Her Secret

by Shelley Shepard Gray


Catching You Up: Amish farm girl, Hannah, is being stalked by an English boy that is in love with her. Her family must flee for her protection. With her siblings resenting her and her family going through another crisis, she must sort through her fears and learn to trust again.

My Thoughts: When I think of Amish, all I can think of is how “dark” the lifestyle is. I know it’s because I am a visual person and life without a lot of color is VERY SAD! One of the things I love about Shelley Shepard Gray is that she brings color out of their lifestyle. As strange as it sounds, reading her Amish fiction is the first time I can really connect with the characters.

This is a short and light read, but that does not take away from the content. Her characters are always well developed and complex. I am not usually surprised, but there was definitely some intrigue that got me! Well done, Shelley!!!

Need a great read for a flight? Something you can grab and go – pick up and put down without missing a beat? This is your story! I definitely recommend anything by this author. Make sure to pick up a copy! Link is in the pic above!!

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The Loyal Heart

by Shelley Shepard Gray

Shelley Shepard Gray is a fabulous writer. While I am not a big reader of Amish fiction, her books have always won me over. This book, The Loyal Heart, is NOT Amish (which she is known for), but Civil War fiction. While the South struggled to find it’s way after the war, many lived under oppression and fear. Shelley takes her ability to write in a new direction and tackles the hardships of the time.

Her characters are always really likeable. They have good sense and you really root for them. This story is a bit of drama, mystery and romance. If you are a history buff, you will really enjoy the whole story. If you aren’t, you’ll still enjoy the storyline and characters. I definitely recommend!

Thank you for this great read in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

Check out my fun face-off with Shelley Shepard Gray while you are here!


Face-Off with Shelley Shepard Gray!!

Yes, you read that correctly!!! Shelley Shepard GRAY is here toDAY!

Shelley has sold over forty novels to numerous publishers, including HarperCollins, Harlequin, and Abingdon Press. She has been interviewed by NPR, and her books have been highlighted in numerous publications, including USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.

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Let’s get to it!


The rules are simple. I ask Shelley some random questions. She replies and then I give my answers. Each winning answer is worth one point and I get to decide whose answer is better.

It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. What’s your go-to hairstyle when you are in a rush?

Shelley – I pin my hair up. I have fairly long hair, it’s past my shoulders. I rarely wear it down because it’s so much trouble!

Charity – I usually throw it into a braid and then pin it up into a fancy looking bun that takes 12 seconds…

— Low maintenance!! (Everyone that knows me just snorted out loud when I said “low maintenance”. Guess I shouldn’t try to get that point.)

Charity 0 / Shelley 1

2. Could you live Amish for a month?

Shelley – Nope. I love writing about the Amish, but I also love my electricity, computer, cell phone, and Kindle.

Charity – Oh man. Me either!!!

— Tie

Charity 1 / Shelley 2

3. Have you ever been stung by a jellyfish?

Shelley – No, which is surprising, since I grew up going to Galveston a lot.

Charity – Wha??? I haven’t ever met someone that hasn’t been stung…that I know of! Outrageous!!

— I have!!!

Charity 2 / Shelley 2

4. Worst camping story?

Shelley – The only camping I’ve ever done was when I taught 5th and 6th grade. We were in cabins. I was with other teachers, not students, and we also had electricity, so we had fans, hair dryers, coffee pots, and curling irons. Hmm. I’m starting to think this means I haven’t actually ever been camping.

Charity – Oh man. We went camping over Memorial Day Weekend one year. There were ticks just falling out of the trees like rain. It was AWFUL!!!!!!!

I have the shivers just thinking about it!!!

— You didn’t have a bad one! haha 🙂

Charity 3/ Shelley 2

5. A fun story about you and your spouse?

Shelley – We met in our dorm’s cafeteria when we both got sent to summer school before our freshmen year in college. I fell in love at first sight. Tom? Not so much. We’ve been together since, and that was over 30 years ago.

Charity – Ha!! My hubby took some time too. What’s wrong with these men!?????

— Tie

Charity 4 / Shelley 3

6. Who was your favorite Looney Tunes character? Who was your least favorite?

Shelley – Tweety Bird was my favorite. I don’t know if I have a least favorite! Maybe Road Runner? I’ve always kind of been stickler for following the rules. Ha!

Charity – Nice 🙂 I don’t know who I liked the most! I know that I hated Bugs Bunny!! Oh, he’s so mean!!!!!

— Shelley had hers ready!!

Charity 4 / Shelley 4

7. Best cereal you ate as a child?

Shelley – Peanut Butter Captain Crunch. I also was (and still am) a hug fan of Poptarts. Obviously, I never really embraced that whole healthy breakfast thing.

Charity – Soooo awesome! That was my favorite too!!! Now, it is so nasty. It leaves this gross film in my mouth. *shudder*

— Tie

Charity 5 / Shelley 5

8. How do you strive to bring God the most glory in your life?

Shelley – I write about people in different stages of their faith journey. I like to imagine that I show that anyone, at anytime in his or her life, can have a true relationship with God.

Charity – Thank God!! I came to Him later in life…whew!! What a trainwreck I was!!!

— God wins!!

Charity 5 / Shelley 5

9. Ever been on a cruise? How was it? Seasick?

Shelley – I think I’ve been on 15 cruises. I love cruising, love to travel. And nope, I never get sea sick.

Charity – 15 CRUISES!!! 😮

I can’t imagine. I would love to go on ONE!!

— Shelley definitely gets that one!

Charity 5 / Shelley 6

10. Who is your favorite rat pack member?


Shelley – Dean Martin! Love him! sigh.

Charity – Oh man…He is something…but, FRANK?? What about Frank???



Charity 6 / Shelley 6

Thanks, girl! It was a blast 🙂

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