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!

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Her Secret Hope (A Season in Pinecraft, #3) by Shelley Shepard Gray

Her Secret Hope: (An Amish Christian Romance Series about Living Fully, Friendships, Heartbreaks, and Finding Love)ABOUT THE BOOK

Almost two years after Lilly Kurtz first traveled to Pinecraft, Florida, with friends, she's decided to make a fresh start there. She's ready to be new-and-improved Lilly, a Lilly without a past, a Lilly with no secrets. At first, everything goes well. She gets a job, her coworkers feel like family, and she enjoys reconnecting with her friends. But it turns out the past is reluctant to be left behind.

When Lilly meets hardworking farmer Eddie Byler, she can't get him off of her mind. But then she discovers that Eddie actually lives just a few miles from her hometown in Ohio. Lilly knows that he's not going to like it when he finds out what secrets she's been running from. And she knows she could never follow the man she's falling in love with back to a place where she's never felt accepted.

Will Lilly have to give up on love in order to find peace? Or could it be that love is actually the solution to all of her problems?


Such a wonderful way to wrap up a series! Readers are reunited with characters from the previous books and given the chance to know one of them even better. Oh, how I loved Lilly Kurtz! She is sweet, thoughtful, and giving, and so painfully aware that she is adopted. Thankfully, she has old friends who value her worth, and two new friends who recognize just how special she is. Eddie Byler and his grandmother November are both gems and I loved the respect and support that they offer Lilly, something that has been lacking in Lilly's relationship with her parents. I must say that I had a hard time liking Fran and Gabe Kurtz, but author Shelley Shepard Gray is able to redeem them in my eyes. More proof that she has a unique talent for placing fallible characters in everyday situations and making them likable and believable!

A Season in Pinecraft has been an enjoyable series and Her Secret Hope may be my favorite of the three books. It has sweet romance, characters that I would enjoy knowing, and a setting that I would love to visit one day! I recommend this book to all who enjoy contemporary Amish romance.

I received a complimentary copy from Revell through a Library Thing giveaway. There was no obligation for a positive review.

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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