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Posted April 22, 2014
Very Good Amish Novel
I have read several of Shelley Shepard Gray's novels, and have enjoyed every one of them. She well versed and her plots are real and believable. For those of you who enjoy reading Amish novels, you will enjoy Eventide as well as her other novels.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 13, 2014
"Eventide" is the last book in the Days of Redemption
"Eventide" is the last book in the Days of Redemption saga by Shelley Shepard Gray. Having read all three, I want to say that this is my favorite, but it wouldn't be my favorite if it weren't for #1 and 2! I love how the author developed the characters over the course of the three books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
To me, the most interesting growth and evolution of character occurred in the oldest members of the Keim family, Aaron and Lovina. They were both very tightly wound into their past lives in Book 1 and in the torture of years and years of lies that they perpetuated in order to try to create a perfect family. I related to their discoveries that the lies were entangling them and poisoning their lives even more than they realized. I celebrated their emotional rebirth and bravery in being honest with their family members. There is wisdom in the story here, and I highly recommend this series.
Posted October 29, 2013
Fantastic, insightful, gripping are just a few words that came t
Fantastic, insightful, gripping are just a few words that came to mind as I reflected on Eventide once I had finished reading it. As someone who is disabled I related to Elsie the most especially in how she felt everyone saw and treated her because of her going blind. I admired Elsie for the huge decision she had to make for herself. I wanted her life to go in one direction but she chose another direction that would be a challenge but one she felt was the best for her. Elsie is truly a woman of strength, courage and bravery.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I loved each book in this series but Eventide was my favorite because of Elsie. I'm looking forward to the next series.
Posted October 1, 2013
Posted September 29, 2013
I really enjoyed this book! Eventide is the third book in "
I really enjoyed this book! Eventide is the third book in "The Days Of Redemption" trilogy, and it made a wonderful conclusion. I read the second book in this series, but not the first (not because I didn't want to, but because I didn't have the opportunity). I'm really impressed with this author, and I hope to read more of her books in the future.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Elsie Keim has been slowly going blind since she was twelve years old. Ever since her diagnosis her family has treated her like she was incapable of doing anything for herself, and she refused to be treated like an invalid her whole life. She knew that the chances of her ever finding a man willing to marry her was slim, and she had accepted her fate as God's will. She was perfectly happy helping out around her parent's house, (at least she would be if her family would stop butting into her business). It honestly feels like getting through every day was a chore due to the hovering of her parents and siblings.
Landon is a hardworking man that knows what he wants, and he will do his very best to get it. He has a set plan for his life, and in that plan falls a wife that can keep house while he is away on long business trips and care for any children that they might have. The last thing he needs is a woman that he will have to look after like a child.
Landon is in denial, and Elsie is fully confident of her own abilities despite her eye disease. These two clash and come together at the same time. Even when there is an apparent solution to their problems, Elsie turns it down. What is wrong with this woman? She is independent, and stubborn. How will God finish their story if one of them is always running away from the other?
I loved this book. It made a wonderful weekend read, and I would recommend this book to someone looking for a good, light read to take with them on vacation or something. It isn't long, so it won't take long to read, plus it's pretty fast pace.
Posted September 21, 2013
I really dislike this series to end. Have grown to love these ch
I really dislike this series to end. Have grown to love these characters, and I too, like the Author enjoy the Grandmother, Lovina. What a strong and loving person she is.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This book wraps up several stories in one. Elsie is coming to terms with impending blindness, but is there an answer to help her? When a new neighbor begins to help her brother Roman, she likes what she finds in Landon Troyer. With her handicap can their ever be a relationship?
Peter is finally embracing his problems, but when the book opens, his wife Marie is seriously ill. Changes are coming in the family. Soon Viola will be marrying and moving to Belize. Roman and Amanda have started a new life, but what about Elsie? How will she deal with her blindness?
Loved all of the stories! What a great amount of love goes around here. Such a great faith in God is shown, and a large amount of prayer goes into the life decisions. Enjoy this third book, I sure did, and want more.
