Each chapter of Shelley Shephard Gray's The Secrets of Crittenden County series began with a quote by someone who knew murder victim, Perry Borntrager. Some said more poignant words, like, "Perry was afraid of the dark." But after getting to know him via the characters in the series and the accounts given of his life by those who loved, and were disappointed, by him and his disregard for anyone but himself, I feel justified in saying that he was, indeed, a bad apple.
Did he deserve to die for his crimes?
He sold drugs. He took drugs. He was Amish. Shouldn't he have been above and out of the realm of the horrors of the world? Don't we wish that were the case? In my world it would be like someone marvelling when a child from a good Christian family follows a dark path of his or her own choosing and suffers the consequences.
Who are we kidding? It can happen to any family in any community.
As always, Shelley Shepard Gray writes a thought provoking story. She invites you into the world of the Kentucky Amish and has you caring for and becoming curiously protective of this special community.
FOUND is the conclusion (Book Three) in the series, and yes, we find out who was responsible for Perry Borntrager's death!
Please read on to find out more from the publisher, Avon Inspire.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Under the name Shelley Shepard Gray, Shelley writes Amish romances for HarperCollins’ inspirational line, Avon Inspire. Her recent novel, The Protector, the final book in her “Families of Honor” series, hit the New York Times List, and her previous novel in the same series, The Survivor, appeared on the USA Today bestseller list. Shelley has won the prestigious Holt Medallion for her books, Forgiven and Grace, and her novels have been chosen as Alternate Selections for the Doubleday/Literary Guild Book Club. Her first novel with Avon Inspire, Hidden, was an Inspirational Reader’s Choice finalist.
Before writing romances, Shelley lived in Texas and Colorado, where she taught school and earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. She now lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. Shelley is married, the mother of two children in college, and is an active member of her church. She serves on committees, volunteers in the church office, and currently leads a Bible study group, and she looks forward to the opportunity to continue to write novels that showcase her Christian ideals.
When she’s not writing, Shelley often attends conferences and reader retreats in order to give workshops and publicize her work. She’s attended RWA’s national conference six times, the ACFW conference and Romantic Times Magazine’s annual conference as well as traveled to New Jersey, Birmingham, and Tennessee to attend local conferences.
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ABOUT THE BOOK
As the search for Perry Borntrager's killer continues, Jacob Schrock feels like his world is about to crumble. Right before Perry went missing, he and Jacob got into a fistfight. Jacob never told anyone what happened that terrible night. He's good at keeping secrets—including his love for Deborah, Perry's sister. But when Deborah takes a job at his family's store and their friendship blossoms, Jacob senses everything is about to be revealed.
Deborah has been searching for a slice of happiness ever since her brother's body was discovered. When the police start questioning Jacob, Deborah can't believe that the one person she's finally allowed in could be the one responsible for her brother's death. Will she believe what everyone seems to think is the truth . . . or listen to her heart, and hope there is still one more person who is keeping secrets in Crittenden County?
If you would like to read the first chapter excerpt of Found, go HERE.