Saturday, 8 June 2013

Book Review: Ray of Light by Shelley Shepard Gray

About the Book: Bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray brings inspirational romance to life in this sweet tale of love in the Amish community, Ray of Light, the second installment of her Days of Redemption series.

Roman Keim just wants a break from the family drama at his snowy Ohio home when he heads to an Amish snowbird community in Florida. There he meets Amanda Yoder and her daughter Regina who soon are warming his heart. But will Roman return to Ohio or will he stay and help the young widow embrace a second chance at love?

My Thoughts: I have not read the first book in this series, but didn't feel like I was missing too much and it works as a standalone novel, though of course, you're curious about what happens to a few members of the family, which I'm sure is coming in the next book.

I think this may be the first book I've read by Gray and I really enjoyed it.  It seemed different from a lot of the other Amish books I've read - maybe because of the travelling.  You don't hear of too many Amish people going to Florida for vacation!  But I really enjoyed the side of it - it made it seem a little more relatable.

Both of the main characters are likeable and I enjoyed watching them grow in their faith and character throughout the book.  Roman needs to sort out the difference between responsibility and self-imposed duty, between following what's expected of him to following what God has called him to do.  Amanda also recognizes the need to not become bound by the past - either by her own expectations or the expectations of her late husband's family.  

Though it dealt with deep subject matter, it was also a sweet and enjoyable read.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for organizing this tour and providing me with my complimentary review copy.

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