Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A Sister's Wish by Shelley Shepard Gray #BookReview & #Giveaway

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About A Sister's Wish:

In Shelley Shepard Gray's third book in her Charmed Amish Life series, a respectable young woman finds herself falling for an Amish man from the wrong side of the tracks.

Amelia Kinsinger is the perfect Amish woman---at least according to her neighbors. And while Amelia takes pride in her role as homemaker, she's also harboring a secret: She's been in love with bad boy Simon Hochstetler for as long as she can remember. Too bad he's about as far from "perfect" as an Amish man could get . . . but that's exactly why she's so drawn to him.

Life hasn't been kind to Simon. He ran away from an abusive home at fifteen and things went downhill from there. Eventually, Simon landed in prison. But the experience changed him. Now back in Charm as a grown man, he's determined to make a new life for himself and not think too much about his wild past . . . unless it pertains to Amelia.

He's loved Amelia for years. To him, she represents everything good and kind in the world. When he realizes that she returns his affections, he starts calling on her in secret, even though her older brother Lukas---who just happens to be Simon's best friend---has made it perfectly clear that Amelia deserves better. Simon disagrees and believes he's the only one who can truly make her happy.

But when Amelia gets hurt, it sets off a chain of events that forces them to consider their future together---and face their past mistakes. There's a chance for love . . . but only if Simon dares to trust Amelia with the secrets of his past.

My thoughts:

In the first two books of Shelley Shepard Gray's Charmed Amish Life series we got to know Amelia's older siblings Lukas and Rebecca who managed to find love in the midst of their sorrow.  In A Sister's Wish, the youngest sister Amelia manages the family farm and house while Lukas and Rebecca manage the family's lumber business. Amelia's leg gets broke when she tries to put her goat in its pen.  Simon finds her and takes her to the hospital. Lukas finds out that Simon has been courting Amelia without his knowledge, Lukas informs Simon that he is not good enough for Amelia so he should leave her alone. Simon sees his sister Tess, whom he hadn't seen since she ran away from home as a teenager. Amelia gets angry at her family for sticking their noses in her business and at Simon for deciding to stay away from her. Lukas later realizes how narrow minded he was acting and finally gives Simon the okay to come courting. Amelia shows a lot of spunk when she asks Simon to tell her about his past but he refuses so she sends him away telling him that he needs to give all of himself to her. He eventually realizes that God doesn't expect him to be perfect since he already knows all our imperfections but he loves us anyway. Tess decides to move back to Charm so she could open up a place of refuge for anyone needing a safe place. Abuse is one of the main themes in "A Sister's Wish" and in "A Son's Vow" to show that abuse can happen in any household. Purchase your copy on Amazon.

About Shelley Shepard Gray:

She 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. Visit Shelley on her websiteFacebook, and Twitter to learn more.

About the giveaway:

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