A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn

A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn

A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn (Avon Inspire, September 2015)

A wedding brings together two young widowed parents . . . and gives them a second chance at love.

Emma Keim was heartbroken when her husband, Sanford, passed away, leaving her to raise three young daughters alone. Though several years have passed, her relatives have made it no secret that they expect Emma to remain a widow, mourning Sanford indefinitely. But when she meets Jay Hilty—a handsome widower with three young sons of his own—Emma is delighted to have a new friend who understands her struggles. Still, she is dismayed that her family is so opposed to their friendship—and the idea of it ever becoming anything more. She honors her husband’s memory every day, but is she destined to be alone forever?

Emma’s gentleness with Jay’s boys stirs something in his heart that’s been quiet for far too long. But when his oldest son becomes engaged to a local woman, suddenly Jay, Emma, and their children are swept up in wedding preparations. Witnessing his son’s joy, Jay wonders if it’s time for him to move forward, too, and find happiness again.

Once again, love has come to Pinecraft. But can these two parties of four become a happy, healthy family of eight?

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  • Did you get to go on vacation this summer? Well if not or you want to take off again you will LOVE Pinecraft. I have been there three times with Shelley in her 3 books in Amish Brides of Pinecraft series and I enjoyed every minute of it. You must find out if a beagle can bring two people together, in Shelley’s latest.

    You won’t be able to put this book down until last page. You will never want to leave Pinecraft.

    I gave this book 5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend it.

    I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

  • This being the third installment in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft was simply the icing on the cake. The book was full of hope and promise and it was a sweet story of two families coming together. I loved it!

  • “A Wedding at Orange Blossom Inn” is a beautiful, fun love story. I have read most of author Shelly Shepard Gray’s books and I have really liked all of them. Emma Keim has had to deal with the loss of her young husband and has also dealt with raising her 3 daughters on her own. Jay Hilty is also dealing with the loss of his young wife and he has 3 sons of his own. When they meet they seem to be a great match, but will they be able to overcome all of the obstacles in their way? Will they have to live their lives alone? I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book for the purpose of a review and these are my opinions. – See more at:

  • Welcome back to Pinecraft Florida and the Orange Blossom Inn. This is book three in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series. This was such a wonderfully, delightful book.

  • I really, really want to move to Pinecraft, Florida!

    Pinecraft is noted for it’s Amish and Mennonite population — and I’m not Amish or Mennonite — but I really think I’d love living there among the plain people. My family has been adapting our lifestyle for several years, letting go of bits and pieces, hoping to adapt to a plainer life.

    When I opened my mail and found A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn, I immediately began reading it –- and didn’t stop until I reached the end! It’s an easy read… mostly because it’s interesting, and portrays a story that seems real. Of course, I know it’s fiction – but I enjoy pretending…

    The characters in this sequel are delightful! Emma Keim and Jay Hilty have both lost their spouses; they both have three children –- Emma has three daughters and…

  • I have long been in love with Shelley Shepard Gray and her Amish series. This new one all about the lives of the Amish in Pinecraft and the Orange Blossom Inn in particular is amazing! I’ve read the others in this series(this is book three) and A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn is a charming and funny addition to the series. I loved meeting our two families and learning about their background. I also adore Frankie.

    Frankie is a beagle with a tendency towards trouble. He has a voracious appetite for pizza and wedding cake(oh yes I said wedding cake). He also is so cute and loveable that no one can be mad at him for long.

    You’re going to love meeting Emma and her three young daughters as well as Jay and his three sons(one grown, one teenage, and one young still).

  • This series turned out to be really cozy and I enjoyed the sweet wisdom shared by the characters. Beverly is such a mainstay who has a great presence in the community. And with six children who all enjoy fun games and egging each other on, there are plenty of laughs to be had. Ben, Jay’s eldest, was great to watch as he matured and became a man. Overall, an excellent book that I was sad to see end–especially since Orange Blossom Inn looks to be the end of the series. A definite 5 star!

