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Vendor: Avon Inspire
Publication Date: 2009
Series: Sisters of the Heart
Winter's Awakening, Seasons of Sugarcreek Series #1Shelley Shepard GrayAvon Inspire / 2010 / Trade Paperback$8.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 23 Reviews
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Tragedy strikes—a brother and sister find themselves facing a situation that will shape the rest of their lives.
When a fire destroys the Lundys' barn, Winnie is injured trying to get the animals to safety. Confined to a hospital for weeks, out of touch with her loved ones who live too far away to visit by buggy, she must depend on Englisher Samuel Miller to keep her company. Though his family is part of Winnie's tight-knit Amish community, Samuel left years earlier to pursue a university education. Through conversations, and Samuel's dedication to her recovery, a friendship forms. But despite their growing attraction, Winnie knows it can never develop into something more as long as Samuel chooses to remain in the outside world.
When Winnie returns home, she finds her brother, Jonathan, struggling with his own dilemma. Cigarette butts were discovered in the debris of the barn and Jonathan is determined to find out who is responsible for destroying his property and putting his family at risk. But in a community founded on grace and forgiveness, will his unwillingness to move on eat away at the trust that is the foundation of their lives?
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 Phantom ParagrapherTauranga, New ZealandAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Another Wonderful InstallmentMarch 19, 2011The Phantom ParagrapherTauranga, New ZealandAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Review: Forgiven - Sisters of the Heart Book #3 - Shelley Shepard Gray - August 2009
One of my current Christian authors that I have been making my way through her books is Amish author Shelley Shepard Gray , I first discovered this authors name through her co-authored Potluck Club books and then I read her own book Hidden and Wanted from the Sisters of Heart Series and I was hooked. Each book talks about a different family while at the same time connecting the previous communities characters in the book. In this book we are presented with Katie who we know from previous novels married Jonathon Lundy. In Forgiven , Jonathon and Katie's barn has been burned down and Jonathon's sister Winnie who lives with them - always one for the animals rushed in to save them from the burning barn's debris and in this course of action , she herself ended up badly burned and rushed to hospital. It is in the hospital that we see due to circumstances Winnie and Englischer Samuel Miller become closer and who knows by the end of the book, is it wedding bells we hear for these two chiming? However , Winnie's heart is torn in two as she knows that her being Amish and him from the Outside world , they could never be together. Is their love strong enough for one of them to reconsider the way they have been living and will God's faith prove to be strong enough for one to change?.
On the flip side, the story also covers Katie and Jonathon Lundy's relationship as when the fire brigade discover that the cause of the fire was arson caused by cigarette butts , Jonathon makes it his personal mission to find out who would be silly enough to put him and his family in jeopardy. But when he finds out , will Jonathon be strong enough to forgive or will his heart be stubborn and unwilling and hurt that he will forget forgiveness. What will happen when Katie and Jonathon divide as their community is based on the truth of forgiveness and the grace of God.
Can Jonathon turn his worries and annoyance towards God and God be able to soothe his heart and accept the power to forgive.
JASHCovington, LAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This series was wonderful.February 10, 2011JASHCovington, LAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5All four of the books in this series, encluding "Grace", were hard to put down. I read one a day for four days. Not very often you can say a book is hard to put down.
Valerie Fein3 Stars Out Of 5September 17, 2009Valerie Feinthis is the first series I have read from this author. The series was alright but not as much action as other authors I have read about the amish. The series I thought also was slow, but I am unsure if all of this was just this one series or if this author is just always like that.
Glenda Rossignol4 Stars Out Of 5September 16, 2009Glenda RossignolHere is a beautiful story on Gods lesson of forgiveness. It went from frustration, to anger and finally to forgiveness which brought peace back to his family. With the fire brought injury to Winnie brought frendship to Samuel and maybe away back to his family. Great book with alot of feeling in it.
Jane Moshell5 Stars Out Of 5September 15, 2009Jane MoshellThe love story of Winnie and Sam is so sweet and shows how God can work in our lives and give us what we want if we only pray and ask his will. Well written and wonderful to read.