Her Fear (Amish of Hart County Series #5)

Her Fear (Amish of Hart County Series #5)

by Shelley Shepard Gray

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In New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s latest novel of suspense in her Amish of Hart County series, an EMT falls for a woman with ties to an Amish community where people are dying similar, suspicious deaths.

Sadie Detweiler never imagined she’d move to Kentucky, yet here she is: a pregnant, unmarried Amish girl banished by unforgiving parents to live with kin she barely knows. The men are gruff and her cousins are secretive. Worst of all, elderly matriarch Verba becomes mysteriously ill shortly after Sadie moves in. When EMT Noah Freeman arrives, Sadie immediately notices he’s unlike any other Amish man she’s met. Noah is warm, confident, and has an easy way with practically everyone in the community, both Amish and English. Though Sadie is drawn to him, she has little hope he will reciprocate her feelings once he learns she’s with child.

Noah can’t understand how a girl as sweet and lovely as Sadie ended up sleeping on a cot in Verba Stauffer’s kitchen. He also senses Sadie is terrified of something. Concerned, he checks up on her. Eventually they strike up a friendship and soon their attraction is undeniable. When Verba later dies at the hospital and her death is followed by two others, Noah’s boss wants him to dig around the Amish community for clues. He agrees—for Sadie’s sake—because only the truth will keep her safe and by his side.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062469182
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/24/2018
Series: Amish of Hart County Series , #5
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 39,363
File size: 751 KB

