Monday, January 5, 2009

Wanted by Shelley Shepard Gray


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Wanted

Avon Inspire (January 6, 2009)

by

Shelley Shepard Gray




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Hidden is Shelley’s first foray into inspirational fiction. Previously, Shelley lived in Texas and Colorado, where she taught school and earned both her bachelors and masters degrees in education. She now lives in southern Ohio where she writes full time. Shelley is an active member of her church. She serves on committees, volunteers in the church office, and is part of the Telecare ministry, which calls homebound members on a regular basis. Shelley looks forward to the opportunity to write novels that showcase her Christian ideals.

This is the second book in the Sisters Of Heart series. The first was Hidden.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Twenty-year-old Katie Brenneman has always quietly fancied Jonathan Lundy. So when the brokenhearted widower asks her to help him take care of his two young girls, Katie knows it will be a trying time-yet she cannot pass up a golden opportunity to get to know this man better.

Just as she's settling into her new life, a message arrives from Katie's past, threatening to expose her darkest secrets. During her Rumspringa, her running-around years, she experimented with activities forbidden in the Amish way of life. Frightened by how far she'd strayed from her values, Katie ran back home, vowing to cut all ties with the outside world. Now her transgressions are coming back to haunt her, just as Jonathan seems willing to welcome her into his heart.

Will the past destroy Katie's chances for love? Or will Katie finally allow herself to accept God's love, forgive her past...and receive everything she's ever wanted?

If you would like to read an excerpt of Chapter 1 of Wanted, go HERE

My Review:

I read the first book, Hidden, last year. It is the story of Anna who goes to Katie and her family's house in Amish country to escape her abusive boyfriend. Anna ends up living and staying with Katie, her friend. In this book, Wanted, Katie's story is told. Katie has had a crush on Jonathan forever it seems. Now he is widowed with two children and Katie is wishing he would notice her that way. She wants to but still has secrets and inner struggles from her Rumspringa years. When Jonathan's sister who lives with him goes away for a while he asks her to come stay and take care of the children. Life is never easy and perfect though. This is a well written love story but more than that it is a story of forgiveness. :)

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