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Review: Thankful

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Review: Thankful

Thankful by Shelley Shepard GrayThankful
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Amish, Romance
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishing
Publication Date: May 6, 2014

“Thankful” by Shelley Shepard Gray follows the lives and loves of three couples. The main story is about Aden Reese and Christina Kempf. An old Chinese proverb says that if you save a life, you are then responsible for that life from that point on. Aden saves Christina after a fall through the ice nearly causes her to drown. He goes in after her, pulls her out, and breathes life into her. They were 15 and 12 at the time. This cements their friendship and makes her parents feel indebted to him.

Christina and Aden have been best friends forever, it seems. They grew up as next-door neighbors, and when Aden’s parents were killed, Christina’s parents adopted him as one of their own. Therein lies the problem. As they grew up, the friendship changed to love in both of their hearts. However, Christina’s parents see him as another son, so their love seems forbidden. Each tries dating someone else, which only succeeds in making the other jealous. Aden makes plans to move into his own place, thinking if he isn’t in constant contact with Christina maybe the love he feels for her will go away. Will they ever work things out so they can be together?

“Thankful” also follows the story of Judith and Ben whose longing for children leads them to fostering a baby born to a mother in prison. Judith falls in love with the little boy and begins thinking of him as hers when the mother’s sisters start making noises that they think he should be raised by family. Will they get to continue raising him?

The last story told is that of Jana, the owner of the Sugarcreek Inn. Widowed and 58, she’s ready to downsize and have a life that doesn’t include working 24/6 at the Inn. When she meets the new police officer for Sugarcreek and discovers that he is retired from years of service on a big city police squad, her love life also picks up. Will she be able to convince her children that she isn’t losing her marbles with all the changes she’s making in her life?

I really enjoyed “Thankful” and look forward to reading “Joyful,” which I’m hoping will conclude some of these stories. If you like Amish fiction, you need to read this one!

Rated G: I believe this would be suitable for all ages.

Reviewer’s Personal Copy.


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