The Promise of Palm Grove | Shelley Shepard Gray


Today I’m reviewing The Promise of Palm Grove by Shelley Shepard Gray.

Here’s a brief synopsis:

Leona must decide: Does she follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?

A young Amish woman finds herself torn between the man she’s pledged to wed and the man her heart desires in this heartwarming story of chance, duty, and choice in the face of love — the first volume in the beloved New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.

Amish bride-to-be Leona is thrilled to be in Florida, on a mini-vacation in the pretty town of Pinecraft. Her girlfriends think she’s happy because she’s away from the stress of wedding planning. They have no idea that Leona’s real joy is in being away from her fiancé.

Edmund is a good man, and will make a decent husband… just not for Leona. The more time she spends with him and his overbearing ways, the less she wants to be his wife. Her cousins are sure Edmund is the right man for her-and their certainty makes Leona begin to doubt herself.

But when a chance encounter with a wayward cat brings her face-to-face with a handsome, fun-loving Amish man named Zachary Kauffman, Leona’s faced with two vastly different futures.


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My thoughts:

Alright… now I want to move to Pinecraft, Florida!

I know what you’re thinking… Pinecraft is noted for their Amish and Mennonite population — and I’m not Amish (or Mennonite) — but I really think I’d love living there among the plain people.

I had the hardest time putting this book down (don’t start it at night — you won’t want to put it down until you finish it).

I have to say, I figured Edmund wasn’t much to like… and when I was done, I still didn’t find much to like about him. I could say much more, but I’ll leave it at that… if you want to know more, just read the book!

You won’t lose interest in this story… not just the main characters, but some wonderful characters building up their own story. I’m hoping we’ll hear more from them in the sequel.

I can hardly wait for book 2! Thank goodness, it’ll be available in just a few months.

Great job, Shelley! Of course, I wouldn’t expect anything but the best from you!


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Shelley Shepard GrayShelley 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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I was blessed to receive this book free in exchange for an honest review!

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One thought on “The Promise of Palm Grove | Shelley Shepard Gray

  1. Pauline Cotton Osborne March 16, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Well you let us know about the man in the story -of course now we have to know what Edmund is all about…that is sneaky. I have read stories before about this area and want to read this one too.
    thanks for sharing Shelly S Gray….

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