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Peace

(The Secrets of Crittenden County #3.5)

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After a year of secrets and scandal, will this Amish community finally find peace under the bright promise of Christmas?

Beth Byler has a secret. Ever since she met Englischer Chris Ellis while helping out at the Yellow Bird Inn, she can't stop thinking about him. She knows a relationship could never go anywhere—Chris was working undercover in Crittenden County as a DEA age
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Paperback, 229 pages
Published October 22nd 2013 by Avon Inspire
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Deborah
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After a year of secrets and scandal, will this Amish community finally find peace under the bright promise of Christmas?

Beth Byler has a secret. Ever since she met Englischer Chris Ellis while helping out at the Yellow Bird Inn, she can't stop thinking about him. She knows a relationship could never go anywhere—Chris was working undercover in Crittenden County as a DEA agent. That meant he faced danger daily and carried a gun, making him completely unsuitable for an Amish woman like herself. But
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Gail Welborn
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
***11 Amish Christmas 2013 new releases from top selling authors and publishers***

***See the covers and reviews of all 11 on The Seattle Examiner***

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Shelley Shepard Gray releases Peace, Tuesday, October 22nd. With a Christmas love story that re-connects readers with lovable characters, Beth Byler and Chris Ellis from Crittenden County’s 2012 trilogy— Secrets: Missing, The Search and Found .

Peace opens with secret DEA agent, Chris Ellis, about to
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Linda
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish
This was an excellent love story with some intrigue too. I so enjoyed this book.
Lady Delacour
Enjoyed all 3 books in the Series,
as well as the Christmas Novella.
4 Lovely Shining Stars.
Narrator Bernadette Dunne
did a very nice job, she gave
each character their own voice.
100% Clean Story.
Emma
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Peace: A Crittenden County Christmas
by Shelley Shepard Gray
PEACE is the Christmas novella, part of The Secrets of Crittenden County series.

After a year of secrets and scandal, will this Amish community finally find peace under the bright promise of Christmas?

Beth Byler has a secret. Ever since she met Englischer Chris Ellis while helping out at the Yellow Bird Inn, she can't stop thinking about him. She knows a relationship could never go anywhere—Chris was working undercover in Crittenden Cou
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Katrina Epperson
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This author has written an inspiring romance set in an Amish community. She has brought us well developed characters that give you a glimpse of their heart and soul. This story is centered around Christmas and reminds us that the true meaning of the holiday is the birth of Jesus and his love for each and everyone of us.
We are introduced to Beth Byler, a lovely young woman who as agreed to look after her friend's Bed and Breakfast through the holiday season. There are to be no guests so Beth anti
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Charlene
This title interested me because of the holiday theme and Amish heroine. Reading this book on its own made me feel at a distinct disadvantage because the story and characters are obviously carried over from one or two previous books.

The thought that kept distracting me when I read this was that it seemed to be modeled after the Harrison Ford film from some years ago, "Witness," which I liked very much [other than the intimacy and violence in the film]. The hero is an undercover agent who, when i
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Sharon Chance
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Author Shelley Shepard Gray is well-known for her Amish-themed novels, and her series, "The Secrets of Crittenden County," is one of my favorites. She brings the outside world into the Amish community and shows how both cultures can work together with a little work, a little patience, and a lot of love and understanding.

