Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Hopeful the Blog Tour

While we were living in Baltimore, I began reading Amish fiction. S's job at NASA at the time meant each month he had a full week off. We explored as much of the surrounding areas, states really, as we could. I loved driving up into Lancaster and visiting the quilt shops and ordering a slice of shoe fly pie, sampling the chowchow that was served at almost every big barn style restaurant. My mom still makes pickled beet eggs as a special treat.
I was given a copy of Hopeful to review, and guess what?! there is a contest!

Hopeful by Shelley Shepard Gray is the first in the Return to Sugarcreek series, takes place in the Amish town of Sugarcreek, not in Pennsylvania but in Ohio. ( The author just happens to live in Ohio and has sampled Amish fare first hand, which adds to the authentic feel of the story.)
In the first book of the series we are introduced to Miriam Zehr and several of the town residents. She is not the beauty of the town. She is a plain girl in more than one sense of the word. So from the start you are truly hopeful that she will find love.
This is not just "another" Amish story. Hopeful is filled with relatable characters, unrequited love, comedy, and realistic conflicts.
The whole book is enjoyable.

Welcome to the blog tour for Hopeful, the first book in Shelley Shepard Gray's new series, Return to Sugarcreek. Critics have already given their thumbs up for Hopeful: “Lovable characters and a good story, full of romance and suspense . . . a must read." (Library Journal)

Enter to win one of FIVE copies of the book. 
Five winners will receive:
  • Hopeful by Shelley Shepard Gray
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 23rd. All winners will be announced February 24th at Shelley's blog.

Enter today and be sure to visit Shelley's blog on the 24th to see if YOU won one of the books!

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