Tuesday, January 6, 2009

"Wanted" Book Review

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing


Avon Inspire (January 6, 2009)


Shelley Shepard Gray


Hidden is Shelley’s first foray into inspirational fiction. Previously, Shelley lived in Texas and Colorado, where she taught school and earned both her bachelors and masters degrees in education. She now lives in southern Ohio where she writes full time. Shelley is an active member of her church. She serves on committees, volunteers in the church office, and is part of the Telecare ministry, which calls homebound members on a regular basis. Shelley looks forward to the opportunity to write novels that showcase her Christian ideals.

This is the second book in the Sisters Of Heart series. The first was Hidden.


Twenty-year-old Katie Brenneman has always quietly fancied Jonathan Lundy. So when the brokenhearted widower asks her to help him take care of his two young girls, Katie knows it will be a trying time-yet she cannot pass up a golden opportunity to get to know this man better.

Just as she's settling into her new life, a message arrives from Katie's past, threatening to expose her darkest secrets. During her Rumspringa, her running-around years, she experimented with activities forbidden in the Amish way of life. Frightened by how far she'd strayed from her values, Katie ran back home, vowing to cut all ties with the outside world. Now her transgressions are coming back to haunt her, just as Jonathan seems willing to welcome her into his heart.

Will the past destroy Katie's chances for love? Or will Katie finally allow herself to accept God's love, forgive her past...and receive everything she's ever wanted?

If you would like to read an excerpt of Chapter 1 of Wanted, go HERE

Shelley Shephard Gray is an excellent addition to the writers out there that are focusing on the Amish lifestyle. Readers that like Wanda Brunstetter and Beverly Lewis should really enjoy this series with Hidden and Wanted. I personally have found them to be above and beyond the Wanda Brunstetter books I have read - and that is nothing against Wanda's books - I just like something that makes me think and has some meat I can sink my teeth into - Shelley's books do that for me. Excellent storylines, strong characters that move from one book to the next with flow, great twists and turns and good endings. Very pleasing to a reader (especially me). If you like Amish books then give this set a try and if you haven't been swept away by an Amish author yet then give Shelley a chance!

1 comment:

bigguysmama said...

Hi Janna. I know you've received the Butterfly Award, but since I enjoy your site, I decided to add the link anyhow. You don't need to do anything more. I only wanted you to know you'd been awarded!

Mimi B