Eventide

Book Title: Eventide
Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Publisher: Avon Inspire
Pub Date: September 3, 2013
Book Resource: Won in a giveway on Goodreads First Reads
Genres: Christian Fiction, Fiction, Series, Amish
Series: The Days of Redemption #3)
Synopsis: Eventide is the riveting conclusion to The Days of Redemption trilogy by Shelley Shepard Gray, celebrated author of tender Christian romance novels set in Amish country.

Honest and faithful Elsie Keim falls for her new neighbor, Landon, but she can’t bear to tell him the truth: She’s going blind.

Landon is enamored with Elsie. When Elsie’s brother Roman steps in and shares the truth of Elsie’s disease, Landon is floored. His job is demanding and takes him away from home, sometimes for days at a time. He wonders how he’d be able to keep up with his responsibilities and take care of Elsie.

In Eventide, three generations of the Keim family come together to make their dreams come true.

Shelley Shepard Gray, bestselling author of the Sisters of the Heart books, draws her Days of Redemption trilogy to a heart-warming finish.

My Thoughts:
I love this book. Though it the third book in the series. I would love to read book 1 and two. This book deals with someone who struggling to deal with herself and her Illness a bit and building a relationship. This book does go into several thing about dealing the illness and how to over come it and several different issues. I really do believe the author did a great job. I will let you decide it you ever want to read it and come away with your own thoughts on it.

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Missing

Book Title: Missing
Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Genres: Mystery, Amish, Series, Romance, Fiction, Amish Fiction, Christian Fiction
Series: The Secrets of Crittenden County #1
Publisher: Avon Inspire
Pub Date: March 20, 2012 (245 pages, Paperback)
Book Source: Borrowed from the Library

Synopsis:
Can two young people survive the suspicions of their friends and neighbors when tragedy strikes a close-knit Amish community?

Perry Borntrager had been missing for months from the quiet Amish community of Crittenden, Kentucky, when his body is discovered at the bottom of an abandoned well. The first death from mysterious circumstances in more than two decades brings the scrutiny of the outside world: A police detective arrives to help the local sheriff with the investigation. His questioning begins with Lydia Plank, Perry’s former girlfriend, and Perry’s best friend, the Englischer Walker Anderson.

Lydia and Walker know they didn’t have anything to do with Perry’s death, but they both hold secrets about his final days. Do they dare open up about the kind of man Perry had become? In the oppressive shadow of these dark times, they discover strength in a most unlikely companionship: one that offers solace, understanding, and the promise of something more.
My Thoughts:
There mysterious murder that brings about some things. It bring out some secrets from a few folks. The biggest one in this book is how Perry died and also about Lydia. Lydia find out something and has a hard time accepting it. She starts talking to Walker Anderson.

Walker Anderson is having trouble with what happen and what he seen. There detective that comes to town and people start becoming closed mouthed and things do look strange. The detective also is struggling with some things as well. Though he want wants to got back to Chicago, he starting to fit into this little commuitty that has this mysterious murder.

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A Texan’s Honor

Title of Book: A Texan’s Honor
Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Series: The Heart of a Hero # 2
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Western, Inspirational, Historical Romance
Publishers: Abingdon Press
Pub Date: March 1st 2012 by Abingdon Press, Paperback (320 Pages)
Book source: Bought though Amazon.com for the Kindle (while it was free)
Contact Author: Website /Facebook


Synopsis: is from Goodreads.com
Texas, 1874. Years ago, Will McMillan had fought in the open, next to his Captain, Clayton Proffitt. Now he’s waging another war undercover, pretending to be a member of the notorious Walton Gang. But when a hostage situation goes awry and an innocent woman is in the middle of the fray, Will knows he must protect her no matter what happens. Even if his cover is blown. Even if they risk being killed by his gang or by the lawmen on their trail. Even if the woman he’s risking everything for will never love him back.



