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Shelley Shepard Gray Hopeful

Book Info and Review
Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Publisher: Avon Inspire
February 2014
ISBN: 978-0062204462
Genre: Amish

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?

HOPEFUL is the first book in Ms. Gray’s newest series, Return to Sugarcreek. It’s a quiet, sweet story, slow moving, but one can’t help but fall in love with Miriam and wish she’d be noticed by the man who holds her heart. Junior is a very caring man, used to giving up on himself for his family and being what they need instead of pursuing his own interests. But when a new girl comes to town, he wants to court Mary Kate—and he needs Miriam to help him.

A new take on an old theme, HOPEFUL will have you cheering for Miriam and wanting to knock Junior upside the head for his sometimes insensitive ways around women. If you like Amish fiction then HOPEFUL will be a good book to pick up. Discussion questions, yummy sounding recipes and a preview of her next book are included in the back of the book. $12.99. 256 pages. 4 stars. 

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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.

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Judy said...

Thanks for your great review Laura. I am hoping to get this one soon!

Judy B

Judy said...

Thanks for your great review Laura. I am hoping to get this one soon!

Judy B