Litfuse Presents A Sister’s Wish/An Amish Family Christmas by Shelley Shepard Gray

Litfuse Presents
A Sister’s Wish/An Amish Family Christmas
by Shelley Shepard Gray

A Sister’s Wish
by Shelley Shepard Gray

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A Sister’s Wish (Avon Inspire, September 2016)

In Shelley Shepard Gray’s third book in her Charmed Amish Life series, a respectable young woman finds herself falling for an Amish man from the wrong side of the tracks.

Amelia Kinsinger is the perfect Amish woman—at least according to her neighbors. And while Amelia takes pride in her role as homemaker, she’s also harboring a secret: She’s been in love with bad boy Simon Hochstetler for as long as she can remember. Too bad he’s about as far from “perfect” as an Amish man could get… but that’s exactly why she’s so drawn to him.

Life hasn’t been kind to Simon. He ran away from an abusive home at fifteen and things went downhill from there. Eventually, Simon landed in prison. But the experience changed him. Now back in Charm as a grown man, he’s determined to make a new life for himself and not think too much about his wild past…unless it pertains to Amelia.

He’s loved Amelia for years. To him, she represents everything good and kind in the world. When he realizes that she returns his affections, he starts calling on her in secret, even though her older brother Lukas—who just happens to be Simon’s best friend—has made it perfectly clear that Amelia deserves better. Simon disagrees and believes he’s the only one who can truly make her happy.

But when Amelia gets hurt, it sets off a chain of events that forces them to consider their future together—and face their past mistakes. There’s a chance for love… but only if Simon dares to trust Amelia with the secrets of his past.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Simon Hochstetler was known as the bad boy of his Amish community because of the life he lived outside of the Amish. Truth was he was really forced out of the community, as well as his older brother and sister because of the abuse from his dad. When he comes back to the community years later, Amelia Kinsinger still attracted to him, even though her brother and sister didn’t approve.

I have to say, I really like Simon. His story is so sad, having to leave home at such an early age and make some kind of life for himself. And sad as it is, someone with nothing usually make the incorrect choices, just as Simon did. I could understand Amelia’s family being protective of her, but they really went a bit too far with it. I think a lot of it was they were comfortable with Amelia taking care of the farm and her brother and sister while they ran their company.

I love Shelley Shepard Gray’s books and A Sister’s Wish is another awesome read from this author. If you enjoy Amish stories, this is a must read. Actually the entire series is a must read. Don’t miss out on these fabulous Amish reads!

I received this book from Litfuse 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.

 

An Amish Family Christmas
By Shelley Shepard Gray

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In Shelley Shepard Gray’s fourth book in her Charmed Amish Life series, an unlikely Amish romance reveals that Christmas is a time for family, miracles—and love.

Ever since his father died in a tragic fire, Levi Kinsinger has felt adrift. Having just returned to Charm, Ohio, Levi tries to fit into his old life only to discover he seems to have outgrown it.

When Julia, Levi’s young widowed neighbor, asks for his help with a Christmas project, he finds a sense of purpose for the first time in months. She and her daughter are new to Charm and could use a friend, a task Levi takes seriously. Soon enough, his friendship with Julia grows into attraction, but Levi can’t help harboring doubts. There’s something about Julia that doesn’t ring quite true . . .

Like Levi, Julia Kemp has survived her fair share of hardships—but only by hiding the truth of her past. Then she meets Levi and, for the first time, she feels hopeful. Little by little, she begins to imagine telling him her darkest secret and eventually . . . perhaps even sharing her life with him.

Christmas is a time for family, and as the holiday draws closer, Julia and Levi will have to face their pasts together in order to find the healing, support, and love they so desperately desire.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is Levi’s story. Levi left home when a horrible accident happened at their family mill. Several men in the community lost their lives, including Levi’s dad. And the only way Levi could deal with the loss was to leave home for a while and get away from it all, leaving his brother and sister to run the mill, and deal with all of the negative abuse from the community blaming their dad for the accident. Levi’s story was different, and its probably my favorite of the series, though its difficult to pick a favorite. Levi lived in a different home than his family, again, to stay away from reminders of his dad. Julia, his neighbor was a single mom, and the two seemed to always run into each other, but Julia has a secret that she didn’t want anyone to find out, so she changed her story a bit to keep her location a secret.

Again, another awesome story from author Shelley Shepard Gray. I love the believable characters, and the way they develop and grow throughout the story, and throughout the series. The Kinsinger family has lost much, and endured a lot. As I read each book, I found myself wanting to do something to help the characters, to pray for them. And of course this book was wonderful because the story happens during the Christmas season, which I love. And an Amish Christmas story is wonderful because of the way they celebrate with family. If you enjoy Amish stories, you will love An Amish Family Christmas and Levi and Julia’s story. You may even find a bit of violence in here.

I received this book from Litfuse 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 “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.

LITFUSE presents…A Daughters Dream by Shelley Shepard Gray

A Daughters Dream
by Shelley Shepard Gray

A Daughter’s DreamA Daughter’s Dream (Avon Inspire, May 2016)

A young teacher and farmer discover they have much in common, especially when it comes to healing old wounds from the past . . . and finding love in one another.

Rebecca Kinsinger has always dreamed of being a teacher. But when she’s given the opportunity she’s been waiting for at Charm Amish School, she’s dismayed to discover that teaching is hard work—work she’s afraid she’s not very good at.

That is, until Lilly Yoder joins the class. A thirteen-year old who’s just lost her parents, Lilly is in need of someone like Rebecca. For the first time since starting her new job, Rebecca feels a sense of purpose. But when she meets Lilly’s uncle, Jacob, his good looks and sweet, easy-going temperament are hard to ignore. How can she even entertain romantic thoughts of Jacob when his niece is her student?

Suddenly becoming Lily’s sole caregiver, Jacob Yoder never thought he’d be a single parent—or a farmer. Having been living in Florida as a carpenter, Jacob feels more at home wielding a hammer than a backhoe. The only bright spot in his life is Rebecca Kinsinger. As Lily and Rebecca develop a bond, Jacob’s fondness for the pretty teacher grows, too.

But when a fateful accident brings them together, Rebecca and Jacob must choose between duty and desire. Will they follow the path before them? Or set out to find true happiness . . . and true love?

