Christmas in Sugarcreek (Seasons of Sugarcreek Series #4)

Christmas in Sugarcreek (Seasons of Sugarcreek Series #4)

by Shelley Shepard Gray


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Judith Graber has always been the obedient daughter. When her older brother Josh struggled with his love life, she offered wise counsel. When her younger brother Caleb flirted with the idea of leaving their order, she firmly told him he was wrong. Over the years, she’s watched her younger siblings, helped around the house, and worked in her family’s store during her spare time. Judith feels overworked, overlooked, and underappreciated this holiday season.

But everything changes when her father hires Ben Knox.

Ben Knox is the “bad boy” of Sugarcreek. Though he’s never considered jumping the fence, he’s certainly never tried to be anything close to dutiful. Two years ago he left Sugarcreek under a cloud of shame. Rumors circulated that his rumspringa had been filled with more than the usual harmless explorations.

Now he’s back and working side by side with Judith.

As the chaos of the holiday season threatens to sap all joy, sparks fly between Ben and Judith. But Judith steels herself to ignore her infatuation. The last thing she wants to be is just one more girl who falls under Ben’s spell. Ben, on the other hand, wants Judith to realize there’s more to him than his bad reputation. When he fled Sugarcreek, he was running from a disruptive home life. Now that he’s back, he wants a fresh beginning.

Could this Christmas season bring love and a new life for the unlikeliest pair in Sugarcreek?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062089762
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Series: Seasons of Sugarcreek Series , #4
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.48(w) x 7.24(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Shelley Shepard Gray is the author of the Seasons of Sugarcreek and Sisters of the Heart series. She lives with her family in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time.

