Friday, May 30, 2014

Thankful by Shelley Shepard Gray (Review)

  • Series: Return to Sugarcreek (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Inspire (May 6, 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062204479

New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray captures the beauty, devotion, and warmth of Amish life in this engaging tale of family, commitment, trust, and love set in the beloved community of Sugarcreek.

Christina Kempf has always known that God chose Aden Reese to be her husband. As children, he was there to save her when she fell through the ice, and he’s been by her side ever since. After his parents died in a car accident ten years ago, the Kempfs raised Aden as one of their own, and everyone sees Aden and Christina as brother and sister. But Christina has never given up hope that Aden will one day ask her to be his wife.

Aden always planned to court Christina. But losing his mother and father changed everything—except his love for her. Her parents generously welcomed him into their home and treated him like a son. He can’t betray their kindness by admitting his feelings for the girl who is like a sister . . . yet so much more.

Pressured by her parents to court, Christina begins to accept the attentions of Sugarcreek’s young men, and now, Aden must make a choice. Will he stand by and watch the love of his life slip away? Or will he risk losing the love and trust of the family he holds dear to tell Christina how he truly feels?

My Review:

 I enjoyed reading this second book in the Return to Sugarcreek series. It can be read alone although characters repeat. This book had three main plots. The first is the relationship between Christina Kempf and Aden Reese. The second is Judith and Ben from a previous book. They cannot have children so they have been going through the adoption process. The last involves Jana a local Amish food restaurant owner who has been in background of many books. She might be finding love again after being widowed for many years. I felt a little frustrated at times with so many plot lines. I wish more time would have been spent on Christina and Aden. It did not feel like they were the center of the book. Most of the characters and plot lines were well developed. The book held my attention from beginning to end. It was a good Amish romance book. Recommended.

Shelley Shepard Gray lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. A busy wife and mother of two, she spends her days writing and keeping track of her two teenagers. Her two dogs keep her company when she writes in her basement. Shelley enjoys writing about the Amish and visits Amish communities in Adams and Holmes counties several times a year. When not spending time with her family or writing, she serves on several committees in her church. Shelley also spends a lot of time on line! Please visit her website, to find out her latest news...or become her friend on FaceBook.

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

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