Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Book Review - Hopeful, Return to Sugarcreek, Book One


Miriam Zehr has worked at the Sugarcreek Inn longer than she cares to admit. The restaurant is a favorite of town residents as well as the many tourists who come to taste the famous Amish fare. Though she always tries to have a smile for every customer, deep down Miriam knows something's missing: a family of her own.

Miriam has never felt particularly beautiful, especially because she's always been a bit heavier than other girls her age. When Junior, the man she's pined for all her life, suddenly seeks her out, she's thrilled to be noticed . . . until she realizes he's only asking her to help get the attention of Mary Kathryn Hershberger, her pretty friend.

If Miriam helps Junior court Mary Kathryn, she'll get to spend a lot of time with him, but she might lose him in the process. Are these few stolen moments worth a lifetime of sacrifice? Is Miriam right to even hope for the life she dreams of?

Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Times bestseller, a two-time USA Today bestseller, 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.

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This is another lovely story by Shelley Gray. I love her Amish stories and this one does not disappoint! I really loved Miriam and how she grew throughout the story and laid her heart on the line despite the consequences. Her willingness to help others touched me so much and I could really relate to her as a person.

I also enjoyed Junior, although I found him rather oblivious at times! He could be rather frustrating in his total ignorance of what was right in front of his face. 

There is a wonderful suspense storyline, along with the romantic storyline, and I always enjoy that so much. It makes you want to turn the page to find out what's going to happen next. I really enjoyed all the different elements to this book!

This story draws you in and keeps you there. You really care about the characters and what happens to them. It's just a wonderful, easy read that will brighten your day and leave you ready for the next book in the series!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

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Blessings - Julie

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