Sunday, January 4, 2009


Shelley Shepard Gray
Every girl plays dress up when she is little and makes believe about getting married.     We all giggle with our girlfriends when we see a cute guy.     If a boy actually talks to us, we get butterflies in our stomach.    But what if you spent your entire life learning the life skills to be a good wife and mother and then you found yourself not married?     
Twenty years old hardly seems old, but in the Amish community it is past marrying age and Katie Brenneman knows it.     When Jonathon Lundy approaches her parents about the possiblity of her helping him out with his two small children, Katie tries not to let her heart hope that Jonathon will notice her.     Katie has had a crush on Jonathon for a long time but buried those feelings after Jonathon married Sarah.    Now Jonathon was a widow and had approached her for help.
What Katie doesn't expect is an Englisher coming and stirring up old memories which she thought she had hidden well from her Rumspringa (running around days).     She also doesn't count for the resistance she meets from Jonathon's two small children.
Will she be able to help this family move forward from their grief?   Will she be able to find peace with the things she did wrong during her Rumspringa?

If you would like to read an excerpt of Chapter 1 of Wanted, go HERE

In Review:   If you have enjoyed books written in this vein by authors such as Wanda Brunstetter, then you will definitely enjoy this one as well.     Gray does an excellent job of portraying the Amish life without being too cliche'.      After reading the entire book I thought the title choice was excellent.    Wanted.    Deep down inside it is a need that every relationship has at its foundation.. to be wanted.     


Hidden is Shelley’s first foray into inspirational fiction. Previously, Shelley lived in Texas and Colorado, where she taught school and earned both her bachelors and masters degrees in education. She now lives in southern Ohio where she writes full time. Shelley is an active member of her church. She serves on committees, volunteers in the church office, and is part of the Telecare ministry, which calls homebound members on a regular basis. Shelley looks forward to the opportunity to write novels that showcase her Christian ideals.

This is the second book in the Sisters Of Heart series. The first was Hidden.

1 comment:

Sharon said...

Wow what a wonderful story you have described, I will have to check this book out next time I am at the store.
Thanks for sharing this
Be Blessed today