Also by this author: Among the Fair Magnolias: Four Southern Love Stories, An Outlaw's Heart: A Southern Love Story
Genres: Amish Fiction
GRACE by Shelley Shepard Gray
On Sale October 26, 2010
- 304 pages; 5 5/16 x 8
“Gray’s latest embodies the meaning of Christmas. It is a reminder that all situations — good, bad or inconvenient — happen for a reason: It is God’s plan.”
— Romantic Times Book Reviews
“In placing the two lifestyles [Amish and English] side by side — as happens in real-life Amish communities — Gray has built a kind of tension that’s classic to romance stories: a forbidden, or at least problematic, attraction.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer on Winter’s Awakening
For fans of the Sisters of the Heart series – Hidden, Wanted and Forgiven – Shelley Shepard Gray returns to these beloved characters in GRACE (Avon Inspire; Trade Paperback Original; On Sale: October 26, 2010), a heartwarming novel about the meaning of Christmas.
It’s Christmastime at the Brenneman Bed & Breakfast, and everyone is excited about closing down for the holiday. Anna and Henry will be celebrating their first Christmas as a married couple, and for Katie and Jonathan Lundy, it’s their first Christmas with baby Stefan. Winnie and Samuel Miller plan to stop by as well for a wonderful two weeks of family and rest.
But when two unexpected visitors show up, hoping to stay for Christmas, the family must test their commitment to hospitality. Angry and sullen Levi is a widower who lost his wife four years ago and can’t bear the thought of another Christmas alone. Melody, a young woman who’s almost nine months pregnant, won’t open up about how she ended up on her own away from family for the holidays. Katie, who knows a thing or two about keeping secrets, strives to find out the truth about these two strangers … all while keeping her own secret safely hidden away.
But as the Christmas spirit descends on everyone, as well as snow that traps them in the inn, a healing and hopefulness takes over, allowing new relationships to be built and the boundaries of family to be extended.
Shelley Shepard Gray is a popular author of Amish inspirational romances, a hot new genre that has been recognized by Time Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. USA Today recently reported on the popularity of this romance category: “It’s plain and simple: The Amish inspirational is one of the fastest-growing genres in romance publishing.” The Philadelphia Inquirer also stated, “The best of both worlds for readers who don’t want rough language or steamy scenes in their reading, Amish fiction is both contemporary and clean.” Shepard’s fans will be thrilled with her latest novel GRACE, which also includes a teaser from her new Amish series, Families of Honor.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Shelley Shepard Gray is the author of the Sisters of the Heart series (Hidden, Wanted and Forgiven) and The Seasons of Sugarcreek series (Winter’s Awakening, Spring’s Renewal and Autumn’s Promise). Before writing, she was a teacher in both Texas and Colorado. She now writes full time and lives in southern Ohio with her husband and two children. When not writing, she volunteers at church, reads, and enjoys walking her miniature dachshund on her town’s scenic bike trail.
*Thanks to Kendra Newton of HarperCollins Avon Inspire for providing this information.*
Connect with Shelley:
•Official Author Website: www.ShelleyShepardGray.com
Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shelley-Shepard-Gray/154203285072