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?
Shelley Shepard Gray’s Hopeful is the first book in a new series entitled “Return to Sugarcreek.” I’ve mentioned before how much I enjoy Amish fiction. I thoroughly enjoy reading about the simple, wholesome lifestyle of the Amish. I’m fascinated by the way they live. In this book, we follow along as Miriam pines over Junior and Junior pines over Mary Kate. Mary Kate, with painful secrets of her own, tries to dissuade Junior’s affections. While the story started off a little slow, it picked up after the first few chapters, and I found that I couldn’t put it down. I enjoyed watching the three main characters work through their emotions to find their ‘right path’ at the end. I found that the ending was a little too predictable, but I enjoyed the story all the same. If you like Amish fiction, you should check out this book. I am looking forward to reading more books from this author in the future.
About Shelley Shepard Gray
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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