A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn (Amish Brides of Pinecraft Series #3)

A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn (Amish Brides of Pinecraft Series #3)

by Shelley Shepard Gray

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Beloved bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray returns with the third book in her Amish Brides of Pinecraft series—a story of second chances for two young single parents...and the wedding that brings them together.

Emma Keim was heartbroken when her husband Sanford passed away, leaving her to raise three young daughters alone. In the years since, her relatives have made it no secret that they expect Emma to remain a widow, mourning Sanford indefinitely. But when she meets Jay Hilty—a widower with three young sons of his own—Emma is delighted to have a new friend who understands her struggles. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s also handsome and kind. Still, Emma is dismayed that her family is so opposed to their friendship—and the idea of it ever becoming anything more. She honors her husband’s memory every day, but is she destined to be alone forever?

Jay knows that few people his age understand what it’s like to lose a spouse, and Emma’s gentleness with his boys stirs something in his heart that’s been quiet for far too long. But when Jay’s oldest son becomes engaged to a local woman, suddenly Jay, Emma, and their children are swept up in wedding preparations. Witnessing his son’s joy, Jay wonders if it’s time for him to move forward, too, and find happiness again.

Jay wants to court Emma in earnest, but Emma’s relatives remain troubled by the prospect of her moving on. Once again, love has come to Pinecraft. But can these two parties of four become a happy, healthy family of eight?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062337757
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/15/2015
Series: Amish Brides of Pinecraft Series , #3
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 159,567
File size: 1 MB

