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I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Happily Ever Amish (The Amish of Apple Creek Book 1) by Shelley Shepard Gray

Happily Ever Amish (The Amish of Apple Creek Book 1)

Combining the appeal of a small-town Amish setting and favorite romance tropes, New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray—one of the most beloved voices in inspirational romance—presents the first in a heart-warming new series perfect for fans of Beverly Lewis, Suzanne Woods Fisher, Charlotte Hubbard.

Addie Byler may be Apple Creek’s resident wallflower, but she knows she has a lot to offer—and much to be grateful for. Raised by her loving grandmother, she lives a life filled with good friends and hard work. Wary of romance, Addie assumes no man will look beyond her glasses and her tendency to talk to her rescue donkey, Snickers—until the day she finds a note from a secret admirer. A prank, most likely. But then, a second note arrives . . .

It’s not that Daniel Miller doesn’t like Addie, he just doesn’t want to court her. She’s too willful, too chatty, too odd. Yet when he learns she’s been teased because she’s never had a beau, he decides to send a little note of encouragement. One note leads to another. And when Addie begins replying with thoughtful messages of her own, he’s struck by her sweetness and warmth.

As chilly winter melts into spring, what began as a gesture of sympathy becomes something much deeper. Daniel fears revealing the truth, but with courage, faith—and a helping hand from their close-knit community—Apple Creek’s most unlikely couple may find their path to happiness . . .


'Everything has its beauty---but not everyone sees it.'

This Amish proverb sets the stage for a thought-provoking story that reminds us to look beyond the outward appearance so that we can find the true beauty inside. Happily Ever Amish explores a young woman's emotions, as she continues to deal with the rejection of her parents and her feelings of isolation from the other young people in her Amish community. And then, Addie receives a letter from a secret admirer, and her whole life changes. Will Addie finally recognize her true worth through the words shared in their exchanged letters?

Addie, Daniel, and Addie's grandmother are unique characters who experience tremendous growth and change during this story, and there's also Addie's true confidant, a special rescue donkey named Snickers. I love Shelley Shepard Gray's special touch of including the conversations between Addie and Snickers, and I also appreciate the letters between Addie and Daniel. We're reminded of the value of sharing our thoughts, through speech or through the written word.

Happily Ever Amish is a delightful romance to enjoy and savor! I recommend it to all who enjoy Amish fiction.

I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Shelley Shepard Gray has written over one hundred novels. She currently writes Amish romances for Harper Collins, Kensington, and Simon & Schuster and contemporary women’s fiction for Blackstone Publishing.

Before writing romances, Shelley lived in Texas and Colorado, where she taught school and earned both her bachelor’s degree in English literature and elementary education and later obtained her master’s degree in educational administration. She currently lives in Colorado Springs and writes full-time. Shelley is married, the mother of two young adults and she is an active member of her church.

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