I have enjoyed each book in The Charmed Amish Life series, however, A Sister’s Wish was definitely my favorite! I enjoyed coming back to this community and this family. Characters from previous books are involved in each of these stores. I do believe a reader could pick up any book and follow along just fine even if an earlier book had not been read, but the reader will get the full picture of this family by moving through all four books. A Sister’s Wish is book three.
What I absolutely loved about this book was getting to know more about Simon. What an extremely interesting character! Wow! This guy was from a horrible background and the feelings he carried with him and the bad decisions he made, at times, made it hard for him to step away from the guilt of that past. But what heart he had! And he sure did turn his life around. He was definitely my favorite character from this entire series. And, oh my goodness, the scenes between Lukas and Simon, as they dealt with Simon’s past made my heart hurt for Simon. Such great emotion!
I also really liked Amelia and seeing her flourish in this book. She had serious decisions to make and really came into her own through all that happened in this story. I loved this book from start to finish!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
A Sister’s Wish (Avon Inspire, September 2016)
In Shelley Shepard Gray’s third book in her Charmed Amish Life series, a respectable young woman finds herself falling for an Amish man from the wrong side of the tracks.
Amelia Kinsinger is the perfect Amish woman—at least according to her neighbors. And while Amelia takes pride in her role as homemaker, she’s also harboring a secret: She’s been in love with bad boy Simon Hochstetler for as long as she can remember. Too bad he’s about as far from “perfect” as an Amish man could get . . . but that’s exactly why she’s so drawn to him.
Life hasn’t been kind to Simon. He ran away from an abusive home at fifteen and things went downhill from there. Eventually, Simon landed in prison. But the experience changed him. Now back in Charm as a grown man, he’s determined to make a new life for himself and not think too much about his wild past . . . unless it pertains to Amelia.
He’s loved Amelia for years. To him, she represents everything good and kind in the world. When he realizes that she returns his affections, he starts calling on her in secret, even though her older brother Lukas—who just happens to be Simon’s best friend—has made it perfectly clear that Amelia deserves better. Simon disagrees and believes he’s the only one who can truly make her happy.
But when Amelia gets hurt, it sets off a chain of events that forces them to consider their future together—and face their past mistakes. There’s a chance for love . . . but only if Simon dares to trust Amelia with the secrets of his past.
Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, 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.