Litfuse Blog Tour + Giveaway: The Proposal at Siesta Key by Shelley Shepard Gray

The Proposal at Siesta Key
(Amish Brides of Pinecraft, Book 2)
by Shelley Shepard Gray
Copyright 2015
ISBN: 9780062337726
The Story:
A young Amish woman, yearning for freedom, crosses paths with a handsome Mennonite celebrity in a deeply moving tale of friendship and self-discovery—the second installment in the unforgettable New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.

Penny Troyer rarely disobeys her parents. In the years since her sister’s tragic death, they’ve wanted nothing more than to keep her safe…even if it means never leaving the house.

But tonight, she’s bending the rules because Michael Knoxx, the most famous member of The Knoxx Family Singers, a traveling Mennonite Evangelical family —is scheduled to speak. Penny has heard of Michael—how he lost part of his leg in a terrible accident and uses the experience to inspire others—and knows she must meet him. So, for the first time ever, Penny stands up to her parents and goes out on her own.

Though he speaks about living life to the fullest, Michael knows he needs to take his own advice. Life on the road is grueling and Michael wants to slow down, to rest…to perhaps meet someone who sees him as a man, not just a celebrity. So when a twist of fate allows him the chance to stay a little longer in Pinecraft, Michael knows God is showing him a new path, especially when he discovers how much he and Penny Troyer have in common.

But new friendships can’t stop time. Soon, Michael’s time in Pinecraft will be over and he’ll be back on the road. Her time with Michael has brought her happiness, but will she be able to follow her heart? Or will she be faced with the one thing she’s sure she’ll never have the courage to do?

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My Thoughts:
Continuing with her Amish Brides of Pinecraft series, Shelley Shepard Gray once again takes us back to the Orange Blossom Inn in beautiful, sunny Florida. Along with a few familiar characters we met in book one, the focal point of The Proposal at Siesta Key is shy, sheltered Penny Troyer and her relationship with a charismatic Mennonite speaker Michael Knoxx.

Just like the previous novel, I enjoyed the story, but the secondary characters, especially Beverly Overholt and her rather complicated relationship with the inn's co-owner, Eric are what piqued my interest the most. I'm beginning to think that Gray's knack for intertwining multiple couples' stories is part of a ploy to keep her fans reading. Ha! This reader has certainly kept picking up her books to learn what happens next, so it's working! Penny and Michael's relationship, while cute and sweet, moved a little too fast for my liking, but Beverly's backstory and current situation has left me fairly begging to know just how things are going to end up for the matriarch of Pinecraft.

If you're a fan of Amish stories, this is a series to consider checking out. I liked the books and my grandmother who has a rather conservative taste in novels liked them too. It's rare that we agree on books, but we're both often pleased with these Amish love stories!

~ My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ~

*I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*

Proposal Siesta Key Shelley Shepard Gray
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  1. Renee, this sounds wonderful. I like the idea of Amish fiction very much.

    1. Hi, Suko! I kind of got over it a few years ago, but with so many new authors it's becoming one of my fave genres again!


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