Hopeful is the story of Miriam Zehr, a young Amish woman who has always lived in Sugarcreek. She has worked at the local Sugarcreek Inn for years. She is heavier than other girls her age, and has never felt beautiful. Most of her friends are married now, some even with children already. There is only one young man Miriam has had her eye on for years, Junior. But Junior has eyes for Miriam's friend Mary Kate, and clueless about Miriam's feelings for him, wants Miriam to help him get close to Mary Kate. Will she be able to put aside her own feelings and help him? Will she ever have a family of her own?
Shelly Shepard Gray is one of my favorite Amish authors, and she did not disappoint me with Hopeful. She did a great job of really making you feel Miriam's emotions. The book kept my interest, and I read it in just a few days. Along with the story, at the end of the book are some extras-About the Author, Letter from the Author, Questions for Discussion, Fanny Kay's Chocolate Cream Pie recipe, Glossary of Pennsylvania Dutch words, and a Sneak Peek of the next book in the series, Thankful.
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Welcome to the blog tour for Hopeful, the first book in Shelley Shepard Gray's new series, Return to Sugarcreek. Critics have already given their thumbs up for Hopeful: “Lovable characters and a good story, full of romance and suspense . . . a must read." (Library Journal)
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