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Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Book Review - Christmas In Sugarcreek by Shelley Shepard Gray

There have been a lot of wonderful Amish-themed Christmas books out this year, and one I particularly enjoyed is "Christmas in Sugarcreek" by Shelley Shepard Gray.

About The Book:

Judith Graber has always been the obedient daughter. When her older brother Josh struggled with his love life, she offered wise counsel. When her younger brother Caleb flirted with the idea of leaving their order, she firmly told him he was wrong. Over the years, she’s watched her younger siblings, helped around the house, and worked in her family’s store during her spare time. Judith feels overworked, overlooked, and underappreciated this holiday season.

But everything changes when her father hires Ben Knox.

Ben Knox is the “bad boy” of Sugarcreek. Though he’s never considered jumping the fence, he’s certainly never tried to be anything close to dutiful. Two years ago he left Sugarcreek under a cloud of shame. Rumors circulated that his rumspringa had been filled with more than the usual harmless explorations.

Now he’s back and working side by side with Judith.

As the chaos of the holiday season threatens to sap all joy, sparks fly between Ben and Judith. But Judith steels herself to ignore her infatuation. The last thing she wants to be is just one more girl who falls under Ben’s spell. Ben, on the other hand, wants Judith to realize there’s more to him than his bad reputation. When he fled Sugarcreek, he was running from a disruptive home life. Now that he’s back, he wants a fresh beginning.

Could this Christmas season bring love and a new life for the unlikeliest pair in Sugarcreek?

This is a very sweet story that encompasses the love of family, the love of faith, and a good bit of gentle romance as well.  I enjoyed how Shelley Gray brings out the struggle that her main characters have with their feelings for each other, and how they consider their families and community as they quietly fall in love with each other.

This is the fourth book in Shelley's "Sugarcreek" series, but it can be read as a stand alone novel on its own.  I plan to go back and pick up on the previous three books to visit the families of Sugarcreek once again!

I highly recommend this one!

About The Author:

Since 2000, Shelley Sabga has sold over thirty novels to numerous publishers, including HarperCollins, Harlequin, and Abingdon Press. She has been interviewed by NPR, and her books have been highlighted in numerous publications, including USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.

Under the name Shelley Shepard Gray, Shelley writes Amish romances for HarperCollins’ inspirational line, Avon Inspire. Her recent novel, The Protector, the final book in her “Families of Honor” series, hit the New York Times List, and her previous novel in the same series, The Survivor, appeared on the USA Today bestseller list. Shelley has won the prestigious Holt Medallion for her books, Forgiven and Grace, and her novels have been chosen as Alternate Selections for the Doubleday/Literary Guild Book Club. Her first novel with Avon Inspire, Hidden, was an Inspirational Reader’s Choice finalist.

Shelley is a member of RWA’s Published Author chapter, ACFW, and the Faith Hope and Love Chapter of RWA.  Please visit http://www.shelleyshepardgray.com/ to learn more about Shelley and her books.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review. I was not compensated for my opinion.


The Mistress of the Dark said...

So many great holiday books. I've been to Sugarcreek. Its a lovely town. I'm going to have to pick up this one.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Sounds like a great book Sharon!