Today I am reviewing The Proposal at Siesta Key, the second book in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series by Shelley Shepard Gray.
Here is a brief synopsis:
Penny Troyer never disobeys her parents. But tonight she’s bending the rules because Michael Knoxx — the most famous member of the Knoxx Family, a traveling Mennonite evangelical family — is scheduled to speak.
Penny has heard of Michael — how he lost part of his leg in a terrible accident and uses the experience to inspire others — and knows she must meet him… even if it means challenging her parents’ strict rules and taking the first step toward her own independence.
Though he speaks about living life to the fullest, Michael knows he needs to take his own advice. Life on the road is grueling and Michael wants to slow down, to rest… to perhaps meet someone who sees him as a man, not just a celebrity. So when a twist of fate allows him the chance to stay a little longer in Pinecraft, Michael knows God is showing him a new path, especially when he discovers that Penny has also survived a terrible ordeal.
But as Michael’s time in Pinecraft comes to an end, Michael and Penny are left to wonder what kind of future they could possibly have together. Are they brave enough to take the chance given to them? Or will they choose to cling to what is familiar, even if it pushes away their dream of happiness?
Once again, Shelley Shepard Gray has won me over – with another Amish Brides of Pinecrest story…
I love how Shelley creates wonderful, true-to-life characters that I can identify with. She shows the reader that everyone has issues; it’s how her Amish folk handle their problems – with faith and hope – that make a difference to me.
The Proposal at Siesta Key revolves around the Orange Blossom Inn, as well as the community of Pinecrest. You’ll meet Penny Troyer, a grown woman who still lives at home with her parents, and Michael Knoxx, who travels with his family, speaking to groups and witnessing of Jesus’ love.
If you read the first book in the series, then you’ve already met Beverly Overholt, who runs the inn. Beverly received some disturbing news in The Promise of Palm Grove. In this sequel, Beverly hears from Eric again, as well as several other unexpected guests – will they be trouble for Beverly? Even the book title invokes questions – is there a proposal at Siesta Key? Who will it involve?
I guess you’ll have to read the novel to find out. Oh, how I’d love to tell… but I can’t spoil it for you. Take my word – there are a few unexpected events – and you’ll be surprised at them, but delighted in the end.
Don’t miss this amazing series!
Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt
- The Promise of Palm Grove
- The Proposal at Siesta Key
- A Wish on Gardenia Street (novella)
- A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn
- A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft