Spring's Renewal (Seasons of Sugarcreek Series #2)

Spring's Renewal (Seasons of Sugarcreek Series #2)

by Shelley Shepard Gray

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ISBN-13: 9780061992568
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/27/2010
Series: Seasons of Sugarcreek Series , #2
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 197,719
File size: 541 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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Spring's Renewal (Seasons of Sugarcreek Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
mrsjason on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I know I have said this before but I really am a fan of Amish fiction by Shelley Shepard Gray. Unlike other Amish books, her stories do not involve conflict between the Amish world and the outside world. There are no main stories about Amish teens struggling between their world and the new things they discover during their Rumspringa or drama about the church and ways of belief. Instead her books just embrace the culture and just let the characters do their own thing and just be Amish. They are always good reads and just very comforting.In this story, we meet up with schoolteacher Clara who has the unfortunate fate of being scarred from an accident when she was young. She lives with her mother who seems to overly depend on Clara almost to the point of suffocation. There seems to be no hope for a better life and as the years go by and she gets older, Clara resigns herself to this life. Then Tim, a young man trying to find himself, arrives in their town and everything begins to change. While I found myself liking Clara immediately from the beginning, it really took me a while to bond with Tim. He just got on my nerves at first, I think it might be due to maybe the community he was from being a bit stricter. As it stood, I felt that Clara had a lot more daring in her and was more outspoken. Which is more than I could say about Tim's annoying girlfriend Ruby. Woo, what a...well let's just say there are choice words I could have said about her that aren't very nice.The story focuses on Clara and Tim's relationship as well as their own personal lives. There's a bit of a drama scene at the end but it ties things together nicely. Also part of the story and returning from the first book in the series is pregnant teen Lilly. I was a tad disappointed at the way her story started off in this book. I just felt that after all the buildup from the first book, it felt like this book was such a downer. Still though, I do like Lilly and I am looking forward to reading more about her in the series. Reading about the Amish culture was lots of fun as well. There's lots of talk about food which I like very much and I would love to go visit the restaurant where Lilly works. I really enjoy Gray's books and I am eager for the final book in the series. If you like Amish fiction and are in the mood for a sweet read, this is a great series.
delphimo on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This is a series set in Ohio and centered on Amish life. This first novel concerns the schoolteacher, Clara Slabaugh, a young woman physically scarred since childhood. The lesson is that beauty is not always found on the outside, but can be hidden under layers. Clara has a demanding mother, but still she remains kind and optimistic. Lilly has just suffered a miscarriage from an unwanted pregnancy and wants to hide from the world. Each person carries unwanted burdens, but with God's assistance these labors diminish. This novel covered many of my own problems and eased my mind on many issues. The writing is simple and the message is clear.
wearylibrarian on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This is the second book in the Sugarcreek series, and it is just as good as the first. Clara is the local school teacher who has been told by her mother that no man will ever want to marry her. Clara was burn in an accident as a child and now her face and right side of her body is disfigured. Tim comes to Sugarcreek to help his Uncle (Joshua's father) with farm chores. Everyone thinks he will marry Ruby Lee, his sweetheart back in Indiana, but Tim is beginning to have second thoughts. When he meets Clara he is able to see past her disfigurement and wonders why no one is courting her. Ruby Lee has agreed to visit Tim in Sugarcreek and when she arrives she becomes very possessive. Will Tim return to Indiana with Ruby Lee or will he stay in Sugarcreek with Clara. And how will Clara's mother (a very possessive, mean woman who has lied to Clara about their financial situation) react to Tim?I think I liked this book even better than the first in the series. I am looking forward to reading the third book. It was an easy read and kept me hooked from cover to cover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this sweet story! **** esk 04/2018 ****
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I love stories about Amish life and Shelley Gray does a great job telling these stories. In this series I feel like you get to know the whole community in Sugarcreek.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is terrible, except for the views at the Inn. Lilly is a great character but tim is horrible 4 stars cause of lilly(great) tim (bad)
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Amma8 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. It was a good Christian romance and shows that beauty is not skin deep but in the heart. I plan on reading the rest of this series. I highly recommend this book and the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the part where they found the boys after they got lost.
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MyFunnyDadHarryAuthor More than 1 year ago
This is a happy Christian romance story of how Cara, an Amish school teacher who is badly scarred from a fire sees her dreams come true.  When Tim meets Cara, he realizes he does not love his hometown sweetheart as much as he thought he did, but falls for Cara.  Although there are some obstacles to a life together, they find a way to work things out.  This is a light, heartwarming read involving balancing one's responsibilities with the pursuit of happiness.  The main theme is "that it's not right to judge a person by only outward looks.  Sometimes when you do that, you miss out on a lot." It has some funny parts as well as some suspense in it.  I enjoyed it!
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ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Spring's Renewal by Shelley Shepard Gray is the second book in the Seasons of Sugarcreek series. Clara has resigned herself to living a quiet life in her Amish community. She finds fulfillment in her teaching job, but taking care of her demanding mother exhausts her strength. After being badly scarred by a fire as a child, Clara has largely been ignored by the men of Sugarcreek, an attitude her mother only reinforces by telling her that without physical beauty, she'll never catch a husband. Tim Graber has come to town to help out a cousin with farm duties, fulling expecting to marry Ruby Lee when he returns home to Indiana, but the quiet grace of Clara captures his heart and makes him reconsider the future. Bonnet fiction is a rapidly growing genre, and Gray is a shining star in the movement. Her characters are always three-dimensional and her stories poignant and heart-warming. Clara is an unusual Amish character in that while she has strong faith, she also wants a life that fulfills her soul. She isn't going to allow anyone to take her dreams away from her. The reader gets the impression that even without the romantic part of the book, this novel would still be a beautiful story about Clara's independence and learning to love herself. I can't wait to read the next in the series.