Wednesday, September 23, 2015

An Amish Brady Bunch? -- A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn

Shelley Shepard Gray provides another fun installment in her Amish Brides of Pinecraft series in A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn.

As I read the story, I couldn't help but compare some of the main characters to the classic TV show, The Brady Bunch.  Widowed mom with three girls meets widowed dad with three boys, and . . . well, you'll have to read the story to see what comes next.  Throw in a well-meaning, but trouble-making, beagle and you have plenty of elements for an enjoyable story. 

The characters are delightful to meet.  The relationships in the story move very quickly, but there is enough development to enjoy getting to know some of the feelings and struggles of the people involved.  There are visits from many of the Pinecraft folks we've met in the previous stories, including Beverly Overholt in her Orange Blossom Inn.  I am looking forward to seeing some loose ends tied up the final installment, a Christmas story.

Fans of Amish fiction should find Shelley's story to be a delightful, easy read.

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn in exchange for my honest review.

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About the Book:

A wedding brings together two young widowed parents . . . and gives them a second chance at love.

Emma Keim was heartbroken when her husband, Sanford, passed away, leaving her to raise three young daughters alone. Though several years have passed, her relatives have made it no secret that they expect Emma to remain a widow, mourning Sanford indefinitely. But when she meets Jay Hilty---a handsome widower with three young sons of his own---Emma is delighted to have a new friend who understands her struggles. Still, she is dismayed that her family is so opposed to their friendship---and the idea of it ever becoming anything more. She honors her husband's memory every day, but is she destined to be alone forever?

Emma's gentleness with Jay's boys stirs something in his heart that's been quiet for far too long. But when his oldest son becomes engaged to a local woman, suddenly Jay, Emma, and their children are swept up in wedding preparations. Witnessing his son's joy, Jay wonders if it's time for him to move forward, too, and find happiness again.

Once again, love has come to Pinecraft. But can these two parties of four become a happy, healthy family of eight?

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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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