Thursday, March 17, 2011

CFBA: Book Review, The Caregiver

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Caregiver
Avon Inspire; Original edition (March 8, 2011)
Shelley Shepard Gray


Shelley Shepard Gray is the beloved author of the Sisters of the Heart series, including Hidden, Wanted, and Forgiven. Before writing, she was a teacher in both Texas and Colorado. She now writes full time and lives in southern Ohio with her husband and two children. When not writing, Shelley volunteers at church, reads, and enjoys walking her miniature dachshund on her town's scenic bike trail.


Two lives converge one stormy night on a train headed to cleveland

Lucy is traveling by herself via train to Jacob's Crossing to help care for her cousin Mattie, recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Trying to overcome the sudden death of her husband, she's glad to get away and focus on someone else for a while.

The only other Amish people on the train are Calvin Weaver and his little sister, Katie. When their train breaks down outside of Cleveland, Calvin and Lucy band together to face the outside world. But Calvin also carries the weight of past hurts. When an altercation brings both their wounds to light, they question whether they can trust each other.

Once in Jacob's Crossing, Lucy is occupied with caring for Mattie, while Calvin does his best to run his family's farm. But they can't stop thinking about those special hours spent together. Will the bond they formed last? And will Lucy and Calvin be able to put away the pain in their pasts to recognize the happiness that is suddenly in their grasp?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Caregiver, go HERE.

I enjoyed this book, the Amish are a culture that we don't really mix with, so they seem so out of reach, but once again, Shelley Gray writes a story that those of us not in the Amish culture can relate to.  This is the first book in the Families of Honor series, and I'm anxious to see the topics Shelley Gray has in store for us in the remaining books of the series!  The characters in The Caregiver are easy to relate to since their troubles are those that any of us could have, regardless of belief or our lot in life.  The depth of the characters make this a believable story and the pain that Lucy suffers from the hand of her husband is a pain that the reader can feel, as well as the suffering cousin Mattie goes through as she tries valiantly to fight the cancer living within her.  I cannot wait to read more about Lucy and Calvin's romance!

I recommend this book for everyone who enjoys Christian romance as well as a good Amish read.

**I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from CFBA.


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