My Thoughts on this book:

 The way I see this book, I had been read A Texan’s Promise before reading this. Well I was expecting to hear about Clayton and Vanessa life a little bit. Though I know this book is based on Will McMillan and Scout Proffitt. Jamie was not all the interesting to me though I did read about her in the beginning. I at first thought what is going on, how were we in a train robbery already?
I really was interested Will McMillan life more then girl hostage Jamie and the other members of the Walton Gang. I was so in to find out what Will McMillan occupation was though out the book. Scout Proffitt was another I really enjoyed reading about. Though it did not mention much on his life, other some flash back as him thinking about his sister Corrine when he looking at female hostage. There a surprise relationship between two folks.
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A Texan’s Promise

 Title of Book: A Texan’s Promise

Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Series: The Heart of a Hero # 1
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Western, Inspirational, Historical Romance
Publishers: Abingdon Press
Pub Date: October 1st 2011 by Abingdon Press, Paperback (320 Pages)
Book source: Bought though Barnes and Noble for the Nook Simple Touch (while it was free)
Contact Author: Website / Facebook

Synopsis: is from Goodreads.com
Past promises will be tested as new ones are given…

When Clayton Proffitt, foreman of the Circle Z Ranch in Texas, discovers Vanessa Grant crying in the barn late one night, he first thinks she’s gotten herself into another scrape. But when he spies the marks on her back and hears about her stepfather’s advances, Clayton knows he must spirit Vanessa away to safety.
As they make their way west, it becomes apparent that there’s something special between Vanessa and Clayton— far more significant than mere friendship or his sense of duty. Unfortunately, also heading west are Vanessa’s brother Miles and her stepfather Price Venture. Price wants Vanessa back for obvious reasons; Miles wants to earn his stepfather’s respect. Eventually, unexpected confrontations reach a harrowing conclusion. As their family begins to heal, their journey and trials they’ve faced helps them realize their future is in God’s guiding hands. 

My Thoughts on this book:
I want to get this book to read but I was reading another book by Shelley Shepard Gray at the time. I was either going to wait for it to become free for my Nook or get it though the library. Well I was surfing my facebook or looking at posts that were coming to my surprise Shelley Shepard post Status update  saying that her book “A Texan’s Promise” was being able to download it free for that day or that week for the Nook at Barnes & Noble website. So I downloaded it to my Nook and started reading it. Now on to my lovely thought of the book.

I really like how the beginning starts in this book. We get learn about Clayton and Vanessa past though the book. We start to see how Vanessa Grant life become rattled and how things change rapidly. Clayton seems to care for her and her pain. He see her in pain and wants to get her safe. We get to introduced to Miles Grant and Vanessa stepfather a little bit. We hear about Clayton’s side of the family while he and Vanessa are traveling on the trail from Texas to Colorado. Along the way, you meet a few of Clayton’s friends. Their a new set problem that exist with old one between Clayton and Vanessa. You also hear about Miles and his struggles along with Miles and Vanessa stepfather problem is. To find out what they are and struggles each person as is suggest that you go and read it.

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The Survivor

Title of Book: The Survivor
Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Series: Families of Honor # 3
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Amish, Christian Fiction, Young Adult, Inspirational
Publishers:   Avon Inspire
Pub Date: August 30, 2011 by Avon Inspire, Paperback (320 Pages)
Book source: Borrowed from library
Contact Author: Website / Facebook

Synopsis: is from Author website
Mattie’s body has healed from the cancer that nearly took her life . . . but can she find the man who can mend her lonely heart?

Mattie has faced more in her twenty-three years than she ever imagined possible. Having successfully battled cancer, she’s ready to reenter the world with hopes for her future. But while she was in and out of hospitals, other Amish girls her age were courting and finding the men they would marry. The only man who’s ever made her heart beat faster is Graham Weaver, her best friend, who has always been there to comfort her, in good times and bad. Is it finally time for their friendship to become something more?

But cruel gossip is spreading, claiming that Graham’s the father of the baby Jenna Yoder’s carrying. Will Mattie’s dreams of a happily-ever-after be crushed before they’ve left the ground?


My Thoughts on this book:
There a tornado that goes though their community but find out what is important. We find out that Calvin and Lucy are expecting their first baby. Mattie is struggling with her emotions and where she get past about her best friend Graham Weaver as more then a friend. Graham is also trying to figure out his feeling for Mattie. There a rumor going around saying Jenna Yoder is carrying Graham Weavers child. We are introduced to several new characters in this story and series.

