His Risk

His Risk

New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray brings us another compelling suspense in her Amish of Hart County series, this time featuring an undercover English DEA agent who will do anything to protect the Amish girl he loves.Calvin Fisher left the Amish community at fourteen and never looked back. Only his brother’s illness can bring him back to Hart County.  N...

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  • Kav

    Love the title tie-in to this story. It can be spun in so many different ways -- all of them connecting in a profound way as characters discover the meaning of self-worth and sacrifice. Shelley Shepard Gray knows how to create a page-turning read. This time it is delivered in a delicious suspense/Amish blend and I do so love that combination!

    Calvin is so...burdened. He has fought his way up from the devastating results of a tragic childhood but he feels like he's lost himself somewhere along the

    Love the title tie-in to this story. It can be spun in so many different ways -- all of them connecting in a profound way as characters discover the meaning of self-worth and sacrifice. Shelley Shepard Gray knows how to create a page-turning read. This time it is delivered in a delicious suspense/Amish blend and I do so love that combination!

    Calvin is so...burdened. He has fought his way up from the devastating results of a tragic childhood but he feels like he's lost himself somewhere along the way. He doesn't know how to be anyone but the undercover gang member he portrays. Until Alice.

    Smothered by family love, Alice has lived a sheltered life, despite a challenging rumspringa. She's all sweetness and light with a surprising flash of fire and grit. Cal's intrigued. So is Alice. He reminds her of her rebellious teen years though she thought that she buried that part of her after a fateful night when she was seventeen. But, somehow, she can't help being drawn to the complicated ex-Amish man.

    Two secondary characters captured my heart as well. Their lives mesh with Alice's and Cal's as the plot twists and turns to a crescendo of an exciting climax. Another stunning addition to The Amish of Hart County series.

    Book provided courtesy of Avon Inspire and Litfuse Publicity Group.

  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith

    I have fallen in love with Shelley Shepard Gray's latest series, The Amish of Hart County. In the fourth book in the series, His Risk, readers are once again transported back to the Amish community of Hart County. There you pick back up with familiar characters from the previous novels as they now become secondary characters in this novel.

    Alice Yoder is the community's school teacher and she adores her job. She believes it is truly her calling and the one thing that brings her the most joy. Howe

    I have fallen in love with Shelley Shepard Gray's latest series, The Amish of Hart County. In the fourth book in the series, His Risk, readers are once again transported back to the Amish community of Hart County. There you pick back up with familiar characters from the previous novels as they now become secondary characters in this novel.

    Alice Yoder is the community's school teacher and she adores her job. She believes it is truly her calling and the one thing that brings her the most joy. However when she undertakes watching her brother's home while they vacation in Pinecraft and also care for Valentine, their cat. It is one job she truly looks forward to is a quiet night at the end of a busy day. She just didn't expect to find her curiosity peaked by the young man standing outside her neighbors home. Being a bit bold, she finds herself wanting to know who he is and why he is staying at their home.

    Calvin Fisher is now staying with his brother, Mark and his wife Waneta as he undergoes a risky surgery to remove a cancerous kidney. He hopes that he will be able to be there for his brother as much as he helped to raise Calvin as a child. Both of his parents had their own issues to deal with and for Calvin, it meant leaving the Amish community. However know he has come home, but with it comes a threat that he believes he can handle as he works as an undercover DEA agent for a well known crime syndicate. Now that he has worked his way up in earning the King's loyalty, he believes he can balance the roles he is playing while keeping everyone safe.

    But when his undercover life begins to show signs of being in Hart County, Calvin believes that he has brought a very real risk to those he cares about and even those he might begin to fall for. Will he be able to end the double life he is living before he endangers those he loves the most?

