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The Proposal at Siesta Key by Shelley Shepard Gray
Amish Brides of Pinecraft Series #2
Trade Paperback - 288 pages
Synopsis: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’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?
I enjoyed this next installment in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series. It is fun getting to know the characters and watching them find their match. This book mixes both Amish and Mennonite cultures as Penny, who is Amish, goes against her parent’s wishes to get to know Michael, who is a Mennonite. Her parents just want to keep her safe and mean well. As always the author does a great job of describing the town of Pinecraft and all the scenes so you feel as if you are right in Florida with the characters. I like how Shelley’s writing just seems to flow making the book read quickly. She grabs you on page one and before you know you are so engrossed you lose a day and the book is over. If you are a fan of Amish fiction then this is a book for you. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.