Good afternoon everyone!! Unfortunately, I've been uber busy lately because of our upcoming mission trip to Detroit-eeek!-but I'm back for now. With Shelley Shepard Gray!!
Beloved bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray returns with the second book in her Amish Brides of Pinecraft series— a story of finding the strength to follow your dreams . . . and your heart.
A young Amish woman, yearning for freedom, crosses paths with a handsome Mennonite celebrity in a deeply moving tale of friendship and self-discovery—the second installment in the unforgettable New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.
Penny Troyer rarely disobeys her parents. In the years since her sister’s tragic death, they’ve wanted nothing more than to keep her safe…even if it means never leaving the house.
But tonight, she’s bending the rules because Michael Knoxx, the most famous member of The Knoxx Family Singers, a traveling Mennonite Evangelical family —is scheduled to speak. Penny has heard of Michael—how he lost part of his leg in a terrible accident and uses the experience to inspire others—and knows she must meet him. So, for the first time ever, Penny stands up to her parents and goes out on her own.
Though he speaks about living life to the fullest, Michael knows he needs to take his own advice. Life on the road is grueling and Michael wants to slow down, to rest…to perhaps meet someone who sees him as a man, not just a celebrity. So when a twist of fate allows him the chance to stay a little longer in Pinecraft, Michael knows God is showing him a new path, especially when he discovers how much he and Penny Troyer have in common.
But new friendships can’t stop time. Soon, Michael's time in Pinecraft will be over and he'll be back on the road. Her time with Michael has brought her happiness, but will she be able to follow her heart? Or will she be faced with the one thing she’s sure she'll never have the courage to do?
I'm absolutely thrilled to share this book with you!!I fell in love with book one so when I saw book 2 was up for grabs...well, you know the rest!
The characters were pretty amazing-as usual!!Shelley does an excellent job weaving in different characters' lives in a beautiful tapestry and this one was not a disappointment. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Bev, Leona, Zach, and all the other characters from the previous book and I can't wait for book 3 to see what happens with Bev and Eric!
The cover is beautiful, but then, you already knew that so I really don't need to elaborate.
Something about this book , I feel a lot of people would enjoy-especially vacationers- is that it's not complicated. Sure, it's detailed and the characters are much more in-depth then "the girl with blonde hair" but it's an easy read. To the opposite extreme, it's not boring. You're going to want to know what happened but still, you'll be able to get that good night's rest and pick it up in the morning without a problem.
The Christian viewpoints and segments that included a view into the Amish/Mennonite lifestyle kept me engaged throughout the book! I love reading about other peoples lives and Shelley's vivid detail brings it to life. It also wasn't a "typical Amish book" making it unique and much more thrilling to me!
All this to say...it's a keeper!! Both book one and two will be staying on my shelves. Actually I like book 2 even better then book 1 so they will both be recommended to my Church library. I can't wait for book 3!
*My overall thoughts*
The Proposal at Siesta Key by Shelley Shepard Gray is book 2 in an awesome Amish series! It features great Christian viewpoints, insight on other lifestyles, intriguing characters, and a plot that's sure to keep you reading! A must read for your library!
I give The Proposal at Siesta Key by Shelley Shepard Gray...
*Where to get it*
*I received this book from Litfuse, the publisher, and the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts were my own and I was not compensated in any other way.
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