Friday, May 24, 2013

Ray of Light by Shelley Shepard Gray ~ Litfuse Blog Tour with review

Ray of Light

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Inspire; Original edition (May 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062204424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062204424

This book is also available as an e-book.

From the Back Cover:

When two hearts connect on a beach in Florida, is it a brief romance . . . or the start of a lasting love?
After family secrets come to light, causing an uproar, Roman Keim is taking a much-needed vacation to Pinecraft, the Amish snowbird community in Florida. The warm weather is a welcome break from the bleak Ohio winter, as is a week off from all his family's drama. But Roman's own drama begins when he meets his next-door neighbors: Amanda Yoder, a beautiful young widow, and her adorable daughter, Regina.
In the two years since her husband died, Amanda has never looked at another man. She certainly doesn't intend to get married again. But she can't deny that there's something special between her and Roman. As his week in Pinecraft comes to a close, Amanda knows that, in spite of her attempt to remain distant, she's given Roman a piece of her heart. And her daughter seems to have fallen in love, too.
Is there hope for a second chance at love for Amanda? Or will duty call Roman home first, far from the two women who have captured his heart?

My take on this book:

"Ray of Light" takes us from Amish country in Ohio to the Amish community in Pinecraft Florida. Roman Keim works on the family farm in Berlin, Ohio and honestly has spent most of his life standing on the sidelines of life, letting life pass him by. When secrets come to light that cause turmoil in the family, he figures the best thing he can do is take a vacation and heads for Pinecraft Florida. While staying there he meets twenty-five year old Amanda Yoder and her daughter Regina. It had been two years since Amanda lost her husband Wesley to cancer, and now her days are filled with taking care of her daughter and working in the family bakery. She feels drawn to Roman and so does her daughter, and it seems Roman has feelings for them as well. With his home in Ohio though and hers in Florida is there any chance for them?

Shelley Shepard Gray is a long time favorite of mine, so I knew I would be in for a treat reading this book. I really enjoyed the characters in this story. Roman was someone that was so easy to understand. His calm, peaceful demeanor was refreshing. Amanda and her little girl were just endearing. Amanda had suffered more than a few hardships which made me hopeful that she might get a happily ever after.  While this book is the second in The Days of Redemption series the author provides enough information that it can be read as a stand alone work. I didn't read the first book but had no problems diving right into this one. Overall, I found this an interesting read, I felt like Roman's family really kept the story moving, and look forward to seeing where things go in "Eventide" the next book in the series. Fans of Amish fiction will certainly enjoy this story that deals with family drama, romance, second chances and faith. 

About Shelley Shepard Gray:

Shelley Shepard Gray is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the "Sisters of the Heart", "Seasons of Sugarcreek", "Secrets of Crittenden County", and Families of Honor series. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.

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