His Risk


Title:  His Risk (The Amish of Hart County #4)

Author:  Shelley Shepard Gray

Pages:  266 (ARC)

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Avon Inspire

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Calvin Fisher has left the Amish faith after a terrible childhood.  His older brother, Mark, was the one who raised him.  At the age of 14 Calvin left Horse Cave, Kentucky and began a descent into a life of alcohol and drugs.  Now, he has cleaned up his act.  He works for the DEA as an informant in exchange for them paying debts he owed to a gang.  Calvin is still a member of the gang, but he secretly reports information to the DEA.  The only way out of the gang is death, so Calvin knows he has a dim future and short life ahead of him.  He has kept his distance from his brother in the past, but recently they had somewhat of a reconciliation.  He doesn’t want Mark or Mark’s wife to become a potential target for the gang, so he stays away.

Calvin receives a telephone call from his sister-in-law telling him Mark is very sick with kidney cancer and she needs Calvin’s help with Mark.  Calvin returns home and becomes interested in the neighbor across the street, Alice Yoder.  Alice is a preschool teacher who is house-sitting for her brother while he is on vacation.  She finds Calvin attractive and accepts him at face value.  She doesn’t know he is involved in a gang or what he must do as a member of the gang.  Soon, criminal activity is on the up rise in Horse Cave.  Has Calvin’s gang decided to move in or are they just checking up on him to make sure he is doing what he said he would do?  Is the gang doubting his loyalty?  Alice even has some scary encounters and her school is vandalized.  Is Calvin’s gang responsible?

This is a story that will get readers involved from page one.  Shelley’s writing is such that it draws readers in with easy prose and likeable characters.  Calvin’s protectiveness of Alice was admirable.  He was so gentle with her, but so tough with his gang.  He had a difficult time when people still thought the worst of him because of his past, but he couldn’t tell them he had changed as he was undercover.  Alice believed in him as a person not based on his job.  I’m looking forward to book five that will be released July 2018 to see what is new in Hart County!

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