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JT5 Stars Out Of 5Great read!January 14, 2020JTam always up for a series that tells the story of those in books before it, but also continues on with a more detail story of others that were in the books before. It's always fun to see what store you are looking back on a well as the story the book is about. I love the story of Will and EA and how they grew to love each other even with their differences. It was a wonderful story of Marta in the book telling of how she survive many difficult things that some people go through. I would recommend the series and book to anyone that is looking for a great read that will be empowering with Marta story of strength and survival as well as make you laugh with Will and EA and the rest of the eight.
karen4 Stars Out Of 5Story of deep friendshipsJanuary 13, 2020karenQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I always love Shelley Shepard Gray's books as I can count on them to be entertaining, heartwarming stories. This latest installment in her Walnut Creek Series follows "the Eight" as their friendships mature and change. This one focuses on beautiful Elizabeth Anne (E.A.) and Will, and her struggles with ex-beau David, her friendship with the troubled Marta, and her search for God's will in her life. Gray sensitively explores the dark world of spousal abuse, and uses E.A. as a catalyst for hope for Marta. The balance of Mennonite and Amish characters made this story especially interesting to me.
Thank you to the author and Gallery Books for sending me a copy of this book. I was under no obligation to write a review and all opinions are my own.
pam5 Stars Out Of 5The Protective OneJanuary 11, 2020pamQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Protective One is the third inspiring story written by Shelley Shepard Gray in her continuing series, The Walnut Creek series. This story has everything a reader would look for in a story. Fantastic characters, love, disappointment, friendship, fear, and underlying mystery. The characters the author has created are beyond amazing. The story has a fast revolving storyline which definitely keeps the readers interest throughout the entire story. I also enjoyed the mini story in which bits and pieces are revealed at the beginning of each chapter.
This story could be read as a stand alone but I highly recommend reading the first two books first. This story continues with the lives of a group of young friends dubbed The 8. Within this group there are Amish, Mennonites, and English who have remained friends since early childhood. In this series segment the author centers in on two of the friends Elizabeth Ann but known as EA a very strong outspoken Mennonite young lady and Will. Their friendship over the years has remained strong but standoffish. When EA least expects it Will becomes her protector. This poignant story of friendship is inspiring.
The author has developed this story that touches on so many important issues that could effect anyone's life. There is an abusive relationship, a stalking issue, and a bully. The way the author has handled each of these issues throughout the story gives the reader pause to consider how they might handle each situation. This is definitely a heartwarming story. So many emotions play out in this story.
I was given the opportunity to read this book in advance of it's release through Shelley Shepard Gray and Gallery Books. Although I received an advanced copy I was not approached by anyone to post a favorable response. I have rated this outstanding story with five stars for meeting my expectations of a wonderful story that I can highly recommend to all readers regardless of their preferred genre.
Congratulations to Shelley Shepherd Gray on writing another fantastic story for her readers enjoyment.
MariIllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5True to Life with Friends being ProtectiveOctober 16, 2019MariIllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is one story that covered some difficult issues characters faced but with a message of doing what was right despite the pain of exposing the truth. Elizabeth Anne (E.A,) was not happy with how things were going with her suitor David and finally had to take a stand. She did enjoy teaching her student Marta how to sew but sense she was hiding something. Will, one of the seven friends remaining, admire E.A. and became pursing her. They enjoyed adventures she had never experienced. E.A. trusted Will and reached out to him as a friend to enable her to assist another in need. I appreciate the way Shelley Shepard Gray handled the issue of domestic violence and how Marta plan unfolded. The heart pounding moments will bring tears but the end result is friends are protective of one another, just as God is everyone protector. I look forward to the next book in the Walnut Creek series by Shepard. I have not been disappointed with any of the stories even though hard topics are presented they are true to life issues that many friends and loved ones face.
I received an ARC copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a review but have expressed my own thoughts.
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