What did I enjoy about The Promise of Palm Grove? Well, the first thing I liked was the setting. It is set in Pinecraft, FL. The author did such a good job of describing the area and the climate, that I really felt that I was there. Another thing I really liked about this story is that there are a few different storylines running throughout the book. All of these characters were very well crafted and the various plots were all enjoyable to read.
I loved the two main characters! Leona was such a great character. It was really captivating to watch her struggle with her concerns over her upcoming marriage to Edmund. It was something she had been worrying about for some time and I enjoyed seeing her work through this complicated situation.
Zachary was a wonderful hero in the novel. He has such an obviously kind and caring heart. His willingness to help his family and friends in any way necessary was refreshing. His treatment of Leona was precious and very much the opposite of Edmund.
I also was intrigued by Beverly’s past, as well as what was going on in her life in Pinecraft. I hope to continue to hear more about her in future books. Effie was also another sweet character. Both of these side stories added so much to the overall novel.
I am very excited that The Promise of Palm Grove is the beginning of the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series and I look forward to reading all of the future books! I definitely recommend this to fans of Amish fiction. (5 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through Litfuse Publicity, in exchange for an honest review.
Don’t miss Shelley Shepard Gray’s new series, Amish Brides of Pinecraft, and the first book in the series, The Promise of Palm Grove! Romantic Times said, “Vibrant descriptions and details bring the plot to life in this heartwarming tale of new beginnings and renewal.” Does Leona follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?
Enter to win a copy of The Promise of Palm Grove—five winners will be chosen! The winners will be announced March 30 on Shelley’s blog!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The Promise of Palm Grove (Avon Inspire, January 2015)
Leona must decide: Does she follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?
A young Amish woman finds herself torn between the man she’s pledged to wed and the man her heart desires in this heartwarming story of chance, duty, and choice in the face of love—the first volume in the beloved New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.
Amish bride-to-be Leona is thrilled to be in Florida, on a mini-vacation in the pretty town of Pinecraft. Her girlfriends think she’s happy because she’s away from the stress of wedding planning. They have no idea that Leona’s real joy is in being away from her fiancé.
Edmund is a good man, and will make a decent husband . . . just not for Leona. The more time she spends with him and his overbearing ways, the less she wants to be his wife. Her cousins are sure Edmund is the right man for her—and their certainty makes Leona begin to doubt herself. But when a chance encounter with a wayward cat brings her face-to-face with a handsome, fun-loving Amish man named Zachary Kauffman, Leona’s faced with two vastly different futures.
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.