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Rebecca Kinsinger finally gets her dream of becoming a teacher, but things are just not going right with her teaching abilities. The job is just not what she thought it would be. When a new student comes to her class, Rebecca starts feeling like  for once, she is needed. Lilly has lost both parents, and her uncle Jacob has stepped up to be her parent, even though he is single and knows nothing about parenting. As Jacob and Rebecca spends more time together, Rebecca decides she wants more out of life than being a teacher.

I  love Shelley Shepard Gray’s books, and I fell in love with Rebecca and Jacob’s story! Ms. Gray does and exceptional job of weaving together the characters and different situations in this story, making it such a heartwarming and entertaining read. There was so much good stuff in this story that I found myself going back many times and re-reading pages or chapters. This is definitely a book I will keep and read again. If you are an Amish book fan, you will love Jacob and Rebecca’s story. I am patiently waiting for the next book in this series. I know it will be just as refreshing and entertaining as this one.

I received this book from Litfuse 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 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.

Litfuse Presents A Son’s Vow by Shelley Shepard Gray

A Son’s Vow
by  Shelley Shepard Gray

 

About the book:

Three months ago, everything changed for Darla Kurtz and her family.

Darla’s father was responsible for a terrible fire at Charm’s lumber mill which killed five Amish men. And though he, too, lost his life, the town of Charm hasn’t looked at her family the same since. Even Lukas Kinsinger—with whom Darla used to have a close friendship.

Now her brother’s anger at the town is spilling over onto Darla, and she has the bruises to prove it. The accident already cost five lives, but if something doesn’t change soon, Darla fears it will cost her—and her family—even more.

Lukas Kinsinger wants to mourn the loss of his father, but he can hardly find the time to breathe. Suddenly the head of his father’s lumber mill and responsible for taking care of his three siblings, he’s feeling the pressure. He has also never felt more alone—especially with the new tension between he and Darla. But when he learns of her troubles at home, Lukas knows he can’t simply stand by and watch. Someone has to help her before another tragedy occurs.

As Lukas and Darla attempt to repair their families, they discover something deeper than friendship growing between them. But will Lukas and Darla’s love be accepted after so much loss? Or will the pain of the past overcome any chance of future happiness?

Shelley Shepard Gray’s first book in her Charmed Amish Life series is set in the quaint Amish village of Charm, Ohio, and tells the stories of the Kinsinger siblings who are each struggling to find both forgiveness and love in the face of tragedy. 

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

 Darla Kurtz’s life changed when a fire at the local lumber yard, claimed to be the fault of Darla’s dad, killed five Amish men in the community. And as if this wasn’t enough for the family, their mom couldn’t handle the situation and left her family. Darla’s dad, lumber mill owner Lukas Kinsinger’s dad, and three other men lost their lives. Lukas was one that didn’t hold Darla’s dad at fault, but his opinion didn’t change that of the others in the community. The result was the horrible cruel treatment Darla’s family faced.

My heart went out to Darla because of the cruel treatment, and to make things worse, her brother launched out against the Kinsinger’s family because he thinks they are the blame. There were many twists and turns in this story, a lot of drama, hurt, tension, unforgiveness, not like your typical Amish story. Ms. Gray does an amazing job of weaving the dysfunctional community into a loving, forgiving and accepting community. This is one of those books that I had to read straight through without putting it down. And I love this cover, the writing is exceptional, its just as awesome book inside and out

I received this book from Litfuse 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.


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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.

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Whispers in the Reading Room By Shelley Shepard Gray

Whispers in the Reading Room

The Chicago World’s Fair Mystery Series

By Shelley Shepard Gray    

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Book Description

Lydia’s job at the library is her world—until a mysterious patron catches her eye . . . and perhaps her heart.

Just months after the closure of the Chicago World’s Fair, librarian Lydia Bancroft finds herself fascinated by a mysterious dark-haired and dark-eyed patron. He has never given her his name; he actually never speaks to a single person. All she knows about him is that he loves books as much as she does.

Only when he rescues her in the lobby of the Hartman Hotel does she discover that his name is Sebastian Marks. She also discovers that he lives at the top of the prestigious hotel and that most everyone in Chicago is intrigued by him.

Lydia and Sebastian form a fragile friendship, but when she discovers that Mr. Marks isn’t merely a very wealthy gentleman, but also the proprietor of an infamous saloon and gambling club, she is shocked.

Lydia insists on visiting the club one fateful night and suddenly is a suspect to a murder. She must determine who she can trust, who is innocent, and if Sebastian Marks—the man so many people fear—is actually everything her heart believes him to be.

About the Author

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. Find Shelley on her website, http://www.shelleyshepardgray.com, on Facebook: ShelleyShepardGray, and on Twitter @ShelleySGray.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Love this book, Love this series! Shelley Shepard Gray is one of the best!! Lydia and Sebastian were two very different people, from completely different backgrounds, but the attraction between them was real. But the two being together was just impossible. Or was it? Though rough as some of the characters are, this is a pretty sweet story. There is a lot of bad things happening, a lot of tension, a lot of twists and turns, but Ms. Gray does a fantastic job of pulling it all together, with twists and turns you don’t expect, and making another awesome story in this series. I don’t want to say too much, and give anything away, so I wont! This is a wonderful and entertaining story, set just after the Chicago Worlds Fair is over, a story that will stay with you for a while.

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers 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.

Litfuse Presents…….A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn Shelley Shepard Gray

A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn

About the Book
A Wedding at the Orange Blossom InnA Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn (Avon Inspire, September 2015)

A wedding brings together two young widowed parents . . . and gives them a second chance at love.

Emma Keim was heartbroken when her husband, Sanford, passed away, leaving her to raise three young daughters alone. Though several years have passed, her relatives have made it no secret that they expect Emma to remain a widow, mourning Sanford indefinitely. But when she meets Jay Hilty—a handsome widower with three young sons of his own—Emma is delighted to have a new friend who understands her struggles. Still, she is dismayed that her family is so opposed to their friendship—and the idea of it ever becoming anything more. She honors her husband’s memory every day, but is she destined to be alone forever?

