I received a copy of Hopeful in exchange for my review. All opinions listed are 100% my own.
I know all too well what it’s like to be the girl who helps the guy “get the girl”. It usually is the guy that you have always been in love with — been there and done that — just like Miriam in Shelley’s latest Amish fiction, Hopeful.
Honestly during the entire book I wanted to SMACK Junior. I wanted to scream at him –“Are you blind? Can’t you see she loves you”?
However, some turn of events cause Miriam, Junior, and Mary Kathryn to all take a look at each other and everyone find out exactly what they have been missing.
For me, this book was just simply amazing. I felt like I was watching a good Christian movie on television. This book kept me interested from page one. It has just a hint of mystery, thrill, and lots of romance — which is what I consider a great page turner!
Out of all the characters, Junior winds up being my favorite. His little sister — I just wanted to wrap my arms around that little girl. She is simply special.
If you love Amish fictions, you will want to grab a copy of Hopeful and add it to your collection.
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About the book:
Return to Sugarcreek, Book One
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?
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.
Find out more about Shelley at http://www.shelleyshepardgray.com.