Joyful: Return To Sugarcreek, Book Three by Shelley Shepard GrayJoyful: Return To Sugarcreek, Book Three by Shelley Shepard Gray

Joyful: Return To Sugarcreek, Book Three

byShelley Shepard Gray

Paperback | September 2, 2014

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A young Amish couple gets a second chance at love in New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s final book in her Return to Sugarcreek series.

Randall Beiler is doing his best to put his family and the farm’s needs first, even forsaking love. But though he tries, Randall knows he needs help caring for his younger siblings and keeping the house together.

When his brother offers pretty Elizabeth Nolt a job taking care of the house and cooking for the family, Randall is furious—and guilty about the way he once broke Elizabeth’s heart. But when he learns that Elizabeth and her grandmother are struggling to make ends meet, he knows the offer, no matter how painful, is the right thing for everyone.

Elizabeth wants to refuse—to stay far away from the man who hurt her—but she needs the money. Though she vows to protect her heart, spending time in the Beiler household makes Elizabeth realize that, while she’s older and wiser, her love for Randall still burns strong.

Randal, too, seems to want something more. But does he want Elizabeth because he truly loves her—or because he needs a housekeeper? If Randall sincerely wants something more, he must find a way to show Elizabeth—or risk losing his chance at love forever.

Joyful includes a P.S. section with a letter from the author, discussion questions, and a teaser from her next book.

Shelley Shepard Gray is aNew York TimesandUSA Todaybestselling 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.
Title:Joyful: Return To Sugarcreek, Book ThreeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.58 inPublished:September 2, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062204505

ISBN - 13:9780062204509


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic The third book in the Return to Sugarcreek series and while it reads well as a standalone there are a couple of secondary storylines that will bring more reader satisfaction if you have read the first two books. Elizabeth and Randall's second chance love story takes centre stage in the aptly titled Joyful. Both struggle with their perception of duty and a reluctance to allow others to share the load. An interesting inspirational thread -- the idea of being too self-sacrificing. Elizabeth and Randall need to figure out that only God can bring true balance and until they do there's angst aplenty. Another more than satisfying read from this much loved author.
Date published: 2014-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Joyful Return To Sugarcreek I just finished the third book in Joyful: Return to Sugarcreek, Book Three, I loved the book, but didn?t want the series to end. This is the story of Elizabeth Nolt and Randall Beiler, and how he breaks her heart. I felt he was really tactless in how he handled the breakup. He sure didn?t seem to have his head screwed on right, as he wasn?t at all thinking, especially seeing what his other members had done previously. We also have Judith and Ben, who are still caring for little James, and growing in their love for him. Will their hearts be broken, will Kendra change her mind and let her sister?s raise her baby. Then there is Pippa who is enjoying managing the restaurant, but after her divorce, skeptical about having a relationship with Bud. Can she overcome her disappointments and begin to accept Bud?s attention? Through all of these relationships you see people struggling with using their own will and not listening to God. When they begin to yield to God, things don?t always happen the way they want, but it is the way it should be. How I enjoyed this great read, and will miss these people that I have come to love, and be involved in their lives. Made me want to move to Sugarcreek, and in particular live among the Amish. I can?t wait for the new series to start! Thank you Shelly Shephard Gray! I received this book through Edelwiss and the Publisher Harper Collins, and was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2014-09-02

Editorial Reviews

“As always, Ms. Shepard Gray, delivers a delightful read...proving book three of the series to be as enchanting as the first two.”