Monday, September 28, 2015

A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn, by Shelley Shepard Gray {a book review}

About the book

A wedding brings together two young widowed parents . . . and gives them a second chance at love.

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?

What I thought about the book

I enjoyed getting acquainted with new characters in Pinecraft. This a beautifully crafted story, and very easy to follow along.

I found the father's advice to the groom especially moving: "When you choose to share a life with another person, one finds out all sorts of things about themselves, and about his bride. Some of it wonderful. And some of it might take some getting used to. But whatever you do, please don't take it for granted. Not the days when everything goes right, or the days when everything goes wrong. Don't spend any time hoping something passes or wishing it hadn't happened. Try to remember that your time together is a gift, son. A beautiful, amazing gift that was bestowed on you both." Advice I'd wish to share with each of my children on their wedding days...if those days ever come.

This is another sweet story. I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed The Proposal at Siesta Key. Now I really need to go back and get book one of the series.

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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Wedding Orange Blossom Inn Shelley Shepard Gray

Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in order to give you my honest opinion.

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