The Promise of Palm Grove by Shelley Shepard Gray | Blog Tour and Book Giveaway

Don’t miss Shelley Shepard Gray’s new series, Amish Brides of Pinecraft, and the first book in the series, The Promise of Palm Grove! Romantic Times said, “Vibrant descriptions and details bring the plot to life in this heartwarming tale of new beginnings and renewal.” Does Leona follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?

Enter to win a copy of The Promise of Palm Grove—five winners will be chosen! The winners will be announced March 30 on Shelley’s blog!

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{More about The Promise of Palm Grove}

The Promise of Palm Grove (Avon Inspire, January 2015)

Leona must decide: Does she follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?

A young Amish woman finds herself torn between the man she’s pledged to wed and the man her heart desires in this heartwarming story of chance, duty, and choice in the face of love—the first volume in the beloved New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.

Amish bride-to-be Leona is thrilled to be in Florida, on a mini-vacation in the pretty town of Pinecraft. Her girlfriends think she’s happy because she’s away from the stress of wedding planning. They have no idea that Leona’s real joy is in being away from her fiancé.

Edmund is a good man, and will make a decent husband . . . just not for Leona. The more time she spends with him and his overbearing ways, the less she wants to be his wife. Her cousins are sure Edmund is the right man for her-and their certainty makes Leona begin to doubt herself. But when a chance encounter with a wayward cat brings her face-to-face with a handsome, fun-loving Amish man named Zachary Kauffman, Leona’s faced with two vastly different futures.

Learn more and purchase a copy at Shelley’s website.

Shelley Shepard Gray

{More About Shelley Shepard Gray}

Shelley Shepard Gray is a “New York Times” and “USA Today” bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

Find out more about Shelley at http://www.shelleyshepardgray.com.
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  • THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE

    Oh, good. A chance to get away from her controlling fiance’, Edmund. Leona is really looking forward to a vacation at Pinecraft, Florida with her cousin, Sara, and her friend, Mattie.

    The three are really enjoying their vacation in Florida. That is, until Edmund shows up out of the blue. Leona has to do some pretty fast thinking. Will she go with her heart or cave in to the pressure to marry Edmund?

    I’m enjoying Ms Gray’s Amish Brides of Pinecraft. Pinecraft isn’t all that far from my home, so these books are special Thanks, Ms Gray.

    Written by sunny island breezes on April 21, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R1B5XRT7MRAGLD/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=006233770X

  • THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE BY SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY

    I’m a big fan of Amish fiction and Shelley Shepard Gray is one of my favorite writers of this type of genre. She doesn’t disappoint with book one of the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series; giving us one of her best stories so far.

    The main characters are easy to fall in love with(which makes me love a book even more), the plot is intriguing and the descriptions of the Pinecraft are wonderfully written.

    Shelley has always been one of my favorites because she portrays the Amish way of life so well. She doesn’t try to make them sound oh so sweet, but she lets you see some of the struggles that they deal with in their day to day life.

    Overall, The Promise Of Palm Grove is fast-paced Amish romance that I enjoyed reading from start to finish.

    Written by Jen’s Journey on April 6, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1N9SKR00CLLS5

  • BLOG TOUR A BOOK REVIEW: THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE

    This was a twisted love triangle that just needed to be read. Its fun going along and getting to know the two men’s personalities and she who she would want to spend the rest of her life with. The end supprised me, because it was so jaw dropping.

    Written by Quirky Book Reviews on April 3, 2015

  • A BLOG TOUR AND BOOK REVIEW

    Shelley Shepard Gray has done it again with her new series, Amish Brides of Pinecraft. Book one, The Promise of Palm Grove, released in January and recently I had an opportunity to read and review it. I am so glad I did. I have read many of Gray’s works, and this was just as good (and even better) than other books I have read by this author.
    Amish fiction is one of my favorite genres, so I am always happy to read a book of that genre.
    As four friends head out on a road trip to Florida, you just know there will be adventures of all kinds, even with Amish girls. The characters were very well developed, fun and I found myself relating to a number of the emotions the girls experienced. The relationships within the book were fantastic.
    It was a delightful love story and I look forward to seeing how various characters are developed, and stories as well, in book two, The Proposal at Siesta Key, which releases in May 2015.
    I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

    Written by A Mom After God’s Own Heart on March 28, 2015

  • THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE BY SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY

    I always enjoy a new book by Shelley Shepard Gray. Her stories are always such a nice, relaxing read. I felt as if I was transported to Pinecraft, Florida, and found myself instantly dreaming of sunny weather and warmer temperatures. The cover of this book is perfect and really does hint at the story inside.

    I like how the story focuses on Edmund and Leona, but also includes several other side stories, as well. Leona and Edmond’s friends, as well as Beverly and her relationship with certain people made me feel as if I was really connecting with those within the community.

