In her sixth Amish of Hart County novel, Shelley Shepard Gray treats readers to a second Christmas themed novel. In this instance, the promise of the title is tied to God’s promise as well as John Michael Miller’s promise to look after Grace King when a rash of local fires linked to home robberies threaten her during a dog-sitting job over the holidays.
With a cantankerous dachshund named Snooze as the catalyst, Grace and John Michael start to get reacquainted in spite of her family’s continued dislike of him after he had broken her older sister’s heart years before. As a more mature friendship begins to lead them towards revealing their feelings for each other, there are other tensions pulling at their newly forming relationship, when the english house Grace is staying in seems to be in the sights of criminals and the welfare of an older Amish woman who had been kind to them as children is also at risk.
A highly enjoyable Amish firefighter/petsitter slow-building-second-chance romance with mystery, hints of danger, love of family, and charity towards those less fortunate set during the Christmas season.
His Promise by Shelley Shepard Gray, An Amish Christmas in Hart County | Avon Inspire, October 2018 | mass market paperback, 352 pages
This review refers to a finished copy purchased through Amazon. All opinions expressed are my own.
From the publisher:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s latest Christmas novel in her Amish of Hart County series.
It’s set to be a white Christmas in Hart County, and Grace King is pet-sitting in a beautiful home with only a difficult dachshund for company. Just as she starts to miss the bustle of her large Amish family, Grace runs into a familiar face. Living right next door is John Michael Miller. He’s a fireman now, but five years ago, he had courted her older sister, then broke her heart. Seeing him again stirs Grace’s anger, but also reminds her of deeper feelings she’s done her best to deny.
The infatuation John Michael once saw in Grace’s eyes is long gone, though his complicated attraction to her remains. He had walked away all those years ago when he realized he was falling in love with the wrong sister. Now, as suspicious fires are set in their community, that’s not an option. Grace dismisses his warnings, and John Michael vows to keep an eye on her. But he can’t help wondering if he’s reconnected with Grace, only to risk losing her again.
Now all John Michael wants for Christmas is to keep Grace safe, in the hopes that they can one day have a future together.