What a great treat you guys, in this book post I am not only reviewing one book, but I am also excited to share the give away that the author, Shelley Shepard Gray, is hosting for her readers. Be sure to click on the link below my review and head over to her site to enter. She will randomly choose 5 lucky winners!
Below you will find more about the book and my review. I was given a free copy of this book from LitFuse. All opinions expressed in this review are honest and 100 percent mine.
A Sister’s Wish, Book #3
About the book: 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.
My Personal Review:
Being the huge fan of Amish Fiction that I am, I was not stranger to this author’s books. In fact, I have read and enjoyed just about everything that she has written, including books 1 and 2 of this “Charmed Amish Life” series.
Like in many of Gray’s books, her characters throughout this series are beautifully developed and very personable, making it hard not to fall in love with each of them. I finished each book excited to read the story of the next sibling. Patiently waiting, I looked forward to this third book: Amelia’s story. Amelia, the youngest of the Kinsinger clan, was one of my favorite characters from the beginning. Something about her stood out to me and I really enjoyed getting to read her story in this third installment.
Although this young Amish family believes in forgiveness and mercy, the older siblings struggle to put it into practice when it comes to their little sister and her life long crush Simon. His past is full of darkness, tattoos and struggles that have only made him stronger and the man he is today.
Though, the family loves Simon and knows he is a changed and good man, they still don’t see him as the right match for their sheltered and innocent sister. When Amelia’s siblings stand in the way of this budding romance it, causes not only cracks in life long friendships but heartbreak in the very sister they are trying to shelter.
This is a great book on the power of forgiveness and love. I really enjoyed seeing Amelia, finally put her foot down with her brothers and sisters to take a stand for what she wanted for once. Her love and acceptance of Simon, no matter his past, was heartwarming and it was just the medicine Simon needed to finally except that no matter a person’s past we are all worth of love and forgiveness. If you enjoy Amish fiction or if you’re looking for a great new series to try, I highly suggest this book and the previous two. Be sure to check out review of book 4, An Amish Family Christmas, here.
Shelley’s Give Away!!
Five lucky winners, drawn at random, will receive this two pack of books! This give away is hosted by the author, and not myself. To enter you can click Here.
About the Author:
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.