Monday, May 26, 2014

Thankful by Shelley Shepard Gray

Thankful (Return to Sugarcreek #2)Book Description:
Thankful, Book Two in the Return to Sugarcreek series
New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray captures the beauty, devotion, and warmth of Amish life in this engaging tale of family, commitment, trust, and love set in the beloved community of Sugarcreek.
Christina Kempf has always known that God chose Aden Reese to be her husband. As children, he was there to save her when she fell through the ice, and he’s been by her side ever since. After his parents died in a car accident ten years ago, the Kempfs raised Aden as one of their own, and everyone sees Aden and Christina as brother and sister. But Christina has never given up hope that Aden will one day ask her to be his wife.
Aden always planned to court Christina. But losing his mother and father changed everything—except his love for her. Her parents generously welcomed him into their home and treated him like a son. He can’t betray their kindness by admitting his feelings for the girl who is like a sister . . . yet so much more.
Pressured by her parents to court, Christina begins to accept the attentions of Sugarcreek’s young men, and now, Aden must make a choice. Will he stand by and watch the love of his life slip away? Or will he risk losing the love and trust of the family he holds dear to tell Christina how he truly feels?
Thankful includes a P.S. section with additional insights from the author, background material, suggestions for further reading, and more.

My Thoughts:
I love visiting Sugarcreek!  Both Christina and Aden have always expected to be together.  When Aden's parent's die and Christina's family takes him in as their own, that hinders anything but sibling love.  Doesn't it?  As they get older, Christina is pressured into courting and both must make decisions that will affect them and their family.
I love the way this author writes.  Getting to go back and see the people we've already met in this place is probably one of my favorite parts.  Christina and Aden's bond is special and I love the way it was done.  Christina felt the pressure from her family to court.  Aden has always loved her and wanted to be with her but being raised as her brother brings problems and mixed feeling about courting her.
I rate this a 5/5.  I completely enjoyed the book and can't wait to visit Sugarcreek again.

Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book (via litfuse).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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