The Promise of Palm Grove is the first book in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft, author Shelley Shepard Gray's newest series. In this story, Leona is a young Amish woman from Ohio who is on a vacation in Pinecraft, Florida with her two friends. Leona is soon to be married to Edmund, and she is full of doubts about her upcoming marriage. She has realized that Edmund is not the man for her, and she is stressed about how to tell her friends her troubles.
Soon after arriving in Pinecraft, Leona meets Zachary, a young Amish man who lives in Pinecraft with his family. There is an instant spark between the two of them. As the days go by, they become closer, which leaves Leona in quite a predicament. Should she call off her wedding? Could she and Zachary have a relationship when they live so far away from each other?
My Thoughts: I have read many of Shelley Shepard Gray's books, and have not yet been disappointed. She has a way of drawing the reader into the story immediately and keeping you engaged throughout. Her characters are so believable. Leona and Zachary are both sweet, likeable young people who are in a difficult situation. I liked the story of Zack's sister, Effie, who has a disease that makes it difficult for her to walk. Zack is a devoted brother helping to care for her. The setting of Pinecraft was a refreshing change from the usual Amish fiction setting. The Promise of Palm Grove is a great story full of love, forgiveness, and taking chances.
At the end of the book is a P.S. section with even more information about the author, recipes, discussion questions, and more facts and pictures about Pinecraft.
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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Don't miss Shelley Shepard Gray's new series, Amish Brides of Pinecraft, and the first book in the series, The Promise of Palm Grove! Romantic Times said, "Vibrant descriptions and details bring the plot to life in this heartwarming tale of new beginnings and renewal." Does Leona follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?
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*Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.