About 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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A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've just completed this one & am moving straight to bk#4. Even Shelley's Novella is this series was a winner! She weaves characters effortlessly from one book to another. You always know whats happening with your favorites from the prior books in this series. Yet she doesn't leave you hanging. She simply doesn't need too. The descriptions of the town of Pincrapt. You feel the soft, warm sand onyour toes. In this.book I think my favorite characters is Frankie, the beagle. His antics made me laugh. In our own lives I think all of us have met afamily pet, like Frankie. May have even had one :) I don't like to.share the story in the book. No.need to spoil book for you. Instead I'd rather share what I think is the spirit of the book. Faith, love of family and friends, hope and the true joys of life.
Soupersally More than 1 year ago
Two lonely people- a man and a woman, both widowed and raising children on their own. This is a beautiful story of these two plus a romance with one of the children that turns into planning for their wedding. And as Emma and Jay start to take an interest in each other, Emma's family is very interfering. How true that is in today's standards. And that interference can work either way, towards or away from the person you cared about. Adventure with Frankie is hilarious since I found myself laughing at his antics! I loved this third book in the series called The Pinecraft Brides. A really good read!
Christa4 More than 1 year ago
"A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn" is the third book in the series, Amish Brides of Pinecraft by Shelley Shepard Gray. Emma Keim and her three daughters are once again off in search of their carefree beagle, Frankie. He has a nose that can smell a pizza from many blocks away. The search for Frankie ends at the Orange Blossom Inn, where he has ruined a pizza that belonged to Jay Hilty. Jay and his three boys have moved from Ohio to Florida in hopes of starting a new life after his wife passed away. They are staying at the Inn, until their house is fixed up. Emma can instantly relate to Jay, being a widow herself. There is a special connection that forms between Emma and Jay, but is it strong enough for them to let go of their past and look toward a hopeful future together? Or, is it best for them and their families if they remained friends? Through it all, Gods timing is perfect! This book is a delightful read and I definitely recommend reading it. The characters seem so real. They sort through a variety of emotions as they try to put their life back together after dealing with the death of a loved one. And, before the story ends, Frankie strikes again! That silly hound!
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
Captivating! A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn, By: Shelley Shepard Grey Welcome back to Pinecraft Florida and the Orange Blosson Inn. This is book three in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series. This was such a wonderfully, delightful book. I so loved catching up with the characters that we know and love from this series and getting to meet the new ones also. Shelley has a way of creating characters that are so real and lifelike that you actually feel as though you are part of the story. I didn’t want to put this book down it was that good. So be sure to grab your glass of sweet ice tea and kick back and relax while you escape to Pinecraft in this delightful story. Be sure to order your copy today! 5 stars!
CindyLinth More than 1 year ago
Shelley Shepard Gray did it again – she made me happy, made me sad, made me laugh quite a bit (oh Frankie!), and made me cry (several tissues alert). A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn is just the sweetest story taking place back in Pinecraft and at Beverly’s inn (or should I say Eric’s). Young love between Ben & Tricia, new love between a widow and widower, love of two overly concerned parents for their daughter, a very hungry and mischievous beagle, a frog, pizza, familiar faces from the other books in this series…all of this makes Shelley’s story come alive, and you are drawn quickly into that first chapter. You might want to make sure you have free time to read this without interruptions, because once you get started, you won’t want to put it down. Ask me how I know. You could read this as a stand-alone novel, but I think you should read the entire Amish Brides at Pinecraft series. You won’t be disappointed in the least.
KMorgan73 More than 1 year ago
Shelley Shepard Gray has done it again! What a wonderfully sweet, romantic, fun read!!! A return trip to Pinecraft, FL lets us catch up with old friends and make some new ones. There was an Amish spin on the Brady Bunch with an Amish widow with three young girls and an Amish widower with three boys. Add in one misbehaving beagle and laughs abound in this well-told tale of moving on while remembering the past. I immediately felt connected to the characters in this book. They were so genuine and real it was easy to forget they were fictional characters. I soon found myself thinking of them as friends and wishing for the best for all of them. I really liked Emma and felt empathy for her as she tried to move forward with her life but met resistance from her family. And that Frankie....so easy to fall in love with him! The descriptions of Pinecraft made me feel as if I had actually been there and was returning for a visit. It was easy to picture all of the places in my mind as I read the book. I love this about Shelley's writing. She can truly transport you to a different place. This is a must read for fans of Amish fiction or anyone looking for a really sweet, romantic read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But excruciatingly slow.
Danilyn More than 1 year ago
Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good clean book about family,faith, and romance.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was very good and recomend the series!! I agree with you!!!!!!
SharonChance More than 1 year ago
In "A Wedding At The Orange Blossom Inn," her third book in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series, author Shelley Shepard Gray takes her readers back to the quaint Florida community outside of Sarasota where the Amish folks come to vacation and is the perfect backdrop for this charming romantic story! It is always a delight to sit down and enjoy Shelley's books, and I have particularly enjoyed this Amish Brides series. Her reoccurring characters are warm and friendly people that you'd love to have as neighbors, and the gentle tales of romance are just lovely. Shelley is a skilled storyteller and readers will feel pulled into the story as if you are right there as a guest at the Inn. As the third book there are some back stories that are continued from the previous books, but first-time readers can also enjoy this story and perhaps will go back to pick up on the others! I highly recommend anything Shelley Shepard Gray writes, and am honored to be able to recommend "A Wedding At The Orange Blossom Inn." Can't wait for the final book, "A Christmas Bride at Pinecraft" coming soon!
