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New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray captures the beauty devotion and warmth of Amish life in this engaging tale of family commitment trust and love set in the beloved community of SugarcreekChristina Kempf has always known that God chose Aden Reese to be her husband As children he was there to save her when she fell through the ice and he’s been by her side ever since After his parents died in a car accident ten years ago the Kempfs raised Aden as one of their own and everyone sees Aden and Christina as brother and sister But Christina has never given up hope that Aden will one day ask her to be his wifeAden always planned to court Christina But losing his mother and father changed everything—except his love for her Her parents generously welcomed him into their home and treated him like a son He can’t betray their kindness by admitting his feelings for the girl who is like a sister yet so much Pressured by her parents to court Christina begins to accept the attentions of Sugarcreek’s young men and now Aden must make a choice Will he stand by and watch the love of his life slip away? Or will he risk losing the love and trust of the family he holds dear to tell Christina how he truly feels?Thankful includes a PS section with additional insights from the author background material suggestions for further reading and


10 thoughts on “Thankful (Return to Sugarcreek #2)

  1. says:

    Picked up book justbto meet the criteria for a game called scatagorries But so glad I did main charcaters are Christina and A Reese but all the characters awesome The only thing I was not happy with is that book ended and I need to read the next one to find out the rest I feel the books should be read in order Grest love story


  2. says:

    Shelley Shephard Gray has written another masterful novel Two of the central characters in this book are Christina Kempf and Aden Reese both strong but also somewhat vulnerable They are bound by friendship and family but also by the love they have for each otherShelley has created new characters as well as bringing back character that we have known and loved since the Seasons of Sugarcreek series The characters are endearing and engaging; important to the story and some of them are at a crossroads in life where they must make a big decision that will affect not only themselves but others in their lives tooIn the inimitable style of Shelley Shephard Gray the characters are brought to life by her ability to make you feel as though you are at The Sugarcreek Inn eating pie and having a cup of coffee with the staff and the customers Or walking through the snow and even ice skating She creates characters that are realistic charming and sometimes fragile but ones you always want to get better acuainted withShelley takes us through the heartache of a childless couple desperately wanting a baby new relationships and always does it seamlessly


  3. says:

    What a sweet romance story I was rooting for them to finally kiss throughout the story The suspense was killing me And I love the fact that Aiden helped her face her fears too Great story


  4. says:

    I can honestly say that any book that I see that is written from Shelley Shepard Gray will be one that will find a permanent home in my growing collection of her books In her latest novel from the Return to Sugarcreek Series Thankful compromises a couple of stories with being thankful as their central theme My favorite is that of Christina Kempf and Aden Reese who experienced a tragedy one day when ice skating as Christina fell through the ice Aden successfully saved her but would be the one link that keeps them from moving forward in life Aden joined the Kempf family when he lost his parents as a child and has spent the last ten years growing up feeling like part of the family Only the one thing that hasn't changed is his feelings for Christina go deeper than brotherly affection But how can he find a way to court her while still living under the same roof where her family views him as of a brother to Christina than a suitor? Christina spends her time working as a server at the Sugarcreek Inn ran by Jana Kent It's the promotion she's been waiting for and Jana is hoping to make some changes in her own life Running the restaurant since her husband's death has left her with virtually no time for anything else except wondering how she will make ends meet She doesn't even have time to visit her now grown children since there is no one else to help her manage it Her friend Pippa suggests that she might be ready to find a partner to share the burden of running the restaurant as well as give her some extra time for a life outside of her job It seems like the ideal suggestion especially when she notices the attention of Ross Capshaw the newest officer to join the police force in Sugarcreek and it seems he is just as interested in her as well Judith Knox has been dreaming of being a mother since she married Ben but it seems as it God has other plans When she finally comes to terms with not being able to conceive Ben suggests that they consider adoption Just when she thinks all the pieces are going to fall into place and their social worker Bernie finds them a child she learns that he is only available to foster The baby's mother is serving time in prison and she needs to find someone to care for him as soon as possible Just as soon as Judith and Ben agree they are in for another surprise the baby Bernie has in mind for foster is an African American baby named James Judith had hoped she wouldn't have to answer any uestions about her decision to foster over adopt and now it's going to be uite apparent that the baby isn't Judith and Ben's But a mother's love shows that love goes beyond the color of our skinI received Thankful from Shelley Shepard Gray compliments of Avon Inspired Books a division of Harper Collins Publishers and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own I absolutely love the theme of thankfulness appearing in uniuely different ways through these three situations with the characters in Sugarcreek It reminds us that we need to take time in our busy lives to be truly grateful for all our blessings even the not so perfect ones as Shelley reminds us Life is simply too short to think we will be granted with the possibility of a tomorrow and God reminds us that thankfulness is something that we should practice often throughout our day Shelley also includes a recipe for Peanut Butter Pie and a Reader Discussion guide at the conclusion as well as a sneak peek into book three coming soon I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to go back to Sugarcreek again soon


