24 October 2016

A Sister's Wish by Shelley Shepard Gray

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In Shelley Shepard Gray's third book in her Charmed Amish Life series, a respectable young woman finds herself falling for an Amish man from the wrong side of the tracks.

Amelia Kinsinger is the perfect Amish womanat least according to her neighbors. And while Amelia takes pride in her role as homemaker, she's also harboring a secret: She's been in love with bad boy Simon Hochstetler for as long as she can remember. Too bad he's about as far from "perfect" as an Amish man could get...but that's exactly why she's so drawn to him.

Life hasn't been kind to Simon. He ran away from an abusive home at fifteen and things went downhill from there. Eventually, Simon landed in prison. But the experience changed him. Now back in Charm as a grown man, he's determined to make a new life for himself and not think too much about his wild past...unless it pertains to Amelia.

He's loved Amelia for years. To him, she represents everything good and kind in the world. When he realizes that she returns his affections, he starts calling on her in secret, even though her older brother Lukaswho just happens to be Simon's best friendhas made it perfectly clear that Amelia deserves better. Simon disagrees and believes he's the only one who can truly make her happy. 

But when Amelia gets hurt, it sets off a chain of events that forces them to consider their future togetherand face their past mistakes. There's a chance for love...but only if Simon dares to trust Amelia with the secrets of his past.

In this third Charmed Amish Life book, another sweet couple (finally) gets a chance at romance—but of course, not without a few challenges. Since Amelia Kinsinger and Simon Hochstetler made appearances in the previous books (A Son’s Vow and A Daughter’s Dream), I’ve been excited to read their story—and fortunately, A Sister’s Wish does not disappoint.

Simon has a checkered past, and though he paid the price for his mistakes and returned repentant to his Amish community, he does not want to sully the innocent and beautiful Amelia, the only person he can imagine loving. Especially when Lukas, Amelia’s older brother and Simon’s best friend, blatantly disapproves of the match. (Simon then putting Lukas in his place is one of my favorite parts of this book.)

Amelia has loved and admired Simon for most of her life. Yet, when he willing puts an end to their romantic potential because of his insecurities, she begins to question and doubt whether she can truly trust Simon with her heart. As other suitors soon arrive at her door (with humorous conversations to follow), Simon wants a second chance—and only hard, honest conversation can give it to him.

As Simon and Amelia work through the issues that pulled them apart, A Sister’s Wish becomes sweet and simple romance. With a heartfelt message of not letting past mistakes define the present and the future, it’s a hopeful story, as can be expected from Shelley Shepard Gray, and any fan of the Kinsinger family will be pleased.

Thanks to LitFuse Publicity Group, I received a copy of A Sister’s Wish and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own. To read other opinions, be sure to check out what other reviewers think here, and purchase a copy of the book here.

About the Author
Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, 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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