A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn, is the third installment in Shelley's Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.
Emma Keim was heartbroken when her husband, Sanford, passed away, leaving her to raise three young daughters alone. Though several years have passed, her relatives have made it no secret that they expect Emma to remain a widow, mourning Sanford indefinitely. But when she meets Jay Hilty—a handsome widower with three young sons of his own—Emma is delighted to have a new friend who understands her struggles. Still, she is dismayed that her family is so opposed to their friendship—and the idea of it ever becoming anything more. She honors her husband's memory every day, but is she destined to be alone forever?
Emma's gentleness with Jay's boys stirs something in his heart that's been quiet for far too long. But when his oldest son becomes engaged to a local woman, suddenly Jay, Emma, and their children are swept up in wedding preparations. Witnessing his son's joy, Jay wonders if it's time for him to move forward, too, and find happiness again.
Once again, love has come to Pinecraft. But can these two parties of four become a happy, healthy family of eight?
My Review: Although this book was mainly about Emma and Jay I found the Beverly and Eric storyline to be the most interesting.
I'm fond of Shelly Shephard Grey's take on the Amish lifestyle. In this latest series I often find myself wondering if this idyllic land of Pinecraft, Florida really exists. And low and behold it does! It just sounds lovely! And Shelley Shepard Gray has even been there and found it so lovely it prompted this series. So in case you're wondering she's writing from a bit of first hand experience (that was a good thing for me to know).
Aside from the setting the most interesting parts of the book for me where when
Emma's relatives wanted her to live as a living shrine to her deceased husband. And the storyline with Aunt Beverly and Eric.
The Aunt Beverly and Eric storyline has been happening since book one. He's English and she's Amish. Through some misunderstanding he has now become her boss but they have also become very close. How this will all work out I have no idea but it will be interesting to see.
About the Author:
Shelley Shepard Gray
is a two-time New York Times
bestseller, a two-time USA Today
bestseller, 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.
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