The Caregiver (Families of Honor Series #1)

The Caregiver (Families of Honor Series #1)

by Shelley Shepard Gray

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ISBN-13: 9780062074577
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/08/2011
Series: Families of Honor Series , #1
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 112,823
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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The Caregiver 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Janna6 More than 1 year ago
There are so many Amish books out there right now that sometimes it can be hard to sort through them and find ones that are a little unique or different. Here's a hint, find ones with Shelley Shepard Gray's name on them, pick them up and read them. "The Caregiver" is a beautiful story that deals with marital abuse, cancer, widowhood, love and trust. I'm thinking that Shelley knows someone that has gone through cancer because her descriptions as she deals with Lucy helping her cousin Mattie go through her chemotherapy I was near tears. It was moving and touching as Mattie deals with depression and Lucy struggles to keep her from losing hope. Lucy is Mattie's caregiver, but she soon finds out that maybe she needs a little more care herself than she realized. There are some wonderful plot points in this book and Shelley has a way of making you really care about the different characters. A beautiful story and I look forward to the next one in this series.
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
This book has a heavier theme than most Amish fiction. The situations are very real though and draw you in. It can hit home for many readers as we can relate to a traumatic event that makes you change the way in which you view your life. The feelings of the domestic violence victim were accurately portrayed affecting other relationships and all facets of her life. The young cancer patient starts out being brave and upbeat until she has had enough and feels she can take it no more. The characters come to life. I like the way the characters are able to deal with their misunderstandings and mistakes without too much time going by. They seem like real adults. I loved it and highly recommend it.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
The Caregiver by Shelley Shepard Gray is the first book in the Families of Honor series. Lucy Troyer is traveling alone on a train to Jacob's Crossing to help care for her cousin Mattie who is battling cancer. Lucy's still trying to get her life back after the death of her husband, Paul, a year ago. Although they were only married for two years, Lucy was permanently changed by his constant and brutal physical and verbal abuse. She's no longer the independent, strong and happy woman she once was. She meets Calvin Weaver and his little sister, Katie, on the train, and the trio lean on each other when the train has technical problems, creating a bond in the midst of adversity. Calvin and Katie just happen to be from Jacob's Crossing, which Lucy sees as a sign of God's hand. Calvin is still smarting from the betrayal of his best friend and girlfriend who fell in love with each other, leaving him humiliated in front of the community. Calvin and Lucy both tentatively connect through their enforced time together, but misunderstandings leave them both disturbed by the other's behavior. Still, neither can deny the connection between them, and their hesitant and sweet romance is the strength of the book. Mattie's battle with cancer and the ensuing depression and distance from the Lord adds depth and complexity to the plot. Without her, the story would seem almost too sweet, but Mattie makes Lucy speak her mind and face the truth, even when it's uncomfortable. The two young women come to see that they have much in common: both were placed in terrible situations where they questioned God's will and their lives were irrevocably changed by it. Gray has filled Jacob's Crossing with a variety of interesting characters who will surely make the series an enjoyable read. While Lucy and Calvin's romance is delicate and sweet, Mattie's anger is very real and gritty, and her relationship with Graham is an enigma. Plus John, Calvin's uncle who left the faith twenty years ago, has returned and is torn between an Englischer woman and an Amish widow with a son. There's a lot to love about this series. Gray is one of my favorite writers of bonnet fiction; she really makes the characters come to life.
hookedonbooksGF More than 1 year ago
I loved this book , could hardly put it down , and most of all wanted it to be much longer . I finished and went directly on to book 2 . I love the way Mrs. Gray writes and will read many more of her books . I highly recomend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inspirational
delphimo on LibraryThing 26 days ago
This is a new series for Gray. This series is called the Families of Honor series and deals with individuals facing life-challenging issues. In this novel there is Lucy, a battered wife who survives the terrors of a maniacal husband until he falls and breaks his neck. Lucy cousin, Mattie, struggles with breast cancer and the treatments and hair loss and sickness. Calvin, a neighbor of Mattie's battles his emotion when he learns that his girlfriend and best friend have started "courting". Finally, Calvin's uncle, John, decides to leave the city and return to the Amish country. John must decide between two women: a non-Amish librarian or an Amish widow with a young son. Each must trust in the Lord to guide them and protect them.
mrsjason on LibraryThing 26 days ago
