His Risk, Amish Fiction by Shelley Shepard Gray {Book Review}

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About the His Risk

Calvin Fisher left the Amish community at fourteen and never looked back. Only his brother’s illness can bring him back to Hart County. Now, as Calvin works to make amends, he meets Alice, a local nursery school teacher, and falls hard for her. But he has a secret that could threaten the happiness he’s finally found.

Alice shouldn’t like—or want—Calvin. He’s English, has a questionable past, and an even more questionable job. Still, she can’t help being intrigued. Though Calvin assures Alice that he’s worthy of her, she’s torn between surrendering to her growing feelings and steering clear of him.

When a sudden surge of criminal activity alarms the community and even targets Alice, Calvin fears that his double life has put everyone he loves at risk. As for Alice, she can’t help but wonder if the brave and honorable man she’s lost her heart to is far more dangerous than she could ever imagine.

My Review of His Risk 

It’s been a long time since I’ve read Amish fiction. I wasn’t even sure I would like to read it but since I had started this series I wanted to continue it.

His Risk is book number four in The Amish of Hart County series. The series progressively tells us the, come to Jesus, stories of various residents of Hart County. Some of these residents are coming from troubled childhoods as is the case with Calvin. He and his brother (from His Guilt) grew up in awful circumstances that have helped to shape who they are today.

As the protagonist, Calvin seems to be a bad boy but is hiding a secret. One that might make his family see him in a better light. But, of course, he is loath to tell anyone. I, personally, would be blabbing all over the place. But then I’ve been known to have a big mouth. He keeps his secret to keep those he cares for safe.

Calvin comes to town just as Alice moves in across the street and he and Alice obviously like each other.  This is where I get confused. In some Amish fiction, Alice merely seen talking to Calvin would bring on the bishop but in these books, the Amish are a little freer. Alice does a lot of talking to Calvin while in her robe and riding around in his car. And that just confuses me.

Alice also has a best friend named Irene who figures prominently in the story. She gets caught up with a, not too good, guy and figures prominently in the story. Again where are the bishops??!! Not that I really want to see them because they can be overbearing but I’m used to them by now.


{spoiler} Okay we all know these books end well, I mean what’s the point if it does not right? But is it okay for non-Amish Calvin to be with Amish Alice? I’m missing something. I’ve missed one book in the series but again I’m going off of what I know from other Amish fiction. In the previous titles, it was Amish and Amish.

{End of SPOILER}

So if you’ve been following along with The Amish of Hart County series you’ll want to pick up His Risk. If not? I do recommend starting at the beginning so you can get to know the characters and not be lost when a name or two is mentioned (that always bugs me).

His Risk is a clean, dramatic, thriller set in Amish country (although not much Amishness happening there). I did enjoy it though and am really looking forward to the next in the series.

You can purchase His Risk on Amazon (link)

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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.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Litfuse Group as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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