Peace is a great Christmas story, with wonderful characters who have what it takes to survive a host of secrets and scandals and show others the art of forgiveness no matter the season. The storyline puts emphasis on surviving the last year in Crittenden County when scandals rocked the quiet Amish community. Shepard Gray always brings her “A” game into her writing; she weaves both the good and the bad into her novels and does not miss a beat. This one goes on readers’ keeper shelf.
Beth Byler has kept her romantic interest in DEA agent Chris Ellis a secret. He’s been working undercover in her Amish community and he’s an Englischer — so there can never be anything more than friendship between them. While Beth is working at the Yellow Bird Inn a few days before Christmas, Chris comes back in bad shape and in need of a place to hide. Beth knows that keeping him hidden is not the right thing to do, but she can’t let him disappear from her life again. Will she keep Chris safe from his enemies long enough to have a merry Christmas? (AVON INSPIRE, Oct., 256 pp., $12.99)