Thursday, June 11, 2015


A Proposal at Siesta Key

The Proposal at Siesta Key (Avon Inspire, May 2015)
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 sever, 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?

My take on this book:
Pinecraft, Florida and the Orange Blossom Inn is a delightful setting for The Proposal at Siesta Key. Shelley Shepard Gray always pulls me into whatever setting she places her characters in but I have to admit the setting in The Amish Brides of Pinecraft series really is one of my favorite places to be whisk away too! I really feel like I am sitting in sunny Florida as I am reading this story. Along with a great setting she also creates multi-layered characters that I couldn't help but bond with. With this story we have characters who are dealing with life changing issues, Penny Troyer is dealing with the brutal murder of a sibling and  Michael Knoxx is a missionary who basically lives on the road, going from place to place to share his personal testimony of the twists that his life has taken. Michael and Penny begin a friendship while he is staying in Pinecraft, can the friendship ever be anything more though?
Wonderfully written, I found myself drawn in from the beginning.I truly became emotionally invested in the characters, especially Penny and really wanted her to find peace and happiness. I enjoyed the friendship that developed,and felt like it progressed at a very realistic pace. Several life lessons are woven into the story and  "The Proposal" that Michael made was something that we all should strive to live by. A great book and a wonderful series but I am not surprised because that's what I always get whenever I read a book by Shelley Shepard Gray!

Shelley Shepard Gray


Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Times bestseller, a two-time USA Today bestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. 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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Don’t miss Shelley Shepard Gray’s newest series, Amish Brides of Pinecraft, and the second book in the series, The Proposal at Siesta Key! “Shelley Shepard Gray brings readers into the Amish world with style and grace,” says Romantic Times Bookclub. Penny’s 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?
Enter to win a copy of The Proposal at Siesta Key—five winners will be chosen! The winners will be announced June 15 on Shelley’s blog!

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