Emma’s gentleness with Jay’s boys stirs something in his heart that’s been quiet for far too long. But when his oldest son becomes engaged to a local woman, suddenly Jay, Emma, and their children are swept up in wedding preparations. Witnessing his son’s joy, Jay wonders if it’s time for him to move forward, too, and find happiness again.

Once again, love has come to Pinecraft. But can these two parties of four become a happy, healthy family of eight?

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

A mischievous dog named Friankie and two Amish people who have lost their mates, makes for an interesting story. Jay and Emma were living separate lives, that is until Frankie brought them together. Thus the attraction began between the two. But what would people think, and especially her family, if Emma shows interest in another guy?

Another wonderful read from author Shelley Shepard Gray. I love the little Pinecraft community and the friends I have made there. The characters are so well developed, they seem like real family. And Jay and Emma and their ‘Brady Bunch’ family is a heartwarming story that will stay with you for a while! Pinecraft, Florida and the Orange Blossom Inn will have you coming back for more. I cant wait until the next book hits the shelves!

I received this book from Litfuse 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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

Litfuse Presents…..The Proposal at Siesta Key by Shelley Shepard Gray

 

The Proposal at Siesta KeyThe Proposal at Siesta Key (Avon Inspire, May 2015)

A young Amish woman, yearning for freedom, crosses paths with a handsome Mennonite celebrity in a deeply moving tale of friendship and self-discovery—the second installment in the unforgettable New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.

Penny Troyer rarely disobeys her parents. In the years since her sister’s tragic death, they’ve wanted nothing more than to keep her safe…even if it means never leaving the house.

But tonight, she’s bending the rules because Michael Knoxx, the most famous member of The Knoxx Family Singers, a traveling Mennonite Evangelical family —is scheduled to speak. Penny has heard of Michael—how he lost part of his leg in a terrible accident and uses the experience to inspire others—and knows she must meet him. So, for the first time ever, Penny stands up to her parents and goes out on her own.

Though he speaks about living life to the fullest, Michael knows he needs to take his own advice. Life on the road is grueling and Michael wants to slow down, to rest…to perhaps meet someone who sees him as a man, not just a celebrity. So when a twist of fate allows him the chance to stay a little longer in Pinecraft, Michael knows God is showing him a new path, especially when he discovers how much he and Penny Troyer have in common.

But new friendships can’t stop time. Soon, Michael’s time in Pinecraft will be over and he’ll be back on the road. Her time with Michael has brought her happiness, but will she be able to follow her heart? Or will she be faced with the one thing she’s sure she’ll never have the courage to do?

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is another great book by Shelley Shepard Gray. Another visit to Pinecraft Community in Florida, Penny is a shy young lady that has been sheltered by her parents, and Michael is a famous Mennonite traveling speaker are as different as night an day. But as Penny takes care of Michael after his surgery, the attraction between the two grows. But what will happen when Michael’s leg heals and he will join his traveling family once again.

I love reading this book because it is so entertaining and relaxing. I also loved reading more about the characters in this little Amish community in Pinecraft. It was fun watching Penny break out on her own and blossom into a caring and beautiful young woman, and the apple of the handsome Michael Knoxx’s eye. And I appreciate the way Ms. Gray weaves Trusting God and living the Christian life in the everyday lives of the characters. This is a fantastic read, and one you will truly enjoy!

I received this book from Litfuse 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.

About the Author

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.

Deception on Sable Hill by By Shelley Gray

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Series: The Chicago World’s Fair Mystery Series

by By Shelley Gray  

Book Description

The World’s Fair is nearing its end, but the danger in Chicago lingers.

It’s mid-September of 1893 and Eloisa Carstairs is the reigning beauty of Gilded Age Chicago society. To outsiders she appears to have it all. But Eloisa is living with a dark secret. Several months ago, she endured a horrible assault at the hands of Douglass Sloane, heir to one of Chicago’s wealthiest families. Fearing the loss of her reputation, Eloisa confided in only one friend. That is, until she meets Detective Sean Ryan at a high-society ball.

Sean is on the outskirts of the wealthy Chicago lifestyle. Born into a poor Irish family, becoming a policeman was his best opportunity to ensure his future security. Despite society’s restrictions, he is enamored with Eloisa Carstairs. Sean seethes inside at what he knows happened to her, and he will do anything to keep her safe-even if he can never earn her affections. .

Eloisa longs to feel normal again in the midst of the danger surrounding the Chicago World’s Fair, but a killer is on the loose. In the last month, three debutants have been accosted in the city by an assailant wielding a stiletto. As the danger in the city increases, and as Eloisa’s and Sean’s romance blossoms, they both realize they want to be seen as more than how the world views them. But will they catch the killer before all their hopes come tumbling down?

About the Author

Shelley Gray is the author of The Heart of a Hero series. Her Amish novel (written as Shelley Shepard Gray), The Protector, recently made the New York Times best seller list. A native of Texas, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Colorado and taught school for ten years. She and her husband have two children and live in Southern Ohio. Visit her website at Facebook: ShelleyShepardGray Twitter: @ShelleySGray

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Eloisa Carstairs may be the reigning beauty of Gilded Age Chicago society, but that doesn’t mean she is without problems and difficult heartaches. Eloisa is suffering from an assault by Douglass Sloane, another rich kid from a wealthy family in Chicago. Eloisa is scared to say anything about the assault, and she now feels that she has been ruined for life.

This is another awesome Shelley Shepard Gray book that I loved!! The second book in The Chicago World’s Fair Mystery Series, they mystery continues thoughout the community of the wealthy that live in the area. I really enjoyed the detailed information about the first Worlds Fair in Chicago, 1893, and again, Ms. Gray made me feel as though I was living during that era in the story! And then there is Detective Sean Ryan, from the other side of the tracks, as far as wealth is concerned. Sean grew up in an area that wasn’t fit or safe for someone like Miss Eloisa, and even though he was attracted to her, Sean knew Eloisa would never look at him twice. But the beauty of this story is, Eloisa was tired of being the daughter of one of the wealthiest families in Chicago, and was really eager to reach out to those in need to help them. Imagine what her parents thinks about this?

I highly recommend Deception on Sable Hill for those who love mysteries, as well as those who enjoy a good clean entertaining and fun story. While getting irritated at the rich folks and the way they live, you will also love the way Ms. Gray brings the entire Sable Hill staff into the story in a unique way. And while you are checking out Deception on Sable Hill, don’t forget to check out the first book in the series, Secrets of Sloane House.

