Title: The Promise of Palm Grove (Amish Brides of Pinecraft #1)
Author: Shelly Shepard Gray
Publisher: Avon Publishers
My rating is 5 stars.
The story started a little slow for me as it was building the foundation, which I am sure builds into the next two sequels. After a short time, the plot and climax took off as the women in this small B & B in Florida began having personal issues though not with each other per se. One of the main characters is Beverly who was to have inherited the B & B from her aunt when an English man comes stating he has inherited the business that Beverly has built.
Three young, Amish, single girlfriends come from Ohio for a two-week stay. One of them is engaged to be married to her friend’s brother. There are Sara, Mattie and Lorena who stay at the B & B to have time together before Lorena is married. However, Lorena is having second thoughts about being engaged because of the lack of any type of feelings she has for her future husband. The author adds to the mix a man Lorena begins to develop really deep affection and feelings for.
It doesn’t take long to fall in love with the storyline and while not age specific they are perfectly suited for the YA group. The budding romances, daring to leave the home nest, faith and truth are just some of the themes that come alive in the pages. I look forward to reading the next book, The Proposal at Siesta Key followed by the third book, A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn. I sure hope you will follow where all three lead characters Lorena, Sara and Mattie end their journeys.
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