Friday, June 13, 2014

hopeful by Shelley Shepard Gray - Review of the first book in the Return To Sugarcreek series

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 onlly asking her to help get the attention of Mary Kathryn Hershberger, her pretty friend.

If Miriam helps Junior court Mary Kathryn, shell 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 did a good job of showing what true love really means. This isn't a long book but it is a very good one. It's nice to be drawn in to a story so quickly and you can only pray that you would be as good a person as Miriam is. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series, "thankful" is already out and "joyful" is due to come out in September.

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