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Mysteries, polka dots, California Rolls, TJ Maxx, cozy blankets, rainy days and getting the first spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar make me smile. Spiders, rude people, cold fingers and toes, baby leashes, people that don't wrap their packages before going to the Post Office, poison ivy and Math (pretty much all of it) make me want to scream. My perfect day would be spent with my wonderful husband and sweet girls- watching movies in our jammies! Of course, having the movie theater to ourselves would be great, too. Please pass the popcorn and M&M's.:) I am saved by the grace of God. He is my constant companion and hears my every prayer. What a blessing! I'd love to hear from you! Lori at toosillysisters@cox.net

Saturday, September 26, 2015

A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn by Shelley Shepard Gray

My Thoughts:

A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn is book 3 in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series by Shelley Shepard Gray. It can be delightfully enjoyed alone without having read the first 2 books. The first thing I want to mention is that Shelley Shepard Gray is all heart. I was charmed, not only by the story itself, but by the extra effort she put forth in sharing the town of Pinecraft, Florida (a real place!) with her readers. One of the first things in the book is a quaint little map of Pinecraft that makes you want to climb right into the story....

The main characters are a Emma Keim, a young widow with 3 precious daughters and Jay Hilty, a young widower with 3 handsome sons- sound familiar? ;) Yes, it is a bit like the Brady Bunch but their history is shared with us and we get a peek into their hearts and minds. It's not quite as easy as the Brady Bunch made it out to be. There is also the relationship between young Ben Hilty and his girlfriend, Tricia. Love is in the air but there are obligations and expectations all around and life isn't always easy. A Wedding at the Orange blossom Inn is a sweet story with lots of endearing characters, even Frankie the mischievous beagle!

About the book: 
A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn
 (Avon Inspire, September 2015)

A wedding brings together two young widowed parents . . . and gives them a second chance at love.

Emma Keim was heartbroken when her husband, Sanford, passed away, leaving her to raise three young daughters alone. Though several years have passed, her relatives have made it no secret that they expect Emma to remain a widow, mourning Sanford indefinitely. But when she meets Jay Hilty---a handsome widower with three young sons of his own---Emma is delighted to have a new friend who understands her struggles. Still, she is dismayed that her family is so opposed to their friendship---and the idea of it ever becoming anything more. She honors her husband's memory every day, but is she destined to be alone forever?

Emma's gentleness with Jay's boys stirs something in his heart that's been quiet for far too long. But when his oldest son becomes engaged to a local woman, suddenly Jay, Emma, and their children are swept up in wedding preparations. Witnessing his son's joy, Jay wonders if it's time for him to move forward, too, and find happiness again.

Once again, love has come to Pinecraft. But can these two parties of four become a happy, healthy family of eight?

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1USUEQM
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.

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*I was given a copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.*

1 comment:

Sherri said...

Lori, sounds like a great read :)!