About the book:
A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn (Avon Inspire, September 2015)
A wedding brings together two young widowed parents . . . and gives them a second chance at love.
Emma Keim was heartbroken when her husband, Sanford, passed away, leaving her to raise three young daughters alone. Though several years have passed, her relatives have made it no secret that they expect Emma to remain a widow, mourning Sanford indefinitely. But when she meets Jay Hilty---a handsome widower with three young sons of his own---Emma is delighted to have a new friend who understands her struggles. Still, she is dismayed that her family is so opposed to their friendship---and the idea of it ever becoming anything more. She honors her husband's memory every day, but is she destined to be alone forever?
Emma's gentleness with Jay's boys stirs something in his heart that's been quiet for far too long. But when his oldest son becomes engaged to a local woman, suddenly Jay, Emma, and their children are swept up in wedding preparations. Witnessing his son's joy, Jay wonders if it's time for him to move forward, too, and find happiness again.
Once again, love has come to Pinecraft. But can these two parties of four become a happy, healthy family of eight?
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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.
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I have been enjoying Shelley's Amish Brides of Pinecraft series and her latest, "A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn" is no exception. Shelley writes with such detail and imagery that I immediately felt as if I were a part of the story. Right away the reader is introduced to the main characters and with some humor mixed in as Emma and the girls are searching for Frankie who has once again followed his nose and his love for pizza. This introduces Emma and the reader to Jay and his sons. This is only the beginning of the story and also friendship. This is such a wonderful story of friendship, love, and second chances at love.
I loved returning to this town in this book as it felt as if I were coming back for a visit and immediately connected and empathized with the characters, in particular Emma. I found myself laughing, cringing, and cheering on the characters. I am eager to read the upcoming release in this series!
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*Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*