Friday, July 14, 2017

His Guilt Book Review

I was excited to get to read the second book in the series since I enjoyed the first so much.  His Guilt: The Amish of Hart County by Shelley Shepard Gray is the second book in the Amish of Hart County series.  I love the author and the first book so I didn't even have a clue what this book was going to be about but that didn't stop me from being really excited.  It came in the mail but I was set on not reading it before the month that I was supposed to do the review because often if I post the review on my blog to far in advanced, I forget to do all of the other things that go along with posting my review like posting on Amazon and posting on the site that sent me the wonderful book to try.  I wasn't going to make that mistake again so I set it aside until the beginning of July and excitedly started soon after with a very fast finish because I couldn't put it down.

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?

I didn't remember all the details of the first book when I picked this one up but I totally didn't need to in order to enjoy this stand alone novel.  Mark Fisher is back in town and everyone seems to still think that he did bad things before he left the small Amish community even though he was cleared by the police.  He came back to help his friend who was failing in health to run his nursery because there is a lot of heavy lifting.  Mark also was interested in remodeling his family home so that he could try to work through his childhood pain growing up in the house.  Waneta "Neeta" Cain works with him and is quickly reminded by her parents that she needs to be more open and forgiving to the new person that she is working with.  Mark and Waneta quickly become friends.  Waneta finds that she is often sticking up for Mark because other people in the community are thinking bad things about him.  At the same time, bad things are happening again in the small community with girls being attacked.  I feel like this book was a lot different then many other Amish fiction books because it kept you on he edge of your seat to find out what is going to happen next.  The main mystery is whether Mark is going to be able to get over his past to build his future.  I hope that you check out this book for yourself and follow the path to his guilt!!!

**I received a copy of this book for my review but all opinions here are my own and a positive review was not required.

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