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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His Guilt was a riveting read from the first page. Author Gray jumps right into the heart of the story and the characters of Mark Fisher and Neeta Cain. I will admit that at first I was not sure of Mark and his motives. He acted abruptly and brusquely and not until I received the story from his perspective did I even try to really like him. Like Neeta and others, I was wary of his character. However the author was able to show him and his struggles in such a light that he became a much cherished character.
This story definitely delves into a different Amish tale. Here the community is not at a peace as a young woman was beaten and murdered some years ago. Everything seems to be on the upswing and people have started to let down their guard until Mark and others who were somewhat outcasts in their Amish community return home.
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.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
About the author:
Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.
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