Thursday, September 24, 2015

Book Review: "A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn," by Shelley Shepard Gray (GIVEAWAY)

About the book:
In the third book of New York Times-bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray's Amish Brides of Pinecraft series, 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?

My thoughts:
I’ve read all three books in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series, so it was fun to catch up on some of the same characters as the series continues. However, these books can easily be read as stand-alones. In A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn, love is in full bloom for many of the Amish people who populate Pinecraft, Florida. The main story revolves around the romance of Emma Keim and Jay Hilty, both widowed and raising three kids. This part of the story reads much like the Brady Bunch television series, complete with three boys for Dad, three girls for Mom, and a very naughty dog. (The only thing missing is a housekeeper!) It was a nice, breezy read that made me smile. Another storyline involves Jay’s oldest son, Ben, who is experiencing his own romance with an Amish girl who fled some difficulties at home in Ohio to take refuge with her Aunt Beverly, who runs the Orange Blossom Inn. As these two courtships are wrapped up, we continue to watch the slow-burning romance between Beverly and the owner of the inn, Eric. I’m happy to see that Eric and Beverly’s relationship will finally take center stage in the upcoming final book in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series, A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft!

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.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Litfuse to facilitate my honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

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