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers 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.

Litfuse Presents….The Promise of Palm Grove, by Shelley Shepard Gray and enter to win a copy of this book

About the Book

The Promise of Palm GroveThe Promise of Palm Grove (Avon Inspire, January 2015)

Leona must decide: Does she follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?

A young Amish woman finds herself torn between the man she’s pledged to wed and the man her heart desires in this heartwarming story of chance, duty, and choice in the face of love—the first volume in the beloved New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.

Amish bride-to-be Leona is thrilled to be in Florida, on a mini-vacation in the pretty town of Pinecraft. Her girlfriends think she’s happy because she’s away from the stress of wedding planning. They have no idea that Leona’s real joy is in being away from her fiancé.

Edmund is a good man, and will make a decent husband . . . just not for Leona. The more time she spends with him and his overbearing ways, the less she wants to be his wife. Her cousins are sure Edmund is the right man for her-and their certainty makes Leona begin to doubt herself. But when a chance encounter with a wayward cat brings her face-to-face with a handsome, fun-loving Amish man named Zachary Kauffman, Leona’s faced with two vastly different futures.

Learn more and purchase a copy at Shelley’s website

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I love, love this book! The story is so heartwarming, because of Leona and her failed engagement to Edmund, and her attraction to Zach. Edmund is such a jerk! He just wants his way, not considering how Leona or anyone else feels. Zach, on the other hand, was completely different, having Leona’s best interest at heart. There are a few surprises that adds unexpected twist to the story, keeping your interest until the end. I love these characters there in Palm Grove, and I look forward to reading more about this wonderful community and its people. And I have to mention Effie. She is a sweetheart at 12 years old with her disability. She gives the story a wonderful warm feeling! I highly recommend The Promise of Palm Grove to anyone who enjoys a good, clean, entertaining story!

I received this book from Litfuse 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 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!
Don’t miss Shelley Shepard Gray’s new series, Amish Brides of Pinecraft, and the first book in the series, The Promise of Palm Grove! Romantic Times said, “Vibrant descriptions and details bring the plot to life in this heartwarming tale of new beginnings and renewal.” Does Leona follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?

Enter to win a copy of The Promise of Palm Grove—five winners will be chosen! The winners will be announced March 30 on Shelley’s blog!

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Revell Presents Anna’s Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Anna’s Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher

 

“This novel is a winner.”–Publishers Weekly

Some endings are really beginnings . . .

On a hot day in 1737 in Rotterdam, Anna König reluctantly sets foot on the Charming Nancy, a merchant ship that will carry her and her fellow Amish believers across the Atlantic to start a new life. As the only one in her community who can speak English, she feels compelled to go. But Anna is determined to complete this journey and return home–assuming she survives. She’s heard horrific tales of ocean crossings and worse ones of what lay ahead in the New World. But fearfulness is something Anna has never known.

Ship’s carpenter Bairn resents the somber people–dubbed Peculiars by the deckhands–who fill the lower deck of the Charming Nancy. All Bairn wants to do is to put his lonely past behind him, but that irksome and lovely lass Anna and her people keep intruding on him.

Delays, storms, illness, and diminishing provisions test the mettle and patience of everyone on board. When Anna is caught in a life-threatening situation, Bairn makes a discovery that shakes his entire foundation. But has the revelation come too late?

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to the beginning of Amish life in America with this fascinating glimpse into the first ocean crossing–and the lives of two intrepid people who braved it.

“I found Anna’s Crossing to be everything I love in a novel, especially in a historical novel! Fast paced, character driven, filled with rich descriptions and enjoyable dialogue. It was a pleasure to read, and I am honored to have had the opportunity to endorse it.”–Shelley Shepard Gray, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Lancaster County Secrets series, the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of an Amish children’s series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at http://www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This was a very different kind of Amish book to read, and one I so much enjoyed, and am very happy I was able to read and review! Anna and her family were relocating to America, and the story holds many emotions throughout the entire trip. The living conditions on the ship were not the best, but as Amish, Anna’s people made the best of them. And even through some of the twists and turns, when it seemed like problems were bigger than anyone could handle, God showed his love through these Amish people, and it was very heartwarming. Some of the happenings were not so good, others were pretty amazing. All in all, this is a fantastic book for you to read. And if you are an Amish fiction buff, this book is a must for you!

I received this book from Revell 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.

Litfuse Presents..Thankful by Shelley Shepard Gray + Giveaway

Thankful
by Shelley Shepard Gray

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

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.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

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.

ABOUT THE AUHTOR

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.

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

Hopeful

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 .

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

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. 

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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!

The Calling by Suzanne Woods Fisher plus FB Party and giveaway

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The Calling
by Suzanne Woods Fisher
The CallingABOUT THIS BOOK….Book Two in the Inn at Eagle Hill series.Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher delivers her trademark twists, turns, and tender romance in this delightful and exciting visit to the deceptively quiet community of Stoney Ridge.

Twenty-year-old Bethany Schrock is restless. Her love life has derailed, her faith hangs by a thread, and she is spending the incredibly hot summer days wading through a lifetime’s accumulation of junk at the home of five ancient Amish sisters. About the only thing that holds her interest is the spirited and dangerously handsome Jimmy Fisher–and he seems bent on irritating her to no end.

When the sly old sisters and a guest at the Inn get Bethany involved in running the local soup kitchen and starting a community garden, she suddenly finds herself wondering, Shootfire! How did that happen? Despite her newfound purposefulness, a gnawing emptiness about a childhood mystery continues to plague her. Encouraged by Jimmy Fisher, she will seek out the answers she craves–and uncover a shocking secret that will break her heart, heal it, and point her to love.

Purchase a copy here.

Read an excerpt.

Learn more at Suzanne’s website.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

 

Bethany takes on the  job of cleaning out the house of five sisters, sisters that did not throw anything away, nor did they keep their house clean like most Amish women did. It is long past time for these sisters to have church services at their place, but with all of the mess they have hoarded for so long, there is no room for all of the people. While spending time with the sisters, Bethany finds out interesting things they did with their time, helping her to understand why they didn’t take the time to clean their house.

