Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Litfuse Review: Thankful (Return to Sugarcreek) by:Shelley Shepard Gray

 Thankful (Return to Sugarcreek #2)
About the Book:
New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray captures the beauty, devotion, and warmth of Amish life in this engaging tale of family, commitment, trust, and love set in the beloved community of Sugarcreek.
Christina Kempf has always known that God chose Aden Reese to be her husband. As children, he was there to save her when she fell through the ice, and he’s been by her side ever since. After his parents died in a car accident ten years ago, the Kempfs raised Aden as one of their own, and everyone sees Aden and Christina as brother and sister. But Christina has never given up hope that Aden will one day ask her to be his wife.
Aden always planned to court Christina. But losing his mother and father changed everything—except his love for her. Her parents generously welcomed him into their home and treated him like a son. He can’t betray their kindness by admitting his feelings for the girl who is like a sister . . . yet so much more.
Pressured by her parents to court, Christina begins to accept the attentions of Sugarcreek’s young men, and now, Aden must make a choice. Will he stand by and watch the love of his life slip away? Or will he risk losing the love and trust of the family he holds dear to tell Christina how he truly feels?
Thankful includes a P.S. section with additional insights from the author, background material, suggestions for further reading, and more.

About the Author:
Shelley Shepard Gray lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. A busy wife and mother of two, she spends her days writing and keeping track of her two teenagers. Her two dogs keep her company when she writes in her basement. Shelley enjoys writing about the Amish and visits Amish communities in Adams and Holmes counties several times a year. When not spending time with her family or writing, she serves on several committees in her church.

She also bakes a lot, loves coconut cream pie, and will hardly ever pull weeds, mow the yard, or drive in the snow. Shelley also spends a lot of time on line! Please visit her website, www.shelleyshepardgray.com to find out her latest news...or become her friend on Facebook.

My Review:
 Thankful, comes in many shapes and sizes as we learn in the latest addition to the Return To Sugarcreek series.  Cristina has had special feeling for her adopted brother Aden for a long while. He too feels the same way. The only ones who don't know is Christina's parents. Aden must decide if he will allow Christina and the promise of her love to slip through his fingers or will he face whomever he must to join with her forever.

 This is not the only story of love and being thankful that is going on in this part of the series, there is also another story that will tear at your heart. There is a loving couple that can't have children of their own. Soon they start fostering children in the hopes of one day finding one of their very own. But something unexpected happens, but instead of rejecting the baby they embrace him. They embrace him so much so that they aren't too sure they will be able to give him up.

 A touching story of love, grace, and thankfulness that reaches across strong barriers to prove God's love for everyone, no matter the situation or the cost.

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