September 18, 2015

A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn by Shelley Shepard Gray

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

Published: September 15, 2015
Number of pages: 288
Genre: Amish, Christian Fiction
Series: Amish Brides of Pinecraft #3

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?

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What did I think of this book:
Another trip to Pinecraft with Shelley Shepard Gray and another hit book. I enjoyed getting to know Emma and following her on her journey from widow to happiness. We also have Jay going through the same things as Emma and go on their "journey" together. It is nice how the author makes the characters so real and loveable all at the same time. There is even a little bit of humor in this book with the pets and their adventures. I wish I could "meet" the characters in this book when I visit Pinecraft next month, but I will be happy with the "real" residents. This is the third book in this series but it can be read as a stand alone but I am sure you will find yourself wanting to go back and read the other two books. 

About 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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Amish Btides of Pinecraft Series
#1 The Promise of Palm Cove
#2 The Proposal at Siesta Key
#3 A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn

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