Thursday, May 15, 2014

Thankful: A Book Review and Blog Tour

About The Book:

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.
About The Author:
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.
My Review:
As book two in the Return to Sugarcreek series, Thankful carries on nicely from the first book, Hopeful. I love Amish fiction, and having read Hopeful, I was eager to read this new release. The character are simple, yet delightful and intriguing all in the same breath. You will fall in love with all of the almost immediately. The style of writing is remiscent of the Amish lifestyle that is written about, simple yet draws you in with each word read. Without giving much away of the storyline, the book covers the themes of adoption, heartbreak and the reminder that we are so blessed and to be thankful even when it is the most difficult to do so. Christina was my favorite character, and I look forward to seeing how story lines and characters come together in book three, Joyful, when it releases in September 2014.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Thankful online here, through Amazon. It is also available at your favorite local book retailer from Avon Inspire
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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