  5. says:

    About the BookNew York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray captures the beauty devotion and warmth of Amish life in this engaging tale of family commitment trust and love set in the beloved community of SugarcreekChristina Kempf has always known that God chose Aden Reese to be her husband As children he was there to save her when she fell through the ice and he’s been by her side ever since After his parents died in a car accident ten years ago the Kempfs raised Aden as one of their own and everyone sees Aden and Christina as brother and sister But Christina has never given up hope that Aden will one day ask her to be his wifeAden always planned to court Christina But losing his mother and father changed everything—except his love for her Her parents generously welcomed him into their home and treated him like a son He can’t betray their kindness by admitting his feelings for the girl who is like a sister yet so much Pressured by her parents to court Christina begins to accept the attentions of Sugarcreek’s young men and now Aden must make a choice Will he stand by and watch the love of his life slip away? Or will he risk losing the love and trust of the family he holds dear to tell Christina how he truly feels?Thankful includes a PS section with additional insights from the author background material suggestions for further reading and About the AuthorShelley Shepard Gray lives in southern Ohio and writes full time A busy wife and mother of two she spends her days writing and keeping track of her two teenagers Her two dogs keep her company when she writes in her basement Shelley enjoys writing about the Amish and visits Amish communities in Adams and Holmes counties several times a year When not spending time with her family or writing she serves on several committees in her churchShe also bakes a lot loves coconut cream pie and will hardly ever pull weeds mow the yard or drive in the snow Shelley also spends a lot of time on line Please visit her website wwwshelleyshepardgraycom to find out her latest newsor become her friend on FacebookMy Review Thankful comes in many shapes and sizes as we learn in the latest addition to the Return To Sugarcreek series Cristina has had special feeling for her adopted brother Aden for a long while He too feels the same way The only ones who don't know is Christina's parents Aden must decide if he will allow Christina and the promise of her love to slip through his fingers or will he face whomever he must to join with her forever This is not the only story of love and being thankful that is going on in this part of the series there is also another story that will tear at your heart There is a loving couple that can't have children of their own Soon they start fostering children in the hopes of one day finding one of their very own But something unexpected happens but instead of rejecting the baby they embrace him They embrace him so much so that they aren't too sure they will be able to give him up A touching story of love grace and thankfulness that reaches across strong barriers to prove God's love for everyone no matter the situation or the costDisclosure This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity


  6. says:

