“The Caregiver,” by Shelley Shepard Gray, is a must-read! When I started reading this book, I could not put it down! A train incident causes two strangers, Calvin and Lucy, a slight inconvenience, but they make the most of it. After conversing, they both realize they are heading to Jacob’s Crossing. Lucy is trying to forget her abusive past and help her cousin and good friend, Mattie, fight cancer. Calvin is simply returning to his family farm from a trip to Indianapolis. When they reach their destinations, will their two paths meet up again? Will Lucy be able to forget her past and help her cousin build up her strength to fight the cancer? Shelley really brings the characters to life; while reading, you will feel like you are right there with them at Jacob’s Crossing, a most pleasant place to be! She does a great job relating the characters to circumstances that everyone can relate to including cancer, depression, hope, love, and forgiveness. You will need to leave yourself some extra time while reading this book because once you start, you won’t be putting it down anytime soon!
And now for a fun fact about the book from Shelley Shepard Gray: I was set on having my heroine arrive on a train to this series’ setting! Though my editor wasn’t real crazy about this idea, I was sure it was the right thing to do. I ended up spending hours researching the Toledo Zoo and the Amtrack schedule. When I turned in the book, the train journey was 100 pages long. Yep, 100 pages until Lucy met the hero or arrived in Jacob’s Crossing. My editor called me up and rather bluntly told me that no one reads my books to read about an 8 hour train ride. I ended up putting the hero and Katie in the train and cutting 50 pages. And yes, my editor was exactly right! 😉
The Caregiver is the first book in the Families of Honor Series (published 2011).
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Our Throwback Thursday guest reviewer Christa Metz resides in Pennsylvania. She is a mom and Senior Director with Lemongrass Spa Products.(Lemongrass Spa handmakes skincare products using only the highest quality of natural and organic ingredients. To check out their products–which are FANTASTIC– visit Christa’s website by clicking here. ) Christa also loves reading, especially Shelley Shepard Gray books! 🙂 She also enjoys biking, hiking, gardening, and canning.