  • My Thoughts On The Book: I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Wedding at Orange Blossom Inn. It is the third in a series of Amish Brides of Pinecraft and my first to read. It did not matter that I had not read any of the other books because I immediately fell in love with Pinecraft and the characters. It was an easy read and I actually read it in one sitting because I just did not want to put it down. I found myself laughing and crying at the same time. This is a must read if you love Amish fiction and romance. I LOVED IT!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this e-book free from Avon Inspire, NetGalley, and Litfuse as part of their Book Review Blogger Programs. I was not required 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.” Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  • This book starts and ends with a gluttonous hound named Frankie. A pizza loving, wedding cake loving Beagle. He really can’t seem to help himself. Emma is about to get fed up with chasing him down when he is on the hunt for food. However her chase leads her right to the Hilty family, staying at the Orange Blossom Inn. A young widow and a handsome widower, what isn’t to love about this story. We know there is a wedding, and Emma and her girls find themselves right in the middle of the preparations. A great story that will make you laugh and cry. I can’t wait for the next book. I am so ready for more story from Beverly. I was a bit perplexed about Emma’s parents view of her courting again. It just didn’t seem to follow the “Amish” pattern about widows remarrying. 4 stars from this reviewer.

  • I love how Shelley Shepard Gray makes her series flow together, making each book feel like coming home or catching up with old friends.;) This book is no different! She does a fabulous job of handling the story of two people dealing with grief and learning to love again. I like that there is plenty going on and even some humor along the way!
    I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.

  • Another trip to Pinecraft with Shelley Shepard Gray and another hit book. I enjoyed getting to know Emma and following her on her journey from widow to happiness. We also have Jay going through the same things as Emma and go on their “journey” together. It is nice how the author makes the characters so real and loveable all at the same time. There is even a little bit of humor in this book with the pets and their adventures. I wish I could “meet” the characters in this book when I visit Pinecraft next month, but I will be happy with the “real” residents. This is the third book in this series but it can be read as a stand alone but I am sure you will find yourself wanting to go back and read the other two books.

  • A Rup Life says:

    In A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn we meet two widowed parents who are just starting to open up the possibility to loving again. Through the book they each have to search their hearts and God’s plan to see if the future holds another love for them. They are met with a little bit of opposition but not by their brady bunch like family (each has 3 kids.) Of course we get glimpses of Orange Blossom Inn and our beloved Beverly the Inn Keeper. I’m really looking forward to reading more of her story in the future.

    Overall I just love the Pinecraft Brides series. I so want to visit this town in Florida some day. This book was a wonderful read and I’m looking forward to the next!

  • If ever someone asks me for a recommendation of an author who pens great Amish fiction, Shelley Shepard Gray is one of the first names that pops up. Each of her stories gives a glimpse into aspects of Amish life that you might not see in other writer’s novels. She’s certainly one to come up with fun characters. In her latest novel, the name Frankie comes to mind as one such character, and he doesn’t even talk unless you count woofs and burps!

  • Moments says:

    I have been enjoying Shelley’s Amish Brides of Pinecraft series and her latest, “A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn” is no exception. Shelley writes with such detail and imagery that I immediately felt as if I were a part of the story. Right away the reader is introduced to the main characters and with some humor mixed in as Emma and the girls are searching for Frankie who has once again followed his nose and his love for pizza.

  • A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn by Shelley Shepard Gray is a sweet tale about new beginnings and the growth of an unexpected budding romance. Gray brings her readers another endearing Amish story that makes the plays a wonderful song on our heart strings. If you love all things Amish, weddings, and fun characters that fill the pages of a story then look no further than A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn.

  • A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn, the third book in Shelley Shepard Gray’s Amish Brides of Pinecraft series is another wonderful story.

    As with so many of Shelley’s books, Emma Keim and Jay Hilty are so very real, so very normal… and oh so interesting!

    They’ve both lost spouses and with three children each, the most logical solution seems to be getting married.

    But it can’t be that easy… It may be fiction but it’s very true to how reality works. Life simply doesn’t work out that easily most of the time.

    Things happen to make it difficult… Unforseen circumstances pop up… Even family can make things rough. Not saying anymore. That’s all you get from the synopsis and I will not ruin the story for you. Read it. I’m confident you’ll love it!

  • I guess you can say that this is the Amish version of the Brady Bunch as both the main characters are widowers with three children each. I enjoyed reading the first books in the series (The Promise of Palm Groove and The Proposal of Siesta Key) and I wasn’t disappointed with the third installment. Yes, there were a few cliched moments here and there, but nothing that bothered me from enjoying the novel. Overall, Shelly Shepard Gray once again spins her magic with the heartwarming A Wedding at Orange Blossom Inn’.

