His Guilt

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His Guilt

His Guilt: The Amish of Hart County (Avon Inspire, July 2017)

A suspenseful tale of an Amish man who will risk all to protect the woman he loves

Mark Fisher has returned home to Hart County, determined to put the past behind him. Two years ago, after being wrongly accused of assault, he left the Amish community, though never forgot his home. When the one person who had helped him through his rough times asks for help, Mark returns. But it is pretty Waneta Cain who makes him want to stay…

Neeta is one of the few people in Hart County who doesn’t believe Mark is guilty of hurting anyone. However, his worldliness and tough exterior do make her uneasy. As she begins to see the real man behind all the gossip and prejudice, she wonders if he is the man for her.

Just when Mark starts to believe a new life is possible, a close friend of Neeta’s is attacked. Once again, everyone in the community seems to believe he is guilty. But what hurts most is Neeta’s sudden wariness around him. When another woman is hurt, a woman who is close to both Neeta and himself, Mark fears he knows the real culprit. And time is running out. Will Mark be able to find him before Neeta becomes his next victim?

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Reviews

  • Shelley Shepard Gray wins again with His Guilt. I started reading it on Sunday, and couldn’t put it down till I was done! Character development, as usual, is spot on, and the plot kept me guessing throughout.

    Recommended for anyone who enjoys Amish fiction, or mysteries, or both!

  • Best Reads says:

    Shelley Shepard Gray once again brings inspiration and hope into the lives of characters facing real and raw issues. But she doesn’t leave it there. She throws in a sinister suspense plot that kept me riveted right through to the hair-raising conclusion. A spellbinding read.

  • It is so different then other Amish fiction because there is a mystery that is happening while you are getting to know all of the great characters. It is wonderful to see all of the character growth and great writing in this book but solving the mystery was great! I didn’t know what was going to happen so I was on the edge of my seat and couldn’t wait to find out who did it!

  • Author Shelley Shepard Gray is one of my favorites. I have enjoyed each of her books that I have read and “His Guilt” is no exception.

  • Not your typical Amish fiction, His Guilt is sure to keep readers guessing! Shelley Shepard Gray is a wonderful storyteller, and she creates an ominous ambiance in this second Amish of Hart County story.

  • I love all of Shelley Shepard Gray’s books. She has a unique way of crafting a story that will touch in you in a way you never expected. I’m typically not a fan of mystery and intrigue but I fell in love with His Guilt. I love that it’s a redemptive story.

    You can read my full review here: http://chasraybooknerdcorner.blogspot.com/2017/07/his-guilt.html

  • Another well done story by Shelly. She has became one of my favorite Amish story writers. She absolutely knows how to write a good book.

  • I love Amish books but this one has such suspense along with the question of who dun’ it that once I started reading, I just couldn’t put it down. You just have to love a man who will lay it all down for his woman, to protect her and keep her safe. This is what Amish man, Mark Fisher does.

  • Although I enjoyed His Guilt, it wasn’t my favorite title from Gray. So many hints and obvious clues were given, I was tempted to skip right to the end to confirm my suspicions.

  • HIS GUILT is Ms. Gray’s second attempt at Amish romantic suspense. It is still written in Ms. Grays’s innocent, sweet style, so fans shouldn’t be too worried about this venture. And even though this is the second book in the series, it stands alone, but fans won’t want to miss Her Secret–the first book of the series.

  • The story deals with real-life issues that fit well into the book’s Amish setting but which those of us outside that culture can identify with as well.

  • Great characters and good storyline make this one a winner and one not to be missed.

  • GCC Bookworm says:

    Suspense. Drama. Romance. Twist and turns. Interesting characters set the stage for this Amish genre “His Guilt.” Not your typical Amish romance so settle into your comfy chair with a cool liquid refreshment and be ready to be spellbound!

  • Shelley Shepard fans will love this book! Filled with meaning and depth behind this story, be sure to grab it! The topic of forgiveness really touched my heart, especially as I have been dealing with some family issues. This book will really speak to you if you get invested into the characters. Purchase this book and add it to your summer reading list!

  • This book was captivating, suspenseful and had me hooked from the beginning. The characters were real and had a diversity that is easy to consider in any community.

