Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Thankful By Shelley Shepard Gray

New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray captures the beauty, devotion, and warmth of Amish life in this engaging tale of family, commitment, trust, and love set in the beloved community of Sugarcreek.
Christina Kempf has always known that God chose Aden Reese to be her husband. As children, he was there to save her when she fell through the ice, and he’s been by her side ever since. After his parents died in a car accident ten years ago, the Kempfs raised Aden as one of their own, and everyone sees Aden and Christina as brother and sister. But Christina has never given up hope that Aden will one day ask her to be his wife.
Aden always planned to court Christina. But losing his mother and father changed everything—except his love for her. Her parents generously welcomed him into their home and treated him like a son. He can’t betray their kindness by admitting his feelings for the girl who is like a sister . . . yet so much more.
Pressured by her parents to court, Christina begins to accept the attentions of Sugarcreek’s young men, and now, Aden must make a choice. Will he stand by and watch the love of his life slip away? Or will he risk losing the love and trust of the family he holds dear to tell Christina how he truly feels?
Thankful includes a P.S. section with additional insights from the author, background material, suggestions for further reading, and more.

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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.

I was so ready to return to Sugarcreek so when Thankful arrived  I could not read it fast enough.
I liked book one in the Return to Sugarcreek series Hopeful but this one was fantastic it can be read as a stand alone.
You will learn one main thing from this book, Follow your heart. Enough said right?
The main characters Christina and Aden are so easy to like and their story was a good one.
Don't miss Gray's latest Amish fiction.
You don't want to miss Sherry Gore's recipe in the back of this book. ( Peanut Butter Pie) Yummy!
I can't wait for the next book Joyful in this series.
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. Amish fiction - my favorite! This sounds like a fantastic book that I would love to read. Thanks Mary for your review!

  2. Another great Amish book it seems. Thank you Mary for your hard work.

    1. James, you are the WINNER! I will get your book right out to you!

  3. Sounds delish. The book and the pie!

  4. Sounds like a good book. My husband loves peanut butter, so the pie recipe sounds fun.

  5. Now this one is on my wish list for sure! I love Shelley's books. I had the privilege to meet her last September. What a sweetheart! One of the nicest authors that I have met so far. Coconut Cream Pie is my favorite of ALL pies!

    Great review Mary!

    Judy B

  6. Great review, Mary! Sounds like a winner!

  7. I am thrilled about this book and I am thrilled about the recipe. Peanut butter pie is one of my absolute favorites! I know I will love this book and I appreciate the chance at the giveaway. Thank you, Mary for a wonderful review. You do a great job sharing such a variety of books for your followers and it is greatly appreciated.

  8. Great review for this Amish book and Author.

  9. Would really like to read this ,sounds really good . Blessings DanaGirl

  10. Shelley seems to be consistent with her writing. I've always enjoyed her books.

  11. Did someone say peanut butter pie? My school kids tease me about eating peanut butter every day. Love it! I haven't tried the pie, but I would love to. I'd love to read this book!

  12. This sounds like a great book. Amish fiction is the best!

  13. I love Amish fiction. Sounds like a great book. Thanks, Mary!!!