Suzanne Woods Fisher does a really good job weaving life and its good and bad times of these characters, bringing them altogether in a story. There are a lot characters, and a lot of stuff going on, but I fell in love with them all! Each character made the story even more interesting and enjoyable in their own way.   And I really enjoyed this story, and was happy to revisit the Schrock family and their friends and neighbors in this Amish community in Stoney Ridge. To find out what happened to all of the characters, I encourage you to pick up a copy of The Calling, and before you read this book, it would help to read The Letters, the first book in this series, first.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

In The Calling, Bethany has a job of cleaning out the house of five sisters. It is long past time for these sisters to have church services at their place, but with all of the mess they have hoarded for so long, there is no room for all of the people. While spending time with the sisters, Bethany finds out interesting things they did with their time, helping her to understand why they didn’t take the time to clean their house.

There is a lot going on with the family Schrock family in this book. Rose the mom is still running the Inn, and still seeing Galen King, Mim the young sister is acting as Mrs. Miracle and answering letters for the newspaper, Bethany is helping the sisters, with cleaning and their other activities. And there is the Englisch friend staying at the Inn trying to find her way in life, Jimmy Fisher who is hot on Bethany, Jake Hertzler who broke Bethany’s heart and ended up being a fake, Bethany’s mom in which finally Bethany and her brother found closure because they were able to see first hand at what happened to her.

Suzanne Woods Fisher does an amazing job weaving life and its good and bad times of these characters, bringing them altogether in a story  And I really enjoyed this story, and was happy to revisit the Schrock family and their friends and neighbors in this Amish community in Stoney Ridge. To find out what happened to all of the characters, I encourage you to pick up a copy of The Calling, and before you read this book, it would help to read The Letters, the first book in this series, first.

I received this book from the publisher Revell Publishers and 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.

About the Author

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Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Inn at Eagle Hill series, Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including “Amish Peace.” She is also the coauthor of a new Amish children’s series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She is a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. For more information, please visit suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher. Get Amish proverbs delivered right to your mobile device! Download the Free App! http://bit.ly/10Tygyi

Litfuse Presents EVENTIDE by Shelley Shepard ……Plus giveaway from author

EVENTIDE 

by Shelley Shepard Gray

EventideA young Amish woman harbors a difficult secret. Does she dare share the truth with the man she hopes to marry?

Elsie Keim doesn’t want to be left behind. Her twin sister, Viola, and her older brother, Roman, have both found love and are building lives of their own. But Elsie? She’s still stuck at home, being treated like a child. No one seems to consider her a capable woman—all they see are the thick lenses of her glasses, constant reminders that Elsie suffers from keratoconus and is slowly going blind.

Elsie knows there’s much more to her than her disease. That’s why when a new neighbor, Landon Troyer, shows some interest in her, she doesn’t want anything to scare him away . . . even if it means keeping her condition a secret.

Landon is ready to start a new life and feels like Elsie may just be the right woman to start it with. But when Roman steps in and shares the truth about Elsie’s illness, Landon is floored. His job is demanding and takes him away from home, sometimes for days at a time. How could he keep up with his responsibilities and take care of Elsie?

Purchase a copy here.

Learn more at Shelley’s website.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Wow, what an awesome finish to The Days of Redemption Series. The Keim family certainly had their share of troubles, and this is one thing I really appreciate about Ms Gray writing this series, because it is so realistic and the issues are things we all face in everyday life. The family has secrets that are revealed, the three Keim siblings didn’t date and marry in the usual way of the Amish, but all of these things made the family stronger in the end. Most of this book focuses on Elsie, the sibling that is going blind and their neighbor Landon’s attraction to each other. Ms. Gray does an awesome job of pulling this dysfunctional family together to come up with an ending that will warm you heart! I have read all of Shelly Shepard Gray’s books, and love them all! Eventide did not disappoint, I think this was my favorite of the three books, but you have to read them all to know the full story! I encourage you to pick up a copy today for your enjoyment and entertainment. But be sure to pick up the first two books in this series too!

I received this book from Litfuse 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 the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the “Sisters of the Heart”, “Seasons of Sugarcreek”, “Secrets of Crittenden County”, and Families of Honor series. 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.

 

Shelley Shepard Gray is celebrating the release of the final book in The Days of Redemption series, Eventide, by giving away FIVE sets of the series. 

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Five winners will receive:

  • Daybreak, Ray of Light and Eventide by Shelley Shepard Gray

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 21st. All winners will be announced September 23rd at Shelley’s blog.

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Shelley’s blog on the 23rd to see if you won one of the book sets!

Litfuse Presents…..Shelley Shepard Gray and Ray of Light! Plus awesome giveaway too!

Litfuse Presents…..

Shelley Shepard Gray and Ray of Light! 

Plus scroll below for an awesome giveaway too!!


Bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray brings inspirational romance to life in this sweet tale of love in the Amish community,Ray of Light, the second installment of her Days of Redemption series.Roman Keim just wants a break from the family drama at his snowy Ohio home when he heads to an Amish snowbird community in Florida. There he meets Amanda Yoder and her daughter Regina who soon are warming his heart. But will Roman return to Ohio or will he stay and help the young widow embrace a second chance at love?

The author of the series Sisters of the Heart and Seasons of Sugarcreek, Shelley Shepard Gray delivers an honest, tender love story in Ray of Light, featuring the challenges of faith, family, and romance.Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/l5Xy7

My Thoughts on this Book

This book has two awesome things that I love going for it. It is an Amish fiction and it is written by Shelley Shepard Gray. This mixture makes for a very awesome, heartwarming read!

