JOYFUL

The final book of the Return to Sugarcreek series has romance and secrets with sweet, lovable characters who will do what they must for their family. The storyline runs smoothly, but there are surprises for readers throughout the book. Gray’s books are a treat to read; her research on the Amish is incredible. She gives the culture the respect it deserve.

Randall Beiler is trying his best to care for his siblings and working the farm — with little success. He put his love for Elizabeth Nolt on the back burner for the sake of family. Elizabeth agrees to help the family out after Randall’s brother pleads with her. They are in dire need of some good cooking, as Randall is limited in what he knows how to cook. This will help Elizabeth and her grandmother financially, as they are not getting any help from Elizabeth’s mother, who is remarried and has moved out of town. Randall is not crazy about having her there. He is afraid he will seem like a failure in Elizabeth’s eyes, but he is outnumbered and outvoted. Will Randall see the truth right in front of him, or will pride force them apart forever? (AVON INSPIRE, Sep., 256 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed by: 
Patsy Glans