In Hopeful, Shelley Shepard Gray has started another enjoyable Amish series set in Sugarcreek, Ohio. Some of the characters are familiar from her earlier Sugarcreek series, while the main characters are first introduced in this story.
Fans of light Amish fiction should enjoy this charming story. Miriam is a delightful character to get to know, and you can't help but care about her feelings that range from discouragement to hope. She strives to accept whatever situation she finds herself in and be a good friend, even in the middle of her own disappointments. Junior, Mary Kate, little Kaylene, and others each add their own delightful voice to the story.
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About the book: Return to Sugarcreek, Book One
In the Amish town of Sugarcreek, love comes in many forms. But will it come at all for Miriam?
Miriam Zehr has worked at the Sugarcreek Inn longer than she cares to admit. The restaurant is a favorite of town residents as well as the many tourists who come to taste the famous Amish fare. Though she always tries to have a smile for every customer, deep down Miriam knows something's missing: a family of her own.
Miriam has never felt particularly beautiful, especially because she's always been a bit heavier than other girls her age. When Junior, the man she's pined for all her life, suddenly seeks her out, she's thrilled to be noticed . . . until she realizes he's only asking her to help get the attention of Mary Kathryn Hershberger, her pretty friend.
If Miriam helps Junior court Mary Kathryn, she'll get to spend a lot of time with him, but she might lose him in the process. Are these few stolen moments worth a lifetime of sacrifice? Is Miriam right to even hope for the life she dreams of?
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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.
Learn more about Shelley at: http://www.shelleyshepardgray.com
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