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, 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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An Amish Summer: Review by Susan Scott Ferrell


An Amish Summer – Bring it On!

When you happen upon a novel that contains the stories of four well-known Amish-genre authors, your heart skips a beat. Well, at least mine does – especially when I have the opportunity to read Shelley Shepard Gray, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Irvin! So when An Amish Summer arrived, I said, “Bring it on!”

A Reunion in Pinecraft by Shelley Shepard Gray follows sisters Sharon and Sherilyn Kramer, who have made the trek to Florida for vacation…and perhaps something more. Sherry has been exchanging letters with an Amish man named Graham. Sherry and Graham have decided to rendezvous in Pinecraft. But Graham is shocked to find that he’s been writing to the wrong sister! Now he must choose who he really likes – but it’s not that easy. Who will get a match? Read and find out!

My Take: A Reunion in Pinecraft was a good, quick read. The characters were winsome, and Shelley Shepard Gray kept this reader guessing ‘til the end. Definitely a good start with this first novella of the collection.

Summer Storm by Amy Clipston tells the story of Arianna and her lifetime friend and fiancée, Jesse. All is going according to plan until one eventful night that involves Arianna’s brother (and Jesse’s best friend), Tobias. When Arianna’s dad forbids their union as a result, all plans come to a halt…and maybe that is God’s will after all?

My Take: Summer Storm was a page-turner. The story was believable and agonizing. I couldn’t put it down until I knew just what would happen! Now I want the story to continue!

Lakeside Love by Kathleen Fuller takes you an a journey with Esther Coblentz. Esther has always struggled with comparing herself to her gorgeous younger sister, Sarah. She can’t even catch the attention of her secret love, Judah (whose smitten for Sarah.) When a handsome Yankee named Rhett comes to live with the Coblentzes, everything is turned on end.

My Take: Lakeside Love is a beautiful, charming story of summer romance. Sarah is a hoot – and the other characters are downright loveable. I’d love to go to their lake and just stay for a while. Outstanding novella.

One Sweet Kiss by Kelly Irvin brings you to Bee County, Texas, Jacob King, and Martha Byler. Jacob only has eyes for Martha, and it seems almost everyone can see that but Martha. Martha is afraid to trust again – especially since her mother’s death. Her place is with her father, raising her siblings. Besides, Jacob is a poster child for rumspringas. Martha doesn’t need yet more responsibility. What will happen?

My Take: One Sweet Kiss was an amusing, captivating read. At one point my life had to stop so that I could finish this novella! The subplots were well-executed – I think we all know a Dwayne – and I adored the Simon/Amanda story and the way it was handled.

I was given An Amish Summer in exchange for my honest review. It was fabulous! Each novella held its own (not always the case with a collection of novellas.) This is the perfect book to take with you to the beach. Even if you’re not headed to the beach, don’t waste any time snagging your copy of An Amish Summer – it’s worth the read!

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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An Uncommon Protector: Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

An Uncommon Protector – Really Hits the Mark

An Uncommon Protector I’ve always been a fan of Shelley Shepard Gray’s writings in the Amish genre (big surprise there!) But when she branched out to do a series set in the post-Civil War era, I wondered if I would be drawn in. What a silly notion! An Uncommon Protector, her second Lone Star Hero’s Love Story, really hits the mark!

An Uncommon Protector is a sweeping tale of a man named Thomas Baker – a former sergeant of the Confederacy. His life has been laced with tragedy, fortitude, and misfortune. His inability to keep quiet has not served him well. That’s what ends him in a cage in the middle of a Texas town, hoping to be bought as an indentured servant.

Laurel Tracey is a young southern woman trying to hold onto her family’s ranch. With most of her family gone, two ne’er do well step-siblings, and squatters on part of her land, she needs help and fast…maybe an indentured servant is the answer?

Life gets complicated for them both when the situation goes from bad to worse – Laurel’s very life has been threatened. Will Thomas become the stand-up man he’s always longed to be? Will this uncommon protector be able to protect what is most dear? Read and find out!

I was given An Uncommon Protector in exchange for my honest review. I found it to be a riveting read. The characters were charming and believable. The storyline was complex, intriguing, and draws the reader in immediately. I was thoroughly won over by An Uncommon Protector and cannot wait for the next book in this series!

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!