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Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Avon Inspire
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 7.17 X 4.71 X 1.04 (inches)|
Series: Pinecraft Brides
A young Amish woman finds herself torn between the man she’s pledged to wed and the man her heart desires in this heartwarming story of chance, duty, and choice in the face of love—the first volume in the beloved New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.
Amish bride-to-be Leona is thrilled to be in Florida, on a mini-vacation in the pretty town of Pinecraft. Her girlfriends think she’s happy because she’s away from the stress of wedding planning. They have no idea that Leona’s real joy is in being away from her fiancé.
Edmund is a good man, and will make a decent husband . . . just not for Leona. The more time she spends with him and his overbearing ways, the less she wants to be his wife. Her cousins are sure Edmund is the right man for her-and their certainty makes Leona begin to doubt herself. But when a chance encounter with a wayward cat brings her face-to-face with a handsome, fun-loving Amish man named Zachary Kauffman, Leona’s faced with two vastly different futures.
Leona must decide: Does she follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?
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.
Shelley Shepherd Gray has written a charming story that is sure to please fans of Amish fiction. A delightful start to a new series!
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.
“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.
Vibrant descriptions and details bring the plot to life in this heartwarming tale of new beginnings and renewal.
“Gray has written an endearing tale set in unique location.”
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5fantasticSeptember 22, 2015lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The story started a little slow for me as it was building the foundation, which I am sure builds into the next two sequels. After a short time, the plot and climax took off as the women in this small B & B in Florida began having personal issues though not with each other per se. One of the main characters is Beverly who was to have inherited the B & B from her aunt when an English man comes stating he has inherited the business that Beverly has built.
Three young, Amish, single girlfriends come from Ohio for a two-week stay. One of them is engaged to be married to her friends brother. There are Sara, Mattie and Lorena who stay at the B & B to have time together before Lorena is married. However, Lorena is having second thoughts about being engaged because of the lack of any type of feelings she has for her future husband. The author adds to the mix a man Lorena begins to develop really deep affection and feelings for.
It doesnt take long to fall in love with the storyline and while not age specific they are perfectly suited for the YA group. The budding romances, daring to leave the home nest, faith and truth are just some of the themes that come alive in the pages. I look forward to reading the next book, The Proposal at Siesta Key followed by the third book, A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn. I sure hope you will follow where all three lead characters Lorena, Sara and Mattie end their journeys.
PatsdreamHuntsville, ALAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Heart Warming, Humor, Loved ItApril 8, 2015PatsdreamHuntsville, ALAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Leona travels to Pinecraft, Fl. with her cousin Sara and her future sister-in-law Mattie. Leona is having serious doubts about her upcoming wedding to Edmund. Due to the misadventures of a cat, she meets Zachary and his fiends. When they offer to show the girls around Pinecraft. When Leona starts to talk to and spend time around Zachary her friends become upset with her. After all, its Mattie's brother that she is suppose to be marrying. Several things happen to help Leona to make decisions concerning her live.
When an author touches my heart, brings tears to my eyes, laugh, or makes me stop and say a prayer from something the author said in their book, then that author automatically receives 5 stars from me. Shelley Shepard gray does that on a regular basis with her books.
I bought this book and no one asked me to leave a review. All opinions are my own. Shelley is one of my favorite authors. I enjoyed the book and read it in under 4 hours.
Carole JarvisJonesboro, GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Lovely story and characterizationMarch 28, 2015Carole JarvisJonesboro, GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0With The Promise of Palm Grove, Shelley Shepard Gray has written a sweet Amish romance with a great supporting cast, a solid and entertaining beginning to the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series. It's a lighter type of read, fun to relax with, and I enjoyed every minute of the reading experience.
