Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Promise of Palm Grove: My Review and a Five-Book Giveaway from Shelley Shepard Gray

About the book:
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 beloved New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray'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 Kaufmann, Leona's faced with two vastly different futures.

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

My thoughts:
Despite Leona's serious dilemma, this was a fun, lighthearted read. As a Florida resident, I really enjoyed learning more about Pinecraft and became inspired to visit it one day! Leona faced a problem that young people often encounter: Do we follow the advice of those who are older and wiser than we are? Or do we follow our hearts, which may or may not lead us astray? Leona was attracted to Zack, but it was difficult to know whether it was a lasting attraction or just a vacation fling. The situation was complicated by the fact that her fiancé's sister was one of her best friends and accompanied her to Florida! I really enjoyed watching Leona grow in maturity and self-confidence as the faced the biggest decision of her life.

Meet 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.

Find Shelley online: website, Facebook

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Don't miss Shelley Shepard Gray's new series, Amish Brides of Pinecraft, and the first book in the series, The Promise of Palm Grove! Romantic Times said, "Vibrant descriptions and details bring the plot to life in this heartwarming tale of new beginnings and renewal." Does Leona follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?

Enter through the Rafflecopter form below to win a copy of The Promise of Palm Grove. Five winners will be chosen! The winners will be announced March 30 on Shelley's blog!

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