Hopeful by Shelley Shepard Gray…Plus FB Party and giveaway!


by Shelley Shepard Gray

HopefulABOUT THIS BOOK…..Return to Sugarcreek, Book One 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? Purchase a copy and learn more at Shelley’s website .


Miriam Zehr is such a sweet young Amish lady, and she will do anything she can for anyone. And that is just what she did when Junior ask for her help in getting to know the new school teacher. This beautiful new school teacher is just the woman Junior is looking for, or so he things. The problem is, Miriam has had her heart set on Junior since they were young, but Junior never gave Mariam a thought, so it just might be time for her to forget about Junior and look elsewhere.

I really liked Miriam from the beginning, but I really got irritated at Junior to put her in such an awkward position. But being the Miriam she was, she started trying to make sure the paths crossed of Junior and Mary Kate. Mary Kate brings into the community issues of her past that pips up the tension a bit. Weaved together so beautifully, Shelly Shepard Gray gives us readers a wonderful heartwarming story full of ups and downs, tensions, and oh so romantic! If you enjoy Amish fiction, you will love this new book by one of my favorite authors!

I received this book from the publisher Litfuse Publicity Group to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Shelley Shepard Gray
Shelley Shepard Gray

Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Times bestseller, a two-time USA Today bestseller, 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.

And now for the giveaway!

Welcome to the blog tour for Hopeful, the first book in Shelley Shepard Gray’s new series, Return to Sugarcreek. Critics have already given their thumbs up for Hopeful: “Lovable characters and a good story, full of romance and suspense . . . a must read.” (Library Journal) Enter to win one of FIVE copies of the book. 


Five winners will receive:

  • Hopeful by Shelley Shepard Gray

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 23rd. All winners will be announced February 24th at Shelley’s blog.

Enter today and be sure to visit Shelley’s blog on the 24th to see if YOU won one of the books!

Smitten Book Club by Coble, Billerbeck, Hunter, Hunt, Plus win a Kindle Fire HDX and more

Smitten Book Club

by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck,

Denise Hunter, Diann Hunt

Smitten Book ClubThe century-old Gentlewoman’s Guide to Love and Courtship is no ordinary book club choice. But for the little book club in Smitten, Vermont, it might be their best pick yet!

The thick, leathery tome Heather pulled out of the dusty cardboard box was definitely coming home with her. Not only was The Gentlewoman’s Guide to Love and Courtship an appealing curiosity by virtue of its title; it was also written by Smitten, Vermont native Pearl Chambers, a local gentlewoman from three generations back.

Little did Heather know the repercussions this little curiosity would have on her and her friends’ romantic exploits.

When Heather and her fellow book club members begin passing the book around, their respective interpretations are unleashed on their respective love lives . . . for better or for worse. Is it a mystery? An idealist fantasy? An intimation of Jane Austen? As romantic love finds its way to each woman, the Guide proves itself both surprisingly prescient and hilariously irrelevant.

What’s more, a handwritten inscription indicates that the arcane book might hold the only extant clues leading to buried gold—exactly what one of the members needs to keep her house. How could they not go treasure hunting?

In this remarkable collaborative novel, besties Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter, and Diann Hunt tackle the tale of the Gentlewoman’s Guide by writing for one book club member apiece. Smitten Book Club is a hopeful, hilarious story of friendship and healing, written by friends for friends.

Purchase a copy here.


Another collection of Smitten stories, and another great book by four really awesome writers! Smitten, Vermont is a romantic little town and from it comes four really awesome romantic, mysterious stories.

Heather finds an old romantic advice book written by a one time famous Vermont Resident at a yard sale. This book, The Gentlewoman’s Guide to Love and Courtship, had a note in it saying that there are clues to lost gold within its pages. As the ladies in this book, Heather, Abby, Lia and Molly find romance in their own lives, will they take advise from this old forgotten book?

The four Novella’s in this book;  Love by the Book.. by Colleen Coble, Shelved Under Romance.. by Kristin Billerbeck, A New Chapter.. by Diann Hunt, Happily Ever After.. by Denise Hunter, are just a really fantastic read! I thoroughly enjoyed following the romantic lives of each of these four ladies. I loved each character, and I really don’t have a favorite! They are all good, and I really want to encourage you to pick up a copy of Smitten Book Club, and also check out the first two books in this series as well!

I received this book from the publisher Thomas Nelson Publishers and Litfuse Publicity Group to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.


Coble, Billerbeck, Hunter, Hunt
Coble, Billerbeck, Hunter, Hunt

RITA-finalist Colleen Coble is the author of several best-selling romantic suspense novels, including “Tidewater Inn”, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. * Christy Award finalist and two-time winner of the ACFW Book of the Year award, Kristin Billerbeck has appeared on The Today Show and has been featured in the New York Times. Her books include “A Billion Reasons Why” and “What a Girl Wants.” * Denise Hunter is the award-winning and best-selling author of several novels, including “A Cowboy’s Touch” and “Sweetwater Gap.” She and her husband are raising three boys in Indiana. * Diann Hunt was a writer of romantic comedy and humorous women’s fiction. She lost her courageous battle with cancer last fall. A Hallmark Channel adaptation of her novel “For Better or For Worse” will air fall 2014..


The Smitten gals are back with their newest release, Smitten Book Club! Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, and Denise Hunter are celebrating with a Kindle Fire giveaway, a Facebook party on February 20, and a nationwide book-club brunch on March 22.



One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • The Smitten books (Smitten, Secretly Smitten, Smitten Book Club)

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 20th. Winner will be announced at the Smitten Book Club Facebook Author Chat Party on February 20th. Connect with Colleen Coble, Denise Hunter, and Kristin Billerbeck for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! The Smitten gals will also be taking questions from the audience, giving away books and gift certificates, and sharing news about their upcoming nationwide Smitten Book Club brunch on March 22nd. (Sign up to host today!)

So grab your copy of Smitten Book Club and join Colleen, Denise, Kristin, and friends on the evening of February 20th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 20th!

Sign up to host a Smitten Book Club Brunch on March 22nd!
Smitten Book Club Brunch Coble, Hunter, Billerbeck, Hunt

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