Thankful by Shelley Shepard Gray

Although, I’ve always found the Amish way of life fascinating, I know I couldn’t give up my modern conveniences to live a simple life. I do, however, enjoy reading about their lifestyle, therefore I want to share a book with you that I just finished reading Thankful by Shelley Shepard Gray.

The following is a short synopsis of her book.

Thankful, Book Two in the Return to Sugarcreek series New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray captures the beauty, devotion, and warmth of Amish life in this engaging tale of family, commitment, trust, and love set in the beloved community of Sugarcreek. Christina Kempf has always known that God chose Aden Reese to be her husband. As children, he was there to save her when she fell through the ice, and he’s been by her side ever since. After his parents died in a car accident ten years ago, the Kempfs raised Aden as one of their own, and everyone sees Aden and Christina as brother and sister. But Christina has never given up hope that Aden will one day ask her to be his wife.Aden always planned to court Christina. But losing his mother and father changed everything—except his love for her. Her parents generously welcomed him into their home and treated him like a son. He can’t betray their kindness by admitting his feelings for the girl who is like a sister . . . yet so much more.

Pressured by her parents to court, Christina begins to accept the attentions of Sugarcreek’s young men, and now, Aden must make a choice. Will he stand by and watch the love of his life slip away? Or will he risk losing the love and trust of the family he holds dear to tell Christina how he truly feels?

Thankful includes a P.S. section with additional insights from the author, background material, suggestions for further reading, and more.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher to review. The following is my opinion of this book:

One book, three women who learn to trust the Lord as they each walk through their own personal fears, trials, and struggles.  God’s grace shines through to each character’s heart.

I enjoyed following the lives of these women as they each made peace with life’s endeavors.

* One part of the story that I really enjoyed was the love that Aden’s adopted parents showed to him. No prejudge–just complete acceptance–an example of how Christ loves us.

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Blessings, Kasey

shelley shepard gray thankful return to sugarcreek

In ThankfulNew York Times bestselling author, Shelley Shepard Gray captures the beauty, devotion, and warmth of Amish life in this engaging tale of family, commitment, trust, and love set in the beloved community of Sugarcreek.

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10 thoughts on “Thankful by Shelley Shepard Gray

    • Alecia, With the three story lines, the book was constantly pulling you along. I’ve visited Amish county on several occasions. The simpler, slow-paced lifestyle is appealing, however I would miss some of my modern conveniences like air conditioning, cars, light, ect. Thanks for stopping by. Grace to you, Kasey


    • Holly, Thanks for hosting Testimony Tuesday, I like to hook up every Tuesday. I liked reading Thankful–its set in winter. It would be a good read during the winter season with a cup of hot chocolate. Grace and peace to you, Kasey


    • Sarah, With three lines going at the same time, it was a real page turner–just when you’d get into one character’s story the author switched to another character’s story. Thanks for hosting Me Monday. Blessings, Kasey


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