Winter's Awakening (Seasons of Sugarcreek Series #1)

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Joshua Graber knows his future is set. He's expected to work at his family business, the Graber Country Store. He's expected to marry Gretta Hershberger, who he's been courting for several years. But when a new English family moves next door and their lovely teenage daughter, Lilly Allen, catches his eye, Joshua wonders if all the plans for his future are too set in stone.

Gretta doesn't know what's going on with Joshua. When they argue and later stew in silence, it feels a lot ...

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Overview

Joshua Graber knows his future is set. He's expected to work at his family business, the Graber Country Store. He's expected to marry Gretta Hershberger, who he's been courting for several years. But when a new English family moves next door and their lovely teenage daughter, Lilly Allen, catches his eye, Joshua wonders if all the plans for his future are too set in stone.

Gretta doesn't know what's going on with Joshua. When they argue and later stew in silence, it feels a lot like the frosty atmosphere at her home. After promising herself to never have a marriage like her parents, she wonders if perhaps another man might be a better match. A man such as Roland Schrock. He's steady and kind and somewhat boring. If she marries him, she won't ever have to worry about loving him and getting hurt.

Meanwhile, Lilly is enamored with the Amish way of life, and especially her handsome neighbor Joshua. But despite being drawn to him, she has a secret that will only drive him away. Her family moved to Sugarcreek to hide her pregnancy from their community back home. Once she's had the baby, they plan to send her off to college without anyone from their old neighborhood knowing the truth. But as Lilly becomes wrapped up in the simplicity and graciousness of the Amish people, she begins to question what's expected of her, and whether giving up her baby, and leaving Sugarcreek, is what she truly wants.

As the coldest winter on record blows into Sugarcreek, these three young people must struggle to determine the path of their futures.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410427809
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 7/21/2010
  • Series: Seasons of Sugarcreek Series , #1
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    The overview makes it seem like Joshua doubts his future with Gr

    The overview makes it seem like Joshua doubts his future with Gretta because the new English neighbor Lilly has caught his eye. But really he's only attracted to her for about two days and then all of a sudden he isn't attracted to her at all anymore and they become best friends instead. The whole thing just seemed very odd to me. Pointless, really.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2010

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    Winter's Awakening (Seasons of Sugarcreek Series #1)

    Shelley Sheperd Gray is fast becoming another of my favorite authors. This book was a wonderful story and I look forward to following the journey through the seasons of Sugarcreek. A peaceful and joyful read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

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    Winter's Awakening

    I loved this book and was finished in one rainy afternoon. Easy to follow the characters and plot. I simply can not wait for the second and third book to come out!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Recommended highly....I am hook!

    Great book! I am hooked on the "Seasons of Sugarcreek" series....Can't read them fast enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Very good.

    I liked the part where Joshua decided to get baptized.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2012

    This author is awesome

    Wow, great lovely book. When i started reading this book i wasnt so sure about it, i thought it would be depressing
    but boy was i wrong. I love gretta. great character!
    Read it and i promise, you won't be dissapointed

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  • Posted January 3, 2012

    A great read most enjoyable

    As I have read all this series and loved each one I recommend them to all who like to raed about the Amish and their faith.

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  • Posted June 13, 2010

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    A delightful story, wonderful characters and an amazing setting.

    "Winter's Awakening was a breathe of fresh air for me. It was refreshing to read a story about young love that didn't involve an overly immoral theme. Granted one of the main characters had committed an indiscretion and landed her family in Sugarcreek to escape the humiliation that would come in their hometown; it still focuses on more important things. Things like making the right choices, accepting others' faults, and growing up.

    "Every character in this story is wonderful and I loved being able to hear from each of the main characters. They all were at a stage in their lives where they needed to make some difficult decisions and become adults. Being what I consider a fairly spiritual person myself I really appreciated Gretta's character, her quiet thoughtful ways and her desire to listen to God. And though each of the characters eventually acknowledged their own need to rely on God I never felt I was being 'preached' to. I have to say, that was so nice!

    "One of the other wonderful bits about this story that I loved is that it was in Ohio. It is in fact somewhere that holds a special place in my heart after spending a year and a half long mission for my church in the areas central and southern Ohio. It was wonderful being transported back to a time and place that I fell in love with. I still recall the buggy's riding down the road and the Amish store just within walking distance of one of my residences. Shelley did a magnificent job of describing the scenery and beauty that encompass that entire area, somewhere I long to visit again.

    "All in all I would highly recommend this book. It was a quick, fun and meaningful read. And as I said before, refreshing in today's market that's saturated with immorality, it was nice to read a book that wasn't preachy, but still morally based. Another great thing is that it's the first in a series with the second book, Spring's Renewal, due out in May. I can't wait!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

    Awakening

    Good story. This is an easy read and takes you to a different place. About as good as Brunsettler and Lewis and would like to read the next installment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2010

    Sweet

    Good, rainy day book!

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

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    Although the plot of the opening Seasons of Sugarcreek Amish romance is typical of the sub-genre, the cast makes it fresh

    All the Amish residents of Sugarcreek, Ohio assume that Gretta Hershberger and Joshua Graber will marry soon. The pair has been seeing one another and seems so suited together. However, Joshua has some issues with the foregone conclusion of their relationship as if courting and feelings do not matter.

    Part of his doubts is his attraction to his new neighbor, eighteen year old English Lilly Allen. She likes Joshua, but believes he will ignore once he learns her secret that she knows if they are to have a relationship she must reveal to him. As Gretta and Joshua drift apart, Roland Schrock tries to court her. Although she loves Joshua, Gretta accepts Roland's advances as he is calmer than the more volatile Joshua, of whom she still loves.

    Although the plot of the opening Seasons of Sugarcreek Amish romance is typical of the sub-genre, the cast makes it fresh as the four prime players mature during the entangled courtships. Fans will enjoy this fine entry as the Winter Awakening that stormed the hearts of Joshua and Gretta is becoming Spring's Renewal.

    Harriet Klausner

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