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.
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.
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.
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.
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.