Unforgiven by Shelley Shepard Gray

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This book was sent to me by Baker Book House and I was quite surprised by how good it was! I am not really a Amish fiction reader, so I didn’t have high hopes for this novel; however I was pleasantly surprised by how fun it was!

This book is about Tabitha, a young women who left the Amish community after divorcing her abusive husband. Now she spends her days hiding in her cottage and making her baskets. Until she starts reciting gifts from her ex. Tabitha’s only hope of safety is from her ex-con neighbor Seth who is trying to repay his mistakes. Together they hope to keep Tabitha’s freedom from her ex, while saving her life in the process…

This book was surprisingly good. I don’t usually enjoy Amish stories, but this novel was really good. There is mystery, romance and some suspense. But not as much as usual. I felt like the book was more focused on Tabitha’s redemption in her town, not as much on the mystery.

Now there is some violence in the novel. Mention of abuse, ‘ape, assault and murder. Mention of a husband “punishing” his wife and how the Amish community wouldn’t step in. Nothing is too detailed, however there is mention of a man drugging a women and such…  Obviously this book is for adults. Ladies 18 and up would enjoy this novel, but it can be a emotional read at times.

Overall, this book is a pretty good read. I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would and I do suggest it. I hope you all have a Hat-tastic Day! -The Young Llama Reader.


  • A very interesting read for ladies 18 and up.
  • A clean, romantic mystery!


  • Some dark topics mentioned…
  • Mention of violence…

Ex-con Seth Zimmerman has spent the last three years making amends by helping the vulnerable in his former Amish community. Lately, this mission includes calling on Tabitha Yoder, whose divorce from her abusive husband has isolated her from the community. Even though she never comes out of her house to talk to him, Seth knows she watches him from the window while he chops wood, clears her driveway, and drops off food.

An uneasy friendship is just starting to take hold between them when small gifts begin to appear at Tabitha’s home–gifts that can only be from her ex-husband. Seth might be Tabitha’s only hope at maintaining her hard-won freedom from the man whose violent outbursts had almost cost her life. But coming to her rescue might mean he ends up behind bars once again.

Get swept up in this emotional story of two outcasts who may be each other’s only hope for happiness and redemption from New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray.

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