Roman Keim and Amanda Yoder are both vacationing Pinecraft, the Amish snowbird community in Florida. Neither of then were expecting to meet someone they would be attracted to, but it just happened. But there are several problems, and one is Amanda’s mother-in-law. She just doesn’t want to let go of her sons memory, a son she lost, and a husband Amanda lost two years ago. Has enough time passed that Amanda can go from mourning her husband and care for another man?
This is another heartwarming Amish story from author Shelley Shepard Gray. I love that Ms. Gray’s Amish stories tell more than the plain simple life of an Amish family, but the real day to day difficult life situations that we all face everyday, Amish or not. Roman’s family certainly has their secrets, and they all seem to be coming out at one time. And then the family seems to all be going in different directions, and who be hold the household and farm together?
All of this and much more is woven together into this second book in The Days of Redemption Series. You will surely not want to miss this exciting continuing story  about these special Amish families. I really recommend that you pickup a copy of Ray of Light today for a few hours of enlightening entertainment. And while you are at it, pick up the first book in this series, Daybreak to read first. You will not be disappointed. And watch out for the third book in this series coming out in September of this year, Eventide. An awesome award-winning author and heartwarming Amish stories, you just can’t go wrong!
I received this book from Litfuse 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.
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Meet Shelley:
Shelley Shepard Gray is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the “Sisters of the Heart”, “Seasons of Sugarcreek”, “Secrets of Crittenden County”, and Families of Honor series. 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.Learn more at http://www.shelleyshepardgray.com.

CFBA Presents Daybreak….by Shelley Shepard Gray

This week, the 

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance 

is introducing 

Daybreak 

Avon Inspire; Original edition (February 12, 2013) 

by 

Shelley Shepard GrayABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Since 2000, Shelley Sabga has sold over thirty novels to numerous publishers, including HarperCollins, Harlequin, Abingdon Press, and Avon Inspire. She has been interviewed by NPR, and her books have been highlighted in numerous publications, including USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.

Under the name Shelley Shepard Gray, Shelley writes Amish romances for HarperCollins’ inspirational line, Avon Inspire. Her recent novel, The Protector, the final book in her “Families of Honor” series, hit the New York Times List, and her previous novel in the same series, The Survivor, appeared on the USA Today bestseller list. Shelley has won the prestigious Holt Medallion for her books, Forgiven and Grace, and her novels have been chosen as Alternate Selections for the Doubleday/Literary Guild Book Club. Her first novel with Avon Inspire, Hidden, was an Inspirational Reader’s Choice finalist.

Before writing romances, Shelley lived in Texas and Colorado, where she taught school and earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. She now lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. Shelley is married, the mother of two children in college, and is an active member of her church. She serves on committees, volunteers in the church office, and currently leads a Bible study group, and she looks forward to the opportunity to continue to write novels that showcase her Christian ideals.

When she’s not writing, Shelley often attends conferences and reader retreats in order to give workshops and publicize her work. She’s attended RWA’s national conference six times, the ACFW conference and Romantic Times Magazine’s annual conference as well as traveled to New Jersey, Birmingham, and Tennessee to attend local conferences.

Check out Shelley’s Facebook Fan page

ABOUT THE BOOK

When Viola Keim starts working at a nearby Mennonite retirement home, she strikes up an unlikely friendship with resident Atle, whose only living relative, son Edward, is living as a missionary in Nicaragua. Viola understands the importance of mission work, but she can’t imagine leaving her father in the hands of strangers. Even though her family is New Order Amish, it’s not the Amish way, and though she doesn’t know Ed, she judges him for abandoning his father.

But when Ed surprises his father with a visit, Viola and Ed both discover an attraction they never expected. Despite her feelings, choosing Ed would mean moving to a far-off country and leaving her family behind. She can’t do that. Her twin sister, Elsie, is going blind and will need someone to care for her all her life. Her family is reeling with the recent discovery that her grandmother hid her past as an Englischer. Her father seems forgetful and distracted—and to be harboring some secrets of his own.

Does Viola dare leave them all behind and forge her own life? Or will family ties mean her one chance at love slips away?

If you would like to read a first Chapter excerpt from Daybreak,go HERE.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I love a book that is a light read and totally entertainment, and Daybreak is one of those books! Viola had a special relationship with Ed’s dad in the Mennonite retirement home and she wasn’t happy with Ed leaving his dad there for several years and not visiting him. And when Ed finally came home and visited his dad, Viola didn’t want the attraction that was between she and Ed.

Shelley Shepard Gray writes another amazing book with characters that I grew to love, and can’t wait to read about them again in the next book in this series. I highly recommend this book for your reading enjoyment!

PUYB Presents A Texan’s Choice….By: Shelley Gray

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Shelley GrayABOUT SHELLEY GRAY

 

 

Shelley Gray’s first Amish novel, Hidden, was nominated for the Inspirational Readers Choice award. Her book Simple Gifts won the Reviewers Choice Award. Shelley’s novel, The Protector, recently made the New York Times bestseller list.  Her novels have won the prestigious HOLT Medallion Award, the Reviewers Choice Award, and been highlighted in the Philadelphia Enquirer, Time Magazine, and USA Today. She’s also been interviewed on NPR as well as numerous regional radio stations. In addition, her novels have made both the USA Today and New York Times Bestsellers lists.

Before writing romances, Shelley lived in Texas and Colorado, where she taught school and earned both her bachelor’s degree in English literature and elementary education and later obtained her master’s degrees in educational administration. She now lives in southern Ohio and writes full time.

Her latest book is the Christian historical fiction, A Texan’s Choice.

You can visit Shelley’s website at www.shelleyshepardgray.com.

Connect with Shelley: Facebook | Goodreads

Purchase A Texan’s Choice: Amazon | Barnes & NobleChristianBook.com | Abingdon Press

 

A Texan's ChoiceABOUT A TEXAN’S CHOICE

When notorious outlaw Scout Proffitt wins a rundown ranch in west Texas, he expects to find the home he’s never had. Instead, he finds a run-down shack, a barn in dire straits…and a lovely woman who’s in no hurry to give up her ranch.

When Scout discovers that Rosemarie has nowhere else to go, he   reluctantly allows her to stay with him for two weeks until she can find another home. But soon the locals get involved and insist they marry.

Determined to do at least one thing right in his life, he marries Rose. Then people from his past come back and give him an offer he can’t refuse. If things go well, he can make a fresh start. If not, he’ll be even worse off than before.

Which was something he never thought possible…

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I have been waiting to read Scout Proffit’s story, even he was thought of as an evil man, you could still see the good in him. But I was a bit confused at first because it seemed like so much going on with some of the others Scout ran with, I wasn’t sure where the story was going. But then when they contacted Scout, it all made sense.

 

I enjoyed getting to know Rosemarie, and I really like her a lot. I really felt sorry for her because of the way she was mistreated by her family. And having to be at the mercy of a known killer because she had no place to stay, well that had to be scary for her. But she had nothing, she was use to having nothing, and she had no choice. And the way she and Scout treated each other was heartwarming, even though they were both not sure what the other had in mind.

