This was such an enjoyable read!. I found it hard to put the book down. The citizens of Sugarcreek have become very dear to me in this series. I loved the fact this one had two romances. I also loved the Spiritual thread that ran through this book. Shelley did another great job with this book.
Judith Graber always did the right thing. She couldn't be described as anything less than dutiful. When she was attracted to Ben Knox she couldn't believe it herself.
Before Ben Knox left Sugarcreek, he did everything for shock value. He had a reputation for always getting into trouble. He had returned to sell his parent's home. He was a little older and not fully living up to his reputation. He was also very attracted to Judith.
Lilly and Robert Miller were newly converted Mennonites as well as newlyweds. Lilly was afraid that Robert thought he made a mistake in marrying her.
Caleb, Judith's younger brother, was smitten with Becca Yoder. But Becca was holding herself back for some reason.
As each couple's story unfolds, we get to see their hang-ups. Their problems are all realistic and relatable. All the characters wanted to belong to someone, somewhere, or something. For example, Judith wanted a love in her life. Lilly wanted to be the best wife she could be. Robert wanted his family to accept his conversion. Some questioned if they could show their true feelings or true self and still be accepted.
When writing this story Shelley Shepard Gray used the Bible verse John 8:12 "When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, `I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'" Everyone can either be a light for someone else or get light from someone else. The light is Jesus. We can either tell others about the saving grace of Jesus or see Jesus and the hope and goodness He has to offer in others. We will then no longer walk in the darkness of sin if we accept Him. Ben had walked in darkness much of his life. It wasn't until Ben returned to Sugarcreek that he began to see a break in the clouds and some light shining through.
I enjoyed this story. Slowly each character began to grow as their story unfolded. It wasn't difficult to keep track of the characters and their situations. The romance is interesting because there is puppy love, married love, and a resisting of love all going on. This is a short holiday story that you'll be glad you picked up.
I received a free copy of this book From The Christian Manifesto and Avon Inspire in exchange for my honest review.
I enjoy ready stories about the Amish. We travel to Ohio and Pennsylvania each year and always visit the farmlands and stores. If you have never had this experience in Holmes County, Ohio or Lancaster, Pennsylvania, you should visit both places. Most of the Amish stories are based on these two places so if you enjoy reading the stories, then you would certainly enjoy visiting these two places!
A perfect holiday Novel that will leave you warm and wanting more, I thoroughly enjoyed it so much, it was read within a week!! ;)
It begins with the lovely Judith Graber, she's unselfish to the core, obedient, responsible, and wouldn't hesitate to put her families needs above her own. Then bad boy Ben Knox steps back into her life and turns it upside down- BRING ON THE FIREWORKS ;) Playful antics ensure as we learn about Judith and Ben's history, and Ben's troubled past returns to haunt this new happiness and feelings he's fought for so long to hide.
You will fall in love with the entire Graber family! I enjoyed the fact that the Author weaved three different romantic tales into one! You surely will shed some tears between the sweet relationship between Judith's brother, Caleb and Rebecca, Lilly and Robert as they learn to love, forgive, redeem, and find themselves through Christ!
This is my first time reading an Amish story and my first from Author, Shelley Shephard Gray, and what a pure delight it was! I'm now officially hooked, I hope she will continue on with the Graber's in a sequal or some kind!! ;) I know every girl secretly wishes she has a Ben Knock of her own hehe ;) The only thing I wish was included in the book, (and it's very small) is that there was a glossary of the Amish terms to translate. I'd be so engrossed in a chapter and then come across a word and be stumped sometimes LOL...but I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND this novel to anyone, no hesitation ;)
**This is my personal, unbiased, non-profit review**