About the Author

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

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Her Fear: The Amish of Hart County 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
What an awful mess when a young Amish woman lives in such fear of her father that she grows to fear almost everything. Sadie’s family was so dysfunctional that being sent away after becoming pregnant out of wedlock was probably a blessing in disguise. More’s the pity that her father did not take the cane to the supposed boyfriend rather than to his own daughter. Although living with her father’s brother and his family was stressful and she had reasons to be fearful there as well, the danger of physical harm to her and her unborn baby seemed to be less prevalent. Did she have any right to get her hopes up about the young EMT she meets when her grandmother suddenly experiences severe pain and the rescue squad is called? Will she ever see him again after the squad leaves? If she sees him, how will she ever tell him that she is with child? Will he quickly run away if she tells him? Does she still have some growing up to do? I admired Noah with his upbeat attitude and his loyalty to his own church family. Even though Sadie’s extended family lives in a different church district than his, can he actually spy on them as he has been asked to do by his boss? Will Sadie ever overcome her many fears? So many lessons about faith, hope, love, forgiveness, developing a backbone, and others are shared in the story. I enjoyed this fifth book in The Amish of Hart County series.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
For the love of all the tomatoes, the darkness that shadows this community has a reach that extends the borders of Hart County and even beyond Kentucky. I know that sounds bad but let me explain. Each book has brought us less than ideal families, predominately in the Amish communities. Dysfunctional families with shades of abuse are not uncommon. There are no boundaries for negative family dynamics. Shelley Shepard Gray manages to remind us that these dynamics have as much potential to occur in Amish communities as English communities. I feel like someone is going to take these statements all kinds of skewed, please bear with me as I attempt to make thoughts become words. Most members of these dysfunctional families aren't out there advertising the issues at home, whether they be physical or emotional. There is a level of embarrassment that plays into this, along with shame and the obvious guilt. The fact that the Amish separate themselves from the English world, as much as possible, it is less likely to be recognized in these communities. While facts tell us that this travesty literally crosses all socioeconomic boundaries, religions, ethnic backgrounds, et al; in our misguided idealizing of the Amish faith we forget that in reality it's a human problem and Amish are just human. Honestly, I probably wouldn't have even picked up on this if I wasn't power reading this series, but I digress. Moving on. Sadie isn't from Hart County but she finds herself there due to human condition; a dysfunctional family and a little jumping the gun on marriage benefits. Pregnant, lied about, not believed by her family, sent packing by her family to cousins in Hart County, and finding herself drowning in even more secrets and subterfuge. Let's start by addressing the elephant in the community. I don't mean to spoiler you but I'm going to so um, if you don't wanna know? Don't read this. The Stauffer's still moonshine. Everyone knows it. Everyone. It's not a secret, they just think it is. To be fair, Sadie doesn't know it. It's not specifically said until deep into the story but I mean. The. Entire. County. Knows. It. Everyone. Perhaps that's why Sadie's parents thought they were the worst of the worst. Although, in my opinion, her parent's aren't very redeeming themselves. Everyone needs someone to look down on I suppose. Noah. Noah has an annoying streak to him that grated on and off my nerves. He is so convinced that this shy, skittish, young woman is in danger. She's sworn she's not in danger. In trouble yes, not in danger. Until he pushes them all so far that her personal situation is revealed in a crowded nursery for all to hear. So much for the ability to share her own news at her own time. I completely blame Noah. I mean, don't get me wrong he's totally redeeming but he's obsessive. Like I said it was grating on and off. His obsession does have some positives to it. He saved Sadie from her family. He saved Sadie from herself. His loved possibly saved them both. There is so much redemption in this book beyond Sadie and Noah. The Stauffer family finds their own redemption. Stephen and his guilt between bringing his children into the family business after the death of their mother. Stephen and forgiving himself for falling back into the 'family business' instead of fighting harder to find another way to support his family when things started falling apart. Monroe, for fighting with himself over the moonshi
PatGMoore More than 1 year ago
Sadie finds herself pregnant, the boyfriend lies to everyone, she's disowned by her family and sent to family in another state with $5.00 in her pocket. She arrives at her uncle's home to find they didn't know she was coming. Soon after her arrival her aunt becomes ill, dies and her families secrets start unraveling. Noah meets Sadie when he arrives when her aunt is stricken ill. He's Amish but works as an EMT. As others become ill and some die with the same symptoms but in different parts of the county the mystery deepens. Sadie learns to be strong in God's strength and to stand on her own, Shelley Shepard Gray writes primarily about the simple life of the Amish but she also shows how, as Christians, we can stand on God's strength and His word. This is one author that I will read no matter what genre' she writes in. She always touches your heart or emotions. Even though the book is set in Amish country it could be about a young lady, her family and friends in any setting. Shelley writes books that are heartwarming, clean, shows her faith through her characters and the story line will keep you turning the pages. I've read most of her books and have thoroughly enjoyed each one. I have her books pre-ordered based on author name & not title. I bought this book and no one asked me to leave a review. All opinions are my own and I read this book in less than two days - didn't want to put it down. Highly recommend Her Fear and any other books by Shelley Shepard Gray.
BearCubsMamma More than 1 year ago
Shelley Shepard Gray is my all time favorite author! And she has done it again, her writing and the characters bring you right into the story. I love to read about the Amish and I also like suspense, Shelley writes Amish, suspense and romance but it is a clean romance which I really love. Thank you again for writing such great books! Whether you like Amish, romance or suspense; you won't be disappointed with Shelley's books!
