Monday, October 31, 2016
A Sister's Wish and An Amish Family Christmas
I've shared Shelley Shepard Gray's books with you here before. This time around, we have two!
A Sister's Wish
Two Amish boys grow up together. One in a stable, loving family; the other, not so much. One stays and joins the faith; the other goes a bit wild during his youth, leaves the faith, and the town he grew up in. Now Simon is back, ready to commit to the faith, the Amish lifestyle, and Lukas' kid sister. It's not surprising that Lukas thinks Simon isn't good enough for her.
Amelia is tired of being the baby sister of the family, having all her siblings try and make decisions for her. She also understands that while Simon's past may have shaped him, it doesn't have to define his future.
I like the way the author weaves a complex story, with Simon reconnecting with his sister, Tess, and struggling with his problems, rather than just a simple romance.
An Amish Family Christmas
A struggling single mom presents herself to the world as a widow. But just when things start going well for Julia and little Penny, the past catches up with them.
Shelley Shepard Gray doesn't shy away from difficult issues. One of her character's, Tess, finally gets The Refuge up and running, a place for people to get help. Drawing from her own experience as a runaway, she creates an inviting place where support groups can meet, and people can find resources.
Levi has returned to Charm, but he's still struggling to find his place after his father's death. His brother and sister in law live in the family home and run the family business. Nothing really "fits" for him until he befriends Julia and Penny and starts thinking about making a life with them. But can he accept Julia's secret?
These books handle mature content in a wholesome way, and I have no problem passing them on to my 16 year old daughter, Brianna, to read.
You can find A Sister's Wish and An Amish Family Christmas on Amazon, and you can connect with author Shelley Shepard Gray via her website, and also on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.
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