Friday, February 5, 2016
A Son's Vow
I've been in love with the Amish lifestyle since visiting Lancaster, PA in my teens and there is something to be said for the love of family and community as well as their strong faith to accept things without any really question as to why God has allowed certain events to take place in their lives. They struggle but they don't hold on to things. In Shelley Shepard Gray's newest series, The Charmed Amish Life, we now follow the lives of those living in Charm, Ohio. The first book A Son's Vow takes us right into the heart of the action of this novel.
There was a recent fire at the Kinsinger Lumber Mill in Charm and it claimed the lives of 5 men. Through an odd series of accidents starting with one man leaving an oily rag in the dumpster to wood shavings collecting there instead of where they should be and a piece of hot metal all lead to the fire without placing blame on any one individual. However in the heart of Aaron Kurtz, he believes that the brunt of the blame has been placed on his father who set the rag in the trash. He feels the Lumber Mills owners should have taken better care to ensure things like this don't happen even though they lost the life of their own father in the accident as well. Aaron's anger in not being able to let go is following him around to the point where he is taking it out on his family, through yelling and physically abusing his sister Darla.
Darla tries hard to understand what Aaron is dealing with but she worries if he doesn't get it under control the members of the community will take action. As the oldest daughter she has more than enough on her hands to deal with besides her siblings but since their mother walked out as well, Darla is beside herself trying to figure out what to do and Aaron doesn't seem to be willing to step up to the responsibilities now falling to the wayside around the farm. She doesn't want to bring it up for fear he will only get angry at her and lash out even more. Her only consolation is talking to her best childhood friend Lukas Kinsinger, but since Aaron holds him personally responsible for the death of their father, he takes even that anger out on his family and Darla when he can. But Lukas isn't about to stand around and watch the only person he ever loved being abused. After all, he lost his own father in the fire as well. It will take a community pulling together to help Aaron before anyone else gets hurt.
I received A Son's Vow by Shelley Shepard Gray compliments of Avon Inspire Publishing and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation aside from a free copy of the novel in exchange for my fair and honest evaluation. 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!
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