Friday, March 27, 2015

Promise of Palm Grove by Shelley Shepard Gray
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?

My Thoughts:

This is the first book in this series. I loved the Pinecraft setting. It makes for such a unique setting in an Amish Fiction. I have really come to enjoy and look forward to Shelley Shepard Gray's books. She really has a unique personality that shines through in her writing.

I love all the characters and their differences. Leona is a wonderful strong and likable character. She is faced with a hard decision that will affect the rest of her life.
Zach is caring and one who helps and watches out for everyone. He has never thought much of himself until he meets Leona.

Effie is a 12 year old who has Perthes disease and despite her disability she is brave and encouraging to all who know her.

Beverly moved to Pinecraft to start a new beginning. She took over her Aunt’s Bed and Breakfast after her passing. Her life is threatened when someone comes up with a will that could rip her life apart. Despite it all her personality and faith shine though.

I had a hard time putting this book down and I look forward to the next book in this series. Promise of Palm Groves is a wonderful story.

Litfuse Publicity Group has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. In no way was I asked to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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