    Written by When life gets you down…read a book on March 27, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/Promise-Palm-Grove-Brides-Pinecraft/dp/006233770X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427508276&sr=8-1&keywords=the+promise+of+palm+grove

  • A FUN VISIT TO PINECRAFT

    From the opening pages, Beverly, Leona, Mattie, and Sara start the story off with delightful anticipation. You can almost feel the excitement when the Pioneer bus pulls into Sarasota. And the fun really kicks off when the girls first meet some of the local boys.

    There are the difficult moments in the story when tough things must be dealt with. But all in all, the story feels like a sunny vacation in the middle of a hard winter. This is very much the type of enjoyable story I’ve come to expect from Shelley Shepard Gray.

    Written by Southern Gal Loves to Read on March 27, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3UEEMM688LZE1

  • REVIEW: THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE

    The Promise of Palm Grove is book one of the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series. It is actually three stories in one. The focal point of the novel is Leona and her heart’s desire. The second story line spotlights Beverly, owner of Orange Blossom Inn. The third highlight of the novel is, Effie Kaufmann who was diagnosed with Perthes disease at the age of ten.
    At the beginning of the novel is a map of fictional Pinecraft, Florida; which is a distinguishing feature I enjoy in a book. Author Shelley Shepard Gray did a great work with the lead in into the novel. Although the setting is unusual for an Amish novel, I enjoyed picturing the scene with Spanish moss, oak trees, brilliant sunrises, gentle rains, and temperate climate. Almost Paradise!
    The primary message of this endearing novel may be, `We each have to follow the Lord’s will as He leads us`. I would recommend this book to reader’s who enjoy books by author Beverly Lewis or author Wanda Brunstetter. This novel met my expectations and was a delight to read.

    I received this novel complimentary to review.

    Written by New Horizon Reviews on March 27, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2UIGUJ8SMI8DT/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • BOOK REVIEW: THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE BY SHELLY SHEPARD GRAY

    What I really liked about this story was the strength that Leona finally found in herself. She realized that the path she was on was not one she could be on forever so she stepped off the path and visited the sandy shores near Pinecraft, Florida.

    The characters in this novel are relatable, even if you aren’t Amish. Leona was doubting her choices, Zack lives his life to help his family, Mattie’s own journey of discovery.

    The plot was interesting and had several side plot lines that didn’t detract from the main story, which I greatly appreciated. I particularly liked the side story of Beverly and am interested to see where that may go in future books.

    The world of Pinecraft sounds like a lovely place to be, if you’re looking for a solid Amish tale, take in The Promise of Palm Grove.

    Written by The Sunset Won’t on March 27, 2015

  • THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE BY SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY

    Shelley Shepard Gray is one of my go to authors when I want to read Amish Fiction. This time she has started a new series that features a new location that I have not read about before Pinecraft, Fla. Once again she has filled her story with characters you will like and maybe some you won’t like so much. She has also included situations that will make you realize that we really aren’t that much different from the Amish after all.

    Written by A Room Without books is Empty on March 27, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/The-Promise-Palm-Grove-Pinecraft-ebook/product-reviews/B00K53D3H4/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

  • THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE

    If sweet, Amish fiction is your style, there’s none better than a Shelley Shepard Gray novel! Her books are always a treat.

    Written by Black n’ Gold Girl’s Book Spot on March 27, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/gp/review/RDYSSAKWPTELB/ref=cm_cr_pr_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=006233770X

  • REVIEW: THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE

    The Promise of Palm Grove is the first book in a new series, Amish Brides of Pinecraft by Shelley Shepard Gray. Now, I do want to say that the main story in this book was very well written and I enjoyed it very much. One part of me really wanted to rate the book five stars for Leona’s story. Leona is a disgruntled bride-to-be who is struggling with her decision to marry an overbearing man who never values her thoughts and opinions.

    Overall though, the tone of the book is easy to read and the characters are easy to connect with. The story was a bit predictable but it’s still a solid, easy to read story. I really look forward to book two in the story, The Proposal at Siesta Key which releases in May of this year.

    Written by A Simply Enchanted Life on March 27, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R3HMIHSQIRAXB3/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ANOTHER FANTASTIC READ BY SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY!

    Loved this story, an Amish girl with gumption….not about to do what’s expected, and determined to follow her heart instead.

    Written by Knits Reads and Reviews on March 27, 2015

  • PROMISE OF PALM GROVE BY SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY

    This is the first book in this series. I loved the Pinecraft setting. It makes for such a unique setting in an Amish Fiction. I have really come to enjoy and look forward to Shelley Shepard Gray’s books. She really has a unique personality that shines through in her writing.

    I love all the characters and their differences. Leona is a wonderful strong and likable character. She is faced with a hard decision that will affect the rest of her life.
    Zach is caring and one who helps and watches out for everyone. He has never thought much of himself until he meets Leona.

    Effie is a 12 year old who has Perthes disease and despite her disability she is brave and encouraging to all who know her.

    Beverly moved to Pinecraft to start a new beginning. She took over her Aunt’s Bed and Breakfast after her passing. Her life is threatened when someone comes up with a will that could rip her life apart. Despite it all her personality and faith shine though.

