A Wish on Gardenia Street: An Amish Brides of Pinecraft Novella

A Wish on Gardenia Street: An Amish Brides of Pinecraft Novella

by Shelley Shepard Gray

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Bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray continues her Amish Brides of Pinecraft series with a special addition—a tale of wishing and wanting...and what the heart really needs

Good things may come to those who wait, but Mattie Miller is confident that great things come to those who go after what they want…and Mattie wants Danny Brenneman. Danny is the reason she's returned to the sunny Amish community of Pinecraft, Florida—well, that and to see her best friend Leona get married.

Mattie's met Danny only once before but she knows the spark between them is sure to lead to something special. Despite a missing cat, wedding day chaos, and Danny himself, she's confident this vacation can only end one way: in an engagement of her very own!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062422224
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Series: Amish Brides of Pinecraft Series
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 519,811
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.40(d)

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 Wish on Gardenia Street: An Amish Brides of Pinecraft Novella 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
A WISH ON GARDENIA STREET is the story of Mattie who has imagined that her penpal, Danny and she had developed a mail relationship. So Mattie happily goes to Pinecraft for her best friend's wedding, confident that she will end up engaged. Add wedding plans, a missing cat, and other plans going awry and Mattie's wishes seem doomed to fail. But along the way she learns a valuable lesson about keeping faith, not giving up, and trusting God knows best. A great story, but short. I expected one a bit longer than this. And while it says 112 pages, this includes two excerpts from other books by Ms. Gray. The story itself is only about 74 pages. Cute. Recommended for fans of Amish fiction, Ms. Gray, and short stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Superlibrarian More than 1 year ago
This was a cute short story in the "Amish Brides of Pinecraft" series. This story focuses on Mattie Miller as she goes back to Pinecraft, Florida for Leona and Zack's wedding. She stays at the Orange Blossom Inn again and has a great experience. She hopes for a romance but the love bug strikes when she least expects it. All in all, this has me looking forward to the next book in the series.
cathyc1 More than 1 year ago
Simply Enchanting Shelley Shephard Gray takes us back to Pinecraft for a fun filled reunion between friends that she introduced us to in the first book in the series, The Promise of Palm Grove. The reunion would not be complete without Serena the cat and her tendency to roam. I loved this story for many reasons. The way that this author seamlessly takes her readers back to a location and brings back characters that I've come to love is one of those reasons. Ms Gray's dialogue, and vivid descriptions are but a couple of other examples as to what makes this novella such a joy to read. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series. A quick and easy beach read that I highly recommend. Definitely 5 stars
cfernstaedt2 More than 1 year ago
The moment I opened to the first page of A Wish on Gardenia Street, I could barely contain my excitement of seeing old friends! Mattie Miller is arriving in Pinecraft for her dear friend Leona's wedding to Zack. Since their last visit, Mattie and Danny Brenneman have been corresponding and it seems, as the bus pulls into Pinecraft, Mattie has a wish of her own for this trip. The excitement of seeing old friends, preparing for the wedding and even getting a bit of rest will all have to wait though, as Serena, Mrs. Sadler's dear cat has gone missing...again! True to their lifestyle and belief in helping others..our Leona, Zack, Danny and Mattie will do all they can to find her; putting their needs aside. As a reader, this left me to ponder..am I as caring for others as our young friends? As you read this delightful novella, you quickly feel you have come back to somewhere near and dear to your heart. What is Mattie's wish? Will it come true? Where could Serena have gone? Will all of the work for the wedding be finished on time? A Wish on Gardenia Street is filled with love, hope, bonding and a message; God's will, not ours.
CindyLinth More than 1 year ago
Shelley Shepard Gray brings us back to Pinecraft in her new novella, A Wish on Gardenia Street. We get to see what shenanigans our friends are involved with this time - Leona & Zack, Mattie & Danny. There are wedding plans to finalize, a cat gone missing, and a heart ready to love, but God has other plans. This is a great story to read in one sitting. A quick one that keeps your thoughts hopping. One key item to remember is that it is in God's time, not ours. You see this throughout, and it's good to remember that what we want isn't always what God has planned for us.
Robinhb More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story placed in Pinecraft, FL. It felt just like a homey place for me to return. I felt the sadness Mattie felt when things didn't work out as she had anticipated. But, I was also able to experience her joy for her friend, Leona. Such a gentle read yet full of all kinds of life situations. How Mattie deals with all that is happening makes a truly delightful story.
MIBookLover More than 1 year ago
A wonderful, fun, quick read! Shelley Shepard Gray has another wonderful book! We get to make a return trip to Pinecraft, Florida to watch Leona and Zach, the main characters in the first book of this wonderful series, get married. When the book begins, it’s the week before the wedding. Mattie Miller, Leona’s best friend has traveled to Pinecraft to help with the wedding preparation. Mattie is also hoping to spend time with Danny, who she met on her first visit. They’ve exchanged letters, and Mattie is hoping to officially have a commitment from Danny. It becomes pretty obvious that Danny is more interested in Mattie as a friend. Along with finally wedding preparations, Zach has the job of finding Mrs. Sadler’s cat, Serena. The cat holds a special part of the story. This is the same cat that Zach was rescuing when he met Leona in the original book. On the bus ride home, Mattie meets Ben. I’d love to read a book that continues that focuses on the two of them. The last sentence of the book is my favorite, “Believe, dream, hope…. and have faith”. A truly amazing sentence that everyone should focus on, each day. If you enjoy Amish fiction, this is a must read. The characters are so well written. A very sweet story. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Christa4 More than 1 year ago