  • “His Guilt” will no doubt capture your heart with the likeable characters, the sense of justice that prevails, and the satisfying ending that will leave you with a smile on your face!

  • Excellent as always! This is my 8th book from her. Shelley Shepard Gray has risen to the top of my favorite authors! She is always one I look for when new books are coming out. And I always sign-up to review or purchase her books – its a no-brainer! If it’s from Shelley – its going to be great!

  • Just like the first book in the Amish Of Hart County series, His Guilt deals with heavy topics that aren’t always featured in Amish romances, such as abuse. The author does an excellent job of tackling the subject without ever letting the narration feel too preachy.

  • As always, the authors writing hits the spot and she pulls off another love story that is against all odds. Great Read!

  • His Guilt by Shelley Shepard Gray was a good book. I know I have said how much I love this author writing and this book was no different for me. I love all of her Amish fiction books, so I was pretty sure I was going to enjoy this book, and I really did enjoy it.

  • His Guilt is Amish fiction at its best. Shelley Shepard Gray has written another outstanding Amish story with twists of suspense woven into the plot and dynamic characters readers will fall in love with from page one of the book.

  • Suspense meets the Amish in Shelley Shepard Gray’s latest installment in her Amish of Hart County series, His Guilt. After reading the first book in this series and thoroughly enjoying the mix of Amish and suspense, I was highly anticipating the release of His Guilt.

  • This Amish Community makes me think that people are judged by the acts of their parents, and no matter how many years go by, no one seems to forget or accept. At least until the author introduces us to a preacher to lives his faith and encourages Mark Fisher to return to his roots and take over the empty home that has been left to him.

  • That real life aspect, which is missing in so many Amish novels, brings His Guilt to life.  The story becomes a thrilling tale of suspense and attraction, and how often can you say that about an Amish story?
    If you enjoy reading Amish fiction but are ready for a deep, edgy story, give His Guilt a try.

  • If you love suspense then this is the book for you I cannot wait to see what the third novel will be like? Whatever it is….I know it will be awesome. Love! Love! Love!

  • This is a clean yet a suspenseful novel. I don’t think that’s an easy combination to write but Shelley Shepard Gray does it well.

  • I found His Guilt to be a rather captivating, suspenseful story. You won’t want to put the book down, because you will want to find out who the actual perpetrator is. Be sure to check it out.

  • Mark Fisher left Horse Cave under a cloud of suspicion, but returned a couple years later to help out his friend. Now he was a new employee at his friend’s nursery.

    As Waneta and Mark become friends and maybe a little more, the violent acts of another once again cast suspicion on Mark. Will Waneta remain steadfast in her friendship with Mark, or will she, too, become suspicious?

  • I enjoyed this turn on the traditional Amish fiction. This story had a bit of a mystery going on which I enjoyed. It made the book even more fun to read than normal.

  • The book grabs your attention right away and never lets up. I loved the intrigue in the story and found myself so engrossed that I blocked everything around me out. The author has once again delivered a story that kept me emotionally invested and on edge of my seat at the same time.

  • Moments says:

    This is a great book, and it is a quick read as I felt as if I was waiting to see what happened next as far as the attacks, but also what was going to happen next between the characters’ and the relationships that were developing between them.  Shelley writes such original stories and storylines and creates characters whom are easy to love and empathize with.  I highly recommend this book, but encourage you to read book #1 first in the series, “Her Secret.”

  • Whew! What a tense book! I liked the two main characters, Mark and Neeta. Mark and his brother suffered a lot growing up. I felt sorrow for him and a lot of frustration in regards to how most of the community treated him, both in the past and the present. Their small-minded attitude toward him was hard to read about, but made for some excellent tension and situations to develop in the book.

  • While I was reading this book I felt sorry for Mark and his troubled past. I think this story is good reminder about what happens when we are judgmental toward others and how forgiveness can transform a life. Also, that everyone seems to be looking for love and acceptance even when it doesn’t really seem like it at times.

