Tuesday, June 11, 2013


About the book . . . 

Bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray brings inspirational romance to life in this sweet tale of love in the Amish community, Ray of Light, the second installment of her Days of Redemption series.

Roman Keim just wants a break from the family drama at his snowy Ohio home when he heads to an Amish snowbird community in Florida. There he meets Amanda Yoder and her daughter Regina who soon are warming his heart. But will Roman return to Ohio or will he stay and help the young widow embrace a second chance at love?

The author of the series Sisters of the Heart and Seasons of Sugarcreek, Shelley Shepard Gray delivers an honest, tender love story in Ray of Light, featuring the challenges of faith, family, and romance.

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Learn more at Shelley’s website.

About the author . . .          

Shelley Shepard Gray is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the "Sisters of the Heart", "Seasons of Sugarcreek", "Secrets of Crittenden County", and Families of Honor series. 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. 

Reader review . . . 

Amanda has been a widow for two years when Roman Keim comes to the Amish community of Pinecraft, Florida for a vacation.  Although there is a mutual attraction, she feels guilty for leaving the past behind.  To further complicate matters, Amanda's in-laws seem to think she should remain a widow.  When Roman returns home to Ohio, he does not know if Amanda will ever let him in her heart.

It was nice to read of an Amish community outside of Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.  Those three locales have been covered ad nauseum.  Perhaps because of the locale, the Amish have a different lifestyle in Florida.  This was covered nicely in the novel.  Amanda and Roman's relationship parallels that of Lovina and Aaron in the subplot, continuing the theme of a second chance at love.  

Perhaps the most welcome change found in this novel is the depiction of the Amish as real people with real problems.  With this, the characters become believable, instead of cookie-cutter stereotypes.

I will be looking for the first book of the series, as well as looking forward to the next installment.

5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Litfuse Publicity Group<http://www.litfusegroup.com> book review bloggers program. 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”  




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