  • I enjoyed reading A WEDDING A THE ORANGE BLOSSOM INN and getting to know the cast of characters. There are several different romances in this one book and it was a guess who was getting married! Beverly and Eric who’s been an ongoing romance since the first book, Emma and Jay who were the main, main characters, or Ben and Tricia who are a new young romance.

    I enjoyed the dog, but think Emma could’ve solved all her dog problems by investing in a good leash, or even a crate! But Frankie was a dear even if he did love pizza, wedding cake, and pickles. Not necessarily in that order.

    I enjoyed this series immensely and can’t wait for the Christmas novella Ms. Gray is releasing this fall. Great story.

  • There is something very good about a book that can draw you into the story in the first chapter. It wasn’t anything out of the ordinary that happened, a silly mutt had gotten away leaving it’s family to locate it. But Shelley Shepard Gray with her straight-forward style and the way that she reveals enough about the characters to pique your interest, pulled me right into her new book. The story is universal, despite the unique setting and Amish characters. Although it is Amish fiction, and their religious ways come into play, at the heart the stories are about people and emotions, something that we can all relate to. Gray does a great job developing the characters in the book and the reader is easily pulled in to the story and the characters.

  • A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn is fun, and like the other books in the series, the characters are close and realistic. I can’t wait for the next installment in the series!

  • A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn is a delightful story brimming with endearing characters, including Frankie, a pesky beagle with a penchant for pizza. While Frankie was busy thieving food, he also managed to steal my heart, as did the rest of the cast of characters. In this ode to The Brady Bunch, Shelley Shepard Gray delivers a heartfelt story that completely charmed me.

  • I was so excited to get this book that I immediately sat down and began reading it. Pinecraft, Florida is definitely on my Bucket List, because each time I read one of Shelley Shepard Gray’s novels using that as a setting, it makes me not only want to visit, but possibly live there. The characters she has breathed life into makes you want to see for yourself how hospitable, warm and loving this community of Amish truly is. While the place is real, we know that the characters are just the ones we have fallen in love with from the moment we began our journey in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft Series

  • …It was great to return to Pinecraft and the Orange Blossom Inn!….I can’t wait to see how Shelley wraps this whole journey up!…..

  • Even as beloved and familiar characters pop in to say hello, the characters you will meet on the pages of A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn will also quickly become favorite friends. Amish fiction fans and non-fans alike will be captivated by this warm and charming story of second chances and independence. The series’ theme of trusting God with your life’s path rings true in this book as much as the others, and Gray’s trademark exquisite writing style hooks you instantly and keeps you engaged all along the way.

  • I love how Shelley manages to tie in the other characters that we know and love from Pinecraft. In this story, we have a beautiful tale of finding hope and love after death. Fell in love with the story from start to finish.

  • A Wedding At The Orange Blossom Inn by Shelley Shepard Gray was great book the series. I love that you don’t have to read all the books in order because there are times when you are just interested in one of the books. I am never let down by the books that Shelley writes and this one was another amazing book.

  • This was a cute story with hints of the Brady Bunch! Prayer and faith in God were important to the story as many prayed for direction. There were some cute romantic moments in both of the couple’s stories. There was some humor, also, as Emma had a beagle who got into lots of trouble!

  • I always enjoy books by Shelley Shepard Gray. She has a unique way of making her characters come to life that makes them seem like old friends. “A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn” is a continuation of Gray’s Amish Brides of Pinecraft series that is set in Florida. The third book in the series, it can easily stand on its own although there is a thread that runs throughout the series that centers on the inn.

    This particular volume contains, not one, not even two, but three romance stories and the reader might be surprised by which couple marries first. Although the story features Emma and Jay primarily, their children, the innkeeper, and her niece also play pivotal roles. An then there is Frankie, a pizza-loving beagle who gets into enough mischief to keep everyone laughing.

  • A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn is the third book in this series, however you can read this book without having read the first two books. Shelley Shepard Gray is one of my favorite authors. I love reading her Amish stories. Especially when they are set in Florida. All of her books are easy reading and this one is no exception. I could just curl up and read her books all day.
    A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn is a wonderful story about falling in love a second time. Two widowed parents meet and discover they can and do love another person after the lose of their spouse.

  • Shelley has a gift for making not only characters, but setting, come alive in this series. It is delightful to see characters from the previous two books pop in occasionally, yet this story can stand alone. Interwoven throughout is the Amish proverb – “It takes both sunshine and rain to make a rainbow” – and doesn’t that truly reflect life? The theme of renewal/rebirth is also seen throughout this series, and that’s part of the Christian life that I never want to take for granted. I thoroughly enjoyed A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn and recommend not only this story, but the whole series.

