Once again Shelley Shepard Gray has surprised me and I am so glad she did.
I was so afraid this book would end in an unsatisfactory way but I was pleasantly surprised. Shelley has an astonishing talent.
From the minute I picked the book up, I could not bear to put it down. Of course being a mother of two rambunctious kiddos, I had to put it down a few times but it amazed even me how quickly I would pick it right back up.
I felt positively sneaky…
but I couldn’t help myself.
The story drew me in immediately and I found myself feeling Clara’s pain. I also found myself feeling for Tim. He was so wrapped up in confusion about what to do with his feelings.
Both of them had an uncanny knack for stumbling right before they got to the point of what should be said and I found that to be absolutely perfect. Young people have a habit of circling around their own thoughts and getting all mixed up when the rest of their life is on the line.
Shelley captured that beautifully.
God has truly blessed her with a wondrous talent and I find myself on pins and needles – just to get to the next book in this series… not to mention the next series.
DO NOT miss this book!
If you need more convincing,
here is a brief synopsis from GoodReads:
Tim Graber arrives in Sugarcreek to help his aunt and uncle with spring planting. At first, Tim doesn’t fit in with his many cousins and their crowded lifestyle. But when he meets Clara Slabaugh, the local school teacher, he understands why the Lord brought him to Sugarcreek. Clara is shy and quiet. Scarred from a fire when she was small, Clara has resigned herself to living alone and caring for her mother, who tells her that no man will ever see past her scars, and that Clara needs to keep teaching in order to make ends meet. Her father passed away years ago, and her mother depends on her. But the scars mean nothing to Tim. He appreciates her quiet nature and her wonderful, loving way with children. Yet Tim has a sweetheart back home in Indiana. As these two hearts struggle to determine their path, tragedy strikes, and every other worry seems insignificant in comparison. Though they now face a life they never imagined, will Tim and Clara have the faith to step out and risk everything for a chance at true love?
HERE is a link to the book page on GoodReads
And HERE is a link to Shelley’s website.
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