vics49548 More than 1 year ago
Author Shelley Shepard Gray writes in such a way that her stories, especially this series, hold my interest from the very beginning. The books have been so hard to put down! In this story, Gray addresses the subject of an unwed mother in the Amish community and her abusive family, something you won’t often read about. And Amish moonshiners? I never knew such a thing happened. But the Amish are human and have troubles and trouble makers, just like every segment of society. Hope and faith in God soften this story and bring redemption. With well-developed characters and great descriptions of the communities you’ll be enthralled. The twists and turns kept me turning the pages quickly to see what happened next. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
My thoughts: HER FEAR is the fifth book in Ms. Gray's Amish of Hart County series, but it easily stands alone. Noah is an Amish EMT and it was good to see a popular author write about this little known fact that yes, Amish do work as EMTs or firefighters or first responders. Sadie is pregnant and the father, in the way of a lot of single young men, claimed she was easy and had other lovers and she couldn't prove.... which of course is simply bogos because she could if she'd have a paternity test, but of course, she didn't and it didn't come up. Her parents are abusive and kicked her out when she said she was pregnant and they claimed she lied about who the father was (taking her ex-boyfriend's word over hers) Of course, that just means more trouble when Sadie is taken in by relatives with an undercover business and soon they find themselves under suspicion.... for ___________ (not saying so I don't give a spoiler.) This isn't the best Shelley Shepard Gray book I've read, but it is engaging. While I noticed the timing issues and theatre direction issues, I think most readers would not. Fans of Ms. Gray will likely love this story. This is being marketed as romantic suspense, but it is heavier on the sweet, innocent romance than it is on the suspense. There are dead bodies, but nothing gruesome so any screamish readers shouldn't be concerned. This is in Ms. Gray's understated, sweetly naive style that appeal to so many. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
busymomoftwo More than 1 year ago
Her Fear is the 5th in the Amish of Hart County series. Even though it is the fifth book in the series, you could easily jump in to the series with Her Fear. Some of the characters from the other stories are included, but are only minor characters. Sadie is the main character and her back story is sad. When she becomes pregnant and her boyfriend denies that he is the dad, rather than supporting her, her parents send her to live with her odd extended family that she hasn't met. As we learn more about her home life, it is clear that even with all the strangeness with her relatives, she is better off on her own than with her parents. The characters that Gray develops are like most of us, they are Amish, but fully relatable. The thread of suspense in this novel is not as suspenseful as in some of the other stories, but with the tense living situation, the unplanned pregnancy and scares she has there is plenty of uncertainty on how things will turn out. Her Fear is a story of hope. Sadie finds her self in a tough situation, but through her strength she finds hope and learns about the life she can have. The thread of an emerging love makes a nice balance to the suspense and gives the reader hope for Sadie's finding happiness. I look forward to reading more books by Shelley Shepard Gray in the future. I recommend Her Fear to readers looking for a good story. A complimentary review copy was provided. All opinions are my own.
cindybazzy More than 1 year ago
I so enjoyed this book. Shelley never disappoints. Being from Kentucky I was drawn into this book immediately from the first chapter to the last. Sadie Detweiler, the main character is sent to live with her odd extended family when she comes up pregnant. Shortly after her arrival, her aunt becomes mysteriously ill and passes away. Noah Freeman, a EMT that comes on the scene at the time of death, notices Sadie standing alone and quiet. While Noah is different than most Amish men she has met, she becomes attracted to him. From the beginning she is very comfortable with him and she grows to like him. However she doesn't want to get too involved because she doesn't know how he will react once he finds out she is pregnant. From here the story moves through the twist and turns of their friendship/relationship and the subsequent mysterious deaths in the community. It is a quick read and I would recommend it.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Her Fear is the fifth installment from Shelley Shepard Gray’s The Amish of Hart County series. I believe it can be read as a stand alone. I found the story line in this book to be pretty intense. I found it to be worth a read even though it having some confusing scenes that I did not understand. It was mostly good with some suspense and mystery. I give Her Fear three and a half stars. I received this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Homesteading More than 1 year ago
Sadie’s back story is sad. Her parents and boyfriend treated her as if she was garbage and they could throw her out when they didn’t want her anymore. I was relieved when she finally, through Noah’s tenderness and love, came to realize that she is worthy because she is a child of God. Hope gave her courage to take a stand against savage treatment from her father, and begin the journey to who she was meant to be. Noah is quite simply a gut (good) guy. He has always felt called to help others and being an EMT gives him a unique opportunity to use his Pennsylvania Dutch language to translate when they are called out to an Amish home. From the first time he sees Sadie hovering anxiously near the door, he knows something is not right in the Stauffer household. But how is he going to figure out what it is? Why does he even care when he doesn’t know her? I enjoyed reading Her Fear because it is a different type of Amish story. Sadie is banished to live with kinfolk, the Stauffer’s, in Kentucky, and there is a mystery surrounding the goings-on in that home. I was expecting something creepy, after all it is a SSG novel, but when it was revealed, I was kind of taken aback. In all my years of reading Amish fiction, I don’t think I have come across the subject. I appreciate the author notes in the back of the book discussing Kentucky Amish and their history. I feel like I learned something about a community of people that fascinates me. The story felt a little rushed, especially near the end, but I still recommend it to fans of Amish fiction and mystery/suspense. It wasn’t nail biting but I was spellbound at times and definitely did not want to put the book down. Gray certainly knows how to fully engage my senses. I’m looking forward to the next book in the Amish of Hart County series. Even though this is book 5 in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone. I was gifted a paperback copy of the book from the publisher. No review was required. No compensation received.