Her holiday novel, "Peace," is the fourth book in the "Crittenden" series, and focuses on sweet Beth Byler and DEA agent Chris Ellis and their star-crossed romance. Gray mixes i
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Kate
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm so glad that this book is now being listed as the 4th book in the 'Secrets of Crittenden County' series. You really do need to read the first 3 in order to not be spoiled by things that are mentioned in this book.
To be honest, I had kind of forgotten about Beth and Chris and their mutual attraction that had been mentioned previously. When I read the back cover of this book, I was excited that their story would be resolved. The book definitely did not disappoint!
I felt like this book was a co
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Susan
I loved this mystery within an Amish setting. The pacing is great and the characters are well developed with compelling interactions. This is the first I have read from this author and so did not have back stories that were referenced here. I was still able to follow this story however and look forward to reading others that predate this one.
A clean romantic mystery.
April Suter
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chris returns to Crittenden County and finds Beth at the Yellow Bird Inn. As Christmas approaches they realize what they mean to one another but also how far apart their two worlds are. Meanwhile
Jacob and Deborah visit his father in jail and try forgiveness.
229 pages
Angela
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am such a fan. Once again, read this book in one sitting. I get so caught up in the story that I don't normally get up until I have read the whole book. Good story, Christmas theme, Amish, well written...what is not to love?? You really need to read her books. ...more
Carolyn E
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. I believe it is actually Book #4 in Shelley Shepard Gray's "Crittenden County" series. This is a wonderful series; I highly recommend it. ...more
Lisa
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Peace is a perfect title for this book. Chris and Beth meet up again when his cover is blown and he has no where else to go. Jacob and Aaron make peace in a moving scene. Fans of the Secrets of Crittenden County will love this peaceful, Christmas story.
Heather
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great Amish Fiction! Read my review: http://www.fireandicereads.com/2013/1... ...more
Ndecamp
Dec 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Totally "lite" ready - but good diversion with a holiday twist. ...more
Julie Stone
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect for the holidays! Shelley's voice as always is like talking to an old friend-I loved every bit of it! ...more
Pam
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is first book I have read by Shelley Shepard Gray. Happy to have discovered this very good author. A perfect holiday read-- very heartwarming.
Kim Blevins
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a heartwarming book of the Amish and Christmas and a happy ending!!
Rachel
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a well-written fourth novel (despite it being called 3.5) in a great Amish series full of great characters. This is a rather unique series of books because the first three novels involve a mystery that is solved by the end of the third novel and at the same time three different couples sort through various obstacles in their way to forming a life together, but the fourth tag-along novel is a suspenseful romance due to a secondary romance that was introduced in the second novel. (Accordi ...more
Rosemarie
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This novella takes place about 6 months after the ending of book 3 in the series. Frannie, now a Mennonite, is married to Luke (the English detective from Cincinnati). They have gone out of town for Christmas, and Frannie once again asks her single Amish friend Beth to watch her B&B while they're gone. She has no reservations for the week of Christmas, and she's frozen several meals for Beth to eat (as Beth is not a good cook). Thinking it would be an easy week, Beth is comfortable staying at th ...more
toulouse
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: least-favorites
This was cute enough. The writing and characters weren’t very memorable at all. The relationships showcased were memorable, and quite wholesome, though. The ending was much sweeter than I had anticipated it to be, and the catch up with the sub plot of Jacob & Deborah’s relationship was cute, and more needed than I thought. Although all of these things are true about this book, it still wasn’t that great. It was okay, maybe even good, but nothing more. Maybe if I had read the other books in this ...more
Diana C. Kobylak
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story is about Beth, an Amish girl and Chris, an Englisher, who is also an undercover DEA agent. He’s been badly beaten and drives himself to the warmth of the inn where Beth works during the Christmas holidays for care and recovery. The place is familiar as he’s been there before. He has a crush on the Beth, and she on him. However, he must soon take on another undercover role right after Christmas and leave all over again. The story kept me wondering how things would work out for them, bu ...more
Tina
Jul 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, goodreads-won
Peace #3.5 The Secrets of Crittenden County by Shelley S. Gray

Crittenden County, Kentucky
Amish Beth Byler and Englisher Chris Ellis fall in love, but is there a future for them with the differences in their cultures? An interesting story with secrets, scandal, danger, love, and faith in the midst of Christmas time.

~I won a copy of this book from the author/publisher via GoodReads (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~
Virginia
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really sweet addition to the series. The Christmas season was especially heart-warming - food, decorations, traditions. Lots of warm fuzzies here. Now I'd just like to hear the sheriff's story. So I hope there's a book 4!

Note: I listened to the audio version and really enjoyed the narration, pacing, etc. Great experience!
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Gay Ann
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
This Amish tale is slightly different than most stories, it involves a DEA agent working on drug cases reentering Beth's somber Amish life working in an inn in Crittenden Country at Christmas time. It switches between this story and a newlywed couple working in a variety store while dealing with her brother being murdered by his father. ...more
Aimee
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
This was a satisfying story that revisited characters from the original trilogy.
Amanda
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Another cute Amish romance.
Dee
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
BORROWED ON HOOPLA
jb Byrkit
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is hard for me to review. I don’t normally read Amish or romance books. This was picked for the library bookclub.

It was an okay book with an okay storyline.
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Librarian Note: AKA Shelley Gray (Western Romance).

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.

Her novels have been Holt Medallion winners and Inspirational Readers Choice and Carol finalists. Shelley’s novels have appeared on both the New
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Other books in the series

The Secrets of Crittenden County (3 books)
  • Missing (The Secrets of Crittenden County #1)
  • The Search (The Secrets of Crittenden County #2)
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