Friday, April 30, 2010

Spring's Renewal by Shelley Shepard Gray

Spring's Renewal is the second book in the Seasons of Sugarcreek series, and after reading this one, I want to get them all.

Shelley Shepard Gray's stories are balm for the frazzled soul (or heart). She pens a tender love story which has you rooting for Clara, a school teacher,scarred at a young age in a kitchen fire. Will she find love after resigning herself that she will most likely never marry? Other obstacles include a widowed mother who has allowed herself to become dependent on her daughter, and a pretty young lady in Indiana who has set her sights on Tim, an attractive, but undecided beau.

This book is full of gentle reminders to look at what is real, to go deeper than what is on the surface, to see what is true beauty.

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Spring's Renewal

Avon Inspire (April 2010)

Shelley Shepherd Gray


Since 2000, Shelley Sabga has sold twenty-six novels to numerous publishers. She has written a seven book contemporary series for Avalon books. She also published The Love Letter, a western for Avalon. Five Star Expressions published Suddenly, You in February of 2007. This novel is a historical western set in the mountains of Colorado.

Shelley has written nine novels for Harlequin American Romance. Cinderella Christmas, her first novel with them, reached number six on the Waldenbooks Bestseller list. Her second book with them, Simple Gifts won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice award for best Harlequin American Romance of 2006. The Mommy Bride, was chosen by Romantic Times Magazine as one of their TOP PICKS for May, 2008.

Under the name Shelley Shepard Gray, Shelley writes Amish romances for Harper Collins’ inspirational line, Avon Inspire. HIDDEN and WANTED the first two novels of her ‘Sisters of the Heart’ series, were chosen to be Alternate Selections for the Doubleday/ Literary Guild Book Club. FORGIVEN, book 3, has received glowing reviews. Avon Inspire will release four novels by Shelley in 2010.

Before writing romances, 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 and writes full time. Shelley is married, the mother of two teenagers, and is an active member of her church.


Tim Graber arrives in Sugarcreek to help his aunt and uncle with spring planting. At first, Tim doesn't fit in with his many cousins and their crowded lifestyle. But when he meets Clara Slabaugh, the local school teacher, he understands why the Lord brought him to Sugarcreek.

Clara is shy and quiet. Scarred from a fire when she was small, Clara has resigned herself to living alone and caring for her mother, who tells her that no man will ever see past her scars, and that Clara needs to keep teaching in order to make ends meet.

Her father passed away years ago, and her mother depends on her. But the scars mean nothing to Tim. He appreciates her quiet nature and her wonderful, loving way with children. Yet Tim has a sweetheart back home in Indiana. As these two hearts struggle to determine their path, tragedy strikes, and every other worry seems insignificant in comparison.

Though they now face a life they never imagined, will Tim and Clara have the faith to step out and risk everything for a chance at true love?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Spring's Renewal, go HERE.


Bev said...


I thought I would stop by and tell you thank you for your thoughts and prayers. They are truly appreciated.
All I can say is hug and tell your children you love them every chance you get. I never dreamed that I would be dealing with the death of one of my own.
I am comforted by the fact that I know Brad is Heaven watching over us.
Now I am going to head over and read some of your blog.


Cheryl Klarich said...

I am so honored that you stopped by.I will keep you in prayer. You are truly an inspiration. I will visit your blog often!