    I had a hard time putting this book down and I look forward to the next book in this series. The Promise of Palm Grove is a wonderful story.

    Written by Little Homsschool on the Prairie on March 27, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A140G87006YOMH

  • THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE

    The Promise of Palm Grove is book one in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft fictional series that will show one woman’s view of marriage. I enjoyed reading Leona’s dilemma of making a promise to marry an overbearing man while encountering another man with an opposite personality than that of her betrothed. I recommend to readers and book lovers of Christian fiction for a delightful story of love, dilemmas, and making the right choices for your life.

    Written by Ski-Wees Book Corner on March 26, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1P4JO6WC2FV4K

  • THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE

    This was another delightful Amish fiction read from the prolific author, Shelley Gray. She is one of my favorite Amish fiction writers and this book had enjoyable characters, an engaging story line and was an easy read. It was a bit predictable but was still a fun read. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on March 26, 2015

  • THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE #BOOKREVIEW @LITFUSE

    Our main character Leona is quite the likeable girl. But she’s engaged to quite the unlikely fellow. He’s brass and rude and overbearing. She loves to travel and have fun in life while he does not. They’re very ill matched. When she goes off on a pre wedding trip to Palm Grove with two girlfriends and meets a man who immediately captures her interest she must make a choice to either break things off with her fiance or stay away from the handsome stranger. My vote immediately went to the handsome stranger!

    But Leona isn’t the only character of interest. Our handsome stranger, Zachary, has a younger sister with quite the disease. Her bones break very easily but she is the sweetest thing ever. And she has the typical struggles you would expect.

    Written by For Him and My Family on March 26, 2015

  • BEGIN A NEW SERIES IN PALM GROVE

    Poor Leona! How many young girls have found themselves in such a situation and make the wrong choice to appease other people not looking at the big picture that they will be with this person for the rest of their lives (especially in the Amish world).

    While Leona’s dilemma was not necessarily fun to read it was interesting. I cringed whenever Edumd was around and really wondered how nobody else close to her could recognize his controlling ways. Leona feared the wrath of her mother and her friends!

    Written by Homemaking Organized on March 26, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R204WCTSNOJFI9

  • BLOG TOUR THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE BY SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY

    I so enjoyed this book. Shelley Shepard Gray is a favorite author of mine. I have enjoyed all of her books and this one was no exception. This book is based in an odd place for a Amish book, Florida. But that just make’s it all the more interesting. Leona is such a fun character and had a few hard choices to make. I was pleased that she made them wisely and with an intelligence that young girls don’t always have. I believe that this sets off such a good message for other younger woman that they can fall for the right guy and waiting to be happy is really ok. You don’t have to rush into choices, you can take your time.

    Written by Primitive Gypsy on March 26, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R10GHOLBAGKD7Y/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE BY SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY #WIN

    First of I love how Gray weaves a tale. You don’t meet just one character in her books, she introduces you to a whole community. There might be one main love story but by the last page you are intrigued about several other possibilities. This story was centered around an Inn in Pinecraft. We meet a group of girlfriends on a vacation away from their home, Ohio. During that time one of the girls finds her life turning upside down. Sweet Leona has to see where God is leading her and if she is willing to make some radical changes.

    I loved this book from page one until the end. The characters are sweet and the romance is gentle. I’m thoroughly looking forward to the rest of the series!

    Written by A Rup Life on March 26, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/RN1NV4GNH3HGD/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE

    The Promise of Palm Grove by Shelly Shepard Gray is the 1st in the Brides of Pinecraft series. It is about a Florida vacation spot popular with Amish. This one is about Leona, engaged to Edmund, and her two friends, Mattie and Sarah. It also introduced Beverly Overholt who runs the Orange Blossom Bed and Breakfast. Beverly left her community to get away from bad memories. Leona questionins her relationship with her fiance and has taken this vacation to think things through. The girls meet very nice people during their vacation and in some instances, their lives are changed forever.
    I thought that this well-written book’s characters were very well thought out. I was sent a free ARC Kindle copy of this book by Litfuse.com in return for my honest review.

    Written by I’m Hooked on Books on March 26, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R28JC8CTOTSSFN

  • This book was a quick read, and I was hooked from the very first page. The characters were believable, and the story line moved along quickly. I recommend The Promise of Palm Grove to all fans of Amish fiction and anyone else looking for a quick and lighthearted read.

    Written by This Sweet Life on March 26, 2015

  • THE PROMISE OF PAM GROVE BY SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY #BOOKREVIEW

    I found this to be an interesting comparison about two men who have to be in control. Zack does it in a helpful, caring way and forgets about his own needs, whereas Edmond only thinks about his needs and wants everything his own way. In the end both Beverly and Zack realize their needs and desires and important also.

    Written by Frugal-Shopping on March 25, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/RLIY6T6WTJTHP/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • IDOLIZING IN: THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE BY SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY

    5 out of 5 stars!! Leona (Le)—an Amish woman who is unsure if her fiancé is really the right man for her—takes a vacation to Pinecraft with her two best friends and meets a man who changes her perspective for the future.

