Monday, June 1, 2015

The Proposal at Siesta Key

Proposal Siesta Key Shelley Shepard Gray

Book info and review
Author: Shelley Shepard Gray           
Publisher: Avon Inspire
May 2015
ISBN 978-0062337726
Genre: Amish romance
Series: Amish Brides of Pinecraft book 2

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? 

THE PROPOSAL AT SIESTA KEY stands alone, even though it is the second book in this series. The only continuing story is with Bev who manages the Inn. Fans will want to read the first book The Promise of Palm Grove to discover the beginning of Bev’s story.

This story was slow, and seemed to drag a lot at first with Michael and Penny’s backstory. I was not very fond of either character at first as Michael was very rude (though he was hurting) and Penny was beyond disrespectful to her parents. And in retaliation, her parents went over-the-top in their response. However, by the end of the book my attention was grabbed and I liked both Penny and Michael. I also liked how Michael handled his relationship with his family.

Fans of Ms. Gray will enjoy reading this story. I am looking forward to reading the third book in this series later this year. Recommended to fans of Amish fiction .

4 stars. Available in ebook, audio, library binding, and paperback. 288 pages.

I received this book from the publisher via Litfuse in exchange for an honest review. 

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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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