February 10, 2016

A Son’s Vow 
"A Son's Vow"
Shelley Shepard Gray

Three months have passed since the fire at the mill that changed the quiet and peaceful town of Charm, Ohio.  Two families that were once very close have been torn apart.  Two families that both lost their fathers.  Now the children are left to pick up the pieces and try to move on.  But not everyone is able to do that.

Aaron Kurtz has let his grief turn into anger.  An uncontrollable anger where he is hurting his siblings, especially his sister Darla.  Lukas Kinsinger finds out what Aaron is doing and tries to talk to Aaron, but he won't listen.  One day Aaron goes too far and gives Hannah, a neighbor girl, a black eye and in front of witnesses.  Lukas and two other men of the church confront Aaron and try to get him to change his ways and let go of the anger.

Will these two families ever overcome their grief and move on?  Will Darla and Luke be able to start their own family or will they have to keep on trying to hold both of their families together?

This was a different kind of Amish book.  The Amish are usually portrayed as being so forgiving, no matter what.  But this portrays them as being human, maybe too human.  

I didn't like all the abuse Aaron did, but Aaron finds forgiveness can solve problems.

It did leave out what happened to Hannah when she shows up with a black eye in the company of an English man. That left me hanging.  Maybe that will be addressed in book 2.

Read more about the book here.


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