Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Review - Joyful by Shelley Shepard Gray

Return to Sugarcreek, book three
by Shelley Shepard Gray
Publisher: Avon Inspire
Pub. Date: Sept. 2, 2014
ISBN: 978-0062204509
Pages: 256
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There are some authors that never seem to fail with each and every new novel they released. Shelley Shepard Gray is one of these authors. I've been a fan of her work since I read the first book in the Sisters of the Heart series, Hidden, and her writing style keeps getting better with each new novel. Her newest book, Joyful, is the third installment in the Return to Sugarcreek series, which I eagerly signed up to review it through Liffuse Publicity Group.

Joyful centers on Elizabeth Nolt, a young Amish woman who had been dating Randall Beiler for the past two years that is until out of the blue, Randall breaks up with her. Heartbroken, Elizabeth has nobody to turn, except for grandmother.

Unknowingly to Elizabeth is the heartache the Randall is also feeling. He didn't want to break ties with her, but he had no other choice. Situations occured that forced him to push her away so he could take care of his younger siblings and run the family farm.

Running low on money, Elizabeth takes a job that Randall's brother offers her, which is to clean their house and cook a few meals. Of course Randall is a little skeptical about his ex-girlfriend cleaning his home, but deep down he knows it is the right choice to make. The more time Elizabeth spends at their home, the more Randall struggles with his feelings for her.

One thing I love about the author's novels is that she likes to bring back past characters, even minor ones. It was nice revisiting with Elizabeth and Randall, but I wasn't expecting the hardship their relationship would go through to find a "joyful" life together. Once again Shelly Shepard Gray has crafted together a heartfelt romance with loveable characters. Overall, I loved reading Joyful and I do hope the author continues to visit Sugarcreek in the near future.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Shelley Shepard Gray Joyful

About the Author:

Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Times bestseller, a two-time USA Today bestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. She lives in Southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.

1 comment:

  1. I finished this book the other day. Shelley Shepard Gray never disappoints me. I love how she draws characters back into her new books. I love reading to see what is happening in their lives. Thank you for sharing your gift, Shelley! :)


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