Friday, October 14, 2016
A Sister's Wish - Shelley Shepard Gray
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 woman—at 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 Lukas—who just happens to be Simon’s best friend—has 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 together—and face their past mistakes. There’s a chance for love… but only if Simon dares to trust Amelia with the secrets of his past.
Amelia has loved Simon since they were children. Now that they're older her brother Lukas is trying to control Amelia's choices in suitors though there will only ever be the one she wants. Simon has been enthralled with Amelia since they were little. She's the only one he wants though his best friend and her brother Lukas tries to convince Simon he's not the one for her.
Simon is unbelievably sweet, charming and loyal. I love how he's willing to stand up to Amelia's family even when he's faced down by them all. Amelia let her family control her for so long it's difficult for her to assert her independence. She does it with faith and grace with the patience close to a saint. Their connection is undeniable. The story is well written and woven with secondary characters that will keep you enthralled in the story from beginning to end. I'm ready for the next book in the series.
Once again, Shelley Shepard Gray has swept me away in this unique Amish romance series that always gives me a happy heart and leaves me wanting more in the most perfect of ways.