The Promise of Palm Grove

March 17th, 2015. Filed under: Tuesday's Tempting Reads.

The Promise of Palm Grove


By Shelley Shepard Gray

A young Amish woman finds herself torn between the man she’s pledged to wed and the man her heart desires in this heartwarming story of chance, duty, and choice in the face of love—the first volume in beloved New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.

Amish bride-to-be Leona is thrilled to be in Florida, on a mini vacation in the pretty town of Pinecraft. Her girlfriends think she’s happy because she’s away from the stress of wedding planning. They have no idea that Leona’s real joy is in being away from her fiancĂ©.

Edmund is a good man and will make a decent husband . . . just not for Leona. The more time she spends with him and his overbearing ways, the less she wants to be his wife. Her cousins are sure Edmund is the right man for her—and their certainty makes Leona begin to doubt herself. But when a chance encounter with a wayward cat brings her face-to-face with a handsome, fun-loving Amish man named Zachary Kaufmann, Leona’s faced with two vastly different futures.

Leona must decide: Should she follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?


Oh, good. A chance to get away from her controlling fiance’, Edmund. Leona is really looking forward to a vacation at Pinecraft, Florida with her cousin, Sara, and her friend, Mattie.

The three soon discover that Pinecraft has some fine looking young men. Zachary Kaufmann is one of them. He and Leona are attracted to each other, but Leona has to be on her best behavior. Mattie is Edmund’s sister.

The three are really enjoying their vacation in Florida. That is, until Edmucd shows up out of the blue. Leona has to do some pretty fast thinking. Will she go with her heart or cave in to the pressure to marry Edmund?

I’m enjoying Ms Gray’s Amish Brides of Pinecraft. Pinecraft isn’t all that far from my hom, so these books are special Thanks, Ms Gray.

***A special thank you to litfuse for providing a review copy.***


Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Times bestseller, a two-time USA Today bestseller, 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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