An Interview and Giveaway with Shelley Shepard Gray

An Interview and Giveaway with Shelley Shepard Gray

Hi, Shelley! Welcome back to Destination Amish. Tell readers all about your new book, HIS GUILT.

Thank you so much! I’m delighted to visit with y’all and chat about HIS GUILT! Basically, HIS GUILT is the story of Mark Fisher, who returns to Horse Cave, KY two years after being unjustly accused of attacking a local woman. Mark gets a job at Blooms and Berries. He’s working for Mr. Lehmann, the one man who always believed in him. There’s another employee at Blooms and Berries though, and that is Waneta Cain. After they get off to a rocky start, she begins to wonder if some of the rumors she heard about him might be true after all.

The Amish of Hart County series has been described as a thrilling and heart-pounding mystery. What made you decide to dip your toes into suspense and keep readers on the edge of their buggy seats?

About five years ago I wrote a trilogy called The Secrets of Crittenden County. It was set in southern Kentucky and featured a long-running mystery. I enjoyed writing the series so much that when my editor and I decided to set this next series in Kentucky, I decided to give suspense a try. The first book in the series, HER SECRET is my thirty-fourth Amish romance! It’s been fun to try something new.

Who is your favorite character in HIS GUILT and why?

I have to admit to loving the heroine, Waneta Cain. She was far stronger than anyone thought she was, and she was such a good person. She stood up for what she believed in. I would definitely want to be her friend.

These next questions are for fun! 😊

Favorite Amish community to visit?

My favorite Amish community is still Sugarcreek. I’ve set seven novels there and in many ways it feels the most familiar to me. I love pretty much everything about it, and would want to live there if my husband didn’t have to get on a plane every week.

Fry Pie or Whoopie Pie?

Whoopie Pie, though I must admit that neither are my favorites! I love coconut, butterscotch, and peanut butter pies.

Favorite Amish-style restaurant?

I like Mary Yoders in Middlefield and Der Dutchman in Walnut Creek. Oh! And Yoders down in Pinecraft. Obviously I have eaten a lot of broasted chicken and pie!

Buggy or scooter?

Buggy, though now I want to get on a scooter. I really loved writing about all those pretty bicycles down in Pinecraft also.

Kindle or paperback?

Kindle. I must confess to loving my Kindle. I love getting a book in ten seconds, and carrying all my books around with me. I love to reread favorite novels.

Thanks so much for visiting us! How can readers connect with you?

Lots of ways! I’m on Facebook a lot, on Twitter (@ShelleySGray), on Pinterest, and I have a website, www.shelleyshepardgray.com. Also… (and I’m so excited about this!) I’ll be hosting a girlfriend getaway in June, 2018 in Sugarcreek! Lots of other Amish authors are going to be joining me there. I’ll be sharing information about this very soon!

Thank you so much for stopping by, Shelley! HarperCollins Publishers is giving TWO lucky readers a chance to win a copy of HER SECRET (Book One) and a copy of HIS GUILT. How great is that? To enter, leave a comment below. Two winners will be selected at random and announced on Tuesday, July 18th.

*Giveaway starts today, Monday, July 10th and ends Monday, July 17th and is only open to US residents*


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His Amish Teacher: Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

His Amish Teacher

His Amish Teacher – Sensational, but not Salacious

Patricia Davids has been writing in the Amish genre for a while now, but this is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to read one of her novels. When I first saw the title, I had my doubts, but His Amish Teacher (third in her Amish Bachelor series) was absolutely fantastic! What took me so long to discover this author?

His Amish Teacher tells the story of lifelong friends, Lillian Keim and Timothy Bowman. Lillian is the community’s school teacher and Timothy is her faithful-‘til-the-end friend. But when their feelings start to grow to more than a casual friendship, Lillian turns away – she harbors a secret that only a few know of.

Timothy has his hands full helping with the family business and being a volunteer firefighter. When arson is suspected in their community, people are on alert – and trust no one.

I was given His Amish Teacher in exchange for my honest review. I found it to be a fantastic read. I love the fact that Davids has done her homework regarding the Amish and their way of life. If you are not familiar with the ins and outs of the Amish, this novel is spot-on. I also sincerely appreciated the way she approached the topic of little people – very well done! Be sure to grab your copy of His Amish Teacher; you won’t be disappointed. And now that I’m sold on Patricia Davids, I’ve got to catch up on some reading!


Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious little girl. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature!


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Naomi’s Hope: Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

Naomis-Hope

Naomi’s Hope ~ New Drexler Fan Found!

I’m a bit leery of many authors in the Amish genre these days. It seems that several are in it just to make a buck or two off of a novella. To be honest, I was curious about a novel titled Naomi’s Hope, but I wasn’t sold – not ‘til I read an interview and endorsement by Suzanne Woods Fisher, one of my faves in the Amish genre. So I received my copy of Naomi’s Hope (third in Drexler’s Journey of Pleasant Prairie series.) How did I like it? I LOVED IT – and am now a solid Drexler fan!

Naomi’s Hope is set in the mid-1840s, deep in Lagrange County, Indiana. Naomi is a single mom to Davey, and active seven-year-old. When Davey forces a meeting between Naomi and a newcomer named Cap Stolzfus, drama ensues. There are dangers all around them – how can Naomi conceivably keep Davey safe?

I was given Naomi’s Hope in exchange for my honest review. It was superb– and I lost more than a couple hours of sleep! The characters were intriguing, affable, and even cunning. Sometimes the story jumped around a bit, but overall it’s a tremendous achievement. Naomi’s Hope can be read as a stand-alone, but storylines from the other two novels in this series continually come up, so my recommendation is to read them in chronological order. Needless to say, I now have two more titles added to my TBR pile. If the others are half as good as Naomi’s Hope, I’m in for a treat!


Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious little girl. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature!


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