    I received His Risk by Shelley Shepard Gray compliments of Avon Inspire, a division of Harper Collins Publishers. This is such a cross over genre because you are combining a love for the Amish with its connection to the English world in a suspenseful way. Without realizing it, and while they remain very much divided in their faith and ideals, there are no physical walls to keep one from encroaching on the other as it does in this series of novels by Shelley Shepard Gray. I think she orchestrates it masterfully in that you don't even realize that you're reading two very different genres in a well blended series. I have loved every single one and am looking forward to the next one in this series. Finally authors who simply don't end a good thing after three books! This one is worthy of all 5 out of 5 stars in my own opinion.

  • Anne

    4 1/2 STARS!!!

    I like a good story with a male POV included. Shelley Shepard Gray has written a vivid character when it comes to Calvin Fisher. He had a hard life growing up and left home at fourteen, making a lot of unwise choices afterward that have led him to living a double life. He takes a huge risk returning to Horse Cove, Kentucky when he finds out his brother is sick. Trying to make up for the past, he hopes his presence in his Amish brother’s home will not put his family and Alice Yoder

    4 1/2 STARS!!!

    I like a good story with a male POV included. Shelley Shepard Gray has written a vivid character when it comes to Calvin Fisher. He had a hard life growing up and left home at fourteen, making a lot of unwise choices afterward that have led him to living a double life. He takes a huge risk returning to Horse Cove, Kentucky when he finds out his brother is sick. Trying to make up for the past, he hopes his presence in his Amish brother’s home will not put his family and Alice Yoder in harm’s way.

    Alice is a nice girl with grit. She may look meek and mild on the outside, after all she is a preschool teacher, but she is not afraid to speak up when necessary. She needs a little excitement in her life and Calvin is going to do just that. Whoa there, not that way! This is Inspirational fiction, after all. :-)

    Needless to say, since His Risk is a romantic suspense novel (emphasis on the suspense) there was danger involved. I was hanging on every word Gray wrote. She has crafted some absolutely amazing characters! I was a fan of Calvin from the beginning but then I met West and, oh my, I can’t even talk about him. He turned out to be my favorite character.

    My heart was pounding so hard throughout much of this story. I felt like I was living within the pages. I loved hearing from more than two or three characters. It is brilliant and gives much more depth and dimension to the story than if it had just been Calvin and Alice’s POV. And because Alice’s friend, Irene, has such an active role in the story, hopefully we will get to see what happens to her later on in another book.

    There are twists and turns I did not expect. Some I was happy about. Others…not so much. It is not like most Amish books I have read but still a fabulous book and I highly recommend it. His Risk will stay on my keeper shelf and be re-read many times. It is that good!

    I was gifted a copy of the book from the author and publisher. I was not required to write a review. No compensation has been received.

  • Molly Cafinated Reads Jaber

    Amazing! Another amazing novel and addition to the Amish of Hart County series. To date, I think this is her best one yet in the series, though I did love all of them. Ms. Gray, whose talent has always intrigued me, wrote a novel that pulled me instantly to the center of the story with Calvin and his life. I fell head over heels instantly with him and loved following his risky story.

    When Ms. Gray introduced me to Alice, yet another character to fall in love with, I knew this book would be one I

    Amazing! Another amazing novel and addition to the Amish of Hart County series. To date, I think this is her best one yet in the series, though I did love all of them. Ms. Gray, whose talent has always intrigued me, wrote a novel that pulled me instantly to the center of the story with Calvin and his life. I fell head over heels instantly with him and loved following his risky story.

    When Ms. Gray introduced me to Alice, yet another character to fall in love with, I knew this book would be one I would be up long into the night reading. I was right. Seeing Alice with the kinner in her class, then watching her fight her feelings for Calvin, really tugged at my heart through the story!

    This is definitely a 5 star worthy novel in this series. The ups, downs, twists, and turns that Ms. Gray add to this absolutely inspirational novel of risking all for love, is wonderful and keeps the reader hooked. I can't wait for the next and final book in the series to get back to Hart County and see what Ms. Gray gives us next. Hats off and twenty thumbs up to a talented author on this one!

