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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Promise of Palm Grove Review!!!

The Promise of Palm Grove 
by Shelley Shepard Gray

Book Description:
The Promise of Palm Grove (Avon Inspire, January 2015)

Leona must decide: Does she follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?

A young Amish woman finds herself torn between the man she's pledged to wed and the man her heart desires in this heartwarming story of chance, duty, and choice in the face of love---the first volume in the beloved New York Times bestselling author's new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.

Amish bride-to-be Leona is thrilled to be in Florida, on a mini-vacation in the pretty town of Pinecraft. Her girlfriends think she's happy because she's away from the stress of wedding planning. They have no idea that Leona's real joy is in being away from her fiancé.

Edmund is a good man, and will make a decent husband . . . just not for Leona. The more time she spends with him and his overbearing ways, the less she wants to be his wife. Her cousins are sure Edmund is the right man for her---and their certainty makes Leona begin to doubt herself. But when a chance encounter with a wayward cat brings her face-to-face with a handsome, fun-loving Amish man named Zachary Kauffman, Leona's faced with two vastly different futures.

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About the author:

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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My Opinion:
A sweet read!  And SO much more than I was expecting!  Instead of just one story there's really two or three!  And I LOVED the sub stories as much as the main one!  So many interesting and lovable characters are introduced as the book starts and so many emotions are expressed as it goes on.  Shelley has come up with two very interesting relationships between Leona's story and the one not mentioned in the book description Beverly's story.  I always know that I can expect a nice read from Shelley!  The Promise of Palm Grove takes us to a place that I've been wanting to visit ever since I first learned about it, Pinecraft, and I LOVE the way she writes about it!  I can picture every place be it real or straight from Shelley's imagination.  The descriptions are nice without being too detailed and I really enjoyed the map she has in the beginning of the book!  I felt for Leona as she deals with the realization that she might have chosen the wrong man.  Zack's family and mainly his siblings are a nice addition to the story, and I absolutely LOVE the way Shelley plants those little gold nuggets of Faith in her writing!  The only thing that I wish was different was for it to be a little longer!  I would have liked more scenes with Beverly, but overall I found this to be a sweet and highly entertaining read with a fantastic end!  I'm ready for more Shelley! ;)
Song: "
God Gave Me You" sung by Dave Barnes
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

Proverbs 16:9


*I requested and received this book as a member of Litfuse for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about The Promise of Palm Grove. ~ASC


  1. Those extra tidbits were fun to read.

    I had never heard of Perthes.
    Such a terrible disease. But, I like new information on diseases.
    My husband works in the medical field, so it was not new to him.

    1. Yes! They brought out a whole deeper level to the story! I had never heard about it either and I think it's great how Shelley is bringing attention to it through her story! I found it very interesting also, but I agree it's terrible! :( Poor thing.

      Thanks for reading and commenting Michelle! :)

      Hugs, ASC


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