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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Autumn's Promise

In the final chapter in the Season's of Sugarcreek, Shelley Shepard Gray takes us back into the lives of the Amish people living in the town of Sugarcreek in her latest novel, Autumn's Promise.

Here we are introduced to Lilly Allen, a nineteen year old English girl whose family has recently moved to Sugarcreek to avoid her old friends and neighbors learning that she had gotten pregnant by a boy she had a crush on but didn't want to become a father. Her family thought leaving town would be an easy way to avoid the questions some would ask and the people of Sugarcreek were willing to not ask questions. However when Lilly miscarries, she wonders if her life is truly over or if it were a blessing in disguise.

Robert Miller is a twenty four year old Amish man who recently is widowed after losing the love of his life, Grace at such an early age. Since her death the only thing keeping Robert going is his work at Miller Carpentry and spending some time at the Sugarcreek Inn getting to know a new waitress named Lilly who seems just as withdrawn from this life as he is.

Yet will their differences in faith keep them apart or will one of them make the ultimate sacrifice in the name of love? Will they be able to allow their love to grow or will the towns old ways keep them apart? To find out, you'll need to read the latest book, Autumn's Promise by Shelley Shepherd Gray.

I received this latest book compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and this one rates a perfect 5 out of 5 stars in my library. This is a keeper for me. For more information about the book, the author and even a first chapter glimpse along with where to purchase a copy, please read below:

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Autumn's Promise
Avon Inspire (August 3, 2010)


Shelley Shepard Gray


Since 2000, Shelley Sabga has sold twenty-six novels to numerous publishers. She has written a seven book contemporary series for Avalon books. She also published The Love Letter, a western for Avalon. Five Star Expressions published Suddenly, You in February of 2007. This novel is a historical western set in the mountains of Colorado.

Shelley has written nine novels for Harlequin American Romance. Cinderella Christmas, her first novel with them, reached number six on the Waldenbooks Bestseller list. Her second book with them, Simple Gifts won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice award for best Harlequin American Romance of 2006. The Mommy Bride, was chosen by Romantic Times Magazine as one of their TOP PICKS for May, 2008.

Under the name Shelley Shepard Gray, Shelley writes Amish romances for Harper Collins’ inspirational line, Avon Inspire. HIDDEN and WANTED the first two novels of her ‘Sisters of the Heart’ series, were chosen to be Alternate Selections for the Doubleday/ Literary Guild Book Club. FORGIVEN, book 3, has received glowing reviews. Avon Inspire is releasing four novels by Shelley this year.

Before writing romances, 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 and writes full time. Shelley is married, the mother of two teenagers, and is an active member of her church.


Some promises are meant to be broken...

Until Robert Miller met Lilly Allen, his world had been dark. A widower after only two years of marriage, he'd been living in a haze, feeling that, at twenty-four, his life was already over.

But thanks to his friendship with Lilly, he now has new reasons to wake up each day. He knows his connection to her doesn't make sense. She's only nineteen, with a past the whole town talks about. Even more, she's not Amish, like Robert. A marriage between the two of them could never happen.

Lilly's heart is drawn to Robert, not to his faith. No matter how much she admires his quiet strength and dependability, she doesn't think she could ever give up her independence and reliance on the modern world. Is their love doomed before it even begins?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Autumn's Promise, go HERE.


  1. Oh Kat Sweetie...
    This one sounds GREAT. I love reading books about the Amish people. Do Lily and Robert end up together? A marriage could happen, couldn't it?

    Oh I love this write Kat. What talent you have sweetie.

    Many hugs and SO much love, Sherry

    P.S. Banana muffins are in the oven. Tea at 3. Love ya girl.


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