    This engaging novel keeps you wanting more from the very beginning. Even though its plot was based around Leona and Zack (Zachariah/Zachary), with their budding friendship turned romance, it also brings you into the lives of Beverly (an older Mennonite woman who runs an Bed & Breakfast) and Effie (Zack’s Amish little sister who is dealing with Perthes disease) to give you an even broader perspective on the town itself. I enjoyed it all!

    Written by From Me to You … Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on March 25, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/gp/review/R405CWBDPEBZ8/ref=cm_cr_pr_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00K53D3H4

  • THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE

    I really enjoyed The Promise of Palm Grove. I really like that it took place in Pinecraft Florida, it sounds like a place I would want to visit. I was happy that Leona was able to get away for a vacation and away from her finance Edmund. He was kind of a jerk to Leona and didn’t seem to really care about her happiness. The Promise of Palm Grove really kept my attention and I was happy with the ending. I really didn’t want the book to end as I wanted to keep hearing about the characters. It was a good heartwarming book.

    Written by Kaisy Daisy’s Corner on March 25, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R27DULHVQW6992

  • FIVE-BOOK GIVEAWAY FROM SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY

    This genre is not my normal pick up. Often I find Amish books to be boring and settled in the same plot as all the rest. But when I read this one here, I was so very pleasantly surprised! Needless to say, the rest of the series is now on my wish list:)

    Written by Giveaway Lady on March 24, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R376B6XU80FMS9/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE

    The Promise of Palm Grove is a book that is filled with easy to enjoy characters, from the beginning chapters I felt like I was slipping into the lives of friends, and it was easy to want Leona to find true happiness. I could feel her dread every time she thought of Edmund! The story flows so smoothly making for a quick easy read held my attention from beginning to end! Anyone who enjoys Amish fiction will certainly want to read The Promise of Palm Grove, but honestly anyone who enjoys a sweet romance with easy to like characters and a richly woven, solid storyline should pick it up!

    Written by WV Stitcher on March 24, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R27DVGBF0D5ZY0/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE REVIEW!!!

    A sweet read! And SO much more than I was expecting!…..I absolutely LOVE the way Shelley plants those little gold nuggets of Faith in her writing!…….

    Written by ASC Book Reviews on March 24, 2015

  • THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE

    Ready for a vacation? I just returned from a wonderful visit to the sun-kissed community of Pinecraft, Florida, courtesy of Shelley Shepard Gray and The Promise of Palm Grove. I highly recommend this book vacation!

    Written by Buzzing About Books on March 24, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/RENRTI9NF92JE

  • REVIEW: THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE BY SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY

    I loved The Promise of Palm Grove! The story really flowed for me and it was extremely hard for me to set the book down.

    What did I enjoy about The Promise of Palm Grove? Well, the first thing I liked was the setting. It is set in Pinecraft, FL. The author did such a good job of describing the area and the climate, that I really felt that I was there. Another thing I really liked about this story is that there are a few different storylines running throughout the book. All of these characters were very well crafted and the various plots were all enjoyable to read.

    Written by Britt Reads Fiction on March 24, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/RX4UTCOX47ZRB/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • A heart warming story of strength, courage, duty and love. Leona reminds us that we must stay true to our heart and follow the path that God wants for us not the one chosen by those around us.

    Written by Working Mommy Journal on March 24, 2015

  • FIVE-BOOK GIVEAWAY FROM SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY

    Sometimes you just have a feeling about a book, this was one of those books. From the description and cover I knew I was going to enjoy this story and I was right. I love the wonderful descriptions of Pinecraft, I want to go for a visit now. I nearly stood up on my chair and cheered for Leona, she was so strong. I know in life we often do things that make us unhappy, but I was happy to see how she handled the decisions in her life. I also loved Mattie, I could picture her in my mind, with the vivid description given of her, and I hope we get to hear her story sometimes too. Overall a wonderful story, definitely a keeper. 4.5 stars from this reviewer.
    This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.

    Written by Cindy’s Book Reviews on March 23, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/gp/review/RW367UD2MVW03/ref=cm_cr_pr_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=006233770X

  • FIVE-BOOK GIVEAWAY FROM SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY

    Shelley’s first book in her new series is a must-read for fans of Amish fiction. I really enjoyed this book as the storyline was fun and different, the setting was a nice vacation from the current cold weather and the characters were likable. Leona is faced with a choice, a major choice as it will determine what her life will be like “til death do us part” and I loved the interactions between her and her friends and also the two guys whom she is torn between.

    Written by Moments on March 23, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/The-Promise-Palm-Grove-Pinecraft/dp/006233770X/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8

  • THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE

    This was an enjoyable read. Love the way the author makes you feel like you are there in Pinecraft watching the characters in the story.You can easily change from the two major story lines without any confusion.

