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July 17, 2017

His Guilt {Shelley Shepard Gray}

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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?

My Thoughts:
I loved the first book in this series, and this second book was just as good - maybe even better. This series is doing a great job at bringing the traditional Amish culture, suspense, and romance and wrapping them up in the perfect little bow.

I loved meeting these characters. Although this book is not the traditional follow-up to the first one, it does briefly mention the assault and characters from the first book. However, this book focuses on Mark, the man who was originally blamed for the previous assault.

Mark has returned home and is dealing with the aftermath of everyone thinking he is guilty. He befriends Neeta and I loved watching their relationship grow. It is such an unlikely relationship with opposition coming from every direction. But the way they continue to hold tight to what they believe about each other is heartwarming, to say the least.

This book is about forgiveness and redemption, and about listening to what God is telling you when it is hard to do the right thing. These characters are some I hope we see again in the remainder of this series and I look forward to the coming books.