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Friday, February 14, 2014

Hopeful by Shelley Shepard Gray ~~A Litfuse Publicity Group Book Review, Blog Tour and Book Giveaway


A Hope That Doesn't Give Up

Hopeful is the the first book in the Return to Sugarcreek series by Shelley Shepard Gray. It is also the first book that I have read by this author. I would definitely choose to read one of her books again.

Miriam Zehr has loved Junior Beiler for as long as she can remember. She hopes and dreams that some day he’ll see her for who she is and love her too.
When it finally seems that Junior has taken an interest in her, Junior dashes that hope by asking her to introduce him to Mary Kate Hershberger, who is their community's school teacher and Miriam's best friend.

Although it is not easy for her, Miriam agrees to help Junior, even though she knows how difficult it will be to see the two of them together.

Even though it seems that Miriam isn’t going to get her turn at love, marriage and family she still carries that hope in her heart.

When I first started to read Hopeful I wasn't sure that I was going to like the story because I had a hard time connecting with the characters. But as I continued to read I found that I was truly enjoying the book, even reading it well into the night. I really enjoyed the time I spent getting to know the characters and now look forward to the next book in the Return to Sugarcreek series, Thankful. (The first chapter of Thankful is provided at the end of the book.)

About the Book:

Return to Sugarcreek, Book One

In the Amish town of Sugarcreek, love comes in many forms. But will it come at all for Miriam?

Miriam Zehr has worked at the Sugarcreek Inn longer than she cares to admit. The restaurant is a favorite of town residents as well as the many tourists who come to taste the famous Amish fare. Though she always tries to have a smile for every customer, deep down Miriam knows something’s missing: a family of her own.

Miriam has never felt particularly beautiful, especially because she’s always been a bit heavier than other girls her age. When Junior, the man she’s pined for all her life, suddenly seeks her out, she’s thrilled to be noticed . . . until she realizes he’s only asking her to help get the attention of Mary Kathryn Hershberger, her pretty friend.

If Miriam helps Junior court Mary Kathryn, she’ll get to spend a lot of time with him, but she might lose him in the process. Are these few stolen moments worth a lifetime of sacrifice? Is Miriam right to even hope for the life she dreams of?

Would you like to purchase the book?

 Meet Shelley:



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.


Shelley invites you to visit her website to learn more. 

 *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Contest Information*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Welcome to the blog tour for Hopeful, the first book in Shelley Shepard Gray's new series, Return to Sugarcreek. Critics have already given their thumbs up for Hopeful: “Lovable characters and a good story, full of romance and suspense . . . a must read." (Library Journal)

Enter to win one of FIVE copies of the book.


Five winners will receive:
  • Hopeful by Shelley Shepard Gray
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 23rd. All winners will be announced February 24th at Shelley's blog.

Enter today and be sure to visit Shelley's blog on the 24th to see if YOU won one of the books!



**Hopeful by Shelley Shepard Gray was provided for me free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

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