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Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Avon Inspire
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8 X 5.81 (inches)
Series: Pinecraft Brides
Beloved bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray returns with the third book in her Amish Brides of Pinecraft series—a story of second chances for two young single parents...and the wedding that brings them together.
Emma Keim was heartbroken when her husband Sanford passed away, leaving her to raise three young daughters alone. In the years since, her relatives have made it no secret that they expect Emma to remain a widow, mourning Sanford indefinitely. But when she meets Jay Hilty—a widower with three young sons of his own—Emma is delighted to have a new friend who understands her struggles. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s also handsome and kind. Still, Emma is dismayed that her family is so opposed to their friendship—and the idea of it ever becoming anything more. She honors her husband’s memory every day, but is she destined to be alone forever?
Jay knows that few people his age understand what it’s like to lose a spouse, and Emma’s gentleness with his boys stirs something in his heart that’s been quiet for far too long. But when Jay’s oldest son becomes engaged to a local woman, suddenly Jay, Emma, and their children are swept up in wedding preparations. Witnessing his son’s joy, Jay wonders if it’s time for him to move forward, too, and find happiness again.
Jay wants to court Emma in earnest, but Emma’s relatives remain troubled by the prospect of her moving on. Once again, love has come to Pinecraft. But can these two parties of four become a happy, healthy family of eight?
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!
Once again Shelley does an exceptional job at penning a story. I can always count on a good story line and a satisfying ending.
“The writing is so beautifully descriptive that it is easy to visualize every scene, and the story unfolds at a realistic pace.”
CarrottopAvondale Az.Age: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Loved it.February 14, 2016CarrottopAvondale Az.Age: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I love all Amish books and this one was great.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Humour and romanceDecember 28, 2015KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Reader Beware: Naughty dog scenes abound and you should not read this book while drinking hot chocolate (or coffee or tea) as you might find yourself spewing liquid everywhere -- including all over your precious book!
A sweet, fun romance, with a deeper message about having the strength to let go of the past so you cherish every precious moment of the present unfolding before you. Loved the rickety start to romance. Emma and Jay are adorable with their bumbling ways -- clearly shown up by the ease in which Jay's son, Ben, handles his whirlwind romance. Told from multiple viewpoints, readers will be thrilled to get two romances for the price of one.
The kids are a riotous mix of all-boy and girly-girl and Frankie, the Naughty Beagle, well, he steals every scene he's in (as well as most of the food.) Still grinning over those canine antics. And fun to note that the author patterned the pooch after her own much loved (and eccentric) family beagle.
While you don't need to read the first two books in this series, innkeeper Beverly's storyline will make more of an impact if you have. Looking forward to the concluding book, A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft, where I'm hoping Beverly finally finds what she is yearning for.
Booklover105 Stars Out Of 5Love Pinecraft! Such a wonderful town.October 2, 2015Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have thoroughly enjoyed this series, the Amish Brides of Pinecraft. I have come to love the town of Pinecraft and would love to visit it in person one day. I like the map at the front of the book that shows you where everything is located and give you a good visual of the town.
Emma and Jay both find themselves in a spot in life that they never dreamed of experiencing. Through common circumstances, they find that they have much they can talk about and many instances where they can relate to each other. Who would ever imagine that a pizza-loving hound would be the one playing matchmaker!
Shelley Shepard Gray does a wonderful job capturing the reader from the very beginning. I have not read a book by her that I have disliked. She has captured my full attention from the beginning and I find that I have a hard time putting down her books. I do like that her books aren't as many pages because then I can read it as a reward in between doing chores (don't judge me!). By the end of my chore time, I've completed the entire book as a reward for mopping and cleaning. So thank you, Shelley Shepard Gray for giving me something to look forward to and for testing my ability to "just say no" when all I really want to do is read one more chapter before picking up that mop! I'm so glad that there's one more book in this series. I just don't want to say goodbye yet! Oh and the pictures of Pinecraft bring this story to life. Such a wonderful idea to include those.
I received this book free from Avon Inspire and Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Renewal of RelationshipsSeptember 28, 2015MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I loved this book and got so involved in the lives here in Pinecraft Florida, a real renewal in relationships with promises of more to come. Yeah, there is another book coming real soon, October 13, 2015, A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft, only problem it is the end of this series.
We first met Tricia when she arrived unannounced at the Orange Blossom Inn, her Aunt Beverly is the manager there, and we find out about the hard time she had that made her leave her Ohio home and travel to Florida. She finds a new friend and some romance in a new arrival in the community Ben Heity, and although they are young, we watch the sparks fly. Will they each end up going their own way, or can they forge a new life together?
There is also Bens Dad Jay, he has been widowed and raising his three boys alone, and made a bold move and left his Amish community in Ohio and is starting a new farm in Florida. Fate or rather God has placed in his path a widow with three girls, and a sassy, destructible, and loveable beagle, which does his part to bring these two souls together.
Your in for a rollercoaster ride here, there are tears and some hearty laughs to be had, and the words fly off the pages, a real page-turner, and everything seemed so real, I had wanted a piece of that beautiful wedding cake!
I received this book from the Publisher Avon Inspired, and was not required to give a positive review.
VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A Widow, A Widower Equals Epic RomanceSeptember 28, 2015VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Shelley Shepard Gray in her new book, A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn Book Three in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series published by Avon Inspire takes us into the life of Emma Keim.
From the back cover: Beloved bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray returns with the third book in her Amish Brides of Pinecraft seriesa story of second chances for two young single parentsand the wedding that brings them together.
Emma Keim was heartbroken when her husband Sanford passed away, leaving her to raise three young daughters alone. In the years since, her relatives have made it no secret that they expect Emma to remain a widow, mourning Sanford indefinitely. But when she meets Jay Hiltya widower with three young sons of his ownEmma is delighted to have a new friend who understands her struggles. And it doesnt hurt that hes also handsome and kind. Still, Emma is dismayed that her family is so opposed to their friendshipand the idea of it ever becoming anything more. She honors her husbands memory every day, but is she destined to be alone forever?
Jay knows that few people his age understand what its like to lose a spouse, and Emmas gentleness with his boys stirs something in his heart thats been quiet for far too long. But when Jays oldest son becomes engaged to a local woman, suddenly Jay, Emma, and their children are swept up in wedding preparations. Witnessing his sons joy, Jay wonders if its time for him to move forward, too, and find happiness again.
Jay wants to court Emma in earnest, but Emmas relatives remain troubled by the prospect of her moving on. Once again, love has come to Pinecraft. But can these two parties of four become a happy, healthy family of eight?
Welcome back to Pinecraft, Florida. In my experience whenever there is a romance it is always between two young individuals who, possibly, have had a broken heart or two before meeting this new person but they have never been married before. In this book this changes. Both Emma and Jay have been married before and their spouses have died leaving them with three children each. Images of the Brady Bunch spring to mind however this is so much better. Emma and Jays romance is so much fun to read and participate in. Ms. Gray has given us real people in Emma and Jay and watching them grow individually and then together is a real treat. Then there is Frankie the beagle who loves pizza and cake. A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn is an exceptional story with exceptional characters that you care for and so want them to get together.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.