  • It was interesting to see how someone would come back from being thought guilty of a horrific crime to trying to fit in with a community again and show they were innocent. Gossip is a terrible thing and has a life of its own and that was really shown here as Mark’s constantly accused of things and looked at with suspicion because of his past. I liked the different conversations about forgiving, not judging, second chances and looking beneath the surface. I enjoyed this story of second chances and suspense!

  • I have read a couple of the author’s books and have enjoyed them. This one is no exception; I love how it has a darker and grittier side to Amish romances. The novel was suspenseful and kept me guessing but like many of her books, you are given clues to the culprit’s identity. A thrilling read for anyone who likes Amish romance novels.

  • There is an evil in the town as more young women fall prey to the attacker and no one is safe. There were many ways this story could have gone and the author keeps us in suspense the whole time. This was an Amish novel with twist and turns and a dark thread woven into the story that gave it an undercurrent of creepiness.

  • This is another great book, but honestly, I expected nothing less from Gray. Her talent for writing stories that keep you engaged and her excellent character development always leaves me longing for her next new title.  I highly recommend this book, and would also urge you to pick up the first book in the series, “Her Secret”.

  • Shelley Shepard Gray’s novel, “His Guilt” is one that I appreciated very much. Not only did she tell an engrossing tale, but there was a message to readers in this book.

  • My only negative about this story is that I wish it had more of a mystery element to it. While there was a mystery in this story, it was fairly easy to figure out the culprit. Other than that, I did enjoy watching the romance bloom between Mark and Waneta.

  • In all, His Guilt gives a whole new meaning to how words can hurt, how trust and faith heals and forgiveness relieves the tension that burdens deep into one’s soul. Sometimes, the romance plays second fiddle, and that’s fine, because simplicity still shines at the right moments.

  • His Guilt is another page-turning, can’t-put-down suspense book. I think Gray’s blend of Amish fiction with suspense is absolutely genius. It’s something that I feel like no one’s quite done before, and it works so well. It brings a clever new twist on the typical Amish romance novel, and makes it that much more interesting.

  • Although this is Book 2 in the Amish of Hart County Series, His Guilt is a stand-alone. I haven’t read Book 1 and had absolutely no problem understanding Book 2. That said, Wow. Author Shelley Shepard Gray delivers with this story. If you enjoy non-traditional Amish stories, who-dun-its, or suspense, you need to read this!

  • I really liked reading His Guilt. I don’t feel like it drew me in as much as the first book, Her Secret, but it did keep me wanting to read it. So much so that I read the whole book in about 24 hours. Before I say more, I think you could read this one without reading the first book. They were minimally connected aside from being set in the same place.

  • This is one of the best suspense murder mystery series, I have read to date and love how Shelley doesn’t give it all away until the very end as police investigations find the real guilty person, and it is not who I thought it was. It reminds you that too often we judge people based not only on their appearances, but also holding their past against them as well. When do we let people try and make a better future for themselves without our judging their actions of the past?

  • If you’re tired of the oft-romanticized versions of the Amish—this may be the book for you. I wouldn’t really call this book an Amish Romance but rather as a clean Amish thriller.

  • With a “whodunit” type of mystery intertwined, the book will keep readers turning pages until the end.

  • This really a suspenseful book. I did not figure who it was until the end.

  • I’ve almost stopped reading Amish themed books because they all have begun to sound the same. I was interested in reading His Guilt due to the suspense/mystery hinted at in the synopsis.

  • Shelley Shepard Gray pulled off another suspenseful novel with a lot of page turning going on quickly. This is an Amish mystery at its best. At the same time the story is clean and promotes Christian worldview.

  • Hi Guilt is book two in The Amish of Hart County by Shelley Shepard Gray. Shelley has outdone herself again, by writing another book that was even better than the last

  • Delving into mystery, crime, and a bit more reality, I found myself really enjoying this fresh look at how Amish culture may handle real world issues. I really enjoyed this different approach to exploring Amish culture.

  • More of Him says:

    Shelley Shepard Gray is one of my favorite authors and this book is one of her best! I was drawn into the story from page one and it held my attention to the very end!

  • I usually enjoy Ms. Gray’s books but this I didn’t much care for because of the topic covered.

  • I couldn’t put this book down. Seriously. I picked up His Guilt and was swept into Mark and Neeta’s story almost immediately.

