenly become a horrible experience everyday. There are some that which to punish her over and over again. Lukas has been taking of his family. He decides that he has seen Darla being mistreated long enough so he tries to help her. As they help each other they get closer and closer . Will they be able to ever be the same again? Can thy get past the feelings of others? I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book by Litfuse Publicity Group and these are all my opinions.

  • This is an excellent beginning to a new Series Called The Charmed Amish life. Don’t expect Amish that are perfect and never do anything wrong. No these Amish act like human’s and have human attitudes like anger, grief, forgiveness. If you like your Amish to act like they are humans then you may want to check this series out.

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