A Crittenden County Christmas Novel

When Englischer Chris Ellis shows up on the doorstep of the Yellow Bird Inn one year later, the last person he expects to open the door is Beth Byler, the Amish woman who has been in thoughts nonstop ever since he left Crittenden County, Kentucky. He planned to ask Frannie Eicher, the inn’s owner if he can stay for a few days while he heals from his injuries. You see, Chris has been working undercover for the DEA and his cover has been blown on the case that he’s been working on. He’s been roughed up pretty badly and is bleeding heavily. He needs medical attention, but he doesn’t want to go to the hospital because it will only show a path to where he’s hiding out. When Beth sees the very man, who she’s secretly been in love with for the past year, bleeding and almost passing out on the inn’s doorstep, she’s beside herself. She has mixed feelings because it’s Chris, the very man who she wishes she can be with but who is an Englischer, and the very man who told her that nothing would ever happen between them. He needs her help desperately and she takes him in to tend to his wounds. She even makes the promise to him that she will not tell a soul he’s at the inn, as per his request. But can these two be under the same roof and not act upon their intense feelings for each other? Is there any possible way these two could have a relationship together considering they come from two different worlds?

I absolutely loved this story. Ms. Shepard Gray knows how to write stories that pull her readers in from the very first sentence and takes them on the ride of their lives until the very last written word. I loved the storyline and the characters were completely believable. As I understand it this is an ongoing series, but it can stand alone because this is the first book in the Crittenden County Series that I’ve read and I had no trouble following along whatsoever. Numerous times I found my heart pounding in my chest from all the adrenaline surging through my body. The sparks flying between Beth and Chris were fantastic and even though they both came from two different worlds, I wanted them together. If you love Amish stories that have a holiday theme wrapped around them, than this is one book you shouldn’t pass up!

Book Blurb for Peace

After a year of secrets and scandal, will this Amish community finally find peace under the bright promise of Christmas?

Beth Byler has a secret. Ever since she met Englischer Chris Ellis while helping out at the Yellow Bird Inn, she can't stop thinking about him. She knows a relationship could never go anywhere—Chris was working undercover in Crittenden County as a DEA agent. That meant he faced danger daily and carried a gun, making him completely unsuitable for an Amish woman like herself. But she knew he felt the attraction, too. It was the reason he left so suddenly, promising never to see her again.

Then, three days before Christmas, while Beth is taking care of the inn, Chris returns. This time, he is bleeding and in need of a place to hide. Against her better judgment, Beth takes him in and tends to his wounds. She also promises to keep his presence a secret. Before long, it becomes clear that nothing between them has changed—a relationship is inevitable. But are they ready to sacrifice everything for this chance at love?

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2013 5.00