  • As I read the story, I couldn’t help but compare some of the main characters to the classic TV show, The Brady Bunch. Widowed mom with three girls meets widowed dad with three boys, and . . . well, you’ll have to read the story to see what comes next. Throw in a well-meaning, but trouble-making, beagle and you have plenty of elements for an enjoyable story.

    The characters are delightful to meet. The relationships in the story move very quickly, but there is enough development to enjoy getting to know some of the feelings and struggles of the people involved. There are visits from many of the Pinecraft folks we’ve met in the previous stories, including Beverly Overholt in her Orange Blossom Inn.

  • It would definitely be a shame if these books weren’t read and enjoyed by readers. I for one really fell in love with the series and look forward to the fourth and final book. I hope it concludes the series the way the other books have in humor, tension, faith, hope and romance!

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars! Over a year ago, Jay’s wife passed away, so now he and his sons move to Pinecraft, Florida to make a new life for themselves. While waiting for their new home to be ready Jay meets Emma, an Amish mother of three little girls who is a widower too, who is chasing after her naughty beagle. Has fate/God set them on a path to meet and become something more? Or will moving forward be too hard for them and those around them?

  • Love is in full bloom for the Amish of Pinecraft, FL. The main story revolves around the romance of Emma Keim and Jay Hilty, both widowed and raising three kids. It reads much like the Brady Bunch TV series, complete with three boys for Dad, three girls for Mom, and a very naughty dog. It was a nice, breezy read that made me smile. Another storyline involves Jay’s oldest son, Ben, who is experiencing his own romance with an Amish girl who fled some difficulties at home in Ohio to take refuge with her Aunt Beverly, who runs the Orange Blossom Inn. As these two courtships are wrapped up, we continue to watch the slow-burning romance between Beverly and the owner of the inn, Eric. Happily, Eric and Beverly’s relationship will take center stage in the upcoming final book in the series!

  • This review is for the book “A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn” by Shelley Shepard Gray. This is the third book in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series. I have been fortunate to read both other books in the series, but I’m also happy to report that you could easily read this one (any of them, in fact), as a standalone novel.

    I love the Pinecraft series. The Amish portrayed in this community are a bit different from most other Amish novels. I love Gray’s writing style because she makes it easy to read the book and not have to do a lot of heavy thinking. You can just read for the enjoyment of the book.

    I can’t wait to read the fourth book in this series. I’m really looking forward to it.

  • I read a lot of Amish fiction, and it has been refreshing to leave the farmlands of the east for the sunny beaches of the south! A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn is my favorite book of the three in the series so far. Reminiscent of The Brady Bunch with a widow with three daughters and a widower with three sons, it is a sweet, romantic story.

  • Shelley Shepard Gray has a pleasant style of writing that soothes your mind as you read about her characters and their journey. Readers can easily identify with the spiritual journey each of her character encounters, from young love to faith in the Lord.  Then the central theme of the story, love and what that means just makes reading this so much more than a simple enjoyable read.

  • This story was such fun to read! It flowed smoothly and moved quickly, as the other books in the series have done. I really am enjoying this series set in Pinecraft, FL.

    This book has so many humorous moments, mostly involving Frankie the beagle, and I had fun reading about his exploits. Another enjoyable aspect of this book is that there are a few different story lines that build throughout it. The reader continues to watch the friendship build between Beverly and Eric. This is an ongoing thread through the books.

  • Memawsstuff says:

    Brady Bunch Meets the Amish Country.
    Or something like that!
    Emma is a widow with three girls
    Jay a widower with three boys!. Between them they have so many friends and relatives that it is a full house all the time!!

  • I love to read stories by Shelley Shepard Gray. Her Amish Brides of Pinecraft series is one of her best. I have read three books in the series, the latest being “A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn”. This selection has two (and a hint of a third) romantic plots going at the same time. I especially enjoyed the interaction between Emma Keim and Jay Hilty. Both lost their spouses and had three children to raise alone. I thought the story was very sweet although the funny antics of the kids and one bratty beagle reminded me of the movie, With Six You Get Eggroll. I enjoyed the way each character played off the other. Usually, I find that stories like this are trite and not too interesting to me, but Ms. Gray keeps the action going and also my interest.

