Generally speaking, I do not read a copious amount of inspirational romance, but don't bypass it either. This is mainly due to having had mixed reactions to the ones I have read - some good, some bad - which have left me sitting on the fence about the genre.
Having said that, reading The Protector was a little bit like opening a gift. It is a wonderful story, with down to earth characters, who may be a little bit awkward in some situations, but who could be your nice neighbors next door.
What I really enjoyed about the book is that, while there is a certain simplicity to it, it isn't simple. The characters are multi-dimensional and come from different walks and points of life. They have their own reasons for what they do.
It is a story of friendship - both the kind borne of years knowing each other and one that are of a darker nature - and a story of love. It is of coming home after many years away from it and learning how to fit in as you are now as opposed to who you were when you left.
It is also a story of finding your way in the world after loss and finding hope while doing so.
Return to the stunning simplicity and beauty of the Amish with book two of the inspirational 'Families of Honor' series by Shelley Shepard Gray.
When Ella's father passes away, she's forced to auction most of his belongings, including her family's land. Though she knows she couldn't manage the fifty acres on her own, she can't stop the bitterness she feels toward the new owner, Loyal Weaver. Remodeling and repairing the Troyer's old farmhouse, he intends to make the farm profitable--as Ella had once dreamed of doing.
Protective of Ella's bruised feelings, Loyal asks her for help and advice for the home he's fixing up--the home that he secretly hopes will be hers again, as his wife.
But the one thing Ella guards against all else is her heart. Always the wallflower, she's used duty to mask her loneliness. Now, though, she can't deny the feelings she holds for Loyal and the happiness he promises. On her own for the first time, will she find the courage to risk everything to get the love she's always wanted?