Friday, June 5, 2015

Review of The Proposal at Siesta Key - Amish Brides of Pinecraft 2 - by Shelley Shepard Gray

About the book:
The Proposal at Siesta Key (Avon Inspire, May 2015)

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 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?

My review:

I liked this cute romance about living each day to the fullest!  I really liked Penny and admired her determination to change her life.  She had a lot of courage, especially knowing what a dangerous place the world can be.  There were some amusing moments and some sweet romantic ones.  Penny and Michael both had a strong faith in God, but he was Mennonite and she was Amish and their differences were never really addressed.  I liked getting reacquainted with Bev and her situation with the new owner of the inn.  This works well as a stand-alone, though there was some information about Bev you learned in the first book.  I look forward to seeing how her story gets resolved.  I absolutely loved the setting and relaxed atmosphere. I'd recommend this book to women who like Amish stories.

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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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