Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Wanted by Shelley Shepard Gray

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing


Avon Inspire (January 6, 2009)


Shelley Shepard Gray


Hidden is Shelley’s first foray into inspirational fiction. Previously, Shelley lived in Texas and Colorado, where she taught school and earned both her bachelors and masters degrees in education. She now lives in southern Ohio where she writes full time. Shelley is an active member of her church. She serves on committees, volunteers in the church office, and is part of the Telecare ministry, which calls homebound members on a regular basis. Shelley looks forward to the opportunity to write novels that showcase her Christian ideals.

This is the second book in the Sisters Of Heart series. The first was Hidden.


Twenty-year-old Katie Brenneman has always quietly fancied Jonathan Lundy. So when the brokenhearted widower asks her to help him take care of his two young girls, Katie knows it will be a trying time-yet she cannot pass up a golden opportunity to get to know this man better.

Just as she's settling into her new life, a message arrives from Katie's past, threatening to expose her darkest secrets. During her Rumspringa, her running-around years, she experimented with activities forbidden in the Amish way of life. Frightened by how far she'd strayed from her values, Katie ran back home, vowing to cut all ties with the outside world. Now her transgressions are coming back to haunt her, just as Jonathan seems willing to welcome her into his heart.

Will the past destroy Katie's chances for love? Or will Katie finally allow herself to accept God's love, forgive her past...and receive everything she's ever wanted?

If you would like to read an excerpt of Chapter 1 of Wanted, go HERE

My thoughts:

Let me just start by saying this is my favorite kind of book. A love story. And I love love love this series! I fell in love with it while reading Anna's story in Hidden and it just only got better with Katie's story in Wanted.

I love the setting, I love the plot, and I love the characters. Shelley Shepard Gray does a great job of drawing you into the story and I just didn't want to put this book down.

You feel for Katie as she searches for forgiveness and for love. She went a little wild during her rumspringa and is feeling guilt over the things she did. (I do think the degree of guilt was a bit much for the things that she'd done but we all deal with our past transgressions in our own ways. ) And as she's learning to forgive herself, she's trying to find love.

I can't wait to read Winnie's story in the third book in the Sisters of the Heart series.

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