Skip to main content

A Sister's Wish and An Amish Family Christmas by Shelley Shepard Gray - A Review(s)

Let's start with the giveaway!  You can enter to win both of these books by clicking on the picture below!

enter to win!

I am a big fan of Amish fiction.  The plain life intrigues me, although I can barely survive without my dishwasher, so I think it is best I remain "English".  Plus Michael would NEVER go for being plain.  When I got the opportunity to read and review not one, but TWO new books from author Shelley Shepard Gray, I jumped on it. 

I read both of these books in just a few days.  They were really good.  They are the final half of a series of four books called "The Charmed Amish Life" (they are set in the town of Charm).  I have not read the other two books, and although these books easily stand alone, they do refer back to the previous books, and if I ever catch up on my review books I will look for copies of the first two books in the series.

Both of these books are well written.  The dialogue is believable, the plot moves at a good pace, not rushed through, but also doesn't ever drag on.  My favorite part of these novels is the characters.  With the exception of the villains of the story, all of the people in this book are good, but flawed human beings.  I like books with relatable characters that are likeable, but not perfect.  Shelly Shepard Gray did an excellent job of writing "real" people.

A Sister's Wish is a story of Amelia, the youngest of the Kinsinger siblings, and her relationship with Simon.  Simon isn't the ideal Amish man, he has a painful history that makes Amelia's siblings very uncomfortable.  Despite him being one of their closest friends, they intrude on the relationship and it causes pain for both Amelia and Simon.  Through the story everyone, not just the main characters, learn a lot about themselves.  There was really nothing that I DIDN'T like about this book. 

For more plot details, as well as more information and reviews, please visit this landing page.

An Amish Family Christmas was also a great read.  It focused on Levi, another of the Kinsinger siblings.  Julia and her daughter Penny have just moved into the neighborhood, and they quickly become close with Levi.  Julia has a painful past, and isn't being 100% honest with the people around her.  While I enjoyed reading this book as much as I enjoyed reading A Sister's Wish, there were a couple of (unimportant) things that bothered me about the book:

One - The cover of this book doesn't match the rest of the series.  It was very festive and pretty, but it didn't fit with the rest.
Two - It wasn't "Christmas-y" enough.  The holiday was mentioned a few times, and celebrated at the end, but it was more an afterthought than a focus. 

At first I felt like the plot was a little to convenient, but then I realized that it was supposed to be.  It was showing that God works all things for good for those that love the Lord.  When I look back at my life, there are many "coincidences" that are much to "convenient" as well, because it is really God's hand in control. 

I would gladly recommend either of these books to people that like either Amish fiction or (non-embarrassing) romance novels.  They are quick, but good reads.

I received free copies of both books from the publisher via LitFuse, in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Things That Annoy Infertile Girls (or Maybe Just Me?) - Flashback Friday

This was actually one of my more popular posts when it was first published, but I still thought I would share it again.  Any additions to the post are in pink, as usual :)

Accidental Pregnancies - So I have been trying for years to get pregnant, you go slut around and accidentally get pregnant? Immediate Pregnancies - You quit taking your birth control last month and now you are pregnant? People Who Give You Retarded Advice -           - Just stop trying and you will get pregnant
           - My friend adopted a baby and got pregnant right away, you should do that
           - Get drunk, people always get pregnant when they are drunk (Yes, they do. Because they are
             intoxicated and forget to take precautions.)
Whiny Girls That Pretend They Are Infertile - Trying for 5 months is not suffering from infertility. It takes a year on average to get pregnant.  I get that it might FEEL like infertility but it just isn't.  After YEARS of trying, I can't even remember what tr…

Review - Seven Everyday Slings

I got this sling because it was free, I only had to pay shipping.  Since I bought it, I have found out that it is VERY easy to find codes for this to be free, and I am pretty sure that if you ever pay full price for one you got duped.

I was SO excited.  I wanted a baby carrier really bad.  I didn't have a baby, but I am always collecting baby things.

In case you were thinking that I only review things that I like, I HATE THIS SLING! 

I have used it with tiny babies, older babies, and toddlers. 

Pros:
- Adorable, and available in a variety of colors
- Lightweight and compact, you can easily throw it in a diaper bag or purse
- Works from birth - 35 lbs


Cons:
- Terrifying to use with small babies.  They sink down in it, and its almost impossible to keep them from having their chin tucked to their chest, which is a huge no-no in baby carrying.  Basically when I had Cooper in it as an infant I spent the entire trip to the park making sure he was still breathing, then I started sticki…

Manipulatives Monday GIVEAWAY from Mother Goose Time - closed

Giveaway closed! Thank you so much to everyone who entered, I really appreciate it!
I have excellent news!  Today is Manipulatives Monday, and Mother Goose Time is giving away a great prize!  One lucky winner will receive TWO bags of manipulatives!  Mother Goose Time will chose the prizes, but I assure you, whatever they send will be a lot of fun for your children!

Manipulatives are a big hit in our house.  Every month we get two new bags of manipulatives, and every month Little Guy asks if he can play with them before the month starts.  The answer is always no, but he tries every month anyways.  During the month we use them for the assigned activities but after we are done with the curriculum, I let him add them to his toy collection.
One thing that is in almost every box is a set of counters.  These are often in the shape of animals, which are Little Guy's favorites.  They are used for a variety of activities, and are always multiple colors, sizes, and/or shapes so they can be …