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Return to Sugarcreek, Book Two

Happy, heartwarming, and so much more. I fell in love with these characters almost immediately. They are so real and their problems so familiar. How do you change a relationship and not lose everything? Bringing feelings out into the open may do more harm than good. Though this story is set within an Amish community, most readers will be able to identify with many of the problems and relate to the choices that are made. There are a lot of things to be thankful for and how much is too much? This story is so easy to read and the words just flow. I found myself flying through the book, never losing interest and always engaged. Characters from other books will appear in this one which makes it feel as if you are visiting old friends if you already read Ms Gray’s work but even if you don’t, you will quickly feel the warmth and family feeling that is conveyed. An awesome story that any lover of Amish romance will thoroughly enjoy.

Aden and Christina are always together. Each knows the other is who God chose for them to marry, though neither has ever expressed that thought. But when tragedy strikes and Aden ends up being raised in Christina’s family, things take a drastic turn. Aden is considered one of Christina’s brothers by her family but he doesn’t feel brotherly towards her. Christina hopes that Aden will some day see her as more than a friend. With family pressuring her to start courting, Christina has almost given up hope that Aden will see her as a potential partner and wife. Aden is so grateful that Christina’s family took him in. How can he betray them and ask to court their daughter?

Book Blurb for Thankful

New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray captures the beauty, devotion, and warmth of Amish life in this engaging tale of family, commitment, trust, and love set in the beloved community of Sugarcreek.

Christina Kempf has always known that God chose Aden Reese to be her husband. As children, he was there to save her when she fell through the ice, and he’s been by her side ever since. After his parents died in a car accident ten years ago, the Kempfs raised Aden as one of their own, and everyone sees Aden and Christina as brother and sister. But Christina has never given up hope that Aden will one day ask her to be his wife.

Aden always planned to court Christina. But losing his mother and father changed everything—except his love for her. Her parents generously welcomed him into their home and treated him like a son. He can’t betray their kindness by admitting his feelings for the girl who is like a sister . . . yet so much more.

Pressured by her parents to court, Christina begins to accept the attentions of Sugarcreek’s young men, and now, Aden must make a choice. Will he stand by and watch the love of his life slip away? Or will he risk losing the love and trust of the family he holds dear to tell Christina how he truly feels?

Thankful includes a P.S. section with additional insights from the author, background material, suggestions for further reading, and more.

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2014 4.50