Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Promise of Palm Grove

Promise Palm Grove Shelley Shepard Gray

The Promise of Palm Grove 

by Shelley Shepard Gray    

Amish Fiction
Avon Inspire  

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 belovedNew York Times bestselling authorShelley Shepard Gray'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 Kaufmann, Leona's faced with two vastly different futures.

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

My thoughts: I greatly enjoyed reading THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE. I've read most of Ms. Gray's Amish romances and usually enjoy them, but I think this one is the best one yet. Leona is desperate to get away from Edmund--I couldn't really understand why until the end when she explained herself to her friends. Zach was a total dreamy sweetheart. I loved the way he treated his sister and others he cared about.  Leona is also kind and loving and bouncy and sweet. I loved the immediate attraction between her and Zach. Her friends were a nice contrast to her personality.

There is another story in the pages involving the inn and the woman running it.  I can't wait to read the next book in this series, coming in the summer of 2015.  5 stars. 

 Meet 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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