Friday, September 30, 2011

The Caregiver

Congratulations to Suzanna Laitinen for winning a copy of Seasons by Elizabeth Byler Younts

Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Publisher: Avon Inspire
March 2011
ISBN: 978-0-06-202061-1
Genre: Inspirational/Amish/romance

Lucy Troyer is traveling alone, by train, to go to her cousin Mattie in Jacob’s Crossing. Mattie has just been diagnosed with breast cancer and is having a rough time with treatment. Lucy hopes that she’ll be able to help out and encourage Mattie through this fight.

While traveling, Lucy meets an Amish man, Calvin Weaver and his sister, Katie, who are traveling home to Jacob’s Crossing. They decide to stay together since they are going to the same place. Lucy is attracted to Calvin—at least until she witnesses him yelling at a carriage driver.

Since Lucy had been married to an abusive Amish man, she decides to stay away from Calvin and his anger. But with their travels, living in the same town, and being virtual neighbors, staying away from Calvin is almost impossible. Is it possible that going to Jacob’s Crossing is a time of healing for Lucy?

THE CAREGIVER is the first book in Ms. Gray’s newest Amish series, and I am looking forward to reading the next two books in the series. Some of the characters in the other stories have already been introduced, with bits of their stories shared, in their points of view, in this story.

I enjoyed getting to know Lucy and Calvin and getting to know them. Mattie’s point of view was a bit depressing as I’ve been where she is, and it brought back some memories. Lucy is a bit depressed, but coming from the background she had it is acceptable. It was nice seeing her spirits lift and a bit of life come back into her as the book progressed. Discussion questions and an excerpt from book two, The Protector, is included at the end of the book. $12.99. 286 pages.

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