Saturday, May 24, 2014
Thankful book review and GIVEAWAY
Although Shelley Shepard Gray's book, Thankful, is book 2, it stands alone as it's own story. It's a story set in a peaceful, Amish community. The Kempf family takes in Aden after his parents die, and as time goes by, he struggles with his attraction to the family's eldest daughter. He feels he cannot repay the Kempfs for their hospitality by confessing his affections. Christina has feelings for Aden, too, but they've always just been friends. She doesn't want to risk losing that friendship by admitting her true feelings.
As an adoptive mom, I found the thread of trauma in the story very interesting. Christina was showing off as a child, and fell through ice in the local pond. Aden rescued her. The family celebrates every year, although it makes both Aden and Christina uncomfortable. Also, Christina still has nightmares, but she doesn't tell anyone about them. A lot of parallels can be drawn to the adoption world there.
In Thankful, New York Times bestselling author, Shelley Shepard Gray captures the beauty, devotion, and warmth of Amish life in this engaging tale of family, commitment, trust, and love set in the beloved community of Sugarcreek.
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