 

Though I didn’t think this book was as good and as well written as the other two in the series, I was happy to get to know Scout and even meet some of his family. This book has twists and turns that will intrigue you and keep you interested enough to read to the very end. And that’s what makes for a good book!

 

I encourage you to pick up a copy of A Texan’s Choice to read for your enjoyment. And if you haven’t read the first two books in The Heart of A Hero Series, Pick up those too and read them first. They will be a very good, interesting historical fiction for you to enjoy.

 

This book was provided by the publisher, Abingdon Press through PUYB Tours. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

CFBA Presents Shelley Shepard Gray and her new book “Found”

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingFoundAvon Inspire; Original edition (September 4, 2012)byShelley Shepard GrayABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Since 2000, Shelley Sabga has sold over thirty novels to numerous publishers, including HarperCollins, Harlequin, Abingdon Press, and Avon Inspire. She has been interviewed by NPR, and her books have been highlighted in numerous publications, including USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.

Under the name Shelley Shepard Gray, Shelley writes Amish romances for HarperCollins’ inspirational line, Avon Inspire. Her recent novel, The Protector, the final book in her “Families of Honor” series, hit the New York Times List, and her previous novel in the same series, The Survivor, appeared on the USA Today bestseller list. Shelley has won the prestigious Holt Medallion for her books, Forgiven and Grace, and her novels have been chosen as Alternate Selections for the Doubleday/Literary Guild Book Club. Her first novel with Avon Inspire, Hidden, was an Inspirational Reader’s Choice finalist.

Before writing romances, Shelley lived in Texas and Colorado, where she taught school and earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. She now lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. Shelley is married, the mother of two children in college, and is an active member of her church. She serves on committees, volunteers in the church office, and currently leads a Bible study group, and she looks forward to the opportunity to continue to write novels that showcase her Christian ideals.

When she’s not writing, Shelley often attends conferences and reader retreats in order to give workshops and publicize her work. She’s attended RWA’s national conference six times, the ACFW conference and Romantic Times Magazine’s annual conference as well as traveled to New Jersey, Birmingham, and Tennessee to attend local conferences.

Check out Shelley’s Facebook Fan page
ABOUT THE BOOK

A murder is solved and a quiet Amish community must deal with the repercussions. Amid the surprising revelations, can a newfound love survive?

As the search for Perry Borntrager’s killer continues, Jacob Schrock feels like his world is about to crumble. Right before Perry went missing, he and Jacob got into a fistfight. Jacob never told anyone what happened that terrible night. He’s good at keeping secrets—including his love for Deborah, Perry’s sister. But when Deborah takes a job at his family’s store and their friendship blossoms, Jacob senses everything is about to be revealed.

Deborah has been searching for a slice of happiness ever since her brother’s body was discovered. When the police start questioning Jacob, Deborah can’t believe that the one person she’s finally allowed in could be the one responsible for her brother’s death. Will she believe what everyone seems to think is the truth . . . or listen to her heart, and hope there is still one more person who is keeping secrets in Crittenden County?

My Thoughts

Though I am a little behind in reading, I am anxious to find out the mysterious end to the Perry Borntrager murder. Just who will the guilty party be? And you know, usually I have an idea buy now, but I don’t, I’m still waiting. And will post my review just as soon as I finish the book. But rest assured, I know Shelley Shepard Gray’s writing, and she just can’t write anything that is any less that awesome! So if you haven’t read The Secrets of Crittenden County series, start with the first book “Missing,” then read “The Search,” and finish the series with “Found.” You will be delighted with the results of these wonderful reads!

 

If you would like to read the first chapter excerpt of Found, go HERE.

A Texas Honor By: Shelley Gray from Abingdon Press

A Texas Honor

By: Shelley Gray

  • Paperback:336 pages
  • Publisher:Abingdon Press (March 2012)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1426714637
  • ISBN-13:978-1426714634
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches

BOOK BLURB

Texas, 1874. Years ago, Will McMillan had fought in the open, next to his Captain, Clayton Proffitt. Now, in book 2 of The Heart of a Hero series, he’s waging another war undercover, pretending to be a member of the notorious Walton Gang.

 

But when a hostage situation goes awry and an innocent woman is in the middle of the fray, Will knows he must protect her no matter what happens. Even if they risk being killed by his gang or by the lawmen on their trail. Even if the woman he’s risking everything for will never love him back. Even if all he’s left with is his faith.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON “A TEXAS HONOR”

Working undercover as a U.S. Marshall, Will McMillian is now a member of the famous Walton Gang. When he jumps a train with the intention to rob is, he is shocked to find a woman aboard. This just can’t happen. They’ve never had a robbery that involved a woman.

Jamilyn Ellis is on her way to live with a couple of her aunts, and is never more shocked when there was a hold-up on the train she is on. But even though she is innocent of anything, she is now being held hostage. Will she ever arrive safely at her aunt’s home?

Not liking how the men were looking at Jamie and making comments about her, Will takes her into another train car to protect her, since he is feeling guilty about her being left on the train. But will he be able to protect her from the other men, and his boss? You can find these answers and more when you read Shelley Gray’s book “A Texas Honor.”

In this second book in The Heart of A Hero Series, Shelley Gray has again created unique, real, believable characters that will touch your heart. My heart went out to Jamie, she had to be so very scared because these men were capable of doing anything. As difficult as it was, she had to trust Will because he was her only hope.

I thoroughly enjoyed this Will and Jamilyn’s touching story. And though they were the main characters, I also enjoyed reading about Scout Proffit and how he helped with Jamie. I was also touched with how he helped the young lady running from her abusive step-dad.

This is a wonderful book for you to read and enjoy. It can be read as a stand-alone but you will enjoy it even more if you read the first book in the series, “A Texas Promise.” I encourage you to grab a copy of these two books, plus the third book that will be out a little later this year, and enjoy this wonderful series.

I want say a big Thank You to Abingdon Press for providing me a copy of this book to read and review. The review and opinions in this book are mine only. I was not expected or required to write a positive review. of this book.

