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The weather here is NJ has been has been crazy. One day is is almost 60 degrees but then the next it is 35! In fact this weekend they are calling for more snow!! It was nice to read a book about the warm, sunny Florida weather. The Promise of Palm Grove is book one in the new Amish Brides of Pinecraft. I had never heard of an Amish community in Florida, so it was neat to see a new location. (I live about an hour and a half from Lancaster, PA which is an Amish community.)
First of I love how Gray weaves a tale. You don't meet just one character in her books, she introduces you to a whole community. There might be one main love story but by the last page you are intrigued about several other possibilities. This story was centered around an Inn in Pinecraft. We meet a group of girlfriends on a vacation away from their home, Ohio. During that time one of the girls finds her life turning upside down. Sweet Leona has to see where God is leading her and if she is willing to make some radical changes.
I loved this book from page one until the end. The characters are sweet and the romance is gentle. I'm thoroughly looking forward to the rest of the series!
About the book:
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.
You can purchase your copy of The Promise of Palm Grove at your local book retailer or online at stores like Amazon.
Enter to win a copy of The Promise of Palm Grove—five winners will be chosen! The winners will be announced March 30 on Shelley's blog!