The Promise Of Palm Grove: Amish Brides Of Pinecraft, Book One by Shelley Shepard GrayThe Promise Of Palm Grove: Amish Brides Of Pinecraft, Book One by Shelley Shepard Gray

The Promise Of Palm Grove: Amish Brides Of Pinecraft, Book One

byShelley Shepard Gray

Paperback | January 27, 2015

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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.

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?

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:The Promise Of Palm Grove: Amish Brides Of Pinecraft, Book OneFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.65 inPublished:January 27, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006233770X

ISBN - 13:9780062337702


Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Promise of Palm Grove The first book in Shelley Shepard Gray’s Amish Brides of Pinecraft series, The Promise of Palm Grove is a delightful little story that made for the perfect summer read. Although it is just a little bit fluffy—it was definitely a light read—I really enjoyed reading all about Leona and her dilemma. Besides, who ever said fluffy reads were bad? Plus, this novel did have plenty of hairy situations and a few laughs, along with some pretty lovable characters. I really liked Leona. Since she is such a sweet girl, she is easy to love, and her struggle with knowing God’s will is something everyone can relate to. What I don’t understand, however, is how she ever liked Edmund in the first place. That man is a piece of work! I most certainly couldn’t imagine spending the rest of my life with a man like that. Clearly, I cannot blame Leona for having second thoughts. With a demanding man like Edmund, I’m sure anyone would want out (let me just assure you that Edmund is a fictional character and that any hatred I have of him does not carry on to any real men who might happen to be anything like him). Especially once she meets Zach Kaufmann. Zachary Kaufmann is by far the exact opposite of Edmund. Always putting others before himself, Zach spends all of his time taking care of his younger sister, helping his family, and doing things for others, and none of his time on himself. Then he meets Leona. With her sweet smile and charming ways, she immediately catches his eye, and he knows he must find the time to get to know her before she leaves Pinecraft. The Promise of Palm Grove is such a sweet story of love, forgiveness, and new beginnings that was all too easy to enjoy. Along with all of its wonderful characters, something I loved about this novel was the fact that it is full of people learning to trust God and His will in their lives. I also really loved meeting the minor characters, some of whom will be featured in later books. Because of its wonderful storyline, I gladly give this novel all five bookshelves, and would happily recommend it, and the rest of the books in the series.
Date published: 2015-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful book I love all Shelley Shepard Gray books. She is my favorite author. I love her writing style, she makes you feel like you are part of the book. I am looking forward to the next book.
Date published: 2015-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet Quick Read Travel along with some sweet young Amish women as they leave their cold winter homes in Ohio and experience Pinecraft Florida, the home to many Amish and Mennonite permanent residents. I can appreciate their happiness at experiencing Florida for the first time, and the joy they felt just being free to do what they please, within reason. Leona is engaged to be married and is enjoying this last bit of freedom. The author now gives us a glimpse into her world, and her life as it is going to be with Edmund, her intended. We also get a look how others of the same faith live under different set rules of faith for the Amish. Things are a bit more liberal, and more is accepted here. We also meet a young man Zachery who has made it his life work to take care of his family, especially his handicapped sister. Sparks seem to fly on the first encounter of this couple, can these two from two different areas, miles apart, establish any kind of a relationship? Of course, Leona needs to come to terms with the relationship she in currently in. What a predicament for both of these young people, one you admire, but feel rather sorry for, and the other almost the same, doubts need to be answered. This is a sweet and rather quick read, and I hope for more like this story in the future. I felt myself in the warm sunshine, and smelling the salt air, ah would love to be there right now. I received this book through Edelwiss and the Publisher Avon Inspired, and was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2015-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An incredible start an very promising new Amish series Gray is a consummate storyteller and I don't think I will ever get enough of her unique brand of Amish tales. I especially love the setting of this new series since I've long been fascinated by the town of Pinecraft, Florida so I was just a tad shy of giddy when The Promise of Palm Grove arrived on my doorstep. And now that I've read it, I'm in a full blown readerly tailspin over the promise of more. Once again, Gray has created a memorable Amish community and I'm hoping we will be meeting up with this wonderful cast of characters again and again. Some of the secondary characters in this novel are just crying out for their own story. I certainly hope that Gray gives them a voice. This book is a celebration of all kinds of relationships. There is so much meat to what, at the core, is a sweet love story. It is a study in contrasts -- between the idyllic camaraderie of youth and the stilted estrangement of friendships past; between the wonder of fresh love and the pain of broken promises. And then there is the complicated dynamics in Zachery's family. So much fodder for a writer to make an emotional impact and Gray does just that, over and over again. Insert blissful readerly sigh here. I was very reluctant to leave Pinecraft when I reached the end. That sunny Florida destination was made all the more alluring by the frigid temperatures and multiple snowstorms buffeting my wee little house while I read. An incredible start to a very promising new Amish series.
Date published: 2015-02-06

Editorial Reviews

“Gray has written an endearing tale set in unique location.”