  • Might not want to read this one at night!! But do make sure you read it! Between the gossip flying left and right, the multiple suspects, the intriguing subplots, and the sweet message of faith I couldn’t put it down. Shelley Shepard Gray writes with warmth and grace, even when the story turns dark, reiterating the message that hope and healing are always within reach.

  • For me, His Guilt: the Amish of Hart Country was an okay book. I found it to be fun and easy to read, but when I was finished, I did feel something was missing.

  • Ms. Gray is back with another hit in the Amish Of Hart County series! She never fails to grip me wholly and keep me in the center of the story. This book, just like Her Secret, was an instant gripper for me.

  • EmpowerMoms says:

    I have been enjoying this new Amish suspense series by Shelly Shepard Gray! “His Guilt” is book 2 of 3 in the Amish of Hart County series.

  • Sometimes in a series a second book doesn’t live up to the first-not in this case. His Guilt was just as exciting and kept my attention from start to finish.

  • Filled with riveting suspense and engaging characters this book is a real page turner and it kept me on the edge of my seat until the very edge. This book has interesting characters and a sweet romance that I thoroughly enjoyed. Well written and utterly engaging this book is a great read!

  • This book interweaves two main characters Mark and Waneta. There is great mystery surrounding Mark Fisher and a checkered heartbreaking past. Will he ever be able to get past his past and move on? Will the people in his town look past all the whispers, including a sweet shy Waneta Cain who has caught his eye? I enjoyed His Guilt and found it suspenseful for an Amish community fiction tale.

  • I loved the first book in this series, and this second book was just as good – maybe even better. This series is doing a great job at bringing the traditional Amish culture, suspense, and romance and wrapping them up in the perfect little bow.

  • His Guilt is the second novel in the Amish of Hart County series, but it definitely stands on its own as a suspenseful, well-developed, and independent work of fiction! The main characters in this second novel are Mark Fisher and Waneta Cain, who were not prominently featured in Her Secret. Author Shelly Shepard Gray shows her writing expertise by creating yet another Christian Amish Fiction series that manages to tie the novels together and yet allow them to stand alone.

  • Book by Book says:

    Not a run-of-the-mill Amish novel, His Guilt will delight fans of the genre—especially those who’ve already enjoyed Her Secret and couldn’t wait for more from Shelley Shepard Gray.

  • A second book in a series that can be read as a stand alone. Lots of suspense and action that will keep you involved. I really enjoy reading Shelley Shepard Grey books and this book was no exception. Highly recommend if you like Suspenseful book and Amish Fiction.

  • I am a huge fan of Shelley’s books! She NEVER disappoints. His Secret had me riveted from the beginning. I loved trying to figure it all out- Gray really spreads on the suspense.

  • A Rup Life says:

    Shelley Shepard Gray has to be my favorite writer in the Amish genre. She has managed to take a classic story locations and spin it with a modern feel. It is not your mother’s books but a fresh approach to the tight knit communities that we’ve grown to love.

  • His Guilt is a good and clean romance. It is a bit of a thriller
    and the crime(s) make this a book one that I would suggest parents read before allowing an older teen to read. A parental discussion
    might be warranted. (No language. Nothing overly graphic.)
    Very tastefully written.

  • I found the story to be pretty predictable, and some of it just wasn’t realistic for me, and the simplicity of some of the scenes was a bit much. But it is an entertaining story to read, and if you enjoy Amish, this is a story you will enjoy!

  • I just love her books and the stories she weaves

  • This review is for the book “His Guilt” by Shelley Shepard Gray. Gray is one of my very favorite fiction authors, so I was excited to read this new book of hers. This is part of her Amish of Hart County series. In this novel, we meet Mark Fisher, who was wrongly accused of assault and left Hart County. We also meet Waneta Cain, who is unsure of Mark’s innocence, but is willing to give him a chance to prove himself. They work together, so they start to form a relationship. Unfortunately, it isn’t long before an Amish girl is attacked. Everyone in the community believes it’s Mark because of the accusations from years ago. The community is afraid and Waneta wonders if she’s right to trust Mark.

    This is a great book about second chances, trust, building relationships, learning how to love.

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