The Promise of Palm Grove

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The Promise of Palm Grove

Amish Brides of Pinecraft, #1

I find there is nothing more relaxing than a well written Amish romance and this is one. This story’s setting is extremely unique. Pinecraft is a real place where Amish and Mennonites travel to vacation. There is even a map of Pinecraft at the beginning of the book! I love that the differences between the different Amish orders and Mennonites are brought out naturally throughout the story showing that not every community is alike in dress and restrictions. And, the characters are brought to life as they go to the beach, play in the park or even go out for ice cream. After all, they are on vacation same as you and me. The characters are awesome and so personable; nothing cookie cutter about them, or their problems. And, while the story focuses on Leona and Zach, there is another storyline going on. That storyline does not end at the end of this book but continues on through this series. If you’ve never read any of Shelly Shepard Gray’s books, you are in for a real treat. If you’re already a fan, don’t miss this one. It really showcases her knowledge of Amish and brings Pinecraft to life.

Leona can’t wait to start her vacation in Pinecraft with her cousin and future sister-in-law. She really needs the break; not so much from the wedding planning but from the groom! She knows she has to decide if she can live with Edmund and his overbearing ways or if she should cancel the wedding. Maybe it’s just nerves. But, when the three young women come across three young men trying to get a cat out of a tree, Leona is drawn to fun-loving Zach. Zach has the personality that Leona desires but what about her fiance?

Book Blurb for The Promise of Palm Grove

A young Amish woman finds herself torn between the man she’s pledged to wed and the man her heart desires in this heartwarming story of chance, duty, and choice in the face of love—the first volume in the beloved New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.

Amish bride-to-be Leona is thrilled to be in Florida, on a mini-vacation in the pretty town of Pinecraft. Her girlfriends think she’s happy because she’s away from the stress of wedding planning. They have no idea that Leona’s real joy is in being away from her fiancé.

Edmund is a good man, and will make a decent husband . . . just not for Leona. The more time she spends with him and his overbearing ways, the less she wants to be his wife. Her cousins are sure Edmund is the right man for her-and their certainty makes Leona begin to doubt herself. But when a chance encounter with a wayward cat brings her face-to-face with a handsome, fun-loving Amish man named Zachary Kauffman, Leona’s faced with two vastly different futures.

Leona must decide: Does she follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2015 5.00