“A Wish on Gardenia Street,” is another great read by Shelley Shepard Gray! Mattie Miller is excited to be arriving in Pinecraft, Florida for her best friend’s wedding. Last time she was there she met a special friend, Danny Brenneman. She is hoping something special will blossom between the two of them. Mattie would love to start planning a wedding in sunny Pinecraft. You will have to read the reminder of this beautifully written novella to find out the rest of Mattie’s story. Shelley adds a few surprises along the way!
Pamela_W More than 1 year ago
“A Wish on Gardenia Street” is an Amish Brides of Pinecraft novella by Shelley Shepard Gray. This is the story of Mattie, who is on her way to Florida for her best friend’s wedding. On her last trip to Pinecraft, Mattie met Danny, a local boy, and they have been writing back and forth for months. Mattie hopes that on this trip she and Danny will fall in love, and soon she will be planning her own wedding! As is often the case, things don’t go quite the way she hopes. Much of the trip prior to the wedding ceremony is spent searching for Serena, Winnie Sadler’s cat. Mrs. Sadler is distraught over the cat’s disappearance, and will give them no peace until the animal is found. “A Wish on Gardenia Street” is a delightful story of faith, and how God makes circumstances work together for our good. Ms. Gray’s gift of storytelling will draw you in to the lives of these characters. An enjoyable story!
moonlilly More than 1 year ago
A Wish on Gardenia Street is a short, sweet, simple and to the point novella. I love all the characters in this one and was so happy for Leona and Zack! There is nothing like having your friends and family come together for an Amish wedding. Then the cat Serena! Oh I am so glad she got a small part in this book as well. I love the way Shelley's characters are so endearing and how they are so willing to help each other out even when their own plates are full. Mattie and Danny I think had to figure out who they each were inside and come into their own. Once they were able to do that things were easier for them. Even thought this was a novella, the pace of this book was just right and I could not put it down. It read smoothly and brought back a lot of memories for me as I have visited Pinecraft myself. Shelley really has captured it perfectly. I could almost feel the sun on my face and taste that pie from Yoder's. As the series continues I really hope that we will get to read more about Mattie and some of the other characters mentioned in this novella. I 100% enjoyed this story and highly recommend it! What a great read.
ChasRay0 More than 1 year ago
In a Wish on Gardenia Street we get to see Leona marry her love Zack. This is the couple from the first book in the series The Promise of Palm Grove. Here we pick up with the week of their wedding. Leona's friend Mattie arrives with stars in her eyes determined she's going to marry the groom's best friend. After all, that's what a few letters exchanged means right? I was hooked right from the beginning wanting to see this couple get married but was a bit put off by Mattie's love stuck ideals. What's so special about best friends marrying best friends. I get it though, she wanted what Leona had, the stars in your eyes forever kind of love. It made sense to her she could find it in Zack's best friend. She didn't find love but what she found was a true meaningful friendship that will last a lifetime. Normal couples experience stress when planning a wedding and Amish couples are no different. However, add in a crazy cat lady who has lost her beloved cat Serena and you have the makings of a disaster! Not only are Zack and Leona trying to plan a wedding but now Zack is charged with finding Mrs.Sadler's cat. Why she chooses Zack nobody really knows but he feels a loyalty to the lady and has always been successful in returning Serena in the past. Needless to say it isn't as easy as it seems and all four friends are out looking for the cat daily while trying to plan a wedding. One of my favorite lessons and quotes from the book is "All she had to do was believe, dream, hope, and have faith". No matter what we face: a wedding, a runaway cat, a love struck friend...whatever, as long as we have faith in God all of it will work out for the good just as He promised. And Yes, the cat was found along with a few extra surprises. Who doesn't love surprises??
KMorgan73 More than 1 year ago
Mattie is going to Pinecraft, FL to attend the wedding of her best friend Leona. She is also hoping to spend more time with Danny, a boy whom she met during her last visit to the town. However, things don't exactly turn out as Mattie had dreamed they would. Will Mattie get her happy ending? This was a very sweet and easy to read novella. The characters are all familiar and it was fun to catch up with them again. The flow of the story is great and makes the novella easy to read in just one setting. A quick, easy evening or weekend read for fans of Amish fiction. I received a free copy of this novella in exchange for my honest opinion, which I have given
Soupersally More than 1 year ago
When I started reading this novella. I felt like I was coming home! I love this series that started with The Promise of Palm Grove. I think it is best to start with the original and read the books in order to feel the full effect of this lovely town, its people and the amazing way the stories flow so beautifully. Even though A Wish on Gardenia Street is a novella, its impact is just as warm and cozy as the others before it. Another hit out of the ballpark!
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
A Wish on Gardenia Street is a novella set in Pinecraft Florida and Amish Mennonite Community, and our main character Mattie has just arrived as the book opened. Mattie arrives to be in her friends wedding and to help her get things ready, but she has her own plans, and in her mind she has her life all planned out. Reality is different and she may just find out that what she wants is not what God has planned for her. Come and enjoy another stay in this Plain Community, my mind keeps painting pictures of living here. We walk the streets and go to the shops, and we have a sewing frolic to make the necessary things for the wedding. Will Mattie get all that she wants, or will she end up going home? I loved this quick read, only 112 pages, and being able to read in one sitting. I received this book through Edelweiss and the Avon Inspire Impulse, and was not required to give a positive review.
Wilani More than 1 year ago
Wow! What an awesome novella. It is a quick read. In fact I found I could not put it down. It is very well written. I felt like I was right there in Pinecraft with the characters looking for Serena the cat who is lost. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.