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Christmas in Sugarcreek 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Returning to the setting of the Seasons of Sugarcreek books and being able to catch up with all the characters we have come to love and adore, is where Christmas in Sugarcreek by Shelly Shepard Gray begins. When she finished writing Autumn's Promise, Shelly felt the need to tell Judith Graber's story since she felt it was a character she neglected. Judith needed a man who would love her enough to make her smile and that is what she finds in Ben Knox. Ben Knox has the reputation of being the bad Amish boy, one who spent his rumspringa finding and capturing the hearts of girls and leaving them behind battered and broken. Even though Judith has always liked him, she isn't about to let her feelings get in the way of common sense. Yet that is all Judith's life has been about, being the girl who is reliable, dependable, one with a great head on her shoulders and very smart. She's the one her parents rely on to help with the household chores, the children and running the family store. Just for once, Judith dreams of doing something just for herself or finding just the right person who will take care of her. Just when Judith doesn't think things can get any worse, they do. When her brother Caleb is called away from helping Judith with the store to care for her wife who is pregnant with twins, she feels overwhelmed. Her father offers to hire someone to help her out and Ben Knox is just the right person for the job. Will Judith be able to keep her heart and feelings locked deep inside or will Ben be the key to unlock the love she has kept inside? Could this Christmas season bring love and a new life for the unlikeliest pair in Sugarcreek? I received Christmas in Sugarcreek compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and after falling in love with the characters from Sugarcreek in Shelly's series, I couldn't wait to share Christmas with the Graber family once again. A wonderful story of finding a bit of light and hope inside each of us, if we are but brave enough to seek it. Another award winning book that rates a perfect 5 out of 5 stars!
destinationamish More than 1 year ago
Christmas in Sugarcreek is sure to please Shelley Shepard Gray fans near and far. What a wonderfully written book. She writes each character with such ease that I don't think one would have to have read her series Seasons of Sugarcreek to follow this book. This book follows Judith Graber, self-described goody-two shoes on her journey to find love and to carve out her own identity among her large family. She feels like she is overworked and taken a little advantage of because she is still single and basically she feels obligated. She desperately wants a husband and a life of her own. The tides begin to turn when "Bad Boy" Ben Knox returns and her world turns upside down with mixed emotions of how she feels for him. Meanwhile, Lilly and Robert Miller are adjusting to being newlyweds and becoming Mennonites. There's little twist of the story "The Gift of the Magi" involving them. Fans will love to hear more of their love story. Caleb Grabers story also gets told. He is in love with Rebecca Yoder, who he thinks is keeping something from him. He doesn't want to give too much of his heart away only to have Rebecca not feel the same. This book is such a touching story about love, acceptance and having the faith to follow ones heart. Readers will not be disappointed. I recommend this book to all.
texicanwife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful faith-filled combination of stories taking place in the Amish community of Sugarcreek.In this wonderful, quaint town we meet Rebecca, Judith and Lilly. Each young girl struggles with new-found responsibilities, as well as their faith, and a new love.This is the first Amish love story I have read, although I understand they are quite the popular Christian book genre! Rest assured.... this will not be the last!Rebecca finds a love with a young man running from his past. Judith with a young man that doesn't mind her impoverished state. And Lilly with an older man willing to go against his family, and his way of life, to embrace their life together.All three find a love to last a lifetime! All in the Amish community of Sugarcreek.Kind of makes me wish I could travel there to celebrate my own Christmas this year!I give this book Five Stars and my Thumbs Up Award!I highly recommend this reading for youth, young adults and adults of all ages. Would make an excellent group study [and there's even group questions in the back!]****DISCLOSURE: This book was provided as part of the Amazon Vine program in consideration for an independent review of the writer's work.
laws on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ties together all the characters in the Seasons of Sugarceek Series. I was sad to see this was the last book. I grew to love all the characters and glad the author each gave them a story esp. Judith and Caleb Graber.
polarmath on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good book that was a quick read. It details the relationships between several couples and how they come to accept how they feel about each other. Judith learns to see Ben as he is now instead of how he was when they were growing up. Rebecca learns that Caleb can love her no matter what and I enjoyed the Gift of the Magi twist for one of the couples.
crazy4reading on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a win in the Early Reviewers program on LT. This is my first book written by Shelley Shepard Gray.I enjoy reading books about the Amish even fiction books. This story didn't disappoint me either. This is part of a series which I did not know at the time. I was still able to follow the story since this was mainly about Judith Graber.The story was fast moving and easy to follow. I enjoyed reading about how the Amish were celebrating Christmas. It was a nice easy read for a snowy weekend.
gincam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Christmas in Sugarcreek" is the fourth and final book in Shelley Shepard Gray's series "Seasons of Sugarcreek". I have not read the first three books, but I plan to correct that very soon! A few pages into this book, and I was hooked. The characters are wonderfully etched, and I was immediately drawn into the story line. Judith Graber, dutiful elder daughter, works hard to help and care for her family. She never turns down a request for assistance, putting the needs of others above her own dreams and desires. She has a loving home with her family, works in the family business, and is well-respected. Yet, she longs for more--a home of her own, and a loving husband to share her future. When Ben Knox, long considered to be somewhat dark and dangerous, returns to Sugarcreek to sell his own family's home, Judith finds herself once again aflutter over her feelings for Ben. Unbeknownst to Judith, Ben has always cared for her, but he felt himself to be unworthy and unacceptable to her family. However, when Judith's father hires Ben to help at the family store, Judith and Ben find themselves in each other's company every day, and their eyes are opened toward about their own true personas and their real feelings. I fell in love with Ben outright--his strength, gentleness and humility were so very appealing. His protectiveness and consideration toward Judith was exactly what she so needed, and her acceptance and admiration for him put him at ease with her family and the community. His tenderness and patience with the children in the story is very touching. The characters from the other three books all play a role in this story line, and I was intrigued by each couple's individual history. This is a delightful and romantic holiday read, and the whole series sounds very worthwhile!
