March 9, 2015

The Promise of Palm Grove by Shelley Shepard Gray

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

The Promise of Palm Grove by Shelley Shepard Gray
Amish Brides of Pinecraft #1
ISBN: 9780062337702
Trade Paperback

A young Amish woman finds herself torn between the man she's pledged to wed and the man her heart desires in this heartwarming story of chance, duty, and choice in the face of love—the first volume in beloved New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray's new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series

Amish bride-to-be Leona is thrilled to be in Florida, on a mini vacation in the pretty town of Pinecraft. Her girlfriends think she's happy because she's away from the stress of wedding planning. They have no idea that Leona's real joy is in being away from her fiancé.

Edmund is a good man and will make a decent husband . . . just not for Leona. The more time she spends with him and his overbearing ways, the less she wants to be his wife. Her cousins are sure Edmund is the right man for her—and their certainty makes Leona begin to doubt herself. But when a chance encounter with a wayward cat brings her face-to-face with a handsome, fun-loving Amish man named Zachary Kaufmann, Leona's faced with two vastly different futures.

Leona must decide: Should she follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?

Shelley has done it again with this new book in a new series. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. I have been to Pinecraft so I could imagine I just what Leona was seeing and doing. As with the author's other Amish books they are very easy and enjoyable to read. You can fly right through the book and feel fulfilled by a good story at the end. I like how the author makes the characters so likeable. You follow Leona as her emotions of guilt, heartache and happiness. The underlying story of letting go and moving on is a good one that most people need to learn to follow. I also like how we get a look into another aspect of the Amish lifestyle. I would recommend this book to fans of Amish fiction and I would say teens would also enjoy this book. 

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