    Written by Walking in Grace on March 21, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/The-Promise-Palm-Grove-Pinecraft-ebook/product-reviews/B00K53D3H4/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

  • THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE

    I love, love this book! The story is so heartwarming, because of Leona and her failed engagement to Edmund, and her attraction to Zach. Edmund is such a jerk! He just wants his way, not considering how Leona or anyone else feels. Zach, on the other hand, was completely different, having Leona’s best interest at heart. There are a few surprises that adds unexpected twist to the story, keeping your interest until the end.

    Written by Splashes of Joy on March 21, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/AGIUR77JJD6KX/ref=cm_cr_pr_auth_rev?ie=UTF8&sort_by=MostRecentReview

  • A GREAT READ

    The Promise of Palm Grove is a great book by Shelley Shepard Gray. As a huge fan of both Amish Fiction and Shelley Shepard Gray I couldn’t wait to read this new series. Shelley Shepard Gray writes with authority about The Amish Faith, Amish rules, the different Amish communities especially in Ohio and Pinecraft, Florida, and running of an Inn. I found myself taken in with this book right away and found it hard to put down. I enjoyed “taking” the trip from Walnut Creek,OH to Pinecraft, FL with Leona and her cousins. I enjoyed “seeing” Pinecraft through the eyes of Leona and the other characters in this book

    Written by For The Love of Books on March 20, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3OAH66XSWIE98

  • BOOK REVIEW AND AUTHOR GIVEAWAY~THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE

    The setting of Pinecraft was a refreshing change from the usual Amish fiction setting. The Promise of Palm Grove is a great story full of love, forgiveness, and taking chances.

    Written by The Loose Screw on March 20, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R3IQGF67JOKSPT/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE

    Shelley Shepard Gray has written a sweet Amish romance with a great supporting cast, a solid and entertaining beginning to her new series. It’s a lighter type of read, fun to relax with, and I enjoyed every minute of the reading experience. The flow of her writing is conversational and well paced, allowing readers to get more deeply acquainted with everyone. Zach and Leona are so easy to relate to – and they are supported by several family members that I hope to see more of in future stories. One of these captured my heart, and that’s Zach’s twelve-year-old sister, Effie, who suffers from Perthes disease. This is a heartwarming story of new beginnings, new directions, and renewal. Recommended to all who enjoy Amish fiction.

    Written by The Power of Words on March 20, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1U9GDDCOD8OQY

  • THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE REVIEW

    This was an enjoyable and easy to read book. I like it when I’m able to read a book that isn’t complicated and hard to understand or to keep up with. The places in the book were places that actually exist and that is something I’ve always enjoyed.

    I can’t wait to read the next book and find out what else is going to happen.

    Written by Dixie n Dottie on March 19, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R3H2C8LT36VWSR/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=006233770X

  • This was a cute, lighthearted romance I enjoyed partly for the fun atmosphere. I liked the other plot lines, too, about Zachary’s twelve-year-old sister Effie and her struggle with a physical disability she has and Beverly, the Mennonite woman who runs the B & B the girls stay at who is surprised by some friends from the past. It was interesting to see these girls in different stages of life, from Effie just starting out to Beverly trying to find her way again after having her heart broken to Leona trying to decide where her future will go.

    Written by Veronica’s ‘Views on March 19, 2015

  • THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE

    Yet again, Shelley Shepard Gray delivers a charming tale of heartwarming Amish romance. Fans of Amish fiction will not be disappointed with this quick, heartfelt beginning of Gray’s Amish Brides of Pinecraft. I recommend it.

    Written by Book by Book on March 19, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1RDHCQ08YVMDQ

  • HEALING LIVES AND FINDING FRIENDSHIP

    Pinecraft – the place where people can run to, to escape their problems. The place where community and family look out for each other. The place where love and friendship can blossom.

    Written by Avid Reader Reviews on March 19, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Promise-Palm-Grove-Brides-Pinecraft/dp/006233770X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1426753863&sr=1-1&keywords=the+promise+of+palm+grove

  • THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE

    What I really liked about this book is the kindness and honesty. There are no big dramatic scenes. The characters are loveable and stay true throughout. I found it odd that there was a side story that never came to a conclusion. In fact, it seemed extremely random. I have to assume that it is just because they will be characters throughout the series. Although, in the preview of the second book, they aren’t mentioned. Not sure what to make of that. We shall see, shan’t we?

    So, you need to pick up a copy! I definitely recommend it, especially if you love Amish fiction.

    Written by aTransParentMom on March 18, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R8KZ5F3FSF2R4/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • Would love to win your book you are a great writer keep up the great work,thank

    Written by Ruth Swartz on March 18, 2015

  • Can’t wait to read the book.Loce your books Shelly. Sweet story.

    Written by Alisa King on March 18, 2015

  • BOOK REVIEW: THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE

    It’s been forever since I’ve had the chance to read a really good Amish fiction book. Shelley Shepard Gray never disappoints and she certainly didn’t in this book. It was such an easy and wonderful read that the pages seemed to turn themselves and before I knew it, I was done with the book and looking forward to the next one in the series. The author writes in such a way that the characters will come to feel like friends and people that you’ve known for ages. All I can say is thank goodness this is book one in a series and there are more to look forward to!

