Sunday, June 27, 2010

Spring's Renewal

Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Publisher: Avon Inspire
April 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-185236-7
Genre: Inspirational/Amish

Clara is the local Amish school teacher. When Clara was five-years-old, she was severely burned in a kitchen fire, and now her mother tells her that no one will have Clara since she is deformed. Clara is resigned to staying home and caring for her demanding and ailing mother, but she dreams of someone loving her for herself.

Tim Graber came to Sugarcreek as a favor to his aunt and uncle as they need help on the farm. He has a sweetheart back home whom he intends to marry, but when he meets Clara he is torn and confused about his feelings.

Clara’s scars mean nothing to Tim who is charmed by her quiet nature and loving ways. But then tragedy strikes. What will it take for Tim and Clara to admit their love for each other despite their differences?

SPRING’S RENEWAL is the second book in the Seasons of Sugarcreek series. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the first book, Winter’s Awakening, though out of the two books, SPRING’S RENEWAL is the better. I am looking forward to Autumn’s Promise coming in August of this year.

Readers will need to read these books in order. The main romances stand alone, but there is an underlying story that readers will need to start from the beginning to have any idea what is happening there.

I thoroughly enjoy reading Amish stories, and understand why they are so wildly popular. The characters are well developed, the story and plot lines excellently done. Discussion questions and a preview of Autumn’s Promise are included at the end of the book. If you like Amish fiction, don’t miss SPRING’S RENEWAL. $12.99. 289 pages.

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