Spring's Renewal (Seasons of Sugarcreek Series #2)

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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 ...

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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?

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Romantic Times BOOKclub
“Clara is a well-crafted and relatable character. You’ll soon be as partial to Clara as the author, especially as she develops and comes out of her shell.”
Romantic TimesBOOKclub
"Clara is a well-crafted and relatable character. You’ll soon be as partial to Clara as the author, especially as she develops and comes out of her shell."
Romantic Times BOOKclub
“Clara is a well-crafted and relatable character. You’ll soon be as partial to Clara as the author, especially as she develops and comes out of her shell.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061852367
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/27/2010
  • Series: Seasons of Sugarcreek Series , #2
  • Pages: 306
  • Sales rank: 302,153
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, 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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  • Posted April 28, 2010

    2nd in Seasons of Sugarcreek series is standout in bonnet fiction

    Spring's Renewal by Shelley Shepard Gray is the second book in the Seasons of Sugarcreek series. Clara has resigned herself to living a quiet life in her Amish community. She finds fulfillment in her teaching job, but taking care of her demanding mother exhausts her strength. After being badly scarred by a fire as a child, Clara has largely been ignored by the men of Sugarcreek, an attitude her mother only reinforces by telling her that without physical beauty, she'll never catch a husband. Tim Graber has come to town to help out a cousin with farm duties, fulling expecting to marry Ruby Lee when he returns home to Indiana, but the quiet grace of Clara captures his heart and makes him reconsider the future. Bonnet fiction is a rapidly growing genre, and Gray is a shining star in the movement. Her characters are always three-dimensional and her stories poignant and heart-warming. Clara is an unusual Amish character in that while she has strong faith, she also wants a life that fulfills her soul. She isn't going to allow anyone to take her dreams away from her. The reader gets the impression that even without the romantic part of the book, this novel would still be a beautiful story about Clara's independence and learning to love herself. I can't wait to read the next in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    Highly Recommend this book

    I love stories about Amish life and Shelley Gray does a great job telling these stories. In this series I feel like you get to know the whole community in Sugarcreek.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    Amish

    The book is terrible, except for the views at the Inn. Lilly is a great character but tim is horrible
    4 stars cause of lilly(great) tim (bad)

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  • Posted February 12, 2013

    I absolutely loved this book. It was a good Christian romance a

    I absolutely loved this book. It was a good Christian romance and shows that beauty is not skin deep but in the heart. I plan on reading the rest of this series. I highly recommend this book and the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Very good.

    I liked the part where they found the boys after they got lost.

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    Enjoyable Romance

    This is a happy Christian romance story of how Cara, an Amish school teacher who is badly scarred from a fire sees her dreams come true.  When Tim meets Cara, he realizes he does not love his hometown sweetheart as much as he thought he did, but falls for Cara.  Although there are some obstacles to a life together, they find a way to work things out.  This is a light, heartwarming read involving balancing one's responsibilities with the pursuit of happiness.  The main theme is "that it's not right to judge a person by only outward looks.  Sometimes when you do that, you miss out on a lot." It has some funny parts as well as some suspense in it.  I enjoyed it!

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