Thankful, Return to Sugarcreek Series #2
A Romance Unlike Any Other
Shelley Shepard Gray in her new book, Ã¢ÂÂThankfulÃ¢ÂÂ Book Two in the Return to Sugarcreek series published by Avon Inspire takes us into the lives of Christina Kempf and Aden Reese.
From the back cover: From bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray comes a tender story of faith, family, and finding love with the Amish of Sugarcreek
Christina Kempf has always felt that God chose Aden Reese to be her husband. When they were children, Aden was there to save her when she fell through a patch of thin ice, and heÃ¢ÂÂs 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 see her as the perfect woman for him . . . and ask her to be his wife.
Despite what his heart wants, Aden canÃ¢ÂÂt find it in himself to repay the KempfsÃ¢ÂÂ kindness with an admission that his feelings for Christina have only ever been romantic. But when sheÃ¢ÂÂs pressured by her parents to court more broadly, Christina begins to accept the attentions of SugarcreekÃ¢ÂÂs young men.
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?
I made a mistake. I did not read the first book in this series, Ã¢ÂÂHopefulÃ¢ÂÂ. But that is okay as Ms. Gray did a wonderful job in keeping this a stand alone within the series. It helps if you know what happened in the first book however it does not detract from the current goings on. I do not believe that I have ever read a plot like this one. Aden is in love with Christina and she in love with him. Due to tragedy Aden moves in with the Kempfs and is seen as part of the family. Now Aden is torn as Christina is forced to court but he doesnÃ¢ÂÂt want to seem disloyal to the family. This is an exceptional story with exceptional characters that you care for and so want them to get together. I liked it a lot and am so looking forward to the next book in this series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. 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 CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255: Ã¢ÂÂGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.Ã¢ÂÂ
May 31, 2014
Excellent continuation of an Amish series!
The second book in the "Return to Sugarcreek" series. It was good to catch up with some old friends. Judith and Ben Knox are considering adopting and becoming foster parents to a child whose mom is in prison. And Christina Kempf has lived with Aden Reese since his parents were killed in an accident. She has more than brotherly feelings for him. Does he feel the same? Also, Christina had a near drowning in a local pond when she was younger. Can she overcome her paralyzing fear? The character really change and grow throughout the story as they step out of their comfort zones. Their actions seem very realistic and the growth and increasing faith in the characters is a pleasure to watch. I'm part of Shelley Shepard Gray's group "The Buggy Bunch." I received a free copy but I also purchased a second copy.
May 28, 2014
A different look at Amish Challenges
I have thoroughly enjoyed EVERY book written by Shelley Shepard Gray, and this book was no exception. Upon picking it up from my mailbox, I had this compelling urge to read it immediately!! However, that was not to be, as we were preparing for a vacation in Lancaster County, PA. BUT, I did read the novel, while in Amish country. How appropriate to hear the horses and buggies travelling down the road, as I read this Amish tale.
Right from the first chapter, I was intrigued with the main characters. They had very real problems that presented challenges that seemed to be insurmountable in the Amish faith. Christina became a friend who I wanted to enfold in my arms and assure that everything would work out just fine, if she waited for God to work on His plan for her life. Aden proves to be an honest, caring individual who any girl would love to have for her partner in life. But was that to ever to be possible??? Would he wait for that still, quiet voice? This couple had a very different and yes, difficult relationship. Could they overcome the odds?
The plot was well developed and had just the right amount of suspense alongside the growing romance to keep the reader interested. The topic of adoption and caring for an orphan was dealt with in a sensitive, realistic manner. Being thankful for what you have and are given is the theme throughout the book. Also addressed, is the topic of fostering a child of a different race. These twists and turns in the plot really made me think of all I have and should be thankful for. We all need to stop and think of how blessed we really are!!
Definitely a five star book!! Book Two of the "Return to Sugarcreek" Series is one that you do not want to miss. Totally different slant on events in the Amish community!
This book was supplied by Litfuse in exchange for a fair and honest review.
May 27, 2014
Could have been SO MUCH better IMO
Funny Story: I started reading this as soon as I received it. Then we moved and I misplaced it. IsnÃ¢ÂÂt that just the way these things always happenÃ¢ÂÂ¦
Fortunately Litfuse is an AWESOME company and they understand that their reviewers are only human. So we got it all worked out and I was able to finish the book.
IÃ¢ÂÂm glad of that because IÃ¢ÂÂm not one of those who will pretend to read the books I am entrusted with and ad-lib a review.
However, this review is going to be a little different than my norm.
IÃ¢ÂÂm struggling here and IÃ¢ÂÂm working really hard to sound as positive as possible.
I cannot help the feelings that this book evoked in me and I hope Shelley understands that this is only my opinion and does not hold it against meÃ¢ÂÂ¦ too much anyway. And it is very possible that IÃ¢ÂÂm totally off-base with this opinion but this is part of my job as a reviewer so IÃ¢ÂÂm going ahead with it.
I get the feeling here that perhaps Shelley had so many people begging her to go back to Sugarcreek that she got tired of hearing it and she gave in and agreed to write more in that series. When I read Hopeful, I had the feeling that she had left the theme that held true in the original series, plus there were a few things that I didnÃ¢ÂÂt care for in the story, but the book was well written so I didnÃ¢ÂÂt think much of it then.
However, looking back I think that either she is moving so far away from the Amish in the other books that sheÃ¢ÂÂs writing that it is tainting this seriesÃ¢ÂÂ¦ or she had a good plot for Hopeful but she ran out of ideas for Thankful and since she was under contract, she had to figure something out.
Again, itÃ¢ÂÂs only my opinion.
The good part about it is thisÃ¢ÂÂ¦ Shelley, being such a good writer, took two plots that were a little weak and still managed to pull out a good book. Her characters are just as deep as they always are. The story moves along nicely and the outcome will satisfy her fans, IÃ¢ÂÂm sure.
ItÃ¢ÂÂs just not a personal favorite of mine.
But donÃ¢ÂÂt take my word for it. Read it for yourself. Then make up your own mind.
Disclaimer: I received this book free in exchange for an honest opinion!
May 27, 2014