  • A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn is book 3 in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series by Shelley Shepard Gray. It can be delightfully enjoyed alone without having read the first 2 books. The first thing I want to mention is that Shelley Shepard Gray is all heart. I was charmed, not only by the story itself, but by the extra effort she put forth in sharing the town of Pinecraft, Florida (a real place!) with her readers. One of the first things in the book is a quaint little map of Pinecraft that makes you want to climb right into the story.

  • Book by Book says:

    The delightful A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn is the third book in Shelley Shepard Gray’s Amish Brides of Pinecraft series, following The Promise of Palm Grove and The Proposal at Siesta Key. With plenty of humorous and heartwarming Brady-Bunch-esque moments, it tells a sweet story of overcoming the obstacles of the past and embracing new opportunities for love and happiness. Fans of the series won’t be disappointed with this third novel.

  • Ms. Gray has given us real people in Emma and Jay and watching them grow individually and then together is a real treat.

  • I enjoyed getting acquainted with new characters in Pinecraft. This a beautifully crafted story, and very easy to follow along.

    I found the father’s advice to the groom especially moving: “Try to remember that your time together is a gift, son. A beautiful, amazing gift that was bestowed on you both.” Advice I’d wish to share with each of my children on their wedding days…if those days ever come.

    This is another sweet story. I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed The Proposal at Siesta Key. Now I really need to go back and get book one of the series.

  • This is the third book in the series and I have so enjoyed all three. I mean who would not want to live in this little place? Pinecraft, Florida is a small community where the English and Amish live together.

  •  I love how Shelley Shepard Gray makes her series flow together, making each book feel like coming home or catching up with old friends.;) This book is no different! She does a fabulous job of handling the story of two people dealing with grief and learning to love again. I like that there is plenty going on and even some humor along the way! 
    I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.

  • A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn is a lovely book detailing the lives of Emma Keim and Jay Hilty, both of whom have lost spouses and have 3 children. Jay is a new resident of Pinecraft, and Emma is just trying to raise her girls and keep track of their dog Frankie when they are brought together thanks to that pizza loving dog. Facing obstacles along the way, we are treated to a story of love after loss.

  • I have enjoyed the other two books in this series and as difficult as this one was for me to read, the main characters are a widow and widower, this one was also fantastic! Emma and Jay have been a widow and widower for several years and both have three children – Emma has girls and Jay has sons – and Jay doesn’t want to betray his wives memory and Emma’s family and in-laws want her to stay a widow the rest of her life. There isn’t much suspense like I felt in the other two books, if one wants to call the conflict suspense, but it was an engaging, quick read. I think reading this book was a bit cathartic for me in a way to see that there can be life again whether it’s having just a friendship or something more – one never knows what God has in store for us.

  • This was a sweet stories that was about loving again after losing one that you loved. I like how the author showed them working through learning to love again and the challenges and difficulties that it presents. I liked the characters and loved watching them bond and slowly start to fall in love in a more mature fashion. It was an easy and enjoyable read. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Your in for a rollercoaster ride here, there are tears and some hearty laughs to be had, and the words fly off the pages, a real page-turner, and everything seemed so real, I had wanted a piece of that beautiful wedding cake!

  • I loved this book as much as the first two books. This quaint little Amish town set in Florida which is totally different then normally reading about the Ohio or Pennsylvania setting. The differences in the customs is fun to see. There are colorful dresses and flip flops that you don’t see on the Amish in the northern areas. The interesting thing is when I read a book in those northern areas, people were pushing the people to marry again shortly after their mourning period but in this book, the family didn’t want widowed Emma to remarry. All is revealed through reading the book and I know that you will be as shocked as I was to learn all of the reasons. Of course at the same time, I know you will love all the new characters introduced in this book! Great stand alone book in series!!!

  • A Wedding at Orange Blossom Inn by Shelley Shepard Gray is perfection. Pure Amish, love infused, God infused, perfection.

  • I have read several books by Shelley Shepard Gray in the past & I have loved them all.The newest book is “Wedding At Orange Blossom Inn” and is book 3 in the Pinecraft Brides series. This book just might be my all time favorite so far.

  • A wonderfully charming read. A pooch who loves pizza…actually any food, and loves to stir up trouble.

    Two families broken hearted by the loss of a spouse, a few disapproving family members, a bunch of children….this book is packed with fun!