We are also treated to a preview to Shelley Shepard Gray's new novella, Peace.
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
Posted September 16, 2013
There is something bittersweet that happens when a really great
There is something bittersweet that happens when a really great series of novels comes to a close in the final book and Eventide by best-selling author Shelley Shepard Gray is no exception. In her Days of Redemption series, we have followed the Keim family through a series of trials facing them as both Amish and English converts to the faith. In this conclusion to the series, Eventide wraps up some of the lingering questions that have plagued the family since the beginning.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Elise Keim is a twin who shares something that her twin doesn't. She is facing a degenerative eye disease that offers no hope of cure and will ultimately leave her blind. Seeing more than most, she just wishes she could have had the same hope for a future like all Amish women, the ability to fall in love, get married and have a family of her own. But Elise's family treats her like she is more disabled than she is, and finds herself fighting more with them internally than with her own struggle at losing her sight.
Thankfully Landon Troyer sees something in Elise her family doesn't. Her unique ability to face her fears head on with dignity and strength. She doesn't want to be treated any different than any other Amish girl and in order to try to make others see her that way, she fails to inform them just how progressive the loss of her eyesight is. But until Elsie can be honest to Landon and tell him what their future will look like, he believes she is like all other Amish girls and one that has completely captured her heart. Will she have the strength enough to tell him what the future really holds for him if he chooses to marry her?
I received Eventide by Shelley Shepard Gray compliments of Avon Inspired Publishers and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review. This is such a perfect novel because it deals with the power of finding forgiveness even when it might just cost you the future happiness you hoped for. Sometimes life involves taking the biggest risk of losing it all in hopes of finally reaching the other side. The one thing I truly admire about the Amish is their sense of family and community and that no matter what obstacle any of them face, they never face it alone. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and bid a bittersweet farewell to the characters I've come to love and really appreciate in every sense of the word in this amazing series. For those of you that want to begin the journey, start with the first book Daybreak and then Ray of Light before closing with Eventide. There is even a Discussion Guide included for book clubs and a sneak peek at Shelley's next novel Peace at the end of this novel.
Posted September 14, 2013
The Days of Redemption At first glance you would never know, ot
The Days of RedemptionWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
At first glance you would never know, other than the thick glass she wears, that Elie Keim was near blind. She desires to be as independent as her twin sister and her brother. They both have found their soul mates but if her family has anything to do with it she will become the blind alt madeal that will be forever dependent on her family. What the family isn't aware of is Elsie prays for a life with her own home, husband and children. She dares not discuss this with anyone. Until Landon Troyer, a new neighbor, starts helping out around the family farm and making a point to seek out Elsie to strike up a conversation with her causing her family to become even more protective of Elsie. She fears if Landon finds out about her eye disease he will turn his attention away from her,even if he was a kind and considerate man.
The author writes about a sensitive subject that most do not want to think about and that is a disability. She also points out through the character of Elsie that a disability does not have to weight you down thinking you are a oddity or not normal. What is not normal to someone may be normal for someone else. God has made us in his image and our soul is what shines through to others. Don't we all have some form of disability? I have to wear glasses and I suffer from migraines. I could go on and on. So look past ones disabilities and find out who the person really is don't be caught up with labels.it blinds ones judgement.
I say kudos to Shelley for writing this beautiful character into this series!
I highly recommend this book.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Harper Collins Publishers and Litfuse Pulicity Group Tour for review. I was in no way compensated for this review.
Posted September 6, 2013
Eventide is the last book in the Days of Redemption series and d
Eventide is the last book in the Days of Redemption series and does a very good job of wrapping up the series as a whole. I felt so bad for Elsie throughout this book. Even though she is a strong women I felt as her struggles with her illness were sad as well as the the way her family felt about her illness and all she wants is to be normal, have a man love her and have a family. I feel Shelley did such a great job developing this character that you can't help but love her. This whole story is full of so many emotions but such a good read that you will read it all in one weekend. I think you should check out the whole series and connect with each of the characters and don't forget to check out the bonus pages in the back of the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2013
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Posted September 10, 2013
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