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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Eventide Review!!!

Eventide by Shelley Shepard Gray

Book Description:
A young Amish woman harbors a difficult secret. Does she dare share the truth with the man she hopes to marry?

Elsie Keim doesn't want to be left behind. Her twin sister, Viola, and her older brother, Roman, have both found love and are building lives of their own. But Elsie? She's still stuck at home, being treated like a child. No one seems to consider her a capable woman-all they see are the thick lenses of her glasses, constant reminders that Elsie suffers from keratoconus and is slowly going blind.

Elsie knows there's much more to her than her disease. That's why when a new neighbor, Landon Troyer, shows some interest in her, she doesn't want anything to scare him away . . . even if it means keeping her condition a secret.

Landon is ready to start a new life and feels like Elsie may just be the right woman to start it with. But when Roman steps in and shares the truth about Elsie's illness, Landon is floored. His job is demanding and takes him away from home, sometimes for days at a time. How could he keep up with his responsibilities and take care of Elsie?

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Meet Shelley: Shelley Shepard Gray is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the "Sisters of the Heart", "Seasons of Sugarcreek", "Secrets of Crittenden County", and Families of Honor series. 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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My Opinion:

A really nice journey!  First of all let me tell you that this is the first book I have read in The Days of Redemption series.  (Not because I didn't want to I just never got a chance to, anyway I digress) I love the title, the cover, and the poem that inspired the title.  And that's just the beginning!  Eventide is more than the back cover describes and led me to expect!  Shelley entwines the emotions of a person with a disability that just wants to be treated like everyone else.  She conveys the frustration, the pain, and the beauty of finding freedom, flawlessly.  Eventide is an easy read with tons of emotion!  I love the way Shelley writes chapters, not too long but filled with enough to keep me interested, and the pace flows nicely.  By far Lovina is my favorite character. Her character for me was awesome because she's tough and rock solid, but also a true softy on the inside! ;)  But I do love Elsie also.  While the rest of the family frustrated me with their hovering, controlling attitudes Elsie really inspired me.  Mainly because she is such an even tempered character.  I would have lost my temper SO many times, but she shows beautiful patients.  For me this review is kinda hard because I don't want to give ANYTHING away!  So I will finish by saying I really enjoyed the journey and I loved the ending!!!

Songs that I think hold some of the same things as Eventide:
"Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)" by Chris Tomlin, "Overcomer" by Mandisa, "All I Can Do (Thank You) (Single)" by Mikeschair, and "Hurricane (Single)" by Natalie Grant

Matthew 19:26


P.S. The bonuses thrown in with the About the Author and the Letter from the Author are very entertaining also!  I can't wait for Shelley's next book (especially since I want to see where Beth and Chris end up) with her fresh and entertaining way of piecing characters together.

*I received this book for the purpose of posting a review.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above is my honest review.

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