Thursday, March 26, 2015

THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE by Shelley Shepard Gray, Avon Inspire

Amish bride-to-be Leona is on vacation in Florida away from fiancé Edmond who is overbearing and believing a woman’s place is to obey the instructions of her husband not allowing the wife to follow her own dreams. The more time Leona spends with Edmond she realizes that being his wife is not quite what she wants because of his views regarding what married life should be.

Leona meets a young man named Zachary and notices the difference between him and Edmond. Being with Zachary brings happiness to Leona resulting in doubtful thoughts to the marriage plans with Edmond already in place. Trying to decide which path to choose, Leona’s friends try to convince her that Edmond is the best choice. How will Leona decide which man to choose in sharing the rest of her future?

The Promise of Palm Grove is book one in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft fictional series that will show one woman’s view of marriage. I enjoyed reading Leona’s dilemma of making a promise to marry an overbearing man while encountering another man with an opposite personality than that of her betrothed. I recommend to readers and book lovers of Christian fiction for a delightful story of love, dilemmas, and making the right choices for your life.

I received this book free from Avon Inspire, an imprint of Harper Collins through the Litfuse Publicity reviewer program in exchange for an honest opinion in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines.

About the book: 

The Promise of Palm Grove (Avon Inspire, January 2015)

Leona must decide: Does she follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?

A young Amish woman finds herself torn between the man she's pledged to wed and the man her heart desires in this heartwarming story of chance, duty, and choice in the face of love---the first volume in the beloved New York Times bestselling author's new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.

Amish bride-to-be Leona is thrilled to be in Florida, on a mini-vacation in the pretty town of Pinecraft. Her girlfriends think she's happy because she's away from the stress of wedding planning. They have no idea that Leona's real joy is in being away from her fiancé.

Edmund is a good man, and will make a decent husband . . . just not for Leona. The more time she spends with him and his overbearing ways, the less she wants to be his wife. Her cousins are sure Edmund is the right man for her---and their certainty makes Leona begin to doubt herself. But when a chance encounter with a wayward cat brings her face-to-face with a handsome, fun-loving Amish man named Zachary Kauffman, Leona's faced with two vastly different futures.
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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.

Find Shelley online: website

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