Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Winter's Awakening ~ Book Review

Living life in the Amish country isn’t always easy. In addition, not knowing if the person you’ve thought you were supposed to marry all along may not be the right person for you.

In Winter’s Awakening by Shelly Shepard Gray, you will find yourself completely immersed in the story from the first page. You are taken to a modern Amish town called Sugarcreek and meet Gretta and Joshua, who are contemplating whether either of them is right for one another. The decision gets even more complicated when an English family moves right next door to Joshua, and he meets Lilly and finds himself thinking about her more than he should if he is truly meant to marry Gretta. Will he instead choose Lilly?

Lilly on the other hand has just moved from her previous town when her family learns she is pregnant. In order to keep this a secret, the Allen family feels that moving to a small Amish town is the best way to avoid too many people questioning Lilly’s pregnancy. What will Josh say when he learns of Lilly’s secret?

I fell in love with all the characters from beginning to the end, living in the world that Ms. Gray has so wonderfully woven together to form Winter’s Awakening. I would highly recommend this book and the way it completely takes you to a different time and place. In addition, the reader is also given a sneak peek at Spring’s Renewal at the conclusion of this book that picks up with our characters where this book leaves off.

I was provided with a complimentary copy of Winter’s Awakening to review by TLC Book Tours. If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of the book or learning more about the author, I have included a link to her website and blog below.


Winter's Awakening (Seasons of Sugarcreek, Book 1) by Shelley Shepard Gray
Copyright 2010
Avon Inspire
298 pages Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-06-185222-0


Denise said...

Nice review.

Heckety said...

I'm glad you are able to escape in your head and read- it's good for your health!

Andrea said...


Isn't it great to get away into a great book. It really helps me. I am continuing to pray for you. Sending lots of cyber hugs your way.

chasity said...

i'm always looking for a good book to read....glad you liked this one.

Samantha said...

Very nice review. I will check this one out, thanks for sharing.
Blessing to you dear friend !

Elle Bee said...

Hello sweet Kat, How are you doing? I'll have to scroll down to see if there's an update. This was great review. I love reading about the Amish. I'm fascinated by the lifestyle.

Terry said...

Howdy Sweetie
Awesome review !
Thank you so much for your love and prayers ,your support has really meant a lot to me.
I have missed visiting your blog !
It seems taking care of my Mom is going to become full time as soon as we can work out the details.
I live about five hours away and still need to find someone to take my place at work ,etc....
So I really do appreciate your sweet comments on my blog.
Also with the winter weather it is difficult to blog at my parents they have dial up and live in the country.So about the time you start writing the connection is often lost.
Again thank you so much for being the inspiration that you are .
Big Hugs with love !
Happy Trails

Musings of A Minister said...

If and this is a big IF,you really want to think about Facebook you might write shorter posts for your blog or cut back just a little on reading for a while. The one thing I like about Facebook is that it lets me know what old friends are doing. And I really am interested in where they are and what they are doing. You will be surprised how many come back into your life.

Musings of A Minister said...

This is an excellent review. It is not too long and it gets right to the point and pulls the reader in. Good job.

trish said...

I love books where you fall in love with the characters! I'm really glad you liked the book! Thanks for being on this tour. :)

Deb said...

Yes! I haven't even started reading the book yet.

And I'm in love with the characters already.

Should be a nice read during Spring Break...only three weeks away!

Sweet dreams.

He & Me + 3 said...

I am so glad that you are getting to read and review so many great books. I need to find some time to escape and read. That book sounds great.

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

I am so excited that I won the book, Kat. Thank you for making that happen :)

I am keeping you in faithful prayer, Kat. I have been where you are, healthwise. I am so sorry that your church has not been supportive. How sad. Isn't that the foundation of any ministry? No matter what size or faith, our church is supposed to be there to lend support in many ways. I do not blame you for looking onward. J and I have never found that here, in Tn, since moving here 5 years ago. Small towns are hard to fit into, when you were not born here! I found so many wonderful friends through blogging. I have made no real friends since moving here. I have made peace with that!

You are in my prayers, friend :)
xo, misha

Loren said...

Great review!

If you want to read my last review book I can send it to you and since it is the 2nd in the series I am beginning to read the 1st one and will send you both when I am done if you are interested!

I will call you tomorrow ok! Love you!! You are sounding sooo much better ! YAY ~ Go Lord and keep on healing my precious Sister

I love you so much!

Dogmom Diva said...

Kat, sounds like my kind of book..will add it to my wish list..
Hope you are feeling better sweetie.

Just Be Real said...

Kat, thank you for the review. Blessings.

~Sandy said...

Thanks for the review. This sounds like an awesome book!!! ((hugs))