by Shelley Shepard Gray

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray takes us to the year 1866 with the story of a second chance at love—and the power of forgiveness

Amish widow Sarah Ropp lives a quiet, solitary life since losing her husband in the Civil War. That is, until the night she discovers a man in her barn claiming to be Daniel—not killed, only injured. Though horribly burned on his face, he resembles Daniel, and Sarah accepts him hesitantly. After all, who else could he be?

Jonathan Scott has nothing to live for but the memories of a fellow soldier. Daniel Ropp had talked endlessly about his wife, Amish faith—and the money he'd buried near his barn. John only intends to take the money, but when his heart begins to open to this kind woman, suddenly living a lie isn't so easy.

Though relieved by his safe return, Sarah begins to have doubts about this "new" Daniel. He's more patient, gentler—nothing like her hard husband. But as her heart reopens to him, she must know the truth. If her doubts are confirmed, will Sarah be able to forgive the deceit and find a second chance at happiness?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062292346
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/25/2014
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 281,580
File size: 939 KB

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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Redemption 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shelley Shepard Gray has written another heartfelt love story. This one is set in 1866 during the civil war. I loved how she combined historical fiction with Amish fiction. There is an element of suspense as well, as times were tough during the war. Sarah and Jonathan’s story will pull you in and tug at your heartstrings. Sarah Ropp is an Amish woman whose abusive husband Daniel Ropp has died in the war; she has barely been surviving on her own. Her community has let her down and left her alone. She is reserved and quiet, and has not found her own voice yet. A stranger has appeared in her barn, he has been burned by an accident during the war, he claims to be her dead husband, but as she gets to know this man she finds out that he is not her husband but a man named Jonathan Scott. Jonathan’s life has been hard with no family or home to call his own. Will they find Redemption? This is a book about finding, forgiveness, love and finding a forever home. I enjoyed reading their story, and highly recommend this book.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Redemption is a very unique story that flowed smoothly for me. I read this book quickly, as I do many of Shelley Shepard Gray’s books. The first thing that caught my attention about Redemption is that it is an Amish book that is set right after the end of the Civil War. I felt invested right away in these characters. I immediately felt sorry for Sarah. She is a war widow. On top of that, she was an abused wife. A very scarred man who claims to be her late husband, Daniel, appears. Sarah really struggles with this. It is hard for her to reconcile this man who is so changed on the outside and the inside, to the cruel husband of her past. Jonathan Scott is a hero that at first I did not think that I should like. I felt he was taking advantage of Sarah. Although he was kind to her, I questioned the lies he was telling. After a while, I could not help but like him and hope that things would work out for the both of them. This was an enjoyable story that I believe fans of Amish fiction will enjoy.
Patricia Bisbing More than 1 year ago
love Shelley Shepard Gray books everyone has been very good. This was areat love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since losing her husband in the Civil War, Sarah has lived pretty much alone on the farm that she shared with her now deceased husband. Life for Sarah has been a struggle since she married Daniel. First she was in an abusive, loveless marriage and now she does her best to manage her home as a widow. Jonathon Scott is in need of money and a new start now that the Civil War is over. Once a handsome man, Jonathon is now a scarred man, both inside and out. As a fellow soldier with Daniel Popp, Jonathon hears stories of a life he only can imagine with a beautiful wife, a home of his own, and a secret only he knows with Daniel. After Daniel's death, Jonathon starts his journey to find what Daniel has hidden all of this time. A secret he has kept from even his wife, Sarah. Jonathon meets Sarah in her barn. He tells her that he is in fact Daniel and that he is still alive. Sarah believes him at first, but Jonathon's true character shines through and from there the story merges into beautiful story of forgiveness, acceptance and redemption. So much of this story can still be placed in practical terms even if your story doesn't match Jonathon and Sarah's. We all desire to have forgiveness and to be able to let go of a troubled past. We all still need to know that we can be loved and to love even if we are not as beautiful as we would like. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and regardless of how a person looks we all still have traits and attributes that can be beautiful, if people take the time to see them.
