About the Book:
In the third book of New York Times-bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s Amish Brides of Pinecraft series, 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?
You can purchase a copy of the book at Harper Collins.
About the Author:
Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Times bestseller, a two-time USA Today bestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. 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.
I have enjoyed the other two books in this series and as difficult as this one was for me to read, the main characters are a widow and widower, this one was also fantastic! Emma and Jay have been a widow and widower for several years and both have three children – Emma has girls and Jay has sons – and Jay doesn’t want to betray his wives memory and Emma’s family and in-laws want her to stay a widow the rest of her life. There isn’t much suspense like I felt in the other two books, if one wants to call the conflict suspense, but it was an engaging, quick read. As a young widow myself with three young children I could sympathize with their struggles, the feelings of loneliness of not having a spouse who will be there but also knowing that there is a process to grieving, everyone’s feelings need to be taken into account (namely the children and the surviving spouse – not so much the extended family) and not wanting to betray the beloved’s memory.
I noticed though that neither seemed to have an especially cozy marriage – and both recognize that – Jay recognizes that he loved his wife’s way of managing the household and their boys but also realized that there wasn’t much lovey-dovey feelings and the same for Emma and her husband. Then again the characters have been alone for a couple years versus my nine months. I think reading this book was a bit cathartic for me in a way to see that there can be life again whether it’s having just a friendship or something more – one never knows what God has in store for us – even if family wants us to do something different. I do recommend reading the first and second books first as there are several characters that also play a sizable role in this book and it’ll be helpful to get to know them first but regardless this could easily be a stand alone book if you enjoy Amish or Christian fiction with an inspirational theme.
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