  • I’m fond of Shelly Shephard Grey’s take on the Amish lifestyle. In this latest series I often find myself wondering if this idyllic land of Pinecraft, Florida really exists. And low and behold it does! It just sounds lovely! And Shelley Shepard Gray has even been there and found it so lovely it prompted this series. So in case you’re wondering she’s writing from a bit of first hand experience (that was a good thing for me to know).

  • I think I’ve always idealized the Amish because from the outside there seems to be an order for everything and a peacefulness about their lives. However, after reading this third installment of the series, I’ve begun to realize that the Amish have struggles and strife in their own lives as well–it’s just not plastered on the front of every tabloid or Facebook posting as we do in the English culture. The more I read about the Amish, the more I have grown to love their ways, or at least the ways of the characters in these books. 🙂 I can’t wait for book #4, A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft!

  • WV Stitcher says:

    This book is the third book in the series, and the setting of Pinecraft as well as the Orange Blossom Inn is so easy to imagine, and the characters are so easy to connect with. I could easily imagine a dog loving pizza, Frankie was tail wagging adorable, and really made the story for me. Of course the story between Jay and Emma was great. Each one being a widow with children, neither looking for love, but sometimes it’s when your least expecting to find love that it finds you.

  • A Wedding at Orange Blossom Inn is the third book in the Pinecraft Brides series. I have enjoyed reading all of them. The two main characters of this story are Emma and Jay. There were many supporting characters including all of the children they each have. Emma has three young girls and Jay has three sons. They add really interesting side plots to the book. There are complications of course. Emma’s parents and ex in laws do not want her to move on and remarry. A major side plot develops with Jay’s oldest son. He falls in love with the lady who runs the Orange Blossom Inn’s niece. At one point it kind of felt like that plot was taking over the main plot of Jay and Emma. But overall the story worked together. There were many funny moments including one pizza loving dog. I love this series. I recommend reading them in order as most of the character’s stories keep going in the next book. The Orange Blossom Inn and Beverly are the backbones of the whole series. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series which promises to focus mainly on Beverly’s story.

  • Shelley Shepard Gray has a way of making the characters so likable and down to earth.

    This has been a delightful and quick read that I had a hard time putting down. I look forward to the fourth book in this series.

    Thank you Shelley for another wonderful book!

  • In ‘A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn’, three very different couples are discovering that they may want more than friendship. As the story unfolds, one couple does recite their wedding vows. The story has some fun added with the addition of a beagle named Frankie who is ruled by his stomach. Read More >>

  • Award-winning author Shelley Shepard Gray has written yet another beautiful and inspiring story in her latest release, A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn, book three in the Amish Pinecraft series. This story has a theme centered on family and blended families and how relationships within these groups develope. Charmingly written, with delightful characters and an enchanting storyline taking place once again in Pinecraft, this novel is one readers can relate to and will want to read many times over. I would recommend this novel to readers that enjoy inspiration Amish-romance fiction.

  • EmpowerMoms says:

    Although this is book 3 and previous characters are mentioned, this can be read as a stand alone book.

    Emma and Jay’s stories are both unique and it’s sweet how they meet and start to slowing blend their families together. I was surprised with the opposition and lack of support they received from family members when they started to date since they are both widowed. Emma’s dog adds a funny but frustrating element to the story. I loved the family togetherness and dynamics.

  • A Wedding at The Orange Blossom Inn is the third book in Shelley Shepard Gray’s latest series, The Amish Brides of Pinecraft and it is fantastic! As a huge fan of Amish Fiction, Shelley Shepard Gray’s books are in my top 10 to read and this latest book did NOT disappoint! In this book Emma Keim and Jay Hilty are both widowed with three children each and of course Frankie the beagle who brings them together in the first place because of his love of pizza. Again this book takes place in Pinecraft with a good portion at The Orange Blossom Inn, the setting for the other two books. Shelley Shepard Gray writes with authority on The Amish, their faith, the communities throughout the US, Pinecraft,FL, and the hospitality industry. I love the setting being in this beautiful inn. I can pictured myself there as I read these books. Shelley Shepard Gray information about the Amish is correct and in each book I have learned more about the Amish that I didn’t know before. I had a hard time putting this book down, the story grabbed me from the start and held on. I found myself laughing in parts, especially those with Frankie, the beagle and crying in others. I enjoyed meeting new friends and learning about old friends from books past. This book can be read as a stand alone because Shelley Shepard Gray’s writing makes it easy to keep up but also not too much to bore those of us that have read the series. I highly recommend this book and series to anyone who enjoys Amish Fiction, you will NOT be disappointed! I am excited to learn that there will be a Book Four in this series, Can’t wait!! I give this book 5 STARS.

