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Return to Sugarcreek, Book Three

Return to Sugarcreek is not only this series name but a wonderful way to welcome readers back to this quaint Amish town. Even if you’ve never heard of Sugarcreek, this story is down to earth and very welcoming. Though the characters are Amish, there are many instances that cross religious lines and are almost universal with everyone. Trying to do the right thing isn’t easy and sometimes isn’t even the right thing to do. Love, caring and family are the center of Elizabeth and Randall’s lives and they would do anything to take care of those they love. However, sometimes the solution that is staring you in the face is the one you can’t see. This story quickly grabbed my attention and kept it as I quickly read this book. I didn’t want to put it down… I might miss something. I loved the way the characters interacted with each other and I become interested in all of them, even those who are considered secondary characters. While this is suppose to be the final book in this series, I can only hope that a new series with the younger Beiler children is coming in the future. Absolutely heartwarming romance that I know I will read again.

Randall’s older siblings have left home leaving him in charge of his younger siblings. He looks forward to the challenge but didn’t realize how much his life is going to change. Part of the changes he makes is breaking off dating Elizabeth. Elizabeth and Randall have been seeing each other for a couple of years and everyone, including Elizabeth, expects Randall to ask her to marry him soon. She’s shocked at him breaking things off. But, when Randall’s younger brother comes offering her a job as housekeeper and cook, can she turn down this opportunity to earn badly needed money or will she risk her heart seeing Randall again?

Book Blurb for Joyful

A young Amish couple gets a second chance at love in New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s final book in her Return to Sugarcreek series.

Randall Beiler is doing his best to put his family and the farm’s needs first, even forsaking love. But though he tries, Randall knows he needs help caring for his younger siblings and keeping the house together.

When his brother offers pretty Elizabeth Nolt a job taking care of the house and cooking for the family, Randall is furious—and guilty about the way he once broke Elizabeth’s heart. But when he learns that Elizabeth and her grandmother are struggling to make ends meet, he knows the offer, no matter how painful, is the right thing for everyone.

Elizabeth wants to refuse—to stay far away from the man who hurt her—but she needs the money. Though she vows to protect her heart, spending time in the Beiler household makes Elizabeth realize that, while she’s older and wiser, her love for Randall still burns strong.

Randal, too, seems to want something more. But does he want Elizabeth because he truly loves her—or because he needs a housekeeper? If Randall sincerely wants something more, he must find a way to show Elizabeth—or risk losing his chance at love forever.

Joyful includes a P.S. section with a letter from the author, discussion questions, and a teaser from her next book.

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2014 4.50