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|Format: DRM Protected ePub|
Vendor: Avon Inspire Impulse
Publication Date: 2015
Series: Pinecraft Brides
Bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray continues her Amish Brides of Pinecraft series with a special addition—a tale of wishing and wanting...and what the heart really needs
Good things may come to those who wait, but Mattie Miller is confident that great things come to those who go after what they want…and Mattie wants Danny Brenneman. Danny is the reason she's returned to the sunny Amish community of Pinecraft, Florida—well, that and to see her best friend Leona get married.
Mattie's met Danny only once before but she knows the spark between them is sure to lead to something special. Despite a missing cat, wedding day chaos, and Danny himself, she's confident this vacation can only end one way: in an engagement of her very own!
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.
A WISH ON GARDENIA STREET is... the newest addition to her Amish Brides of Pinecraft series. The reader is reintroduced to the delightful characters as in her other Pinecraft novels, delivering yet another heartwarming and charming inspirational romance.”
cfernstaedtTucson, AZAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Wish on Gardenia Street..an exciting return to Pinecraft!August 3, 2015cfernstaedtTucson, AZAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The moment I opened to the first page of A Wish on Gardenia Street, I could barely contain my excitement of seeing old friends! Mattie Miller is arriving in Pinecraft for her dear friend Leona's wedding to Zack. Since their last visit, Mattie and Danny Brenneman have been corresponding and it seems, as the bus pulls into Pinecraft, Mattie has a wish of her own for this trip.
The excitement of seeing old friends, preparing for the wedding and even getting a bit of rest will all have to wait though, as Serena, Mrs. Sadler's dear cat has gone missing...again! True to their lifestyle and belief in helping others..our Leona, Zack, Danny and Mattie will do all they can to find her; putting their needs aside. As a reader, this left me to ponder..am I as caring for others as our young friends?
As you read this delightful novella, you quickly feel you have come back to somewhere near and dear to your heart. What is Mattie's wish? Will it come true? Where could Serena have gone? Will all of the work for the wedding be finished on time?
A Wish on Gardenia Street is filled with love, hope, bonding and a message; God's will, not ours.
CindyLBaltimore, MDAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Pinecraft, here we comeJuly 30, 2015CindyLBaltimore, MDAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Shelley Shepard Gray brings us back to Pinecraft in her new novella, A Wish on Gardenia Street. We get to see what shenanigans our friends are involved with this time - Leona & Zack, Mattie & Danny. There are wedding plans to finalize, a cat gone missing, and a heart ready to love, but God has other plans. This is a great story to read in one sitting. A quick one that keeps your thoughts hopping. One key item to remember is that it is in God's time, not ours. You see this throughout, and it's good to remember that what we want isn't always what God has planned for us.
Chas Ray5 Stars Out Of 5Another Wonderful BookJuly 28, 2015Chas RayQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In a Wish on Gardenia Street we get to see Leona marry her love Zack. This is the couple from the first book in the series The Promise of Palm Grove. Here we pick up with the week of their wedding. Leona's friend Mattie arrives with stars in her eyes determined she's going to marry the groom's best friend. After all, that's what a few letters exchanged means right? I was hooked right from the beginning wanting to see this couple get married but was a bit put off by Mattie's love stuck ideals. What's so special about best friends marrying best friends. I get it though, she wanted what Leona had, the stars in your eyes forever kind of love. It made sense to her she could find it in Zack's best friend. She didn't find love but what she found was a true meaningful friendship that will last a lifetime. Normal couples experience stress when planning a wedding and Amish couples are no different. However, add in a crazy cat lady who has lost her beloved cat Serena and you have the makings of a disaster! Not only are Zack and Leona trying to plan a wedding but now Zack is charged with finding Mrs.Sadler's cat. Why she chooses Zack nobody really knows but he feels a loyalty to the lady and has always been successful in returning Serena in the past. Needless to say it isn't as easy as it seems and all four friends are out looking for the cat daily while trying to plan a wedding. One of my favorite lessons and quotes from the book is "All she had to do was believe, dream, hope, and have faith". No matter what we face: a wedding, a runaway cat, a love struck friend...whatever, as long as we have faith in God all of it will work out for the good just as He promised. And Yes, the cat was found along with a few extra surprises. Who doesn't love surprises??
KristiIndianaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Wish on Gardenia StreetJuly 28, 2015KristiIndianaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Mattie is going to Pinecraft, FL to attend the wedding of her best friend Leona. She is also hoping to spend more time with Danny, a boy whom she met during her last visit to the town. However, things don't exactly turn out as Mattie had dreamed they would. Will Mattie get her happy ending?
This was a very sweet and easy to read novella. The characters are all familiar and it was fun to catch up with them again. The flow of the story is great and makes the novella easy to read in just one setting.
A quick, easy evening or weekend read for fans of Amish fiction.
I received a free copy of this novella in exchange for my honest opinion, which I have given
MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Planning Your LifeJuly 28, 2015MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Wish on Gardenia Street is a novella set in Pinecraft Florida and Amish Mennonite Community, and our main character Mattie has just arrived as the book opened.
Mattie arrives to be in her friends wedding and to help her get things ready, but she has her own plans, and in her mind she has her life all planned out. Reality is different and she may just find out that what she wants is not what God has planned for her.
Come and enjoy another stay in this Plain Community, my mind keeps painting pictures of living here. We walk the streets and go to the shops, and we have a sewing frolic to make the necessary things for the wedding. Will Mattie get all that she wants, or will she end up going home?
I loved this quick read, only 112 pages, and being able to read in one sitting.
I received this book through Edelweiss and the Avon Inspire Impulse, and was not required to give a positive review.