PhDinHorribleness on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a nice quick and enjoyable read. Even though I have not read the other books in the series, it was easy to get into and follow the story. I have always enjoyed fictional stories about Amish communities and this did not disappoint. An excellent book to curl up with over a weekend!
delphimo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the 3rd in a series of Amish/Mennonite life. I am unsure as to the location and as to the time period, but laptop computers are mentioned. This is a simple, loving Christmas novella that describes the differences between the Amish and the Mennonites. The story centers on Judith Graber and her journey of finding herself amid her family. Judith has always been the sensible and dependable daughter and now she must decide if love is possible for her. Other minor stories arise such as the financial position of brother Caleb's girlfriend, Rebecca, and the trust and settling of newlyweds Lilly and Robert. The message is one of trusting in God and in yourself.
kitchenwitch04 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First of all I have to say that Shelley Shepard Gray is one of my all-time favorite authors to read. I have read every book in the Seasons of Sugarcreek series and I love them all! I was SO thrilled to have received this book thru the Early Reviewers program. I really wanted to save this book until I had the tree up with the lights twinkling, all snuggled on the couch with a big warm quilt and hot cup of Vanilla Chai, but unfortunately, I received the book before my perfect scenario could be Anyway, (I digress..) I couldn't wait, so I read this book in one sitting. It is exactly as I expected, with all the wonderful characters reuniting to celebrate the holiday season. I have a huge passion for Amish fiction, and this book was such a joy to read. Thanks Shelley for another fabulous book!!!
briandrewz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was light and enjoyable Christmas fare. Pick it up and read it on a cold winter's day with a warm cup of hot coco and let yourself get lost in Sugarcreek.Shelley Shepard Gray does a good job with the story. Nothing too heavy. This book is just right for the holiday season. Also, the book has allusions to O. Henry's "The Gift of the Maji".Treat yourself to Christmas in Sugarcreek.
grammyellen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i loved this book. it's a continuation of a series but this is the only one i have read. that did not make a difference though as the books stands on it's own. the characters are very believable and enchanting. the author tells a powerful story of the love shared by three couples. each with it's own ups and downs but their love and faith bring them through. i would highly recommend this book.
tarenn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
CHRISTMAS IN SUGARCREEK by Shelley Shepard Grayis an exciting inspirational Amish Christmas romance. It is "A Seasons of Sugarcreek Christmas" novel.See "Seasons of Sugarcreek" series,"Winter's Awakening","Spring's Renewal",and "Autumn's Promise",but can be read as a stand alone. I loved how all the family's came together at Christmas. I enjoyed the romance between the couples,Rebecca and Caleb,Lilly and Robert. "Christmas In Sugarcreek" was a very romantic and a very interesting Christmas story. A must read Christmas romance. Received for an honest review from Library Thing and the publisher. Details can be found at Avon Inspire,an imprint of Harper Collins Publisher and My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews.RATING: 4.5HEAT RATING: SWEETREVIEWED BY: DorothyA,My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
WCallister on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book! I loved that it followed a few different people. It starts 10 days before Christmas and goes till the day after and you can easily tell which day is which.
wearylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Christmas has come to Sugarcreek, Ohio & Judith's family's store is busy. Her dad hires Ben to help out ubtil the holiday is over and that is fine with Ben. He plans to sell his boyhood home, where there are too many bad memories, and go somewhere -anywhere.I always enjoy Gray's books and this is no exception. I read it in two days, hating when I had to put it aside.
sdmurphy53 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Shelly Shepard Gray that I have read but it will not be the last. I loved the way she wrote and especially the topic that she wrote about. I really enjoyed the personal touch she gave each character and how their lives were intertwined. I enjoyed the different ways love was displayed and how important it is to realize that people change constantly and we must be open to receive them with their changes. I love reading about the Amish community and I am looking for another one of her books to read. Thanks for giving me this opportunity.
mwortinger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by Shelley Shepard Gray. Christmas in Sugarcreek was a fun and easy read about an Amish family. Judith Graber has always been the responsible one but is falling for Ben Knox who returned to town after being gone for some time to sell his family home. The characters are fun and believable. This book starts 10 days before Christmas and ends the day after.
Maydacat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good choice for a feel-good Amish story set at Christmastime. Though the storyline is predictable, if you enjoy romance with few problems and a happy ending, this is the tale for you. A bit sappy at times, this audio book, well read and performed by Robynn Rodriguez, still is a nice way to pass the time while you are busy doing your own chores.
hope3957 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very easy and fast moving story. I found the main characters story- Judith was a little hard to follow at times. The rest of the family was hard to follow and not very interesting. The Christmas storyline was nice with the countdown to the 25th. The end of the story was too short. But yes it did leave us wanting another story about Judith and Ben. A very nice Christian storyline.
sdbookhound on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Christmas in Sugarcreek is a sweet story revolving around several young couples during the days just before Christmas. I enjoyed the book. It was a very easy read. I had not read the previous books in the series but was able to follow the story. I would recommend this book to others looking for a nice uncomplicated romance.
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Great book showing how having faith in God and believing can make all the difference