Among the Fair Magnolias: Four Southern Love Stories (Novella Collection) {Review}

I love novella collections, I really truly do. I love them for vacation to carry a little bit of everyone with you. But I also love them for meeting new authors. In this instance, all four of these ladies are not new to me. Actually all four of these ladies find themselves on my favorites list. Contains four sweeping stories from bestselling historical romance authors. Provides novella-length releases between authors’ full-length novels. One-of-a-kind stories set in antebellum and post-bellum Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Includes Reading Group Guides. Bonus content: http://media.harpercollinschristian.com/page/fairmagnoliastreasury/ Dorothy Love writes a good deep story. Even for a short story her writing can captivate an audience. It’s amazing when a character can make you so angry… I was wondering if this was going to be along the lines of an unrequited until very later years love story like a Nicholas Sparks novel. Reading the whole of. . .

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Daybreak (The Days of Redemption) by Shelley Shepard Gray {Preview}

When Viola Keim starts working at a nearby Mennonite retirement home, she strikes up an unlikely friendship with resident Atle, whose only living relative, son Edward, is living as a missionary in Nicaragua. Viola understands the importance of mission work, but she can’t imagine leaving her father in the hands of strangers. Even though her family is New Order Amish, it’s not the Amish way, and though she doesn’t know Ed, she judges him for abandoning his father.

But when Ed surprises his father with a visit, Viola and Ed both discover an attraction they never expected. Despite her feelings, choosing Ed would mean moving to a far-off country and leaving her family behind. She can’t do that. Her twin sister, Elsie, is going blind and will need someone to care for her all her life. Her family is reeling with the recent discovery that her grandmother hid her past as an Englischer. Her father seems forgetful and distracted—and to be harboring some secrets of his own. Does Viola dare leave them all behind and forge her own life? Or will family ties mean her one chance at love slips away?

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Christmas in Sugarcreek by Shelley Shepard Gray {Preview}

Judith Graber has always been the obedient daughter. When her older brother Josh struggled with his love life, she offered wise counsel. When her younger brother Caleb flirted with the idea of leaving their order, she firmly told him he was wrong. Over the years, she’s watched her younger siblings, helped around the house, and worked in her family’s store during her spare time. Judith feels overworked, overlooked, and underappreciated this holiday season.

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Christmas Amish: Grace by Shelley Shepard Gray

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. . .

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Autumn’s Promise by Shelley Shepard Gray {Preview}

Some promises are meant to be broken…

Until Robert Miller met Lilly Allen, his world had been dark. A widower after only two years of marriage, he’d been living in a haze, feeling that, at twenty-four, his life was already over.

But thanks to his friendship with Lilly, he now has new reasons to wake up each day. He knows his connection to her doesn’t make sense. She’s only nineteen, with a past the whole town talks about. Even more, she’s not Amish, like Robert. A marriage between the two of them could never happen.

Lilly’s heart is drawn to Robert, not to his faith. No matter how much she admires his quiet strength and dependability, she doesn’t think she could ever give up her independence and reliance on the modern world. Is their love doomed before it even begins?

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TLC: Winter’s Awakening by Shelley Shepard Gray — Review

Winter’s Awakening by Shelley Shepard Gray Joshua Graber knows his future is set. He′s expected to work at his family business, the Graber Country Store. He′s expected to marry Gretta Hershberger, who he′s been courting for several years. But when a new English family moves next door and their lovely teenage daughter, Lilly Allen, catches his eye, Joshua wonders if all the plans for his future are too set in stone. Gretta doesn′t know what′s going on with Joshua. When they argue and later stew in silence, it feels a lot like the frosty atmosphere at her home. After promising herself to never have a marriage like her parents, she wonders if perhaps another man might be a better match. A man such as Roland Schrock. He′s steady and kind and somewhat boring. If she marries him, she won′t ever have to worry about loving him and getting hurt. Meanwhile,. . .

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Shelley Shepard Gray’s Creative Madness

Today I am glad to welcome Amish Fiction author Shelley Shepard Gray to Creative Madness that Makes Me Myself. Please sit a while and perhaps share a cup of tea while learning a little about the “creative madness” behind this delightful author. Thanks for stopping by Shelley.   When I told Margaret I’d be thrilled to be a guest blogger at her site, I asked if she had a topic in mind. She told me creative madness. Well, I’m game for just about anything…but creative madness? I have to say, I wasn’t really quite sure what that was!Then, like one of those aha moments in church, it all clicked together. See, Creative Madness is what I do. I just had never given myself that label.But I kind of like how it fits. : )I have a tendency to do several things at one time. Like do laundry and bake cookies. Or put together a. . .

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Wanted by Shelley Shepard Gray: a review and peek inside

Wanted by Shelley Shepard Gray My review rating: 3 of 5 stars*This review is from reading an ARC.* The first book in this Sisters of the Heart Series, Hidden (my review), was absolutely fabulous and a wonderful romance full of suspense. This second book is good, and I enjoyed the read and love the characters, but it was not very exciting to me. At least not in any comparison to the first book and other Amish books out there. As a theme for this book, the idea of being “wanted” is nothing new to most people, and our Katie wanting to be wanted and going after that attention (in her past) in poorly advisable ways is not terribly surprising. What was surprising is how she talked about her past as if she had done something completely unforgivable. That comes just from the back of the book blurb with “Will Katie. . .

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Hidden by Shelley Shepard Gray

Hidden by Shelley Shepard Gray My review rating: 5 of 5 stars Fabulous, that’s the first thing I must say about this book, but I’ll come back to that. I do not know the correct terminology, yet I will try. There is just something about the covers of Avon Inspire books, I have loved every one that I have seen and this is my favorite so far. There is just something about the flat finish, instead of a glossy print that I just adore. Not to mention the road with the Amish sky ahead and the image of the blonde girl with green eyes. (A little curious as to why she did not have the curly hair of our character though…) Now, about the actual story. Anna’s live is an interesting one. A girl searching to belong and often as most looking in the wrong places for excitement and affection.. . .

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