Superlibrarian More than 1 year ago
Sarah and Daniel Ropp are an Amish couple. Interestingly, as the Amish dislike violence and war, Daniel joins the Union army. Their marriage is not a happy one, so Sarah is relieved and unfortunately shunned by her community while he is away. He is thought to be dead but Sarah hears a noise in the barn one night and goes to investigate. A badly burned man says that he is her husband Daniel. Can it be? Sarah has many doubts especially about his personality changes. Can she finally find happiness? She sure deserves it. There is also some unrequited love thrown in with Zeke Graber, which adds to the mix.  I'm a member of Shelley's group "The Buggy Bunch." I received a free ebook but purchased my own paperback copy. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a fast pace, page turner that will keep you riveted! Shelley Shephard Gray takes us on a journey that begins with Sarah Ropp in 1866, Ohio. Sarah has been left on her own due to the war and the fact that her husband Daniel along with several other men within their Amish community have been allowed to join in the war. Sarah has been subjected to hard work and doing without even during her marriage but admitted to herself that even though she was facing hard times, she was still better off without her husband. Until he returns! We also meet Jonathan Scott and Zeke Graber both men are interested in Sarah, but only one of these men are truly concerned with Sarah’s best interest and wellbeing. Only one of these men will capture her heart. It has so many elements. The Amish, an historical aspect, deceit, love, loneliness, acceptance and learning to trust, that will keep you on the edge of your seat. No matter what genre you prefer, Shelley Shephard Gray has managed to deliver it in this one book!
AnnKietzman More than 1 year ago
The perfect blend of both Amish and Historical romance. Redemption is a hauntingly sweet story set in Holmes County, Ohio during the Civil War. Widow Sarah Ropp is horrified when the heavily scarred man lurking in her barn introduces himself as her husband. Had the reports of his death been a mistake? Even as she struggles to accept his return, the truth whispers to her heart and soul. Only the Lord's guidance will help her navigate the rough days ahead. Shelley Shepard Gray has written a story filled with warmth, community and the belief that the Lord will work things out perfectly in the end. A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Redemption: changing or lifting someone from a lowly or deteriorated state to a better condition. Sarah Ropp a young Amish woman facing the struggles faced by many women during the Civil War years. Although Amish; her husband had gone to join the battle and was listed among the dead. Jonathan Scott, a lieutenant who knew Sarah’s husband. Accustomed to fending for himself, trying to find his way in life after the war: an Englischer.  Their paths cross as a result of curiosity, survival and deception. Can two people, each suffering within, break down their own walls? Readers of Shelley Grey Shepherd’s newest novel Redemption, will not only witness the act of redemption; they will surely be drawn to ponder the times their own lives have been redeemed.
CindyLinth More than 1 year ago
The combination of Amish fiction with historical fiction in Shelley Shepard Gray's Redemption brings about a wonderful storyline. This makes the reader feel like they are in two places - an Amish community and the war. You have a touch of history, a touch of romance, a touch of bullying, a touch of deceit, and a touch of faith/hope/love in Shelley's story. And there is a valuable lesson learned by all involved. A definite must read that is very hard to put down once you start reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sarah Ropp's husband Daniel has died fighting in the Civil War. Sarah is almost relieved that her husband won't be returning to her as he wasn't the kindest of husbands. That all changes one night when she finds a man in her barn claiming to be Daniel. He resembles Daniel but he is scarred from injuries making it impossible for Sarah to know for sure. Jonathan Scott fought alongside Daniel Ropp in the war. He knows details of Daniel's life, and pretending to be Daniel, goes to Holmes County, Ohio to find money hidden on Daniel and Sarah's property. He never expects Sarah to discover him and when she does everything changes for them both. This book is different from any other book about the Amish I have read. It combines Amish fiction and historical fiction in a storyline that keeps the reader involved and wanting to know how the story will end. It was very easy to like and sympathize with Sarah and Jonathan. Their stories are written in a way that leaves the reader wanting nothing short of happiness for them. I recommend this book to anyone who likes Amish fiction or historical fiction. The book has enough Amish qualities for those who love Amish fiction. It is not overly Amish for those looking for an historical fiction read.