A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft by Shelley Shephard Gray(Review by Cathy)


A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft


From Goodreads:

Christmas has come to Pinecraft in bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s final Amish Brides of Pinecraft novel, an uplifting story that proves anything is possible when you follow your heart When manager Beverly Overholt’s beloved Orange Blossom Inn is broken into, she’s shaken to the core. The inn has been her whole life since arriving in the quaint Amish vacation town of Pinecraft, Florida. Hoping to repair what’s been lost, Beverly calls Eric Wagler, the inn’s handsome owner. To her surprise, he promises to be on the next flight out of Philadelphia. Ever since her fiancé jilted her, Beverly’s been closed off to love. However, with Eric things feel different. She can’t help but be hopeful that their work relationship will turn into something more—even though they are from different worlds. She grew up Amish and is now Mennonite. Eric, on the other hand, grew up on the city streets of Philadelphia. How could they ever find common ground? But as Beverly and Eric put the inn back together, prepare for Christmas, and even witness romance blossoming for another couple, the trust—and love—between them grows. Will Christmas bring a second chance for Beverly? And if it does, will she be brave enough to take it?


My Review:

This is the final book in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft.

It’s bittersweet when you say goodbye to beloved characters especially the ones in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft.

It was apparent with each book that Ms. Gray loved the characters as much as I did. She’s nurtured them from the beginning to the end.

I love how she’s brought each and every one of them to life and developed them in every book.
I’ve enjoyed the relationship between Beverly and Eric.
Beverly has been such a strong and interesting character, but when she’s faced with something that causes her great distress and fear, she leans on Eric and her friends in Pinecraft for support, as she’s freely given to friends, neighbors and guests at the Orange Blossom Inn since the first book.

I am so happy to see the maturity and strength of Effie. She has become a strong young lady and has an even deeper bond with Josiah.

Shelley Shephard Gray never disappoints with character development, dialogue and vivid descriptions of the towns she chooses as a setting.

It’s such a pleasure to reconnect with old friends and that’s the talent of this author to craft characters that seem so real.

This is a must read for fans of Amish fiction. It’s a fantastic Christmas book that will warm your heart.

Definitely 5 stars.


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