  • I enjoy the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series. They are an enjoyable read where everything turns out for the best. A very relaxing book to read when everything around you is going crazy.

  • I found this one to be an interesting Amish version of old show “The Brady Bunch”. I got a kick our of Frankie the beagle. Shelley also makes Pinecraft sound like such a nice place that I would love to be able to go visit the area and check it out for myself.

  • This series of books here are one of the few Amish stories I have on my keeper shelf. They are so interesting and different from the normal Amish novel. They are fun people who you like and their stories are not depressing. Yes, bad things happen but the overall bent of the story is not sad.

    In this one, the ending of the trilogy, there is a happy pizza-loving Beagle, 6 rambunctious youngsters and you guessed it, a wedding! The two main characters are widowed and I felt such empathy for them. It was hard to see them go through what they did but the prevailing message is hope and joy. An amazing story that makes you laugh and enjoy the life of the Amish in Florida.

  • Very pleasant read, although nothing exciting happens – well besides a crazy dog. It’s just a easy read where you can be assured of nothing to make you blush!

  • Shelley Shepard Gray does a wonderful job capturing the reader from the very beginning. I have not read a book by her that I have disliked. She has captured my full attention from the beginning and I find that I have a hard time putting down her books. I do like that her books aren’t as many pages because then I can read it as a reward in between doing chores (don’t judge me!). By the end of my chore time, I’ve completed the entire book as a reward for mopping and cleaning. So thank you, Shelley Shepard Gray for giving me something to look forward to and for testing my ability to “just say no” when all I really want to do is read one more chapter before picking up that mop! I’m so glad that there’s one more book in this series. I just don’t want to say goodbye yet!

  • A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn tells the story of two young widowed parents. Emma Kein and Jay Hilty have both suffered the loss of their spouses at a very young age. Each of them has a unique set of problems, a past with hurt and hope for the future. They realize quickly how much they have in common but will that be enough?

    They have to learn to overcome their own feelings of guilt, fear, confusion, meddlesome family members and a rambunctious dog if they want to find comfort in their future.

  • Jay and Emma and their ‘Brady Bunch’ family is a heartwarming story that will stay with you for a while! Pinecraft, Florida and the Orange Blossom Inn will have you coming back for more. I cant wait until the next book hits the shelves

  • Author Shelley Shepard Gray has written another great story. “Orange Blossom Inn” is about a young widow with daughters who meets a widower with sons and they are drawn together by their same problems. Emma finds herself falling in love with Jay but, others in her family did not want her to ever get married again. Why should they both not find happiness again? This is another great addition to her series called Amish Brides of Pinecraft. While helping Jay with his older son’s wedding preparations they start to think about each other. Will there be another wedding in Pinecraft? I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book for a review by Litfuse Publicity Group and these are all my opinions.

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  • There’s going to be a wedding, but who will be the bride and groom? There are three couples who may or may not be heading toward matrimony. The main couple consist of a lady and her three daughters and a man and his three sons. Just like an Amish Brady Bunch.

    And so the adventures begin. Even though this book is the third in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series, it is a good stand alone read. But it’s better if you read The Promise of Palm Grove and The Proposal at Siesta Key first for background. I especially like the Pinecraft settings as I live near there. I would really like to spend some time at the Orange Blossom Inn.

  • In “A Wedding At The Orange Blossom Inn,” her third book in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series, author Shelley Shepard Gray takes her readers back to the quaint Florida community outside of Sarasota where the Amish folks come to vacation and is the perfect backdrop for this charming romantic story!

    It is always a delight to sit down and enjoy Shelley’s books, and I have particularly enjoyed this Amish Brides series. Her reoccurring characters are warm and friendly people that you’d love to have as neighbors, and the gentle tales of romance are just lovely. Shelley is a skilled storyteller and readers will feel pulled into the story as if you are right there as a guest at the Inn.

  • I am a fan of Shelley’s writing and this book was no different. Amish are appreciated so wonderfully, explaining and cherishing their way of life. Here too the author has done justice to the family and children that form the basis of the Amish way of life. The kids are the most important part of a parent life and more so since they have lost a spouse. As ideal parents both Emma and Jay always put their family first and move with the needs of their children.

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