    Written by Life With Katie on March 17, 2015

  • “THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE” – AMISH BRIDES OF PINECRAFT #1 BY SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY AND GIVEAWAY!

    I loved the main character Leona and I applaud her for thinking through life changing decisions and not being swayed by other people’s opinions. The story line was mostly set in sunny Florida during her vacation instead of her hometown in Ohio, which made the book fun and inviting. I can’t wait to read more about the other “Brides of Pinecraft” which is the town in Florida where Leona visited with her friends.

    Written by EmpowerMoms on March 17, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2XX4I5BWS96VG

  • I’ve been reading Amish books for several years now. I love the simplicity and easy read they offer. I was recently sent The Promise of Palm Grove by Shelley Shepard Grey, one of my favorite authors. I was excited to read this one as it is set in Pinecraft, Florida. This book hit close to home as I found myself in a similar situation years ago.

    A young girl is set to be married and takes a trip to Florida with her cousins as a last vacation before marriage. Leona already had doubts about her upcoming marriage and when she she met a young man on vacation those doubts became clear. But how does she get out of a marriage that’s already set and what will happen in Pinecraft?

    This is the first book in the series and I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

    Written by Mommy Has to Work on March 17, 2015

  • PROMISE FROM SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY!!

    This was a super sweet Amish story!! I have a best friend named Zach and I love the name so it’s even better that the male protagonist is Zach too! I can honestly relate to Leona. She’s confused and the author does a fabulous job showing her conflicting emotions and the pov of her friends. The writing was an easy read, nothing deep so it’s perfect to pick up at the beach. Plus, even better, it takes place at the beach!!

    Written by Tracks and Chapters, Pages and Characters: Christian or Fiction? on March 16, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1BISM3BKUXZOD

  • THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE REVIEW

    This review is for the book The Promise of Palm Grove by Shelley Shepard Gray. I have not yet read a book by Gray that I did not enjoy, and this book did not disappoint. This is book one in her Amish Brides of Pinecraft series. It was a bit different than other Amish fiction I have read because it is set in Florida, at the beach. As Gray herself says, it was really interesting to learn about the Amish going to the beach for vacation or living there. It was a bit different setting than I am used to in Amish novels.

    I enjoyed the storyline and appreciated Leona standing up for herself throughout the book. I would love to read more in this series.

    Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

    Written by The Talbert Report on March 16, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R3B1M5H1BELET7/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • SPRING READS: THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE

    I’m a big fan of Amish fiction and Shelly Shepard Gray is one of my favorite writers of the genre. She doesn’t disappoint with book one of the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series; giving us one of her best stories so far. The main characters are likeable, the plot is intriguing and the descriptions of the Pinecraft are wonderfully written. Overall, The Promise Of Palm Grove is fast-paced Amish romance that I enjoyed reading from start to finish.

    Written by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer on March 16, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2CZ1E5R5M4QMZ/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE BOOK REVIEW

    Shelley has introduced and meshed the characters so fluidly and with such subtlety that I did not realize that I not just reading the story of a young girl but of a family and her friends yet wanting to know more about all of them. The story unfolds swiftly and there is never a dull moment as we see the love blossom even before they themselves are aware. The beauty of the story is its clear narration, well developed, solid characters & a thoughtful story line. The families of both Zachary and Leona add to the depth of the story and each character is written flawlessly. I especially found Violet very spunky and vivacious.
    This novel has it all; the hesitant steps of first love, finding the reflection of your love in the adoring eyes of the other and just holding hands!!

    Written by Eloquent Articulation on March 16, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R28U4NGF56GK6Y/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00K53D3H4

  • “THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE” BY SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY

    Shelley Shepard Gray can spin a yarn with the best of them, and this one is particularly sweet. Gray knows just how to keep the romantic tension strong while encouraging the reader to believe in pure, innocent love. The feelings between Leona and Zach are just that: sweet, innocent, and full of the bloom of love. You can’t read this story and not hope for a happy ending for this pair.

    Written by A Nest in the Rocks on March 15, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R24J9Q9UGLDPQ7

  • THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE | SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY

    Alright… now I want to move to Pinecraft, Florida!

    I know what you’re thinking… Pinecraft is noted for their Amish and Mennonite population — and I’m not Amish (or Mennonite) — but I really think I’d love living there among the plain people.

    I had the hardest time putting this book down (don’t start it at night — you won’t want to put it down until you finish it).

    I have to say, I figured Edmund wasn’t much to like… and when I was done, I still didn’t find much to like about him. I could say much more, but I’ll leave it at that… if you want to know more, just read the book!

    You won’t lose interest in this story… not just the main characters, but some wonderful characters building up their own story. I’m hoping we’ll hear more from them in the sequel.

