Daybreak, Days of Redemption Series #1   -     By: Shelley Shepard Gray
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Avon Inspire / 2013 / Paperback

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Viola Keim has recently started a job at the Mennonite retirement home. She strikes up an unlikely friendship with Atle Beachy, whose only living relative, a son Ed, is off living as a missionary in Nicaragua. While Viola understands the importance of mission work, she can't imagine leaving her father in the hands of strangers. It's not the Amish way, and even though she doesn't know Ed, she doesn't like him for how he's abandoned his father.

Shelley Shepard Gray | Days of Redemption Series

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Avon Inspire
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 7.17 X 4.71 (inches)
ISBN: 0062204408
ISBN-13: 9780062204400
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Series: Days of Redemption

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In this close-knit Amish family, nothing is as perfect as it seems . . .

When Viola Keim starts working at a nearby Mennonite retirement home, she strikes up an unlikely friendship with resident Atle, whose only living relative, son Edward, is living as a missionary in Nicaragua. Viola understands the importance of mission work, but she can't imagine leaving her father in the hands of strangers. Even though her family is New Order Amish, it's not the Amish way, and though she doesn't know Ed, she judges him for abandoning his father.

But when Ed surprises his father with a visit, Viola and Ed both discover an attraction they never expected. Despite her feelings, choosing Ed would mean moving to a far-off country and leaving her family behind. She can't do that. Her twin sister, Elsie, is going blind and will need someone to care for her all her life. Her family is reeling with the recent discovery that her grandmother hid her past as an Englischer. Her father seems forgetful and distracted—and to be harboring some secrets of his own.

Does Viola dare leave them all behind and forge her own life? Or will family ties mean her one chance at love slips away?

Author Bio

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, 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.

Editorial Reviews

“...stirs readers’ hearts with an inspiring story of captivating characters.”
“a pleasant read...will appeal to Gray’s many fans.”
“...a whirlwind of emotions...”
Lovable characters and a good story, full of romance and suspense...a must read.
“Will appeal to fans of Amish inspirational fiction.”
“Shelley Shepard Gray writes with honesty, tenderness and depth. Her characters are admirable, richly-layered and impossible to forget long after the story is done.”
“An Amish community backdrop adds homespun sweetness, with a focus on simplicity and family that’s never heavy-handed...new readers will have no trouble starting the series here.”

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  1. Kristi
    Indiana
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Daybreak--a book to enjoy
    February 13, 2014
    Kristi
    Indiana
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Daybreak is the first book in the Days of Redemption series. It focuses on Viola Kiem, a young Amish woman who works at a retirement home. One of her friends at the retirement home is resident Atle Swartz, whose son Edward is a missionary worker in Nicaragua. Viola does not agree with Atle's only child being so far away from his father. When he comes home to visit his father Viola is unsure of her feelings towards him. Viola's home life is chaotic as it is discovered her grandmother has been keeping a secret, her aunt reveals a past hurt and her father has a secret of his own. Viola's world has been turned upside down.

    I really enjoyed this book. The characters were likable even though flawed. They could have been from any background as the problems they faced weren't specific to the Amish faith. I liked how Shelley Shepard Gray took these "any family" problems and wove them into a story about an Amish family and how they handled them. The story moved at a good pace. There is just the right mix of romance and family turmoil to get the reader's attention and keep them interested.

    I am looking forward to the next book in the series to find out what happens next in the Kiem family. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes Amish fiction or is just looking for a good read.
  2. Wilani
    Franklin, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An Awesome Book
    February 13, 2014
    Wilani
    Franklin, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Daybreak is an awesome read. It is the first book in a series called the Days of Redemption. It is about an Amish family in Berlin, Ohio. A family that has had secrets from one another not unlike many homes today. As the secrets come out, the family must deal with them and learn to forgive one another as well as learn to deal with the problems that come with this. Through all of this they seek the Lord. One of the things I liked about this book is the way this book dealt with problems people face and yet seeking the Lord for the solving of the problems. Loved the way that a couple of love stories were also woven into the book. Shelley Shepherd Gray is a fantastic writer and I am now wanting to read all of her books. This is a must read along with the other books in the series Ray of Light and Eventide.
  3. Pam Burke
    Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Family Secrets
    May 19, 2013
    Pam Burke
    Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Daybreak begins Shelley Shepard Gray's The Days of Redemption series in good style. The story is filled with interesting characters who have a lot of issues to deal with.

    Viola learns that things are not always as they seem -- in her own family and in others -- and she finds that her quick-to-judge attitude may need a little adjusting. Ed is surprised to find his father doing so well in the retirement home and has adjustments to make as he comes home for a while.

    The story of Viola, Ed, and the others is an engaging one, with several twists thrown in for interest. Fans of Amish fiction should enjoy this story, which I give 4 stars out of 5.
  4. JPropst
    Timberville, VA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Engaging page turner
    March 1, 2013
    JPropst
    Timberville, VA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Once again Shelley Shepard Gray has written a wonderful story with DAYBREAK the first book in her new series THE DAYS OF REDEMPTION.

    I loved DAYBREAK it was spellbinding. intriguing and an engaging page turner with the hint of mystery with the Keim family secrets being revealed.

    In the mist of the uproar Viola Keim and Edward Swartz fall in love. Their relationship brings each one to make a big decision that will change their lives, especially for Viola. Once Lovina's (Lorene's mother) secret is revealed Lorene goes to John Miller whom she broke up with 10 years ago because of her mother to ask for forgiveness. They find they still love each other and want a life together.

    I can't wait to read book 2, RAY OF LIGHT especially after reading the excerpt.
  5. KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Read
    February 22, 2013
    KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A multi-generational story that revolves around the complexities of family life. There are so many layers in this book I don't know where to start. Gray does a wonderful job of weaving diverse stories around a common thread.

    While Viola and Ed take center stage in Daybreak, the reader is invited into the lives of other members of the Kiem family as well. They aren't your stereotypical Amish family and Gray provides a realistic, sometime gritty view of dysfunction and how it affects generations.

    The first in a series, I'm anxious to continue the Kiem's family saga in future books. Gray excels at creating a satisfying standalone story in the midst of a series with common threads. While my reader's heart is immensely satisfied by the conclusion, my interest is piqued over some unanswered questions. Gray always leaves me wanting more.
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