A young Amish woman, yearning for freedom, crosses paths with a handsome Mennonite celebrity in a deeply moving tale of friendship and self-discovery -- the second installment in the unforgettable New York Times bestselling author, Shelley Shepard Gray's, new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.
Penny Troyer rarely disobeys her parents. In the years since her sister's tragic death, they've wanted nothing more than to keep her safe ... even if it means never leaving the house.
But tonight, she's bending the rules because Michael Knoxx, the most famous member of The Knoxx Family Singers, a traveling Mennonite Evangelical family, is scheduled to speak. Penny has heard of Michael -- how he lost part of his leg in a terrible accident and uses the experience to inspire others -- and knows she must meet him. So, for the first time ever, Penny stands up to her parents and goes out on her own.
Though he speaks about living life to the fullest, Michael knows he needs to take his own advice. Life on the road is grueling and Michael wants to slow down, to rest ... to perhaps meet someone who sees him as a man, not just a celebrity. So when a twist of fate allows him the chance to stay a little longer in Pinecraft, Michael knows God is showing him a new path, especially when he discovers how much he and Penny Troyer have in common.
But new friendships can't stop time. Soon, Michael's time in Pinecraft will be over and he'll be back on the road. Her time with Michael has brought her happiness, but will she be able to follow her heart? Or will she be faced with the one thing she's sure she'll never have the courage to do?
Both Penny and Michael are very interesting characters. Penny has been sheltered to an extreme due to the tragic death of her sister. So, her defiance of her parents is not of the extreme kind -- she just wants to have a normal life, which includes friends and fun outings. I could sympathize both with Penny's parents' need to protect her and Penny's need to move on from the tragedy that has defined their lives so far. Michael has also been shaped by tragedy, but in a different direction. The loss of his leg led his whole family to reach out to others in the hopes that they can inspire them to build new lives after tragedy. It's no wonder that Penny is drawn to Michael and his family. But Michael's life isn't all roses, either. Thus, it is fascinating to see Penny and Michael attempt to meet in the middle of their lifestyles to come to a new way of life that will work for both of them -- as well as their families, who are resistant to change. I greatly enjoyed The Proposal at Siesta Key, and can't wait to read more books in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series by Shelley Shepard Gray.
NOTE: Although all of the stories in the series take place in Pinecraft, Florida, they are independent and can be read in any order. You'll recognize some of the same characters throughout the series, but the main characters' stories are complete in each book. CLICK HERE to read my review of the first book in the series, The Promise of Palm Grove.
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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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book courtesy of Litfuse to facilitate my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.