As I've said in the past, Shelley Shepard Gray's Amish stories are the best ones that I've seen out there. No idealized life, very few English turns to Amish just for love and just stories about the culture and the lifestyle. This book is no different and even breaks ground with the subject matters brought forth in the book. This is the first book dealing with the Amish that I have read that deals with cancer and domestic violence IN the Amish. Both subjects seem to be taboo among other authors and I'm glad that Gray brings them into light with this book.Lucy is the victim of an abusive husband. What makes her situation unique is that both she and her husband are Amish. I find this groundbreaking because other books dealing with the Amish tend to make their entire lifestyle to seem so peaceful and full of tranquility and that nothing from the outside world taints their community. However Gray clearly shows that the Amish are not immune from this type of behavior and Lucy's husband was just as terrible as abusive husbands from the outside world. What probably made it even more worse for her is that there was absolutely no one she could tell this to and to get any sort of help would have been really frowned upon. I ache that she had to go through all of it alone and the emotional and physical scars that it left on her.At first I got annoyed with Lucy for making such a harsh judgment about Calvin after one single incident. Her complete 180 attitude and not even bothering to try to listen to his reason for why he did what he did got on my nerves. Then I realized that she is coming from an abusive relationship. She is wary of any sort of hints of abuse in a person's character because she fears it. I immediately changed my mind about her and began to empathize with her.Cancer is another topic I hadn't seen mentioned in this book. Again it shows that even the Amish are not immune to the diseases that ravage the rest of the world. Mattie is very young to deal with breast cancer and it's painful to watch her have to suffer with it. Even though her faith is quite strong, there are days where she's angry and sullen which is completely normal and I am glad that Gray portrayed her in that light.With all the heavy talk, there is still a nice romance thrown in as well. I really liked seeing Lucy and Calvin's relationship grown throughout the story. It's well done because the relationship feels to grow at a natural speed. I also really loved how much the Amish love Wal-mart. It's totally awesome to see them visiting the store and being quite comfortable with it. This is another winner from Gray and I can't wait for the next book in the series.
wearylibrarian on LibraryThing 26 days ago
Mattie is fighting cancer and her cousin, Lucy arrives in Jacob Crossing to help care for her. On the train, she meets the only other Amish family on the train, Calvin and his sister, Katie. Lucy has no trust of men. Her late husband, Paul, was both physically and verbally abusive. When Calvin finds Lucy's diary, he reads a section that tells of her relief that Paul is dead.
kittycrochettwo on LibraryThing 26 days ago
"The Caregiver" by Shelley Shepard Gray touches on a subject that I have rarely read about in the amish stories that I read, and that is domestic violence among the Amish. In this story we have the protagonist Lucy, who married a man that the Amish community thought well of.Soon after marrying Paul, he becomes verbally and physically abusive towards her. While many of the people in her community knew what was going on they did nothing. Lucy figures that she is destined to live the rest of her life with abuse,something that she blamed herself for. The only place that she could pour out her emotions were in the pages of her journal, so when an accident claims the life of her husband, she finds herself writing that she is actually relieved that he is dead.When her friend Mattie is diagnosed with breast cancer, Lucy decides she will head to Jacob's Crossing near Cleveland to help take care of her. Traveling alone by train she meets Calvin Miller and his precocious sister Katie, the only other Amish people on the train. When the train breaks down outside Toledo, the trio spends the day together,and while Lucy wants to believe that Calvin is nothing like Paul, she is afraid to trust.Calvin is carrying the hurt of betrayal of his former girlfriend Gwen and his friend Will. But when he finally gets home to Jacob's Crossing he can't quit thinking about Lucy. Will Lucy's past keep her from realizing what a great guy Calvin is, or will they be able to work beyond their past hurts to claim a future together?I really enjoyed reading this story, I felt like the author accurately portrayed the feelings that Lucy would have probably experienced as a person living with domestic violence. My heart broke for her on several occasions, especially when she longed to be the girl she was before the abuse began. I felt like Lucy's role as caregiver started long before she started helping to take care of Mattie. She was a daughter that married, so that it would ease the burden of her parents overcrowded house. When she found herself in an abusive marriage she then took the blame on herself, but always tried to anticipate the needs and wants of her husband. I was so glad when she found him dead, although had I been the author I would have probably had him ran over by a car or stomped by a bull, instead of simply falling off of a ladder. The author introduces to several secondary characters that have interesting stories of their own, which makes me anxious to read the next book in the Families of Honor series. While this book will definitely appeal to readers of Amish fiction, I think it would hold appeal to anyone who enjoys a well written inspirational story that weaves together the elements of faith, love and learning to trust again.Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Lindz2012 on LibraryThing 26 days ago
We are introduced to a few people in this new book and series. In the very beguining we learn about Lucy Troyer and her husband Paul. Lucy and Paul are married for two years, during that time Paul is physical and verbal abuse toward her and her family and her commuity see and know about but do thing about it. Lucy then travel on a train to take care of her cousin Mattie who is having breast cancer. She meet a young man named Calvin and his sister, Katie and his uncle John. They are travel back home to Jacob Crossing. They get to know each other while traveling. They both have carry past hurts. Their train break down along the way and they have to band together while they face the outside world.
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