Litfuse Blog Tour: A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn by Shelley Shepard Gray

A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn
Amish Brides of Pinecraft, Book 3
Copyright 2015
Avon Inspire
ISBN: 9780062337757
The Story:
A wedding brings together two young widowed parents . . . and gives them a second chance at love.

Emma Keim was heartbroken when her husband, Sanford, passed away, leaving her to raise three young daughters alone. Though several years have passed, her relatives have made it no secret that they expect Emma to remain a widow, mourning Sanford indefinitely. But when she meets Jay Hilty—a handsome widower with three young sons of his own—Emma is delighted to have a new friend who understands her struggles. Still, she is dismayed that her family is so opposed to their friendship—and the idea of it ever becoming anything more. She honors her husband’s memory every day, but is she destined to be alone forever?

Emma’s gentleness with Jay’s boys stirs something in his heart that’s been quiet for far too long. But when his oldest son becomes engaged to a local woman, suddenly Jay, Emma, and their children are swept up in wedding preparations. Witnessing his son’s joy, Jay wonders if it’s time for him to move forward, too, and find happiness again.

Once again, love has come to Pinecraft. But can these two parties of four become a happy, healthy family of eight?

My Thoughts:
If ever someone asks me for a recommendation of an author who pens great Amish fiction, Shelley Shepard Gray is one of the first names that pops up. Each of her stories gives a glimpse into aspects of Amish life that you might not see in other writer's novels. She's certainly one to come up with fun characters. In her latest novel, the name Frankie comes to mind as one such character, and he doesn't even talk unless you count woofs and burps! To be honest, the four-legged beagle made this book for me. Without him, I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed the story as much. Don't get me wrong it's imperative that you read this story if you want follow along with Bev, the proprietor of the Orange Blossom Inn, whom we met in the first book but it lacks that certain "oomph".  The fact that Bev and Eric aren't together exchanging tension filled banter, bummed me out.  For me, these two are the most important characters in the series. I'm really hoping the endgame with them is worth this torturous wait! Emma Keim and Jay Hilty, the pair this story features, work best as friends. When their lives started to take a different turn, it felt a bit forced. I really didn't "get" their relationship. However, A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn still showcases Gray's ability to take readers on a journey that is both uplifting and sweet. 

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*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.*

~My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars~

Happy Reading!


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