Tuesday, February 4, 2014


Hopeful: Return to Sugarcreek, Book One Paperback
By Author Shelley Shepard Gray
In the Amish town of Sugarcreek, love comes in many forms. But will it come at all for Miriam?
Miriam Zehr has worked at the Sugarcreek Inn longer than she cares to admit. The restaurant is a favorite of town residents as well as the many tourists who come to taste the famous Amish fare. Though she always tries to have a smile for every customer, deep down Miriam knows something's missing: a family of her own.
Miriam has never felt particularly beautiful, especially because she's always been a bit heavier than other girls her age. When Junior, the man she's pined for all her life, suddenly seeks her out, she's thrilled to be noticed . . . until she realizes he's only asking her to help get the attention of Mary Kathryn Hershberger, her pretty friend.
If Miriam helps Junior court Mary Kathryn, she'll get to spend a lot of time with him, but she might lose him in the process. Are these few stolen moments worth a lifetime of sacrifice? Is Miriam right to even hope for the life she dreams of?

My Review:
This was an interesting story. The author writes in a style that makes you feel the pain of some of the characters.Although the book centers around the Amish it does not feel so Amish centered as other books. The book touches on subjects we can relate to. Subjects such as rejection, loss, miscarriage, abuse and adoption.
As you read the book you will wonder if Miriam will ever find love. Will Junior finally get Mary Kathryn or will he realize the one for him has been right in front of him the whole time. And you will wonder what is the mystery that surrounds Mary Kathryn. The moral of the book is when you have difficulties look to God and open up to family and close friends.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from  Litfuse Publicity as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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