About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Widow's Secrets by Shelley Shepard Gray

Widow's Secrets

She’s found peace living alongside the Amish…

But she can’t escape her past.

Artist Liana Mann is stunned to learn her husband, missing for ten years, has been found murdered. Now Officer Kent Olson seeks to solve the cold case—with Liana’s help. The faster he unravels the mystery, the sooner he can return to regular duties. Liana wants nothing to do with the police, yet Kent intrigues her. But will digging into the past create new problems?


Author Shelley Shepard Gray often writes Amish fiction, and even though this book includes Amish characters, the main focus is on Englishers who are drawn into a ten-year-old police case that's never been solved. As the story opens, the body of Liana Mann's husband is discovered and she's finally convinced that he won't be coming home. What isn't known is who murdered him in such a brutal manner.

Gray's characters are well-developed and their past histories add many layers to the plot. Liana had been abused and, after years of withdrawing into a private world of fear and distrust, she's just now found inner peace from her art and her special friendship with Amish neighbors. Is it any wonder that she would be wary of Officer Kent Mann, and his investigation that threatens to undermine any happiness she has achieved? In his efforts to solve the murder, Kent becomes a more sympathetic police officer and his friendship with Liana indicates that a deeper relationship may be possible. Can he persuade her to trust again?

Questions multiply, and the mystery deepens, as Liana and Kent work together to finally bring closure to this 'cold case'. Several twists and turns kept me guessing and seeing Liana blossom is a joy. Widow's Secrets is a touching story filled with sweet romance, hope, and forgiveness, and I recommend it to all who enjoy inspirational romantic suspense.

I received a copy of this book from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Shelley Shepard Gray has published over seventy novels. She currently writes Amish romances for Harper Collins, Kensington, and Simon & Schuster and contemporary women’s fiction for Blackstone Publishing.

Before writing romances, Shelley lived in Texas and Colorado, where she taught school and earned both her bachelor’s degree in English literature and elementary education and later obtained her master’s degree in educational administration. She currently lives in Colorado Springs and writes full time. Shelley is married, the mother of two young adults and she is an active member of her church.

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