Tuesday, November 1, 2016

A Sister's Wish by Shelley Shepard Gray Blog Review + Book Tour

*Disclosure of material connection- I received a copy of the book  from  the publisher via Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest thoughts. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own. 

About the book-

In Shelley Shepard Gray’s third book in her Charmed Amish Life series, a respectable young woman finds herself falling for an Amish man from the wrong side of the tracks.

Amelia Kinsinger is the perfect Amish woman—at least according to her neighbors. And while Amelia takes pride in her role as homemaker, she’s also harboring a secret: She’s been in love with bad boy Simon Hochstetler for as long as she can remember. Too bad he’s about as far from “perfect” as an Amish man could get… but that’s exactly why she’s so drawn to him.

Life hasn’t been kind to Simon. He ran away from an abusive home at fifteen and things went downhill from there. Eventually, Simon landed in prison. But the experience changed him. Now back in Charm as a grown man, he’s determined to make a new life for himself and not think too much about his wild past…unless it pertains to Amelia.

He’s loved Amelia for years. To him, she represents everything good and kind in the world. When he realizes that she returns his affections, he starts calling on her in secret, even though her older brother Lukas—who just happens to be Simon’s best friend—has made it perfectly clear that Amelia deserves better. Simon disagrees and believes he’s the only one who can truly make her happy. 

But when Amelia gets hurt, it sets off a chain of events that forces them to consider their future together—and face their past mistakes. There’s a chance for love… but only if Simon dares to trust Amelia with the secrets of his past.

My thoughts-

A Sister's Wish is about Amelia, a nice Amish girl who has fallen for a bad boy! He is Amish too, but has a bit of shady past. I enjoyed this element of the book. I think sometimes we in the outside world view the Amish as almost perfect in some ways and it is true that everyone has their issues, maybe not to Simon's degree but it is definitely possible. Simon dotes on Amelia and I love it. It was interesting to see him interact with his siblings, who have both left the Amish world, and it was also nice to see Amelia come into her own and stand up for herself. She seems to be treated almost as Cinderella was by her step mother and sisters, expected to do everything, but treated not so well. Her family didn't treat her badly necessarily, but definitely like a child that she is not and they do not appreciate her as they should. This was a great book about forgiveness and with some emotionally heavy content. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish fiction.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2dYRwqr

About the author:

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, 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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