Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Ray of Light

Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Publisher: Avon Inspire
May 2013
ISBN: 978-0-06-22044204
Genre: Amish/romance & women’s fiction

When two hearts connect on a beach in Florida, is it a brief romance…or the start of lasting love?

After family secrets come to light, causing an uproar, Roman Keim is taking a much-needed vacation to Pinecraft, the Amish snowbird community in Florida. The warm weather is a welcome break from the bleak Ohio winter, as is a week off from all his family's drama. But Roman's own drama begins when he meets his next-door neighbors: Amanda Yoder, a beautiful young widow, and her adorable daughter, Regina.

In the two years since her husband died, Amanda has never looked at another man. She certainly doesn't intend to get married again. But she can't deny that there's something special between her and Roman. As his week in Pinecraft comes to a close, Amanda knows that, in spite of her attempt to remain distant, she's given Roman a piece of her heart. And her daughter seems to have fallen in love, too.

Is there hope for a second chance at love for Amanda? Or will duty call Roman home first, far from the two women who have captured his heart?

RAY OF LIGHT is the second book in The Days of Redemption series. I didn’t have the opportunity to read the first book Daybreak and I wish I would’ve as RAY OF LIGHT referred back to some events I didn’t know anything about. However, for the most past, RAY OF LIGHT was an independent story.

I enjoyed getting to know Roman and Amanda, as well as her little girl. I also enjoyed getting to know about Roman’s family back home as their story is told, too, but that part is more women’s fiction. There are a lot of secrets in Roman’s family, and some drama. Roman feels he lives a quiet uneventful life, and sometimes he feels like a boring individual, but as the cliché goes, still waters run deep.

If you like Amish fiction, don’t miss RAY OF LIGHT. Again, read Daybreak first, as I really don’t think these books stand alone. Any of Ms. Gray’s books are recommended. Really good continuing stories. Discussion questions and a sneak peek at her next book Eventide is included at the end of the book. $12.99. 288 pages. 4 stars.

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Meet Shelley:
Shelley Shepard Gray is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the "Sisters of the Heart", "Seasons of Sugarcreek", "Secrets of Crittenden County", and Families of Honor series. 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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