Friday, February 7, 2014

Hopeful By Shelley Shepard Gray

In the Amish town of Sugarcreek, love comes in many forms. But will it come at all for Miriam?
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?

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Shelley Shepard Gray lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. A busy wife and mother of two, she spends her days writing and keeping track of her two teenagers. Her two dogs keep her company when she writes in her basement.

Shelley enjoys writing about the Amish and visits Amish communities in Adams and Holmes counties several times a year. When not spending time with her family or writing, she serves on several committees in her church.

She also bakes a lot, loves coconut cream pie, and will hardly ever pull weeds, mow the yard, or drive in the snow.

Shelley also spends a lot of time on line! Please visit her website, to find out her latest news...or become her friend on FaceBook.

This is the first book in Shelley Shepard Gray's new series Return to Sugarcreek, and it was fantastic. It is not a book to be missed. It touches on loss and adoption and the romance is great in this book.
God is always on time and you will see that all over this book.
I really enjoyed Miriam and Junior and how their story turned out.
You are sure to fall in love with the characters in this book as well.
I gave this book 5 stars and I recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review. 


  1. I can't wait to read this book! I am a huge fan of Shelley's. I met her at a book signing in Shipshewana last year and she is the sweetest lady one could ever meet. Loved your review Mary!

    Judy B

  2. Sounds like a great book! Hope I win a copy. Thank you again, Mary, for your reviews!

  3. I loved hearing about Hopeful and a little bit about Shelley. I can't wait to read this one. Thank you, Mary.

  4. I sure want to read this book. Touches home on one level.

    Thanks for great review Mary

    Cathy a Weber

  5. Thanks Mary for the great review. I would love to read this one.

  6. I like this title. Without hope, I wouldn't be able to get through each day! Hope - a little word that means so many different things as we go through life. Hopeful - full of hope - that's me!

  7. I love it that your reviews are posting before I've had the chance to read the same books! You get me all excited to read them! Thanks, Mary!

  8. Shelley's books are always good. I'm not surprised that you enjoyed this one. I'll have to pick up a copy.

  9. I love Shelley's books which I have read, which is alot. Would love to win one !!! Sonja dot Nishimoto at gmail dot com

  10. Would love to win this book of Shelley's.
    Wonderful review Mary.

  11. I'm a fan of Shelley's and would love this chance to win this new book of hers. Good review. Thanks Mary. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  12. I would love to read Miriam and Juniors story. Sounds like a good one. I love reading Amish fiction. Thank you for this review Mary.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

  13. Hopeful By Shelley Shepard Gray sounds wonderful. Have a wonderful weekend.I enjoy reading your books.