A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn

September 29th, 2015. Filed under: Tuesday's Tempting Reads.

A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn

By Shelley Shepard Gray

Litfuse is partnering once again with Avon Inspire and Shelley Shepard Gray to bring you the third installment, A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn, in Shelley’s Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.

In the third book of New York Times-bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s Amish Brides of Pinecraft series, a wedding brings together two young widowed parents . . . and gives them a second chance at love.

Emma Keim was heartbroken when her husband, Sanford, passed away, leaving her to raise three young daughters alone. Though several years have passed, her relatives have made it no secret that they expect Emma to remain a widow, mourning Sanford indefinitely. But when she meets Jay Hilty—a handsome widower with three young sons of his own—Emma is delighted to have a new friend who understands her struggles. Still, she is dismayed that her family is so opposed to their friendship—and the idea of it ever becoming anything more. She honors her husband’s memory every day, but is she destined to be alone forever?

Emma’s gentleness with Jay’s boys stirs something in his heart that’s been quiet for far too long. But when his oldest son becomes engaged to a local woman, suddenly Jay, Emma, and their children are swept up in wedding preparations. Witnessing his son’s joy, Jay wonders if it’s time for him to move forward, too, and find happiness again.

Once again, love has come to Pinecraft. But can these two parties of four become a happy, healthy family of eight?


There’s going to be a wedding, but who will be the bride and groom? There are three couples who may or may not be heading toward matrimony. The main couple consist of a lady and her three daughters and a man and his three sons. Just like an Amish Brady Bunch.

The guys are new in town and meet the ladies during the stolen pizza caper. Emma and her daughters are trying to track down their overweight dog Frankie. Frankie loves pizza. When they found him, he had just stuffed himself with an entire pizza that Jay had just purchased. While Jay’s oldest takes the boys to get more pizza, Jay carries Frankie home for Emma.

And so the adventures begin. Even though this book is the third in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series, it is a good stand alone read. But it’s better if you read The Promise of Palm Grove and The Proposal at Siesta Key first for background. I especially like the Pinecraft settings as I live near there. I would really like to spend some time at the Orange Blossom Inn.

Thanks, Ms Shepard Gray, for always giving us such enjoyable reading.

***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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