Book Review: “A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn” by Shelley Shepard Gray

September 28, 2015 at 2:17 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Shelley Shepard Gray in her new book, “A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn book coverA Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn” Book Three in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series published by Avon Inspire takes us into the life of Emma Keim.

From the back cover: Beloved bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray returns with the third book in her Amish Brides of Pinecraft series—a story of second chances for two young single parents…and the wedding that brings them together.

Emma Keim was heartbroken when her husband Sanford passed away, leaving her to raise three young daughters alone. In the years since, 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 widower with three young sons of his own—Emma is delighted to have a new friend who understands her struggles. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s also handsome and kind. Still, Emma 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?

Jay knows that few people his age understand what it’s like to lose a spouse, and Emma’s gentleness with his boys stirs something in his heart that’s been quiet for far too long. But when Jay’s 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.

Jay wants to court Emma in earnest, but Emma’s relatives remain troubled by the prospect of her moving on. Once again, love has come to Pinecraft. But can these two parties of four become a happy, healthy family of eight?

Welcome back to Pinecraft, Florida. In my experience whenever there is a romance it is always between two young individuals who, possibly, have had a broken heart or two before meeting this new person but they have never been married before. In this book this changes. Both Emma and Jay have been married before and their spouses have died leaving them with three children each. Images of the Brady Bunch spring to mind however this is so much better. Emma and Jay’s romance is so much fun to read and participate in. Ms. Gray has given us real people in Emma and Jay and watching them grow individually and then together is a real treat. Then there is Frankie the beagle who loves pizza and cake. “A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn” is an exceptional story with exceptional characters that you care for and so want them to get together.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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