I have really enjoyed the novels by Shelley Shepard Gray that I have read in the past, and Hopeful was no exception. I find her writing style very easy to read. She always draws me in right from the beginning and I end up reading her books very quickly.
Hopeful was a really good book with lots of characters. It is the first in the Return to Sugarcreek series. I have not read the series that came before this one, but plan to now. I enjoyed that there were two storylines going on in the book, a major one and a minor one.
I really liked the main character, Miriam, and felt a lot of hurt with her as she persevered throughout the story. Junior was not my favorite main character, as he was so blinded to Miriam for awhile. However, he was a good man and I could recognize that in the story. He just needed to open his eyes to the gift God was giving him in Miriam.
I definitely recommend this book to fans of Amish fiction. (4 stars)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I grew up in Houston, Texas, went to Colorado for college, and after living in Arizona, Dallas, and Denver, we moved to southern Ohio about ten years ago.
I’ve always thought of myself as a very hard worker, but not ‘great’ at anything. I’ve obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree…but I never was a gifted student. I took years of ballet and dance, but I never was anywhere near the star of any recital. I love to cook, but I’m certainly not close to being gourmet…and finally I love to write books, but I’ve certainly read far better authors.
Maybe you are a little bit like me. I’ve been married for almost twenty years and have raised two kids. I try to exercise but really should put on my tennis shoes a whole lot more. I’m not a great housekeeper, I hate to drive in the snow, and I don’t think I’ve ever won a Monopoly game. However, I am the best wife and mother I know how to be.
Isn’t it wonderful to know that in God’s eyes that is okay? That from His point of view, we are all exceptional? I treasure that knowledge and am always so thankful for my faith. His faith in me makes me stand a little straighter, smile a little bit more, and be so very grateful for every gift He’s given me.
I started writing about the Amish because their way of life appealed to me. I wanted to write stories about regular. likeable people in extraordinary situations-and who just happened to be Amish.
Getting the opportunity to write Inspirational novels is truly gratifying. With every book, I feel my faith grows stronger. And that makes me feel very special indeed.