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and got so involved in the lives here in Pinecraft Florida, a real renewal in relationships with promises of more to come. Yeah, there is another book coming real soon, October 13, 2015, A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft, only problem it is the end of this series. We first met Tricia when she arrived unannounced at the Orange Blossom Inn, her Aunt Beverly is the manager there, and we find out about the hard time she had that made her leave her Ohio home and travel to Florida. She finds a new friend and some romance in a new arrival in the community Ben Heity, and although they are young, we watch the sparks fly. Will they each end up going their own way, or can they forge a new life together? There is also Ben’s Dad Jay, he has been widowed and raising his three boys alone, and made a bold move and left his Amish community in Ohio and is starting a new farm in Florida. Fate or rather God has placed in his path a widow with three girls, and a sassy, destructible, and loveable beagle, which does his part to bring these two souls together. Your in for a rollercoaster ride here, there are tears and some hearty laughs to be had, and the words fly off the pages, a real page-turner, and everything seemed so real, I had wanted a piece of that beautiful wedding cake! I received this book from the Publisher Avon Inspired, and was not required to give a positive review.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
This story was such fun to read! It flowed smoothly and moved quickly, as the other books in the series have done. I really am enjoying this series set in Pinecraft, FL. This book has so many humorous moments, mostly involving Frankie the beagle, and I had fun reading about his exploits. Another enjoyable aspect of this book is that there are a few different story lines that build throughout it. The reader continues to watch the friendship build between Beverly and Eric. This is an ongoing thread through the books. I also enjoyed the two main romances in this book. One is a whirlwind romance that develops between a young couple, Tricia and Ben. It is full of newness and the thrill of young love. There is also concern that things are moving too fast. It was sweet to watch them navigate these new feelings. The other romance is between a widower and a widow, Jay and Emma. The romance moved at a slower pace and there was some uncertainty about where their attraction was leading. I especially liked their story and the obstacles that they had to overcome. This is such an enjoyable set of books. The people in this little Amish community feel so real and I am looking forward to more books in the series. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Shopgirl152ny1 More than 1 year ago
This was a cute story with hints of the Brady Bunch! I liked all of the characters and it was fun to see some characters from the previous books. This worked well as a stand-alone, but there was a little bit of back story in the previous books about two of the main characters. There was a couple of romances going on as Jay's son and Tricia, who works at the inn, fell for each other, while Jay and Emma start to think they might have found love again. I was frustrated with Emma's mother and how she could be so opinionated about her daughter staying single. Prayer and faith in God were important to the story as many prayed for direction. There were some cute romantic moments in both of the couple's stories. There was some humor, also, as Emma had a beagle who got into lots of trouble! I also liked seeing Beverly trying to figure out how much to interfere in her niece Tricia's life and how much to step back. It was interesting to see her relationship with her English boss Eric progress, as well. I would recommend this story if you like Amish romances. I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
cfernstaedt2 More than 1 year ago
I have so come to love my visits to Pinecraft, FL through Shelley Shepard Gray's Amish Brides of Pinecraft Series; and A Wedding at the Orange BLossom Inn was no dissapointment. While we are cheerfully reunited with old friends, we also meet new ones. Emma Keim, a widow, with 3 young daughters; who's family has made it clear grieving and respect for her late husband should continue. Thanks to a mischievous beagle, Emma meets Jay Hilty, a widower with 3 boys, who has just moved to town. The two become good friends, through their shared experiences; a friendship others frown upon. Emma, Jay and their path of friendship teach us much about grief and learning to move on. As they learn from their children.
auntangela More than 1 year ago
It was Frankie's fault. Frankie and pizza. Well, Frankie's love of pizza and his ability to find it, regardless of who it belongs to. No one can be mad at Frankie the beagle for long, he is just to lovable. This sets the stage for Shelley Shepard Gray's third book in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series, A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn. I think this particular book is my favorite of the series. I truly love how Shelley wrote the love story between Emma Keim and Jay Hilty. Their love story was sweetly written and woven together from the very beginning. Both main characters have been married before, and know what true love was like for them already. Jay and Emma also have three children each, and so they are also trying to figure out how to raise their children without their spouses. My favorite character is Emma. She notices Jay's handsome look right away, and it startles her a little because she has not really noticed any man since the death of her husband. She finds herself falling in love with Jay's sweet and gentle manner and how he treats her and her daughters. Emma also begins to enjoy the time she spends with Jay's sons, especially the youngest who is dealing the most with his mom's death. In dealing with their new friendship, and budding romance, both Jay and Emma are a little surprised but welcoming of a new partner to experience life with, and a fresh start together. This is truly a lovely story.
busymomoftwo More than 1 year ago
There is something very good about a book that can draw you into the story in the first chapter. It wasn't anything out of the ordinary that happened, a silly mutt had gotten away leaving it's family to locate it. But Shelley Shepard Gray with her straight-forward style and the way that she reveals enough about the characters to pique your interest, pulled me right into her new book, A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn. The book takes place in Pinecraft, an Amish community nestled in Florida. For those that have read earlier books in the Brides of Pinecraft series, it revisits old characters and introduces many new. For those that are new to the series, there is nothing lost in having not read the earlier books. The story is universal in it's storyline, the chance meeting, the common challenges, the shared issues and the opportunity for more, despite the unique setting and Amish characters. I think that is one thing that really appeals to me about this book (and others like it). Although it is Amish fiction, and their religious ways come into play, at the heart the stories are about people and emotions, something that we can all relate to. Gray does a great job developing the characters in the book and the reader is easily pulled in and watches as they open themselves up and close back down in worry, as they grow from experiences and come to discover that there is more out there, as they find love and worry about losing it. If you are looking for an easy, enjoyable love story to read, you should definitely consider A Wedding at Orange Blossom Inn. A complimentary review copy was provided.
