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Litfuse Publicity: Ray of Light by Shelley Shepard Gray (review)

on June 3, 2013

About Ray of Light:   Bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray brings inspirational romance to life in this sweet tale of love in the Amish community, Ray of Light, the second installment of her Days of Redemption series.

Roman Keim just wants a break from the family drama at his snowy Ohio home when he heads to an Amish snowbird community in Florida. There he meets Amanda Yoder and her daughter Regina who soon are warming his heart. But will Roman return to Ohio or will he stay and help the young widow embrace a second chance at love?

The author of the series Sisters of the Heart and Seasons of Sugarcreek, Shelley Shepard Gray delivers an honest, tender love story in Ray of Light, featuring the challenges of faith, family, and romance.

You can purchase a copy on Amazon.


About the Author:  Shelley Shepard Gray is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the “Sisters of the Heart”, “Seasons of Sugarcreek”, “Secrets of Crittenden County”, and Families of Honor series. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

You can visit her at her website.




My Opinion:


I have not read the first book in this series, Days of Redemption, but that did not make it hard to know what was going on.  I did take some time figuring out who was whose dad, mom and grandparents, but otherwise the book read just like any other book that is a stand alone (although now, I really want to read Book One).  Usually when I read an Amish fiction book it revolves around either Ohio or Pennsylvania and not about Pinecraft, Florida where there is a vibrant and prospering Amish community.  Roman’s family has a lot of issues from secrets being kept, I’m sure more detail is given in book one, however they are also discussed in this book so you’re not left wondering what is going on, and wants to escape for awhile so he travels on vacation to Florida.  Amanda is a young widow with a young daughter who live near her in-laws who are still in mourning after 2 year and seem to expect her to also stay in mourning the rest of her life.


I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was able to finish it over the course of the weekend, I enjoyed the fact that the characters didn’t try to hide their feelings or lie to one another about how they were feeling.  I get tired of characters who want to hide or lie about their struggles, even though they aren’t real, I just want to yell at them to just tell the truth and move on!  I enjoyed that the characters were real and the struggles they faced were real and they wanted to be able to face them together with the Lord instead of all on their own.  I’d recommend this book to those who want an Amish fiction that is in a different setting and where the characters appear more real than fake.



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