Litfuse Presents..Thankful by Shelley Shepard Gray + Giveaway

by Shelley Shepard Gray



Thankful, Book Two in the Return to Sugarcreek series

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?

Thankful includes a P.S. section with additional insights from the author, background material, suggestions for further reading, and more.

Learn more and purchase a copy here.



Shelley Shepard Gray is one of my favorite authors and I always enjoy reading and reviewing her books! Christine Kempf and Aden Reese had a unique relationship. Aden saved Christine’s life during an ice skating get together, then Aden lost his parents in an accident, and Christine’s parents took him in their home has their own son. The problem was that Aden had been in love with Christine for years, and Christine had been love with Aden for years. But, each was afraid to let the other one know. It was when Aden decided he could no longer live in the same house as Christine that things started to change. Where Aden still didn’t want to admit his feelings, Christine decided she was going to be bold and let this guy know how she felt about him. Whew!! What a tangled web we weave! But Ms. Gray does a fantastic job of weaving the story together and making it a wonderful read. This is really a pretty laid back and easy, light read, and sometimes that is just what I need to read.

If you enjoy a good, clean, light read, I highly recommend Thankful by Shelley Shepard Gray. This heartwarming read is awesome for anyone to read. And if you want to find out the outcome of Aden and Christine’s relationship, this book is a must!      I received this book from Litfuse Publishing 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 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.


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