    I can hardly wait for book 2…

    Written by Donna’s BookShelf on March 15, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/RWMHWUYK3Z2KH/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=006233770X

  • A VERY DIFFERENT SETTING FOR THE AMISH GENRE

    Shelley Shepard Gray has once again written a book that keeps one engrossed from the first page of the book until the very last. This novel is somewhat different from what we expect from the Amish Genre. It does not take place in PA, or Ohio or Indiana, the most common settings for this genre. Who would ever think that a place in Florida would be the appropriate place for an adventure of these Plain People! It is a real place!! It does exist and Shelley describes it well and with accuracy, making the book believable and realistic.

    The characters are well described in a realistic manner. Leona, the main character, immediately appealed to me and I was easily able to identify with her. She is a young Amish lady who has problems that are very similar to those that anyone may experience in a relationship. Her confusion is felt and touches one in a deep way. What can she do?? Leona is a good Christian girl. Can she refuse to marry Edmund in spite of giving her word? What will her parents think? What will be the community’s response to this action?? Her confusion and hurts came through the story loud and clear. I wanted to jump into the story and give her a big hug and assure her that everything would be alright!!

    Written by Quiet Quilter on March 15, 2015

  • BOOK REVIEW: “THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE” BY SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY

    I had no idea that the Amish were also located in Florida. Nor did I have clue that the ladies from Ohio could leave their cold winter homes and have something like a mini-vacation in Florida. I wouldn’t mind that at all and I am not even Amish. Something about Florida I suppose. Leona is engaged to be married in Ohio so she is not looking for love. Zach wasn’t expecting to find love either. The fun is watching these two find each other and then discover they are the proper individuals for the other. Ms. Gray has given us real people in Leona and Zachary and watching them grow individually and then together is a real treat. The Promise of Palm Grove is an exceptional story with exceptional characters that you care for and so want them to get together.

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on March 14, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2KR9RT1BX67R6

  • THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE

    I greatly enjoyed reading THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE. I’ve read most of Ms. Gray’s Amish romances and usually enjoy them, but I think this one is the best one yet. Leona is desperate to get away from Edmund–I couldn’t really understand why until the end when she explained herself to her friends. Zach was a total dreamy sweetheart. I loved the way he treated his sister and others he cared about. Leona is also kind and loving and bouncy and sweet. I loved the immediate attraction between her and Zach. Her friends were a nice contrast to her personality.

    There is another story in the pages involving the inn and the woman running it. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series, coming in the summer of 2015.

    Written by Lighthouse Academy on March 14, 2015
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  • AN EASY READ

    I’ve read a few of Shelley’s books before and loved them, and this one is no different!
    The book was such a quick and easy read. The characters are all easy to be believable. I enjoy books about the Amish. Shelley has written this book with great detail that you will feel like you are actually in sunny Pinecraft, FL. And within the story!

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a nice book to read, mainly for the teenagers.

    Written by LyonsLady on March 13, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/The-Promise-Palm-Grove-Pinecraft/product-reviews/006233770X/ref=cm_cr_dp_see_all_btm?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

  • THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE BY SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY | BOOK 1 OF HER NEW SERIES – AMISH BRIDES OF PINECRAFT

    Oh my word. Every time I picked up this book… I had the hardest time putting it down.

    Alas, the children dragged me away a few times to do things like teach school and attend to my own writing.

    WHERE IS THE JUSTICE… ;-)

    Shelley Shepard Gray has another HIT on her hands with The Promise of Palm Grove!

    What a wonderful story, so intricately woven around, not just the main characters – but including so many wonderful secondary characters. Something Shelley does like no other author.

    WELL DONE Shelley! I can hardly wait for book 2! Is May here yet…

    Written by J.C.s BookShelf on March 13, 2015
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  • A FUN, LIGHTHEARTED READ

    Despite Leona’s serious dilemma, this was a fun, lighthearted read. As a Florida resident, I really enjoyed learning more about Pinecraft and became inspired to visit it one day! Leona faced a problem that young people often encounter: Do we follow the advice of those who are older and wiser than we are? Or do we follow our hearts, which may or may not lead us astray? Leona was attracted to Zack, but it was difficult to know whether it was a lasting attraction or just a vacation fling. The situation was complicated by the fact that her fiancé’s sister was one of her best friends and accompanied her to Florida! I really enjoyed watching Leona grow in maturity and self-confidence as the faced the biggest decision of her life.

    Written by Susan Heim on Writing on March 12, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/RJ19DS37KY4VM

  • GREAT BOOK

    The Promise of Palm Grove by Shelley Shepard Gray was an amazing book. I have read several books by this author and I have loved all of them. I have become a huge fan of Amish fiction and in my opinion Shelley writes the best books for this genre.

    Written by The World As I See It on March 12, 2015
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  • {{BOOK REVIEW}} THE PROMISE OF PINE GROVE

    I’ve read a few of Shelley’s books before and loved them, and this one is no different!This is the first book of The “Palm Grove” series. This book was such a quick and easy read.

    Written by Reading Corner Reviews & More on March 12, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/RI7L94PTN5EZ0

  • THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE

    A book set in a very sunny location with writing so good you can feel the sun’s rays!

