Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Review of HOPEFUL - Return to Sugarcreek 1 - by Shelley Shepard Gray | Win a copy!

About the book: Return to Sugarcreek, Book One

In the Amish town of Sugarcreek, love comes in many forms. But will it come at all for Miriam?

Miriam Zehr has worked at the Sugarcreek Inn longer than she cares to admit. The restaurant is a favorite of town residents as well as the many tourists who come to taste the famous Amish fare. Though she always tries to have a smile for every customer, deep down Miriam knows something's missing: a family of her own.
Miriam has never felt particularly beautiful, especially because she's always been a bit heavier than other girls her age. When Junior, the man she's pined for all her life, suddenly seeks her out, she's thrilled to be noticed . . . until she realizes he's only asking her to help get the attention of Mary Kathryn Hershberger, her pretty friend.
If Miriam helps Junior court Mary Kathryn, she'll get to spend a lot of time with him, but she might lose him in the process. Are these few stolen moments worth a lifetime of sacrifice? Is Miriam right to even hope for the life she dreams of?

My review: I really enjoyed this story because I really liked the characters and the plot.  I could relate to Miriam and really felt for her when she realized Junior didn't like her romantically.  Even though Junior was a bit dense sometimes, he really was a good guy and I loved the way he watched out for his siblings.  We get to know what each of the characters are thinking and I loved seeing their relationship progress.  There were some interesting sub-plots about Mary Kathryn and another character who suffered a miscarriage that both brought in more serious issues, but the romance was very sweet.  This is my first introduction to Sugarcreek and it's a cozy town I'd like to visit again!  If you like Amish or romance stories, you should check it out!

I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/tacpd

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.

Learn more about Shelley at: http://www.shelleyshepardgray.com

Welcome to the blog tour for Hopeful, the first book in Shelley Shepard Gray's new series, Return to Sugarcreek. Critics have already given their thumbs up for Hopeful: “Lovable characters and a good story, full of romance and suspense . . . a must read." (Library Journal)

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  • Hopeful by Shelley Shepard Gray
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