A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft by Shelley Shepard Gray (review by Kristi)

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:  A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft, the fourth and final book in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series is my favorite SSG book to date. The storyline was wonderful and was one I could personally relate to. In addition to Beverly’s story, we get caught up with the lives of the other characters from the series.

When the Orange Blossom Inn is broken into Beverly naturally turns to its owner, Eric. Eric drops everything and goes to Florida to not only see to the inn but to make sure Beverly is ok. Upon his arrival, he finds that Beverly is a mess. Her sense of security is gone and she is a bundle of nerves. A conversation between the two uncovers information about Eric’s past that Beverly isn’t sure how or if she can deal with it. I love how Shelley Shepard Gray wrote of Beverly’s struggle with the information. Having been in a similar situation, I thought the feelings Beverly experienced were genuine and authentic.

I also liked the blossoming friendship between Josiah Yoder and Effie Kauffman. Their friendship was sweet and I would love to read more about thse characters in the future (hint, hint Shelley!). These two were my favorite “couple” in the entire series.

This book will naturally be a hit with fans of Amish fiction. I think people who love romance books or just good, clean books with a great story will enjoy this book as well. Don’t be mislead by the title though as this book would be a great read any time of the year, not just at Christmas. The story may take place at Christmas, but the message is good year ’round.

I was given a free copy of this book for my honest opinion which I have given.

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