Friday, September 12, 2014
Litfuse Review: Joyful by:Shelley Shepard Gray
About the Book:
A young Amish couple gets a second chance at love in New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s final book in her Return to Sugarcreek series.
Randall Beiler is doing his best to put his family and the farm’s needs first, even forsaking love. But though he tries, Randall knows he needs help caring for his younger siblings and keeping the house together.
When his brother offers pretty Elizabeth Nolt a job taking care of the house and cooking for the family, Randall is furious—and guilty about the way he once broke Elizabeth’s heart. But when he learns that Elizabeth and her grandmother are struggling to make ends meet, he knows the offer, no matter how painful, is the right thing for everyone.
Elizabeth wants to refuse—to stay far away from the man who hurt her—but she needs the money. Though she vows to protect her heart, spending time in the Beiler household makes Elizabeth realize that, while she’s older and wiser, her love for Randall still burns strong.
Randal, too, seems to want something more. But does he want Elizabeth because he truly loves her—or because he needs a housekeeper? If Randall sincerely wants something more, he must find a way to show Elizabeth—or risk losing his chance at love forever.
Joyful includes a P.S. section with a letter from the author, discussion questions, and a teaser from her next book.
All was right in Elizabeth Nolt's life, the man of her dreams was about to propose---any day or so she thought. It was strange to see Randall Beiler, her love in such a determined mood. She thought to herself, this is the day he will do it, the moment she longed for. She had waited so long, two years in fact for this moment. But soon after Randall sat Elizabeth down and then started to explain, she soon realized he wasn't there to propose. He broke off their relationship, Elizabeth was crushed, but what she didn't consider was that Randall was too.
It wasn't long until all the changes in the Beiler household caused a few of them to cry out for help. And that help came in the way of Elizabeth Nolt. Elizabeth started working at Randall's home to help with the cooking, cleaning and with his youngest sister Kaylene. She thought she had control of her feelings enough to manage sparse contact with Randall. But to her dismay her feelings are very out of control and Randall seems to be having the same trouble as well.
Joyful, number 3 in the Return to Sugarcreek series is definitely my favorite!The dynamic between Elizabeth and Randall is engaging and perfect. They are definitely at a crossroads.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.