    *Cafinated Reads received a complimentary copy of this book from LitFuse Blog Tours/Publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*

  • Deana Dick

    This has to be one of my favorite books by the author. She has mixed Amish country, gangs and DEA agents into one action packed story that should be made into a movie. The premise of the story is about Calvin coming back to his roots because his brother is ill. There are some hard feelings between the brothers that are very evident as they see each other. I loved how the author showed how bitterness can get in the way of relationships. Calvin has some deep secrets that could harm those he cares

    This has to be one of my favorite books by the author. She has mixed Amish country, gangs and DEA agents into one action packed story that should be made into a movie. The premise of the story is about Calvin coming back to his roots because his brother is ill. There are some hard feelings between the brothers that are very evident as they see each other. I loved how the author showed how bitterness can get in the way of relationships. Calvin has some deep secrets that could harm those he cares about. Will his presence back home bring danger to the community? I really liked Calvin because he wanted to do the right thing and hopefully along the way find forgiveness from his family. It would be hard for a family member to come back home after knowing he has been involved with illegal dealings. I wanted Calvin and his brother Mark to find their way back to each other. The author does an exceptional job of showing the dynamics between the two brothers and their lifestyle. Sometimes it isn't easy to come back home.

    Alice was the sweetest person I have read about. She is lovely, caring and adores her job as a gifted preschool teacher. When she runs into Calvin you could feel the uncomfortable feeling Alice had. Its not everyday she runs into a man dressed liked Calvin. His rugged good lucks did intrigue her and I kept thinking how opposites attract. I really liked how Alice and Calvin slowly started to each other. It must have been hard for them to let their guard down. Sometimes a girl is just attracted to the bad boy and Alice can't fight her feelings for Calvin.

    The story is filled with intrigue and danger that heightened the story to a level of excellence. The author does an amazing job of giving us glimpses into Calvin's secret life. I'm not sure I could put myself in danger like he did. I came to really like him and loved watching his transformation. The ending is so powerful and edgy that I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Fans of the author are in for a treat with this explosive story. Will Calvin be able to save his family and Alice from danger? There are a few other characters in the story that are a vital part to Calvin and his secret life. I won't say much more, but be prepared to be surprised and feel a bit sad as this explosive story takes us to the depths of evil where prayer and forgiveness will be needed. I enjoyed being reminded that we shouldn't judge someone by the way they look or where they come from. People can change and we need to give everyone a chance.

    I received a copy of this book from LitFuse. The review is my own opinion.

  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    His Risk is book 4 of a 5 book series. I have loved this whole series.

    Gray writes so you think you are there in the middle of the story and are friends with the characters.

    Alice and Calvin you have to wonder if they should even be friends with Calvin being a rebel and no longer Amish.

    You have to read this book. You are going to get lost on the pages.

    I gave this book 4 stars. I recommend the whole series.

    The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not

    His Risk is book 4 of a 5 book series. I have loved this whole series.

    Gray writes so you think you are there in the middle of the story and are friends with the characters.

    Alice and Calvin you have to wonder if they should even be friends with Calvin being a rebel and no longer Amish.

    You have to read this book. You are going to get lost on the pages.

    I gave this book 4 stars. I recommend the whole series.

    The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  • Brittany

    I have really enjoyed this series and was happy to learn more about Calvin Fisher in this novel. The reading of His Risk flowed very quickly for me, however, I did not connect with these characters very well. I liked Alice and I even liked Calvin, a person I was not fond of in a previous book. I am just a bit skeptical about certain events in the story actually working out the way they did. I can’t say more than that or I will give away major spoilers in the book. But, overall, I have liked the

    I have really enjoyed this series and was happy to learn more about Calvin Fisher in this novel. The reading of His Risk flowed very quickly for me, however, I did not connect with these characters very well. I liked Alice and I even liked Calvin, a person I was not fond of in a previous book. I am just a bit skeptical about certain events in the story actually working out the way they did. I can’t say more than that or I will give away major spoilers in the book. But, overall, I have liked the series and I am intrigued by the teaser for the next book that appeared in the back of this one. I am definitely looking forward to jumping back into this series for book five.