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on March 12, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1M488NHBMB17X

  • THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE

    I hated seeing this book come to an end. I wanted to savor every page, it was way to short for me.

    I am awaiting the next book in this series because I am about to die to find out what happens to the Orange Blossom Inn and I need to know what happens to the characters Zach and Leona.

    This is such a fantastic story, you go from Ohio to Florida and you are going to love what happens when you get to Florida. The best two weeks ever.

    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.

    Written by The Mary Reader on March 12, 2015
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  • PROMISE OF A GREAT SERIES!!!

    I love this book and can’t wait for the rest of the series to come out. I know that you will enjoy this great writing and great characters. The characters are so life like that you feel like you are one of their friends following around their lives and trying to resolve all the issues that they are dealing with…even though they are Amish and I am not. The great twist on this book is that the setting is in warm and sunny Florida instead of cold and dreary Ohio or Pennsylvania where most of the Amish books are set. This is a refreshing twist on other Amish fiction books with the warm change of pace that I know everyone will enjoy!!

    Written by NOVA Frugal Family on March 11, 2015
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  • WHICH CHOICE IS THE RIGHT ONE?

    I just read The Promise of Palm Grove, and I found it to be a great beginning to a new series by Shelley Shepard Gray called, “Amish Brides of Pinecraft”. Leona who is a soon to be bride is on vacation. Everyone things that she and her fiancée are great for each other. Leona is not so sure. While in Florida she meets another man who is totally different and offers her a chance at a different kind of life. Which one will she choose? does she have enough courage? I give this book s 4/5. I was given this book by Litfuse publishing Group for the purpose of a review and all opinions are my own.

    Written by Deal Sharing Aunt on March 10, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R35N0N056AY6L8/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • PROMISE OF PALM GROVE/GIVEAWAY BY SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY

    The author wrote a wonderful romance with placing the reader right next to Leona to decide what she will do. You feel that you are part of Pinecraft and Leona’s vacation.

    I received a complimentary copy of THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE from the author, Shelley Shepard Gray and Litfuse Publicity for my view of the book.

    Written by BOOKS REVIEWS ETC on March 10, 2015
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  • A BOOK REVIEW OF THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE BY SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY

    Shelley Shepard Gray, one of the top authors in the Amish genre, presents a new series of fun, flirty Amish romance novels set in Pinecraft, Florida beginning with The Promise of Palm Grove (Avon Inspire). What makes this book even more delightful is the setting in Pinecraft, a real suburb of Sarasota, Florida.

    Written by http://www.AmishReader.blogspot.com on March 9, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/The-Promise-Palm-Grove-Pinecraft-ebook/product-reviews/B00K53D3H4/ref=cm_cr_dp_see_all_btm?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

  • A GREAT START TO A NEW SERIES

    Shelley has done it again with this new book in a new series. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. I have been to Pinecraft so I could imagine I just what Leona was seeing and doing. As with the author’s other Amish books they are very easy and enjoyable to read. You can fly right through the book and feel fulfilled by a good story at the end. I like how the author makes the characters so likeable. You follow Leona as her emotions of guilt, heartache and happiness. The underlying story of letting go and moving on is a good one that most people need to learn to follow. I also like how we get a look into another aspect of the Amish lifestyle. I would recommend this book to fans of Amish fiction and I would say teens would also enjoy this book.

    Written by Griperang’s Bookmarks on March 9, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1PEHSF70I3M80

  • THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE

    Shelley Shepard Gray has done it yet again. She has written another book that captures you and doesn’t let you go until the very end. The love, compassion, caring and understanding that these characters hold in this story is simple amazing.

    Written by cherylbbookblog on March 9, 2015

  • THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE BY SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY BOOK TOUR AND BOOK REVIEW

    Author Shelley Shepard Gray has started a new series called, “Amish Brides of Pinecraft”, and I have just finished reading Book One. The Promise of Palm Grove is a very enjoyable story. Leona who is on the verge of getting married is very happy that she is able to vacation before she settles down –

    Written by 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!on March 8, 2015
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  • THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE – SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY

    Are you tired of my reviews on the Amish way of life? Here is another one that I do hope you will read and find as fascinating as I did! I have often heard that Sarasota Florida is a melting pot of Amish communities enjoying the warmer weather of southern U.S., and that it was also a time of a type of freedom from strict rules for the young people. Shelly does not dwell on this aspect, and if it happens, it is not part of this story.

    Written by Reviewing Novels Online on March 8, 2015
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  • PROMISE OF PALM GROVE

    I like that Shelley Shepard Gray often tells a story from several different view points. She writes well and does a fabulous job of pulling readers in right off the bat. I enjoyed getting to know the people of Palm Grove, and look forward to the next book in the series (though, it looks like it will deal with some tougher topics).

    Written by Inklings and Notions on March 6, 2015

  • Cindy Patterson says:

    I have read most of Shelly’s books. I have enjoyed each and every one. Keep them coming.

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  • Helen Poe says:

    I read nothing but Amish books. Love all yours, would love to start your series coming up.

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