The Survivor, Families of Honor Series #3
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Mattie’s body has healed from the cancer that nearly took her life . . . but can she find the man who can mend her lonely heart?
Mattie has faced more in her twenty-three years than she ever imagined possible. Having successfully battled cancer, she’s ready to reenter the world with hopes for her future. But while she was in and out of hospitals, other Amish girls her age were courting and finding the men they would marry. The only man who’s ever made her heart beat faster is Graham Weaver, her best friend, who has always been there to comfort her, in good times and bad. Is it finally time for their friendship to become something more?
But cruel gossip is spreading, claiming that Graham’s the father of the baby Jenna Yoder’s carrying. Will Mattie’s dreams of a happily-ever-after be crushed before they’ve left the ground?
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.
The point of view changes each chapter, and this method weaves the individual stories into a semi-realistic picture of the Amish community. Mattie and Graham's relationship is sweet. In comparison, the secondary characters have a few scenes that tug at the heart. The one event that affects all the threads is the storm toward the end of the novel. In midst of tragedy, the characters face their faults and learn to how to reconcile their fears.
Mattie was in the hospital while other Amish young women were courting. Newly released from doctors and needles, she is excited to pursue her dreams. In the process, she falls in love with her best friend, but that love does not come without trials. Mattie finally realizes Graham's love after a series of painful experiences.
When I finished The Survivor, I wished that the author had made the characters a bit more three-dimensional. The plot is an intriguing idea: How does an Amish woman reconcile her faith after she has battled cancer? The plot elements were solid, but I wanted to know more about the characters. - Ashlee Amann, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
jesussavesAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Awesome read!!!October 25, 2011jesussavesAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I read the other two books in the series and they were very compelling and well written! This one does not disappoint either! Wonderful story of God's love, healing and forgiveness!
Big MomIngleside, ILAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Love this seriesSeptember 28, 2011Big MomIngleside, ILAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Love this series and was kept in suspense until the end. Books 1 & 2 were the best of the series.
Gayle KindleHouston, Texas 77062Age: Over 655 Stars Out Of 5Excellent...September 16, 2011Gayle KindleHouston, Texas 77062Age: Over 65Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This complete series was awesome. I love the Amish writers & their stories....
DinoPAAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Touching!September 9, 2011DinoPAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4My mother and I share all our books and both of us loved this one. As a cancer survivor, mom could relate to the feelings and anxieties described. I finished it in 3 evenings. She read it in 2 days!
Christy Lockstein5 Stars Out Of 53rd in Families of Honor series is truly compellinSeptember 1, 2011Christy LocksteinQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Survivor by Shelley Shepard Gray is the third book in the Families of Honor series. Mattie Lapp has finally beat the breast cancer that stopped her life in its tracks. She asks best friend Graham Weaver to help her find a husband so she can start living again. Graham is hurt by her request as he's been waiting for years for Mattie to recognize how much he loves her. His life is quickly turned upside down when Jenna, a girl he dated a few times, names him as the father of her unborn child and the entire community looks at him with scorn. Gray also continues the stories of Lucy and Calvin's new marriage and Ella and Loyal's growing romance, as well as John's decision to return to the faith he left so long ago. Gray does a fantastic job of writing bonnet lit, creating a canvas of characters who light up the page. Have you ever read a book that pulled you in so deeply that you lose reality for a moment? After finishing this book, I had to stop myself from looking outside to check the damage from the tornado. That's compelling writing! Gray is one of the best in the business, and I can't wait to read what she writes next.
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