    Thankful is the second book in Shelley Shepard Gray's latest series Return to Sugarcreek As a huge fan of Amish Fiction and having read the first book in this series I was excited to have the opportunity to read this book As children Aden Reese saved Christina Kempf when she fell through the ice one winter day and since then the Kempfs gave him a place to live and raised him along with their other children Everyone believes Christina and Aden are brother and sister except for Christina who truly loves Aden and wants to be his wife Aden loves Christina too and wanted to court her but once his parents died and he moved in with the Kempfs he felt it would be disrespectful to the Kempfs for him to court her Now Christina is accepting invitations from other young men and Aden isn't sure what to do because he doesn't want to lose her but still doesn't want to hurt the only people who have been family to him In this book there are a few different stories going on with Christina and Aden's being the main one Also Judith and Ben are back going through the adoption process They have the opportunity to foster a baby and after thought and prayer they agree to do foster care to the precious child What they did not know was that James the baby is black until the social worker brings him there Judith and Ben bond with James instantly and find themselves wanting to adopt him Also there is Jana who runs the local restaurant who is a widow and has made the restaurant the only thing in her life She realizes that she cannot keep it up and her best friend buys into the restaurant to be a partner which gives Jana the time to find herself and what she wants with her lifeI enjoyed Shelley Shepard Gray's Thankful First and foremost Amish Fiction books are my favorite and Shelley Shepard Gray is on my must read list Shelley Shepard Gray writes with authority on the Amish ways Sugarcreek and other Amish cities running a restaurant adoption and the Amish Faith The three stories are bound together by the main idea of being thankful As I read this book it really challenged me to see all the things in my life that I need to be thankful for and how focusing on that does make you truly thankful I found myself needing tissues as I read because so much in this story touched my heart I found myself unable to put this book down until the end Shelley Shepard Gray really puts her readers right in the middle of the story to watch the whole thing unfold feeling like I am right there with the characters The characters are great and I enjoyed them meeting new characters and finding out about old friends from the previous book I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish Fiction you will not be disappointed I look forward to reading the next book in this series I received this book from Litfuse Publicity for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book


  7. says:

    Follow us on Instagram lindseyfrombfcg to see behind the scenes and seek peeks of BFCG About this book “Christina Kempf has always known that God chose Aden Reese to be her husband As children he was there to save her when she fell through the ice and he’s been by her side ever since After his parents died in a car accident ten years ago the Kempfs raised Aden as one of their own and everyone sees Aden and Christina as brother and sister But Christina has never given up hope that Aden will one day ask her to be his wife Aden always planned to court Christina But losing his mother and father changed everything—except his love for her Her parents generously welcomed him into their home and treated him like a son He can’t betray their kindness by admitting his feelings for the girl who is like a sister yet so much Pressured by her parents to court Christina begins to accept the attentions of Sugarcreek’s young men and now Aden must make a choice Will he stand by and watch the love of his life slip away? Or will he risk losing the love and trust of the family he holds dear to tell Christina how he truly feels?Thankful includes a PS section with additional insights from the author background material suggestions for further reading and ” Series Book #2 in the “Return to Sugarcreek” I have not read book #1 “Hopeful”Spiritual Content Psalm 5015 at the beginning; Prayers Talks about God His Will Trusting Him Negative Content Minor Cussing including a form of ‘sissy’ and a ‘shoot’ Sexual Content A few not detailed kisses Christina Kempf Aden Reese POV switches between them Jana Judith 231 pages With 16 extra pages of the PS Pre Teens One StarNew Teens Two StarsEarly High School Teens Three StarsOlder High School Teens Four StarsMy personal Rating Three Stars and a half Probably best for Older 13s and upfor those of y’all who go “Awwww” at the sweet parts when the couple teases each other blushes and sweet things like that See y’all on Monday for another Two new reviews Follow us on Instagram lindseyfrombfcg to see behind the scenes and seek peeks of BFCGLink to reviewBFCG may Read the review to see recommend this book by this author It does not mean I recommend all the books by this authorI received this book for free from the Publisher Avon Inspire for this review


  8. says:

    This is the second book in the Return to Sugarcreek Series by Shelley Shepard Gray and it is another winner The theme is thankful and we learn a lot about how the characters learn to be thankful It is also a story about adoption and fostering a child specifically a child of a different race Aden was adopted into the Kempf family and as the children grow into adults he realizes that his love for his adopted sister Christina is than that of a sibling Early on he saves Christina when she falls through the ice and the two form a special bond Fighting to ignore this feeling Aden decides to move away Christina has had nightmares and fears ever since her accident on the ice and is fearful of many things but together they finally realize they have to face their fears and be thankful for each other Judith and Ben are unable to have children and want to adopt But as the adoption process is slow they are asked to foster a baby of a woman who is in prison They agree but do not realize the child is black until the social worker brings him to them Judith becomes attached and is afraid she will not be able to give the baby up when the baby's aunts want to gain custody Summoning up all their courage Judith and Ben venture to the prison to meet James' mother to plead to be able to keep James His mother immediately sees the love they have for their child and is thankful that they are willing to love him and give him a home Judith and Ben are thankful that God has brought this special baby into their lives and while they wish they could keep him are thankful that his mother trusts them with her child James' mother signs the papers so they will not lose him to his aunts who cannot provide the love and safety that he needs Jana is the owner of the Sugarcreek Inn a widow and a slave to her business until she realizes that she has to let go She sells a majority interest in the Inn and then meets a wonderful man a new policeman in town Jana is thankful that she has realized that she has to live her life stop working so hard and move on Her children are not so sure but when they visit Jana they see how happy she is with her new life and are thankfulThis is a well written book that challenges us to stop and think of all the things in our lives that we are thankful for without even realizing how blessed we are Each faces challenges each trusts God to lead them and each moves forward Shelley has another winner in this book I have loved the Return to Sugarcreek series


  9. says:

    Shelley Shepard Gray in her new book “Thankful” Book Two in the Return to Sugarcreek series published by Avon Inspire takes us into the lives of Christina Kempf and Aden ReeseFrom the back cover From bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray comes a tender story of faith family and finding love with the Amish of SugarcreekChristina Kempf has always felt that God chose Aden Reese to be her husband When they were children Aden was there to save her when she fell through a patch of thin ice and he’s been by her side ever since After his parents died in a car accident ten years ago the Kempfs raised Aden as one of their own and everyone sees Aden and Christina as brother and sister But Christina has never given up hope that Aden will one day see her as the perfect woman for him and ask her to be his wifeDespite what his heart wants Aden can’t find it in himself to repay the Kempfs’ kindness with an admission that his feelings for Christina have only ever been romantic But when she’s pressured by her parents to court broadly Christina begins to accept the attentions of Sugarcreek’s young menNow Aden must make a choice Will he stand by and watch the love of his life slip away? Or will he risk losing the love and trust of the family he holds dear to tell Christina how he truly feels?I made a mistake I did not read the first book in this series “Hopeful” But that is okay as Ms Gray did a wonderful job in keeping this a stand alone within the series It helps if you know what happened in the first book however it does not detract from the current goings on I do not believe that I have ever read a plot like this one Aden is in love with Christina and she in love with him Due to tragedy Aden moves in with the Kempfs and is seen as part of the family Now Aden is torn as Christina is forced to court but he doesn’t want to seem disloyal to the family This is an exceptional story with exceptional characters that you care for and so want them to get together I liked it a lot and am so looking forward to the next book in this seriesDisclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group I was not reuired to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”


  10. says:

    Shelley Shepard Gray has written a fantastic new installment in her Return to Sugarcreek series The saga continues with Christina and Aden trying to determine how to carry their relationship into adulthood There's an overarc ing theme that's even greater than romance though and that's overcoming? Triumph? Peace? I'm not sure of the right word but though it's been ten years since Aden rescued Christina from the icy pond neither of them have ever talked through what really happened that day or dealt with the emotions stirred up by the fall This was really the hook of the entire plot for me would they be willing to face their fears dig into deeply buried emotions and find healing so that they could charge off into uncharted romantic territory?I really liked Aden and Christina There was something vulnerable about them aside from their buried pain that made them extremely likeable Mix in that they're friendly kind and generous and you had characters destined to be winnersThis was not an action packed story There were no drive by peachings nobody was seriously hurt there were no natural disasters; but instead it was a story fraught with emotional drama Those things may be easier to write because while the devil is in the details there are lots of details to describe The author has myriads of concrete things to tell the reader all about Instead Thankful was charged with emotional electricity through which each character in the story learned to be thankful for what she already had To find the peace in the every day This is difficult because to explain those emotions and describe them realistically you must first have a full grasp of the entire emotional scale You need to feel the pain understand the hurt and see the path to healing and peaceIsn't that important for us all?I received a free copy of Thankful from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review