“Winter’s Awakening” by Shelley Shepard Gray |Seasons of Sugarcreek book 1

Winters Awakening“Winter’s Awakening” is the first in Shelley Shepard Gray’s Seasons of Sugarcreek series.

This book was not at all what I expected and that is a very good thing. After reading Shelley’s first series: Sisters of the Heart, I had an idea in my head already of what I could look forward to from her writing and the book appeared to be going away from it all.

I was very relieved when I saw where the story truly was going.

Regardless of my misgivings, I was drawn in by the intriguing story and Shelley’s descriptive writing so I did go on to read the story and I have to say, the way it turned out may not have been what I was expecting but it could not have been done any better!


Now it’s on to book 2 (review to come)…and then book 3 (review to come) and the special Christmas story (review to come) that goes along with the series. Then it’s on to “Hopeful”, the first book in the Return to Sugarcreek series! And then we have “Thankful” to look forward to. I will be reviewing “Hopeful” as part of a blog tour sponsored by Litfuse and then it will be time to anxiously await the release of “Thankful”.

And before I go, this must be said. I am glad to have read this series before reading “Hopeful”. It will be a much more enjoyable read now, knowing all the main characters so well already.

My hope is that everyone who reads this review, decides to read the book.


Happy Reading and God Bless!

To help you decide…here are a few words about the book from GoodReads:

As the coldest winter on record blows into Sugarcreek, will three hearts have the courage to discover the life that God wants for them?

In the small Amish town of Sugarcreek, Ohio, Joshua knows what’s expected of him: to work at the family store and to finally marry Gretta, whom he’s courted for years. But when a new English family moves in next door and their teenage daughter catches his eye, Joshua wonders if his future plans are too firmly set in stone.

Gretta is shocked by the sudden change in Joshua. Their arguments followed by tense silences feel too much like the frosty atmosphere at home between her parents. When Roland begins to take an interest in her, she considers what her life might be like with Joshua out of the picture. With Roland, Gretta would have steady, kind companionship…although she knows she could never love him.

When Lilly moved to Sugarcreek, she never imagined she’d be enamored with the Amish way of life, and especially with her handsome new neighbor, Joshua. But she guards a secret that will surely drive him away, one that compelled her family to leave their old home and move to Sugarcreek in the first place: Lilly is pregnant.

I look forward to reading the next book in this series and I hope you do as well.

In the meantime, HERE is a link to the book page on GoodReads

and HERE is a link to Shelley’s website.

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