Where to purchase this book. Abingdon Press  and  AMAZON

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shelley Gray’s first Amish novel, Hidden, was nominated for the Inspirational Readers Choice award. Her book Simple Gifts won the Reviewers Choice Award. Shelley’s novel, The Protector, recently made the New York Times bestseller list. A native of Texas, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Colorado, and taught school for ten years. She lives in southern Ohio where she writes full time.

A Texas Honor by Shelley Gray…..Abingdon Press

 

A Texas Honor By Shelley

Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 03/2012
Binding: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781426714634
Retail Price: $14.99
                                                                Author: Shelley Gray

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Description

Texas, 1874. Years ago, Will McMillan had fought in the open, next to his Captain, Clayton Proffitt. Now, in book 2 of The Heart of a Hero series, he’s waging another war undercover, pretending to be a member of the notorious Walton Gang.

But when a hostage situation goes awry and an innocent woman is in the middle of the fray, Will knows he must protect her no matter what happens. Even if they risk being killed by his gang or by the lawmen on their trail. Even if the woman he’s risking everything for will never love him back. Even if all he’s left with is his faith.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

When Jamie Ellis boarded the train to go live with her aunts, she never dreamed of the detour her journey would take. Being held hostage on a train holdup? Never in a million years did she think this would happen to her.

When Will McMillan joined the Walton Gang, he never intended to hold a woman hostage. This throws danger signals and threatens secrets Will wanted to keep secrets. But Will had to do everything he could to protect Jamie from the other men on the train manhandling her so he takes her to another car for protection. The only one he trusted with Jamie was Scott Proffitt.

Wow, another awesome read from Shelley Gray! Shelley creates a cast of characters, puts them in the setting of a train robbery with the horrific Walton Gang, and writes a story that will make your head spin! I really felt so sorry for Jamie, but I enjoyed seeing the tender side of Will, and Scott. Being he hard-hearted men they were, never caring about anyone’s feelings, I was in tears as I read the different situations with Will and Jamie, and with Scott and the girl he removed from the saloon and her abusive family.

This book is so very well written and intense, I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen to Jamie. And I loved the tease of romance throughout the book, which was another draw to keep reading the book, because I had to find out how things would turn out!

Overall, this is an incredibly amazing book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. One I will keep on my bookshelf so I can read all of the series at one time!  And I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

I appreciate Abingdon Press for sending me a copy of this book to read and review. I was not required or expected to write a postitve review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shelley Gray’s first Amish novel, Hidden, was nominated for the Inspirational Readers Choice award. Her book Simple Gifts won the Reviewers Choice Award. Shelley’s novel, The Protector, recently made the New York Times bestseller list. A native of Texas, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Colorado, and taught school for ten years. She lives in southern Ohio where she writes full time.

CFBA Missing ……by Shelley Shepard Gray

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingMissingAvon Inspire; Original edition (March 20, 2012)byShelley Shepard GrayABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Since 2000, Shelley Sabga has sold over thirty novels to numerous publishers, including HarperCollins, Harlequin, Abingdon Press, and Avon Inspire. She has been interviewed by NPR, and her books have been highlighted in numerous publications, including USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.

Under the name Shelley Shepard Gray, Shelley writes Amish romances for HarperCollins’ inspirational line, Avon Inspire. Her recent novel, The Protector, the final book in her “Families of Honor” series, hit the New York Times List, and her previous novel in the same series, The Survivor, appeared on the USA Today bestseller list. Shelley has won the prestigious Holt Medallion for her books, Forgiven and Grace, and her novels have been chosen as Alternate Selections for the Doubleday/Literary Guild Book Club. Her first novel with Avon Inspire, Hidden, was an Inspirational Reader’s Choice finalist.

Before writing romances, Shelley lived in Texas and Colorado, where she taught school and earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. She now lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. Shelley is married, the mother of two children in college, and is an active member of her church. She serves on committees, volunteers in the church office, and currently leads a Bible study group, and she looks forward to the opportunity to continue to write novels that showcase her Christian ideals.

When she’s not writing, Shelley often attends conferences and reader retreats in order to give workshops and publicize her work. She’s attended RWA’s national conference six times, the ACFW conference and Romantic Times Magazine’s annual conference as well as traveled to New Jersey, Birmingham, and Tennessee to attend local conferences.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

In the first book in her new Secrets of Crittenden County series, Shelley Shepard Gray delivers another page-turning romance set in Amish country

Perry Borntrager had been missing from the quiet Amish community of Crittenden, Kentucky, for months when his body was discovered at the bottom of an abandoned well. Everyone had assumed Perry left Crittenden on his own, seduced by the wider world he discovered during his rumspringa, but now the truth has thrown this once-peaceful town into chaos. The first death from mysterious circumstances in Crittenden in more than two decades has invited the scrutiny of the outside world: a police detective arrives to help their local sheriff with the investigation. His questioning begins with Lydia Plank, Perry’s former girlfriend, and Perry’s best friend, the Englisher Walker Anderson.

Lydia and Walker know they didn’t have anything to do with Perry’s death, but they both hold secrets about his final days. Do they dare to open up about the kind of man Perry had become? In the oppressive shadow of these dark times, they discover strength in a most unlikely companionship that offers solace, understanding, and the promise of something more.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

The Missing….by Shelley Shepard Gray

 

Bet Abby Anderson will think next time she tries to sneak around with her friend and smoke! Especially since this time brings her in contact with a dead man in a well on the Miller’s Farm. Did he fall in the well and die? Or was he murdered? The little town of Crooked Creek is in for a real shake-up as everyone starts being questioned by detective Luke Reynolds. And the more Luke questions people, the more little secrets start to surface around Crooked Creek.

 

If Shelley Shepard Gray writes a book, you know its gonna be good! In “Missing,” she creates characters that are real, believable and the more you get to know them, the more you love them! And the plot is so intriguing that you just can’t put the book down! I read it in a afternoon. This book is Amish with a twist. With a little romance added in with the murder, it makes an awesome and enjoyable read.

 

I highly recommend this book for your to read and enjoy. This is just a good, clean, enjoyable murder mystery that you will be glad you read.

 

This book was provided by Bethany House through Christian Fiction Blog Alliance. I was not required or expected to give a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only

If you would like to read the first chapter of Missing, go HERE.

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