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|Title: The Survivor, Families of Honor Series #3|
By: Shelley Shepard Gray
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Avon Inspire
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 8 X 5 X .6 (inches)|
Series: Families of Honor
Stock No: WW020635
“Shelley Shepard Gray writes with honesty, tenderness, and depth. Her characters are admirable, richly-layered and impossible to forget.”
One of today’s most beloved authors of inspirational Christian fiction, Shelley Shepard Gray completes her acclaimed Families of Honor series with The Survivor—a poignant and beautiful story of love and faith in a small Amish community. Delving once more into the lives of these devout and fascinating folk, as she did in her popular Sisters of the Heart and Seasons of Sugarcreek novels, Gray tells the story of a young Amish woman who has survived the ravages of cancer, but now longs for the love of the one man who can heal her lonely heart. Like Beverly Lewis, Wanda Brunstetter, and Cindy Woodsmall, Shelley Shepard Gray introduces readers to characters they will never forget as she masterfully depicts a world of simple living, abiding faith, and honest emotions.
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 point of view changes each chapter, and this method weaves the individual stories into a semi-realistic picture of the Amish community. Mattie and Graham's relationship is sweet. In comparison, the secondary characters have a few scenes that tug at the heart. The one event that affects all the threads is the storm toward the end of the novel. In midst of tragedy, the characters face their faults and learn to how to reconcile their fears.
Mattie was in the hospital while other Amish young women were courting. Newly released from doctors and needles, she is excited to pursue her dreams. In the process, she falls in love with her best friend, but that love does not come without trials. Mattie finally realizes Graham's love after a series of painful experiences.
When I finished The Survivor, I wished that the author had made the characters a bit more three-dimensional. The plot is an intriguing idea: How does an Amish woman reconcile her faith after she has battled cancer? The plot elements were solid, but I wanted to know more about the characters. - Ashlee Amann, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com