Superlibrarian More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in Shelley's "Amish Brides of Pinecraft" series. Widower Jay Hilty and his three sons are moving to Pinecraft from Ohio. Upon arriving in town, the Hiltys stay at the Orange Blossom Inn. Jay's oldest son Ben takes a shine to Tricia, a young inn employee. Widow Emma Keim has three young daughters and meets the Hiltys after her dog Frankie eats their pizza. The families mesh well but Emma's family is upset that she is spending so much time with Jay and his family. Orange Blossom Inn proprietor Beverly Overholt becomes closer to her boss Eric and there could be more than friendship brewing. However, one obstacle to that relationship is that Eric is English. Oh my! How would a relationship ever work? I hope that their relationship story will be fleshed out later in the series. Excellent addition to the series. It was nice to "catch up" with characters from the previous books. I read this novel in two days. It's that good! I'm part of Shelley's group "The Buggy Bunch" and received a book to review but I also purchased an additional copy. I was not required to leave a positive review.
ChasRay0 More than 1 year ago
Frankie! Oh Frankie! I find myself being thankful I do not own a beagle. Ha Ha! Frankie steals the show in the third book of the Brides of Pinecraft series. I think he is personally misunderstood but most label him as a trouble maker. He resides with widow Emma Keim and her 3 little girls Lena, Mandy, and Annie. Emma is busy taking care of her girls and baking treats part time for local inn owners so she doesn't have much spare time to take long walks. Frankie gets bored from time to time and decides he needs to take a walk. Those walks usually lead to trouble. How much trouble you ask? I'm not going to spoil it but I will say he finds more than his fair share. He also makes new friends while he's out and about like widower Jay Hilty and his three sons Ben, Mark, and William. He really liked them and not just because they shared their meal! We also get to see the romance of Tricia and Ben. Ben is Jay's son and Tricia's aunt Beverly runs the Orange Blossom in. It's not all orange blossoms for the couple but they fall head over heals in love and decide to get married. Not everyone is thrilled by this decision as we soon find out but I myself was rooting for the couple. Call me a helpless romantic if you will. All in all this is a great book that will have you laughing out loud one minute and your jaw dropping the next. This is by far my favorite book in the Brides of Pinecraft series.
moonlilly More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading A Wedding at Orange Blossom Inn. My emotions were on that roller coaster again. Such a awesome heartfelt novel set in beautiful sunny Florida! I was captured from the very first page. In a way I felt like I was there. The characters are so realistic and the emotions and trials each one has to go through or has already gone through touched me. Love sure can be found in unexpected places and when you least expect it. This was such a heartwarming story of finding love again especially after the loss of a loved one. Sometimes life will throw a curveball. I really felt for Emma in this novel. Her family had a hard time letting go and allowing for change to happen. Sometimes change can hurt and other times it is necessary to allow for healing in one's life. I was glad to see she had a good friend that she was able to talk to and have pie with at Yoder's. (Oh that yummy pie!) It was also a nice twist to the storyline to see the young adults giving the older adults the advice in this one. Usually it is the other way around. Sometimes it is nice to reflect and listen to what our children have to say. I do believe all the kids in this one knew what they were about! Young love is often times strong and confident especially when the heart knows exactly what it wants even if others don't want to see it that way or they think things are moving too fast. I felt like Ben and Tricia's love was like that. So there is a new animal addition in this novel and he is literally full of it and funny it is amazing how Shelley has really captured this with Frankie the Beagle. Oh that dog he made me laugh and at the end of the novel had me gasping in shock! I really enjoyed this one and highly recommend it. Thanks Shelley Shepard Gray for sharing your beautiful story!
Robinhb More than 1 year ago
What a way to open a book. A beagle on the loose and what an introduction between a widow and a widower. Engaging from the first sentence. And not one but two love stories to savor. Pinecraft calls to my heart. What a wonderful place. The people all care about one another. For me, the best part is relationship development. As I get to know the characters, I feel as though I am part of something so very special. Life is looked at as "In God's Hands" and reliance on Him is best. No matter what, even a foodaholic beagle, can be dealt with even as the struggle is recognized. I absolutely love Shelley's series and this one adds much to it. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
faithsnana More than 1 year ago
Let’s travel back to beautiful Pinecraft, Florida once again. I love visiting there and watching all the shenanigans of the resident’s pets. They are really quite funny. We’ve seen the trouble that pesky cat Serena has caused. Now she has some competition from a lovable, overweight beagle named Frankie. Frankie is hilarious! Frankie belongs to widow Emma Keim and her three young daughters. He has a great love for pizza and somehow manages to escape the yard and always finds some. Staying at the Inn is widower Jay Hilty and his three sons. They moved to Florida from Ohio and had purchased an organic farm that needed work. What were they having for supper one night out on the back patio? You guessed it, pizza…..AND Frankie found them! New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Shelley Shepard Gray writes in such a way that you get involved in the lives of her characters. You laugh with them, you cry with them, you chase their pets with them! You’ll enjoy your adventure in Pinecraft and you’ll also want to find out whose wedding we’re going to at the Inn.
JayneNoble More than 1 year ago
It is truly a joy to see how much love and excitement Shelley Shepard Gray can pack into each book. By now we all love returning to Pinecraft to see what her characters are up to. Emma has very real feelings to explore as her relationship with Jay and his three boys continues to evolve. However she faces opposition from her family. Other relationships are also growing! The animal pose both difficulties and add spice. I love the way her characters interact and their lives are woven together, this is small town living at its best! A great feel good book you won't want to put down.
Wilani More than 1 year ago
A Delightfully fun story with a very special lovable dog that takes center stage. This is a third book in this wonderful series. Although the books can stand alone. It is helpful to read them in order. Some of the characters are introduced in the first two books. One of the things that was especially wonderful about this book is the spiritual thread. I could so relate to praying before you speak especially in delicate situations. I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.