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
His Fear, the latest book in the Amish of Hart County was just as good as the others in the series. I can’t wait to read the next one as well. I love how they are all in the same town and some come back and revisit old characters in previous books, yet they are new storylines, new topics and new characters introduced. This book grabbed me from the beginning and the ending was as great as the beginning was. I could really feel the emotions of Sadie and Noah, as well as Esther. In fact, my heart broke the most for Esther – I hope the author will do a story about her as she deserves a happy ending as well. Great series, wonderful book, can’t wait for the next one.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed reading this series of Amish novels set in Kentucky. Her Fear is definitely my favorite of the series so far! The author did a very good job of creating an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty in the house that Sadie was living in. As I read the story, I could feel the fears that Sadie had as they weighed her down. The thread of suspense in this novel, the tense living situation that Sadie was in, the knowledge that Sadie was pregnant out of wedlock, and the Amish EMT made for a very good story which also had a really enjoyable romantic thread running through it. I’m really looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
A raw and emotional look at the Amish who have flaws instead of painting them in a perfect light. It deals with an unexpected pregnancy and a lie that sets off a series of events that sends Sadie away. The course has many twists and turns and your heart is broken for her. It is a story of overcoming fear, forgiveness, finding love in unexpected places, and running the race that God has set before us. I love the Amish Proverb, “Do what you can with what you have where you are.” Sadie does just that...she makes the best of a difficult situation and does whatever is required to protect her unborn child. This is a book of Hope and draws you in with its characterization and a story that grabs you from the first line. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. I received a complimentary copy from the author. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
Librarycataloger More than 1 year ago
Shelley Shepherd Gray often writes about the Amish but she doesn't portray them as perfect people with no faults or problems. Her characters are like most of us. We try, we falter and we sometimes fail but through God's love and grace, we can be forgiven. Sadie Detweiler is Amish but she is no different than many other young women who have trusted in the wrong person and then found themselves facing an unplanned pregnancy alone. Sadie is forced to leave her Ohio home and go to live with relatives she barely knows in Hart County, Kentucky and she immediately becomes a part of circumstances that are both mysterious and perhaps life-threatening. Noah Freeman is a young Amish man working as an EMT and he intuitively recognizes her need for friendship and understanding. He steps in to help her and his strength and his kindness support her as she tries to make a life for her unborn child. This book deals with deceit and manipulation, the illegal production of moonshine, some unexplained deaths and the consequences of breaking the law. I found the title Her Fear very appropriate because there are many kinds of fear woven into this story and they affect several of the characters. Fear of disobedience, fear of discovery, fear of failure, fear of being unable to provide for a child and fear of being alone and never finding happiness. Through it all, however, there is the presence of hope and a reminder that forgiveness is possible and that God will prevail. Shelley Shepherd Gray possesses a wonderful talent of creating characters who are fallible but never beyond redemption and situations that seem hopeless but never irreparable. I heartily recommend this fifth book of The Amish of Hart County series. I received a complimentary copy from the author and publisher but I wasn't obligated to write a favorable review. These are my honest thoughts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author told a compelling EMT / police procedural set within an Amish family under the cruel influence of destructive secrets. How the characters come to healing & resolution & hope forms the elements of this great story.
poodlelover More than 1 year ago
In this fifth book in the Amish of Hart County series, Author Shelley Shepard Gray deals with subject matter that the reader may think the Amish are immune from like unplanned pregnancies, mysterious deaths, and making moonshine, but life happens. You will find the characters relatable as you cheer on Amish EMT Noah Freeman and admire Sadie Detweiler’s determination. Will Noah be the friend and support Sadie so desperately needs? Will their friendship turn to attraction? I found this to be a well-written story filled with suspense, hope, and inspiration! Always one of my favorite authors! I received an ARC of this book to read. The opinions are my own.
poodlelover More than 1 year ago
In this fifth book in the Amish of Hart County series, Author Shelley Shepard Gray deals with subject matter that the reader may think the Amish are immune from like unplanned pregnancies, mysterious deaths, and making moonshine, but life happens. You will find the characters relatable as you cheer on Amish EMT Noah Freeman and admire Sadie Detweiler’s determination. Will Noah be the friend and support Sadie so desperately needs? Will their friendship turn to attraction? I found this to be a well-written story filled with suspense, hope, and inspiration! Always one of my favorite authors! I received an ARC of this book to read. The opinions are my own.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
What a story you are about to begin as you turn the pages on the latest sequel to the Hart County Amish, and it will sure keep your attention. The author has touched on some really deep subjects here including, abandonment, abuse, bootlegging, death, and then you will see how it all ties together. I have loved all of the books in this series so far, and this one sure doesn’t disappoint, and when finished I was ready to read on in their lives of these new friends. I received this book through Edelweiss and the Publisher Avon Inspired, and was not required to give a positive review.