This was a fun filled and stress reading this story. Though I wished there was a better way to finish it about Lucy and Calvin and How Jenna and Chis his family made it out of the tornado? I I know that John married Mary. We Know that All the Weavers made it out of Tornado safe and sound though I would have like to know about Calvin and Lucy baby?
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The Caregiver

Title of Book: The Caregiver
Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Series: Families of Honor # 1
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Amish, Christian Fiction, Young Adult, Inspirational
Publishers:   Avon Inspire
Pub Date: March 8, 2011 by   Avon Inspire, Paperback (276 Pages)
Book source: Borrowed from library
Contact Author: Website / Facebook

Synopsis: is from Author website
Two lives converge one stormy night on a train headed to Cleveland.

Lucy is traveling by herself via train to Jacob’s Crossing to help care for her cousin Mattie, recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Trying to overcome the sudden death of her husband, she’s glad to get away and focus on someone else for a while.

The only other Amish people on the train are Calvin Weaver and his little sister, Katie. When their train breaks down outside of Cleveland, Calvin and Lucy band together to face the outside world. But Calvin also carries the weight of past hurts. When an altercation brings both their wounds to light, they question whether they can trust each other.

Once in Jacob’s Crossing, Lucy is occupied with caring for Mattie, while Calvin does his best to run his family’s farm. But they can’t stop thinking about those special hours spent together. Will the bond they formed last? And will Lucy and Calvin be able to put away the pain in their pasts to recognize the happiness that is suddenly in their grasp?



My Thoughts on this book:
We are introduced to a few people in this new book and series. In the very beguining we learn about Lucy Troyer and her husband Paul. Lucy and Paul are married for two years, during that time Paul is physical and verbal abuse toward her and her family and her commuity see and know about but do thing about it.

Lucy then travel on a train to take care of her cousin Mattie who is having breast cancer. She meet a young man named Calvin and his sister, Katie and his uncle John. They are travel back home to Jacob Crossing. They get to know each other while traveling. They both have carry past hurts. Their train break down along the way and they have to band together while they face the outside world.

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The Protector

Title of Book: The Protector
Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Series: Families of Honor # 2
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Amish, Christian Fiction, Young Adult, Inspirational
Publishers:   Avon Inspire
Pub Date: June 28, 2011 by   Avon Inspire, Paperback (304 Pages)
Book source: Borrowed from library
Contact Author: Website / Facebook

Synopsis: is from Author website
Everyone needs a safe place to call home.

When her mother passes away, Ella’s forced to auction off her family’s farm. Her father died years ago, and she could never manage the fifty acres on her own. But after she moves to town, she can’t deny the pain she feels watching the new owner, Loyal Weaver, repairing her family’s old farmhouse—everything Ella had once dreamed of doing.

What Ella doesn’t know is that Loyal secretly hopes she will occupy this house again . . . as his wife. He begins inviting her over, to ask her opinion on changes he wants to make. As their friendship blooms, Ella starts to wonder about Loyal’s intentions, especially when her best friend, Dorothy, hints that Loyal is not who he seems. There’s no way the golden boy of their close-knit Amish community could be interested in Ella, long the wallflower, hidden away caring for her ailing parents.

Should she trust the man she’s always yearned for, or the friend who’s always been by her side? When one of them threatens to disrupt the independence she’s finally achieved, Ella is faced with a choice. She can protect her heart and keep things the way they’ve always been. Or she can come out of her shell, risk everything for the love she’s always wanted, and finally have a place to call home.


My Thoughts on this book:
I must say I really enjoyed continuing to read about the characters from the first book. Ella really deals with self esteem issues,but it was so nice to see her come out of her shell. The character of Dorothy was quite fascinating to hear about. I think bitterness over what had happened to her when she was younger really taken a little far. I really don’t think that I have ever read another Amish character quite like her.
I also intrigue in reading  more about Calvin and Lucy, and I great seeing things through young Katie’s eyes.Her determination to get to the library and sign up for the summer reading program was so sweet. The scenes that take place in the Kaffi Haus really had me wanting to find out what going on there.
I also like the continuing story of Maddie and her health issues and Graham part of the story. Though I think Mattie has found her special someone but  I am hoping she find out soon.

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