About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

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!

Friday, June 2, 2023

Her Only Wish (A Season in Pinecraft, #2) by Shelley Shepard Gray

Her Only Wish

Return to Pinecraft, Florida, for a Sweet Amish Romance

Sheltered yet adventurous, Betsy Detweiler is on a mission to get out of Kentucky and experience new things in life. She's got a list--a life list. What better place to start than with her friends in beautiful Pinecraft, Florida?

From the moment Betsy walks into the Snow Bird Golf Course to sign up for lessons, August Troyer is mesmerized. Betsy is a mass of contradictions--beautiful yet awkward, outgoing yet unsure, joyful yet hesitant. She's like no one he's ever met before, and as the only child of missionary parents, he's met a lot of people.

As Betsy and August embark on a month of enjoying life to the fullest, they'll encounter several reasons to back off and play it safe. But playing it safe has its own consequences. This tender romance reminds us that life--and love--requires a fair amount of risk.


I enjoyed my first fictional visit to Pinecraft, Florida, with Her Heart's Desire, so I was especially glad to return for a second trip! Her Only Wish allows me to meet new characters while catching up with characters that I've met before. One is sweet Betsy Detweiler, and I'm adopting her philosophy about having a life list instead of a bucket list. Betsy has led a sheltered life and wants to enjoy new experiences now instead of waiting until she's dying to check items off of a bucket list! Shouldn't this be the goal for all of us?

As Betsy works to check items off her life list, she finds friendship with an equally fantastic character. August Troyer is kind and devoted to his family, but he isn't sure he wants the life his parents have planned for him. Is there a chance that Betsy and August might create a life list they can check off together?

Heartwarming, entertaining, and inspiring are adjectives that I often associate with this author's stories, and this book fits them to a tee! There's romance, adventure, and a reminder that we're sometimes challenged to reach past our comfort zones. Shelley Shepard Gray also gives readers a peek at a future adventure that's waiting in Pinecraft. I highly recommend Her Only Wish to all who enjoy Amish romance and contemporary fiction.

I received a complimentary copy courtesy of Revell through Interviews & Reviews for my honest opinion.

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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