This is the second book in the Return to Sugarcreek Series by Shelley Shepard Gray and it is another winner. The theme is thankful and we learn a lot about how the characters learn to be thankful. It is also a story about adoption and fostering a child, specifically a child of a different race. Aden was adopted into the Kempf family and as the children grow into adults, he realizes that his love for his adopted sister Christina is more than that of a sibling. Early on, he saves Christina when she falls through the ice and the two form a special bond. Fighting to ignore this feeling, Aden decides to move away. Christina has had nightmares and fears ever since her accident on the ice and is fearful of many things, but together they finally realize they have to face their fears and be thankful for each other. Judith and Ben are unable to have children and want to adopt. But as the adoption process is slow, they are asked to foster a baby of a woman who is in prison. They agree but do not realize the child is black until the social worker brings him to them. Judith becomes attached and is afraid she will not be able to give the baby up when the baby's aunts want to gain custody. Summoning up all their courage, Judith and Ben venture to the prison to meet James' mother to plead to be able to keep James. His mother immediately sees the love they have for their child and is thankful that they are willing to love him and give him a home. Judith and Ben are thankful that God has brought this special baby into their lives and while they wish they could keep him, are thankful that his mother trusts them with her child. James' mother signs the papers so they will not lose him to his aunts who cannot provide the love and safety that he needs. Jana is the owner of the Sugarcreek Inn, a widow and a slave to her business until she realizes that she has to let go. She sells a majority interest in the Inn and then meets a wonderful man, a new policeman in town. Jana is thankful that she has realized that she has to live her life, stop working so hard and move on. Her children are not so sure but when they visit Jana, they see how happy she is with her new life and are thankful.
This is a well-written book that challenges us to stop and think of all the things in our lives that we are thankful for without even realizing how blessed we are. Each faces challenges, each trusts God to lead them and each moves forward. Shelley has another winner in this book, I have loved the Return to Sugarcreek series.
Another 5 star read by Shelley Shepard Gray. It's always fun to continue reading about characters from the Sugarcreek series and see where life has taken them this time and also to meet new people along the way. In this second book of the series, they learn how to be thankful and what being thankful really means. A widow thankful for love and family, a childless couple thankful for fostering, two young Amish people thankful for each other. Thanksgiving isn't the only day to be thankful for in life. Being thankful is an every day occurrence as you will see in this book. Grab your favorite drink, find your favorite spot, and curl up with Thankful - just remember to have a tissue handy as well. You will need it.
Wow! What a moving story. This is beautifully written. The families of Sugarcreek have much to be thankful for-God's loving care and answers to prayer. This is an emotional story so have some tissues ready. It is awesome to see how God works out the details, working through hearts that are yielded to him. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
Shelley Shephard Gray has written another masterful novel.
Two of the central characters in this book are Christina Kempf and Aden Reese, both strong but also somewhat vulnerable. They are bound by friendship and family but also by the love they have for each other.
Shelley has created new characters as well as bringing back characters that we have known and loved since the Seasons of Sugarcreek series.
The characters are endearing and engaging; important to the story and some of them are at a crossroads in life where they must make a big decision that will affect not only themselves but others in their lives, too.
In the inimitable style of Shelley Shephard Gray the characters are brought to life by her ability to make you feel as though you are at The Sugarcreek Inn eating pie and having a cup of coffee with the staff and the customers. Or walking through the snow and even ice skating! She creates characters that are realistic, charming, and sometimes fragile but ones you always want to get better acquainted with.
Shelley takes us through the heartache of a childless couple desperately wanting baby, new relationships and always does it seamlessly.
Thankful is a wonderfully written story of the lives of two young adults (Aden & Christina), a married couple (Ben & Judith), and the English owner of Sugarcreek Inn (Jana).
Aden & Christina (Christy as he calls her) are life-long friends and neighbors. Aden's parents, who had always been too busy with their furniture business to pay him any attention, died in an accident when he was fourteen and Christina's family took him in and loved and treated him like one of their own. No one knew, including Aden & Christiana, that they loved each other. Living in the same house, the two were often referred to as siblings.
Judith had suffered a miscarriage and was told she couldn't have children. She and her husband Ben were in the middle of the adoption process when the social worker asked them to consider being foster parents for a newborn until his mother got out of prison.
Jana was a widow who spent all her time working. Her children were grown and lived away. They talked on the phone and visited when they could but still Jana was lonely at home and considered the women at the Inn her family. One day she met the new policeman in town (Ross Capshaw).
They all have much to be THANKFUL for but you'll have to read this wonderful book by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Shelley Shepard Gray to find out what_.you won't be able to put it down!!