Friday, March 27, 2015

A fun visit to Pinecraft -- The Promise of Palm Grove

Everything I have heard about the Amish community of Pinecraft in Sarasota, Florida, makes it sound like a lively, fun place to visit.  Shelley Shepard Gray's The Promise of Palm Grove fits that same description -- lively and fun!

From the opening pages, Beverly, Leona, Mattie, and Sara start the story off with delightful anticipation.  You can almost feel the excitement when the Pioneer bus pulls into Sarasota.  And the fun really kicks off when the girls first meet some of the local boys.

There are the difficult moments in the story when tough things must be dealt with.  But all in all, the story feels like a sunny vacation in the middle of a hard winter.  This is very much the type of enjoyable story I've come to expect from Shelley Shepard Gray.

Fans of Amish fiction should enjoy this quick read.  I look forward to more visits to Pinecraft  through future installments in the series where I'm hoping to find a few loose ends tied up.

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

Read what other reviewers have to say about The Promise of Palm Grove here.

About the book:

Leona must decide: Does she follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?

A young Amish woman finds herself torn between the man she's pledged to wed and the man her heart desires in this heartwarming story of chance, duty, and choice in the face of love---the first volume in the beloved New York Times bestselling author's new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.

Amish bride-to-be Leona is thrilled to be in Florida, on a mini-vacation in the pretty town of Pinecraft. Her girlfriends think she's happy because she's away from the stress of wedding planning. They have no idea that Leona's real joy is in being away from her fiancé.

Edmund is a good man, and will make a decent husband . . . just not for Leona. The more time she spends with him and his overbearing ways, the less she wants to be his wife. Her cousins are sure Edmund is the right man for her---and their certainty makes Leona begin to doubt herself. But when a chance encounter with a wayward cat brings her face-to-face with a handsome, fun-loving Amish man named Zachary Kauffman, Leona's faced with two vastly different futures.

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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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1 comment:

  1. Is this something in Pincraft/Sarasota that you are describing here?