Tuesday, October 22, 2013


by Shelley Shepard Gray
Avon Inspire

After a year of secrets and scandal, will this Amish community finally find peace under the bright promise of Christmas?
Beth Byler has a secret. Ever since she met Englischer Chris Ellis while helping out at the Yellow Bird Inn, she can't stop thinking about him. She knows a relationship could never go anywhere—Chris was working undercover in Crittenden County as a DEA agent. That meant he faced danger daily and carried a gun, making him completely unsuitable for an Amish woman like herself. But she knew he felt the attraction, too. It was the reason he left so suddenly, promising never to see her again.
Then, three days before Christmas, while Beth is taking care of the inn, Chris returns. This time, he is bleeding and in need of a place to hide. Against her better judgment, Beth takes him in and tends to his wounds. She also promises to keep his presence a secret. Before long, it becomes clear that nothing between them has changed—a relationship is inevitable. But are they ready to sacrifice everything for this chance at love?

My Review:

As with everything in life, the forbidden is what draws us to do wrong. Whether it's wrong because others think so or because it is morally wrong doesn't matter; if we are expected to never cross certain lines, than that's exactly where we want to go. The Amish and a DEA agent just won't mix, if not because of completely opposite beliefs, but because their lifestyles are inconsistent and contradictory. But Beth in our story, can't get Chris out of her mind - or heart. 

Naturally, this causes a few problems. And I just have to applaud Gray for bringing us a novel so compelling that you won't want to put it down. The characters draw you into their lives from the first, and make you ache to reach through the pages and solve their problems for them. They have no recourse for their feelings, but being of such conflicting beliefs and lives makes for a stunning drama. With the beautiful backdrop of Christmastime and the outstanding writing from Gray, this is a novel that will continue to touch the hearts of those who read it. 

This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. 

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