Image of Hopeful: Return to Sugarcreek, Book One

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Image of Hopeful: Return to Sugarcreek, Book One

This contemporary Amish series-starter has something for everyone, including well-thought-out characters who hold their feelings close to protect their hearts. Gray writes about Amish life with charm and respect; she gives readers a glimpse into the simple way of life the Amish have embraced for generations.

Miriam Zehr feels like the plain Jane in her group of friends, but she enjoys working at the Inn. When Junior, the man Miriam has secretly loved for most of her life, seeks her out, she and her family are overjoyed. But when she learns the reason why — Junior wants to know how he can get Miriam’s friend, Mary Kathryn, to notice him — she’s devastated. Miriam helps Junior in his quest so she can spend time with him and, maybe, he’ll see how better suited she is for him. (AVON INSPIRE, Feb., 256 pp., $13.99)
Reviewed by: 
Patsy Glans