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Vendor: Avon Inspire
Publication Date: 2015
Series: Pinecraft Brides
Beloved bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray returns with the second book in her Amish Brides of Pinecraft series— a story of finding the strength to follow your dreams . . . and your heart
Penny Troyer never disobeys her parents. But tonight she's bending the rules because Michael Knoxx—the most famous member of the Knoxx Family, a traveling Mennonite evangelical family—is scheduled to speak. Penny has heard of Michael—how he lost part of his leg in a terrible accident and uses the experience to inspire others—and knows she must meet him . . . even if it means challenging her parents' strict rules and taking the first step toward her own independence.
Though he speaks about living life to the fullest, Michael knows he needs to take his own advice. Life on the road is grueling and Michael wants to slow down, to rest . . . to perhaps meet someone who sees him as a man, not just a celebrity. So when a twist of fate allows him the chance to stay a little longer in Pinecraft, Michael knows God is showing him a new path, especially when he discovers that Penny has also survived a terrible ordeal.
But as Michael's time in Pinecraft comes to an end, Michael and Penny are left to wonder what kind of future they could possibly have together. Are they brave enough to take the chance given to them? Or will they choose to cling to what is familiar, even if it pushes away their dream of happiness?
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.
There are some words of wisdom in Gray’s latest, such as the importance of embracing and cherishing each moment and the fact that “Sometimes the hardest path to take is the only path worth walking on.”
“Gray has written an endearing tale set in unique location.”
“The Promise of Palm Grove” is stunning from the first page. Shelley Shepard Gray writes with heart and a deep understanding of the plain community.
“With her endearing and delightful characters, written in her trademark descriptive style, author Shelley Shepard Gray has once again crafted a story that will capture readers’ hearts from the first page.”
Once again Shelley does an exceptional job at penning a story. I can always count on a good story line and a satisfying ending.
Praise for The Promise of Palm Grove: “Shelley is one of my favorites. An engaging, heartfelt story with characters who are easy to love. Sweet, heartwarming and wonderful. I savored every word.”
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5enjoyedSeptember 22, 2015lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We are introduced to characters in the first book titled, The Promise of Palm Grove along with a wonderful B & B. The setting is sunny Florida in the small town of Pinecraft that is close to the ocean along with a wonderful, close knit, Amish community. The Orange Blossom B & B is operated daily by Beverly. Recently she hired a young lady named Penny Troyer to care for Michael Know while he recoups after surgery.
Trouble begins to brew when Beverleys unhealed heart is hurt when she thinks she views an improper moment between Michael and Rachael. Now, after taking time to pray, she is confronted by the owner, Eric, as he learns about owning this business he inherited. On top of this, Tricia comes to surprise her Aunt Beverly, running away from an embarrassing situation at home.
There is romance blooming with a new set of young people in the community and there really isnt much reference to the characters readers met in book one. I was a little disappointed by that as I came to enjoy them in the first story. There is a third book that I will be reading titled, A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn by the same author. Perhaps the characters not written into the second book will show up more in book three. Either way I know I laughed a lot while reading this tale because of the way one guest of the inn was expressing how she viewed Florida.
Please consider reading the books written by Shelley Shepard Gray as they are highly entertaining, faith filled and have moments of climax with tension that make for an enjoyable afternoon of getting lost in the fictional town of Pinecraft!
Karen5 Stars Out Of 5The Proposal at Siesta KeySeptember 21, 2015KarenQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Great read. Second book in series. Have pre-ordered the next two in series...
Jane WatsonAthens,TN.Age: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Enjoyable readingJuly 1, 2015Jane WatsonAthens,TN.Age: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Read the first book enjoyed it and the same with this one. I enjoy reading about the amish . The thing i liked most about this book was the setting in Florida instead of Ohio or Pennsylavina where most amish books are set. I just like a change sometimes although i enjoy all christian amish books. I have enjoyed all books i have read by this author.
Carrie ShindorfCosby, MissouriAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great Summer Read!June 15, 2015Carrie ShindorfCosby, MissouriAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What a fun summer read~ I am enjoying this book. It grabbed my attention from the very first line.
Penny and her family live in a adorable little town called Pinecraft, Florida. I liked that the author gave a map in the front cover. It looks like a perfect place to be. Yet~ Penny has been a sheltered young woman for way to long and is busting out at the seams. A tragedy in the family taking the life of her sister in a horrific way leaves her parents smothering her to death. She just has to break free and live. This book is all about her having the courage to break free from the control and fear that her loving but over protecting parents have placed her under. Penny decides it is time for all of them to move on in healing.
She goes to work for a Bed and Breakfast and finds herself caring for a popular Mennonite singer/evangelist. He is a little arrogant and high thinking of himself. She is trying to not be smitten in the least. Only time together turns the tide and they become more than friends. The only problem is that he will be leaving soon. Will she have even more courage to follow her heart?
I really enjoyed seeing how this book deals with fear in a healthy and healing way. Although this is the second book in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft~ it was not necessary for me to read the first book. Great Book!
Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Another enjoyable visit to PinecraftJune 6, 2015Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Shelley Shepard Gray's Amish stories are always an enjoyable read -- and The Proposal at Siesta Key is no exception.
Set in Sarasota, Florida, the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series brings together Amish and Mennonite characters who are living a lifestyle a little different from the typical horse and buggy Plain people we frequently find in Amish fiction. If you have read book one of this series, The Promise of Palm Grove, you will recognize the Orange Blossom Inn and the continuing story of some of its characters.
Shelley uses the relationship that develops between Penny and Michael to present a delightful story of friendship and personal growth. The other characters each add interesting elements to the story and open up the possibilities of more good things to come in the remainder of the series.
Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.