Monday, May 26, 2014

Heartwarming Amish Story -- Thankful

Thankful is a heartwarming addition to Shelley Shepard Gray's Return to Sugarcreek series. 

Christina, Aden, as well as some of the other characters, have problems of the heart to deal with.  But they each have their own hurts, questions and struggles from the past to work through before they are ready to find the love right in front of them.  

Although the book has an Amish setting, Shelley has written a story with issues that any reader can identify with in their own life choices.  And one of the biggest choices of all is to find a place of being thankful instead of fearful so moving forward into love becomes possible.

Including Judith's and Ben's story of deciding whether to foster a baby provides a different twist to an Amish story.  Jana's story -- although not Amish -- also fits in nicely with the theme of thankfulness.

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

See what other readers have to say about Thankful here.

About the book: 

Thankful, Book Two in the Return to Sugarcreek series
New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray captures the beauty, devotion, and warmth of Amish life in this engaging tale of family, commitment, trust, and love set in the beloved community of Sugarcreek. 
Christina Kempf has always known that God chose Aden Reese to be her husband. As children, he was there to save her when she fell through the ice, and he's been by her side ever since. After his parents died in a car accident ten years ago, the Kempfs raised Aden as one of their own, and everyone sees Aden and Christina as brother and sister. But Christina has never given up hope that Aden will one day ask her to be his wife.
Aden always planned to court Christina. But losing his mother and father changed everything---except his love for her. Her parents generously welcomed him into their home and treated him like a son. He can't betray their kindness by admitting his feelings for the girl who is like a sister . . . yet so much more.

Pressured by her parents to court, Christina begins to accept the attentions of Sugarcreek's young men, and now, Aden must make a choice. Will he stand by and watch the love of his life slip away? Or will he risk losing the love and trust of the family he holds dear to tell Christina how he truly feels? 
Thankful includes a P.S. section with additional insights from the author, background material, suggestions for further reading, and more.

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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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