Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn ~ Shelley Shepard Gray

  • Series: The Pinecraft Brides
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Inspire; Reprint edition (September 15, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062337742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062337740

Beloved bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray returns with the third book in her Amish Brides of Pinecraft series—a story of second chances for two young single parents...and the wedding that brings them together.
Emma Keim was heartbroken when her husband Sanford passed away, leaving her to raise three young daughters alone. In the years since, her relatives have made it no secret that they expect Emma to remain a widow, mourning Sanford indefinitely. But when she meets Jay Hilty—a widower with three young sons of his own—Emma is delighted to have a new friend who understands her struggles. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s also handsome and kind. Still, Emma is dismayed that her family is so opposed to their friendship—and the idea of it ever becoming anything more. She honors her husband’s memory every day, but is she destined to be alone forever?

Jay knows that few people his age understand what it’s like to lose a spouse, and Emma’s gentleness with his boys stirs something in his heart that’s been quiet for far too long. But when Jay’s oldest son becomes engaged to a local woman, suddenly Jay, Emma, and their children are swept up in wedding preparations. Witnessing his son’s joy, Jay wonders if it’s time for him to move forward, too, and find happiness again.

Jay wants to court Emma in earnest, but Emma’s relatives remain troubled by the prospect of her moving on. Once again, love has come to Pinecraft. But can these two parties of four become a happy, healthy family of eight?

My take on this book:
I have enjoyed reading each installment of the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series by Shelley Shepard Gray and this book is no different. Written in a wonderful style that effortlessly pulls me right into the lives of the characters I find myself needing to know what the final outcome of their stories will be. This book is the third book in the series, and the setting of Pinecraft as well as the Orange Blossom Inn is so easy to imagine, and the characters are so easy to connect with. I could easily imagine a dog loving pizza, Frankie was tail wagging adorable, and really made the story for me. Of course the story between Jay and Emma was great. Each one being a widow with children, neither looking for love, but sometimes it's when your least expecting to find love that it finds you.Picking up a book in this series is like visiting with old friends because some of the previous characters from the other books spill over into this one, with that said this I feel like this could be read as a stand alone book, but I highly recommend reading the entire series. Fans of Amish fiction are certainly enjoy this series, but it's the setting of Pinecraft as the well drawn characters that keeps me turning the pages. My only complaint is waiting for the next book in the series!

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

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