Jan 6, 2023
At first, I thought Shelley Shepard Gray was a new-to-me author, but I believe I've read at least one of The Heart of a Hero series books (not to mention a couple of others look really familiar). Her new Season in Pinecraft (an Amish snowbird community) series features Amish wallflowers who just can't live down something in their pasts and how Shelley helps them rise above it--even if it's a bit later than expected. Listen in to see what happens!
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Shelley Shepard Gray has a wide variety of fiction--romantic suspense, contemporary romance, Amish suspense, Amish romance... so many! We chatted about what book to start with if you have never read anything by her and want something to go to after you check out Her Heart's Desire and while you wait for the next Season in Pinecraft book this summer. Shelley's suggestion was Edgewater Road (the sequel comes out in February, so not a long wait!)
Like I told Shelley, she has a nice long backlist calling you. Two books a month should get most of it read for you! How's that for cool? The year of Shelley Shepard Gray! Sounds good to me.
Seriously, who wouldn't want to read a series about Amish wallflowers? Girls who have something to live down and because of it, they're overlooked? Yes, please! Especially since in Her Heart's Desire, the young man who sees Mary Margaret for herself isn't... um... available. Or is he?
Mary Margaret Miller needs an escape from her small Amish community. She boards a bus, all alone, for a vacation in Pinecraft, Florida. Meeting Betsy and Lilly on the way, she's amazed to find two kindred spirits. They become fast friends and determine to have the best two weeks of their lives. For Mary, it starts when she meets Jayson Raber. The handsome and charming carpenter is taken by Mary from the get-go, but he has responsibilities back home in Kentucky--including a girl he's supposed to marry.
When someone from Mary's past shows up in Pinecraft, it seems like her perfect vacation is ruined. But that's nothing compared to what's coming when she realizes what Jayson has been hiding.
Take a vacation with New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray as she explores what happens when we allow our pasts to define our futures in this story of friendship, romance, and new beginnings.