Saturday, March 1, 2014

Hopeful by Shelley Shepard Gray (Review)

  • Series: Return to Sugarcreek (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Inspire (February 4, 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062204462

In the Amish town of Sugarcreek, love comes in many forms. But will it come at all for Miriam?
Miriam Zehr has worked at the Sugarcreek Inn longer than she cares to admit. The restaurant is a favorite of town residents as well as the many tourists who come to taste the famous Amish fare. Though she always tries to have a smile for every customer, deep down Miriam knows something's missing: a family of her own.

Miriam has never felt particularly beautiful, especially because she's always been a bit heavier than other girls her age. When Junior, the man she's pined for all her life, suddenly seeks her out, she's thrilled to be noticed . . . until she realizes he's only asking her to help get the attention of Mary Kathryn Hershberger, her pretty friend.

If Miriam helps Junior court Mary Kathryn, she'll get to spend a lot of time with him, but she might lose him in the process. Are these few stolen moments worth a lifetime of sacrifice? Is Miriam right to even hope for the life she dreams of?

 My Review:

This is one of my favorite Amish fiction authors. I have read all of her books. I was excited to read that more stories will be set in Sugarcreek. Miriam Zehr is the focus of this book. The characters and plot were well developed and interesting. I could identify with the place in life she was at. She is twenty five and most of her friends are married with children while she lives at home and works. Even her parents are giving up hope. She is nice but not beautiful and the only guy she has ever cared about does not see her. One day Junior asked her to help him get another girl. She agrees against her better judgment. I never liked the character of Junior. I could see glimpses of a nice man like when he interacts with his baby sister otherwise I thought he was a jerk. I did not even like him that much at the end. But I thought the story was good and I liked Miriam. I look forward to reading book two in the series. :)

 Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

Review copy provided by Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.

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