Thursday, February 6, 2014

Litfuse Review:Hopeful by:Shelley Shepard Gray

Hopeful (Return to Sugarcreek #1)
About the Book:
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 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, 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.

My Review:
 Poor Miriam Zehr is a twenty something, the only child left in her group of siblings that still remains unattached and if all that wasn't enough she has just about given up any hope that God is even going to make that dream come true. She has prayed and waited for years for the man meant for her to come waltzing in her life but to no avail. At least not until the day that Junior walked up to her during her shift at the Sugarcreek Inn to ask her if it would be okay for him to stop by her house later on that day after her shift.

 Of course she said yes, how could she of ever said any different. The guy that she was holding out hope for after all these years is finally beginning to notice her. Or at least that is what she thinks anyway. She soon learns his reason for wanting to talk with her and it all has to do with his crush and fascination with Miriam's good friend, Mary Kate. She feels like such a fool. She also soon learns that Mary Kate has something in her past that continues to haunt her. something that isn't so quiet or willing to stay in her past.

 I loved this book and I have only touched on a few things about it. It is a fairly quick read that will leave your head spinning because there is so much life to the characters and tons of twists and turns. You are going to love it!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.