One thing that I especially enjoy about Shelley's books is that the flow of her writing is conversational and well paced, allowing readers to get more deeply acquainted with everyone. Lead characters, Zach and Leona, are so easy to relate to - and they are supported by several family members that I hope to see more of in future stories. One of these captured my heart, and that's Zach's twelve-year-old sister, Effie, who suffers from Perthes disease. Zach, who loves to feel needed, has willingly devoted his time to taking care of Effie - and Leona finds a bravery deep within herself, enabling her to make a major change in her life's direction.
The Pinecraft village in Sarasota, Florida has become one of my favorite settings for Amish fiction because, while still containing all the elements I love about this genre, the setting itself creates a more laidback feel. Shelley has done a great job at capturing the essence of this Amish/Mennonite vacation community located in the heart of Sarasota.
Set among the streets and shops that actually make up this village is the fictitious Orange Blossom Inn, which serves as the home base for all four books in the series. I love these words of Beverly Overholt, owner of the inn, for they not only convey the vibrancy of Pinecraft, but the spiritual themes of hope, renewal, and new beginnings . . .
"Beverly Overholt dreamed in color now. Pinks and yellows, blues and reds. Green, purple, indigo, orange. So many vibrant colors, so much promise. . . . God was so good because He reminded her in dozens of ways each day that change was possible. Every morning, He gave her the beautiful sunrises over the Gulf of Mexico, warm weather, and gentle rains. Flowers and blue skies, palm trees and always, always the hint of happiness. In more ways than she could ever name, the Lord promised new beginnings. Renewal. Paradise."
One of this story's spiritual themes is something that most of us can identify with, and that is trying to make our own plans without seeking God's guidance. This Scripture that Shelley quotes at the beginning of this book never fails to speak to me: "We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps" (Proverbs 16:9). I loved the way this message is conveyed through the story of Zach, Leona, and Beverly.
The Promise of Palm Grove is a heartwarming story of new beginnings, new directions, and renewal. Recommended to all who enjoy Amish fiction.
Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5A fun visit to PinecraftMarch 27, 2015Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Everything I have heard about the Amish community of Pinecraft in Sarasota, Florida, makes it sound like a lively, fun place to visit. Shelley Shepard Gray's The Promise of Palm Grove fits that same description -- lively and fun!
From the opening pages, Beverly, Leona, Mattie, and Sara start the story off with delightful anticipation. You can almost feel the excitement when the Pioneer bus pulls into Sarasota. And the fun really kicks off when the girls first meet some of the local boys.
There are the difficult moments in the story when tough things must be dealt with. But all in all, the story feels like a sunny vacation in the middle of a hard winter. This is very much the type of enjoyable story I've come to expect from Shelley Shepard Gray.
Fans of Amish fiction should enjoy this quick read. I look forward to more visits to Pinecraft through future installments in the series where I'm hoping to find a few loose ends tied up.
Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Booklover105 Stars Out Of 5Enjoyed the first book in this new seriesMarch 27, 2015Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I always enjoy a new book by Shelley Shepard Gray. Her stories are always such a nice, relaxing read. I felt as if I was transported to Pinecraft, Florida, and found myself instantly dreaming of sunny weather and warmer temperatures. The cover of this book is perfect and really does hint at the story inside.
I like how the story focuses on Edmund and Leona, but also includes several other side stories, as well. Leona and Edmond's friends, as well as Beverly and her relationship with certain people made me feel as if I was really connecting with those within the community.
I was happy with Leona's choices that she made. I just couldn't stand the thought of her ending up with someone who didn't cherish her, value her, or love her for who she was. I didn't want to see her passion squelched or her zest for life to be snuffed out by someone who wanted to control her. She definitely had to learn to stand up for herself while she was in Pinecraft.
Another favorite character of mine was Effie. She was such a sweet girl. I would have definitely wanted to get to know her! Her determination to do things by herself was such a wonderful side story.
At the end of the book, Gray shares a snippet of her next book that will hopefully be releasing soon. I definitely am looking forward to returning to Siesta Key.
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group and Avon Inspire in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.