Friday, September 25, 2015

A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn Book Review

I was so excited to get the next book in the series to review because I loved the first two books a ton. A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn: Amish Brides of Pinecraft, Book Three (The Pinecraft Brides) by Shelley Shepard Gray was the next in the series that I was waiting for!!  Beloved bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray returns with the third book in her Amish Brides of Pinecraft series—a story of second chances for two young single parents...and the wedding that brings them together.

Emma Keim was heartbroken when her husband Sanford passed away, leaving her to raise three young daughters alone. In the years since, 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 widower with three young sons of his own—Emma is delighted to have a new friend who understands her struggles. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s also handsome and kind. Still, Emma 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?

Jay knows that few people his age understand what it’s like to lose a spouse, and Emma’s gentleness with his boys stirs something in his heart that’s been quiet for far too long. But when Jay’s 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.  Jay wants to court Emma in earnest, but Emma’s relatives remain troubled by the prospect of her moving on. Once again, love has come to Pinecraft. But can these two parties of four become a happy, healthy family of eight?

 I loved this book as much as the first two books.  This quaint little Amish town set in Florida which is totally different then normally reading about the Ohio or Pennsylvania setting.  The differences in the customs is fun to see.  There are colorful dresses and flip flops that you don't see on the Amish in the northern areas.  The interesting thing is when I read a book in those northern areas, people were pushing the people to marry again shortly after their mourning period but in this book, the family didn't want widowed Emma to remarry.  All is revealed through reading the book and I know that you will be as shocked as I was to learn all of the reasons.  Of course at the same time, I know you will love all the new characters introduced in this book.  If you haven't read the other books in the series, this book does stand on its own but it helps to understand some of the other characters more if you have read the first two books in the series.  I hope that you check out this book and the first two in the series and see if this isn't a fun Amish fiction series for you to enjoy.  I know that I enjoyed it and can't wait for the next in the series!

**I was given a copy of this book for my review but all opinions expressed here are my own. If you are interested in reviewing books like this, please contact Litfuse Publishing to see if you qualify.

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