Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Eventide by Shelley Shepard Gray ~ Litfuse Blog Tour with review and giveaway

  • Series: The Days of Redemption
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Inspire (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062204440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062204448

A young Amish woman harbors a difficult secret. Does she dare share the truth with the man she hopes to marry?
Elsie Keim doesn’t want to be left behind. Her twin sister, Viola, and her older brother, Roman, have both found love and are building lives of their own. But Elsie? She’s still stuck at home, being treated like a child. No one seems to consider her a capable woman—all they see are the thick lenses of her glasses, constant reminders that Elsie suffers from keratoconus and is slowly going blind.
Elsie knows there’s much more to her than her disease. That’s why when a new neighbor, Landon Troyer, shows some interest in her, she doesn’t want anything to scare him away . . . even if it means keeping her condition a secret.
Landon is ready to start a new life and feels like Elsie may just be the right woman to start it with. But when Roman steps in and shares the truth about Elsie’s illness, Landon is floored. His job is demanding and takes him away from home, sometimes for days at a time. How could he keep up with his responsibilities and take care of Elsie?

My take on this book:
Elsie Keim has watched her siblings marry and start families of their own, but she wonders if she will ever leave her parents home, after all she feels like everyone only sees her for the problem that she has not the person she really is. When her new next door neighbor starts showing an interest in her she fears that if she shares her health issue with him that it may change his mind about her as well. Will she share her secret with him, and if she does will it make any difference?

I have enjoyed reading each of the books in The Days of Redemption series, and couldn't wait to read this one. The great thing about each book is the fact that the characters struggle, making them seem so realistic! I was totally drawn in with Elsie's story.She was such a strong character, wanting to be seen and treated as everyone else was. Her character touched my heart, and while I found myself a bit surprised at the ending, but it honestly made the story seem all that much more realistic!   Along with the main story there are several secondary plots going on that kept this story zipping along. While I have read the entire series the author provides enough information to make this a stand alone read. That said I enjoyed the entire series, and it was great to reconnect with the characters from the previous books. Amish fiction fans are going to enjoy "Eventide" but anyone looking for a story where the author deals with real life issues in a realistic way, providing strong characters who just happen to be Amish should give "Eventide" a try,you might just find yourself unable to put this book down!

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Shelley Shepard Gray

Meet Shelley: 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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Welcome to the blog tour for the riveting conclusion to the Days of Redemption series, Eventide. In her latest novel, Shelley Shepard Gray reveals the power of love to illuminate even the darkest paths and how faith, family, and forgiveness can forge through any obstacle.
Shelley and her publisher are celebrating by giving away FIVE sets of the series. 
Five winners will receive:
  • Daybreak, Ray of Light and Eventide by Shelley Shepard Gray
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 21st. All winners will be announced September 23rd atShelley’s blog.


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