    (3.5 stars)

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

    You can read this review on my blog (& enter to win a copy of the book through Litfuse until 3/27)

  • Tressa (Wishful Endings)

    HIS RISK is a story of struggle, perseverance, hard choices, faith, and trusting in friendship, family, and love. With a slowly developing romance, a constant underlying feeling of suspense, and characters easy to fall in love with, readers are sure to enjoy this story.

    It took me a little bit to get into this story. It slowly builds at the beginning and, as I hadn't read the other books in the series, there were a few references to the town and characters that I wasn't familiar with. However, by

    HIS RISK is a story of struggle, perseverance, hard choices, faith, and trusting in friendship, family, and love. With a slowly developing romance, a constant underlying feeling of suspense, and characters easy to fall in love with, readers are sure to enjoy this story.

    It took me a little bit to get into this story. It slowly builds at the beginning and, as I hadn't read the other books in the series, there were a few references to the town and characters that I wasn't familiar with. However, by a third of the way through, I was hooked. I fell for these characters and hoped that things could somehow turn out in the end. I also liked the twists in the suspense and plot. I do wish there would have been more suspense to back up the synopsis saying "a sudden surge of criminal activity." I expected there to be a stronger suspense aspect to the story and more things occurring than what did. The faith aspect of the story was weaved in rather nicely and focused on a lot of tough things these characters faced. I appreciated that it never felt forced, but perfectly natural in these characters lives and under the circumstances. I really enjoyed the friendships and the romance. Then there was this perfectly sweet ending that I just adored!

    In the end, was it what I wished for? Overall, HIS RISK is a story that is sweet with a suspenseful climax, an emphasis on trusting in God and love, and a romantic ending. A thoroughly enjoyable read!

    Content: Some innuendo and violence, but clean.

    Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

  • Kristin

    I love this author's works and this series has been fairly solid. So, I was a tad bit surprised that I didn't enjoy this book as much as previous installments.

    Calvin returned home to Amish country because his brother was diagnosed with cancer. Upon his return, he meets Alice, a young woman living next door to his brother and sister-in-law. Immediately he was smitten with Alice. His desire to protect her and his concern for her seemed sudden to me. I tend to struggle with the insta-love trope in

    I love this author's works and this series has been fairly solid. So, I was a tad bit surprised that I didn't enjoy this book as much as previous installments.

    Calvin returned home to Amish country because his brother was diagnosed with cancer. Upon his return, he meets Alice, a young woman living next door to his brother and sister-in-law. Immediately he was smitten with Alice. His desire to protect her and his concern for her seemed sudden to me. I tend to struggle with the insta-love trope in any book. And in this case, Calvin is an undercover DEA agent. So, it seemed to me that he would have been more guarded with his heart.

    Alice was likewise interested in Calvin from the start. And then, her friend was also thrown into an insta-love situation with Calvin's boss in the gang. Which again, I had a hard time believing.

    There wasn't much suspense for me in this book. The mystery of who ransacked Alice's classroom was fairly obvious and it surprised me that the suspect wasn't obvious to Alice or her friend.

    I was also taken aback to see the main character smoking and using the word "pissed." It's something I've not ever encountered in an Amish book. While I'm no prude, I just wasn't sure of how I felt about it in this genre.

    I love seeing something innovative and new in the Amish genre and I feel that Shelley is doing a great job of livening things up a bit. I just wasn't as fond of this particular installment in this series as the others.

    I am still interested in reading the last book in this series and I will definitely read more by this author. This particular book just wasn't one of my favorites.

    Kristin reads and reviews both Christian and secular fiction on

    . Out of respect for my readers, I am including a content review. This content review will help you decide whether this book is suitable for you.

    Christian

    15+

    is book #4 in

    series by Shelley Shepard Gray. Other books in the series include

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    . The last book in the series,

    is set to release in October 2018.

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