The Survivor (Families of Honor Series #3)

The Survivor (Families of Honor Series #3)

by Shelley Shepard Gray

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ISBN-13: 9780062092632
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Series: Families of Honor Series , #3
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 218,130
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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Survivor 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Kratz58 More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful series. Each book was about different characters, but just enough reminders about previous characters to remember everything. I have not read a book of Shelley Shepard Gray's that I did not enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book, the story of Graham Weaver and Mattie Lapp. It was a great story, to see how God uses cancer to open our eyes and hearts and also the pain someone goes through while dealing with cancer.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
The Survivor by Shelley Shepard Gray is the third book in the Families of Honor series. Mattie Lapp has finally beat the breast cancer that stopped her life in its tracks. She asks best friend Graham Weaver to help her find a husband so she can start living again. Graham is hurt by her request as he's been waiting for years for Mattie to recognize how much he loves her. His life is quickly turned upside down when Jenna, a girl he dated a few times, names him as the father of her unborn child and the entire community looks at him with scorn. Gray also continues the stories of Lucy and Calvin's new marriage and Ella and Loyal's growing romance, as well as John's decision to return to the faith he left so long ago. Gray does a fantastic job of writing bonnet lit, creating a canvas of characters who light up the page. Have you ever read a book that pulled you in so deeply that you lose reality for a moment? After finishing this book, I had to stop myself from looking outside to check the damage from the tornado. That's compelling writing! Gray is one of the best in the business, and I can't wait to read what she writes next.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Mattie's body has healed from the cancer that nearly took her life...but can she find the man who can mend her lonely heart? Mattie has faced more in her twenty-three years than she ever imagined possible. Having successfully battled cancer, she's ready to reenter the world with hope for her future. But while she was in and out of hospitals, other Amish girls her age were courting and finding the men they would marry. The only man who's ever made her heart beat faster is Graham Weaver, her best friend, who has always been there to comfort her, in good times and bad. Is it finally time for their friendship to become something more? But cruel gossip is spreading, claiming that Graham's the father of the baby Jenna Yoder's carrying. Will Mattie's dreams of a happily-ever-after be crushed before they've left the ground? (back cover excerpt). My Review: Once more we find ourselves back together again with Mattie and Graham, the childhood best friends that have weathered more storms together than most will ever experience in our lifetime. Now once more, they put their friendship on hold even while Mattie's cancer is in remission, the rumor of Graham being the father of the baby, Jenna Yoder is carrying. Even though he denies it, Mattie can't help but wonder what motives Jenna would have for lying about Graham if it isn't true. Meanwhile John Weaver has made a decision to pursue Mary who he has met through his encounters with her and her son, Abel at the Kaffi Haus. The only thing standing in the way is where Mary and Abel's feelings for him are, and whether he is prepared to return back to his Amish ways or remain an English man. I received the final book in the Families of Honor Series by Shelley Shepard Gray, The Survivor, whose name is well-known for her stories of Amish families, compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. Shelley has written about the families in the series so well, its like a welcome breath of fresh air when you open the first page and begin reading. All of a sudden the reader is magically transported back to Jacob's Crossing and the lives of the characters we have come to know and love are back again, just waiting for us to follow them again. This series is such an amazing one and I have connected with Mattie so much, not just dealing with cancer, but the strength she shows in helping her friends and family deal with their own personal crisis. Mattie could have played the victim, but in my eyes, she is the hero. Right there every step of the way has been Graham her best friend, who you have been rooting for from day one to see Mattie as more than a friend, but the man who loves her and sees who she really is on the inside. I award this book, The Survivor a perfect 5 out of 5 stars and having read every single book in this series, I am sad to see it end but know that somewhere out there, the families I come to love as part of my own will always be a part of my life. For those of you looking to begin the journey in the Families of Honor series, start with The Caregiver, then The Protector and ending with The Survivor. Thank you Shelley for writing this series so well!
HenryGalvan on LibraryThing 23 days ago
This book was actually very well written. It is easy to read the characters were very distinct and the action went flowed from scene to scene.
wearylibrarian on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Most novels end the way we expect-everyone is where they should be, everyone is happy. It is getting to the end and what you find on the way that matters. What I found in this book was surprising. Several things happened that I didn't expect-and that is what makes this such a good book-it is unpredictable. Mattie and Graham begin to court but an young Englisher may come between them forever. Mattie sees William a couple of times but decides they are not meant to be a couple. She tells him not to call again but he brags to Graham and others that they are courting. Mattie and Graham struggle to overcome the many challenges between them, and Graham must convince Mattie and the community that he is not the father of an Englisch girls baby.
mrsjason on LibraryThing 24 days ago
If you've been reading this series, then it's finally come to read about Mattie's story. We've followed her throughout the books as she has been in remission from cancer. Throughout the books, she's shown as a person who's frustrated with her situation but still hopeful and having lots of faith. The romance is light and while predictable is quite sweet. I really like how Graham and Mattie have been friends forever so a potential romance was always inevitable. At first I was rooting for Will but then his true nature came out which made me a bit sad.Jenna's story seems a bit out of place in the context of the entire book. I was annoyed at her for what she did to Graham and then even more annoyed that she never told the real father. It got a little too perfect at the end for me though, with the other family's reaction to her news. My only qualm is that I wasn't that big of a fan of how John came to his final decision. Throughout the series we see him flip-flopping between the two women and then the Amish and the outside world lifestyle. We see him make the decision but I didn't really get a good sense of why he did it other than emotional feelings. The whole spiritual aspect never comes into play which I think is a serious issue in going back and forth between these lifestyles.This is another nice Amish romance from Gray that I enjoyed reading. I have a feeling that this won't be the last time we see these characters. Gray has a tendency to write a Christmas novel featuring characters from past series so I wouldn't be surprised if next year we find out what Lucy, Ella and Mattie have been doing since we last left them.
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
I loved this series and this conclusion was worth the wait. It is a story of family, faith and integrity. It is facing your trials and working through them, coming out a better person because of them. The characters are real and the situations compelling. I could not put it down.
islanderEC More than 1 year ago
This book had an interesting plot to it, but I was a little disappointed in the character of the heroine. To have survived all that she had, I would have expected her to be a little stronger. However, I did enjoy the book, and will read more by this author.
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Kelly49 More than 1 year ago
So far I have really enjoyed Shelley shepard Gray's books, just ordered another one can't wait to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Be sure to read all 3 of this series. Shelley Gray does a very good job of writing. Can't wait for her next series, what ever it may be.
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This book had a wonderful ending to this series. I can't wait for her new series
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just finished the book would like to say it was a very good book and would read more by this author,
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This was a great third book to the series. I enjoyed it as much as the others. I had grown to love the characters already, and this book kept the feeling going.
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