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A CHRISTMAS BRIDE IN PINECRAFT
Amish Brides of Pinecraft #4
Shelley Shepard Gray
Releasing Oct 13th, 2015
Avon/Harper
Christmas
has come to Pinecraft in bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s final Amish
Brides of Pinecraft novel, an uplifting story that proves anything is possible
when you follow your heart.
When manager Beverly Overholt’s
beloved Orange Blossom Inn is broken into, she’s shaken to the core. The inn
has been her whole life since arriving in the quaint Amish vacation town of
Pinecraft, Florida. Hoping to repair what’s been lost, Beverly calls Eric
Wagler, the inn’s handsome owner. To her surprise, he promises to be on the
next flight out of Philadelphia.
Ever since her fiancé jilted her,
Beverly’s been closed off to love. However, with Eric things feel different.
She can’t help but be hopeful that their work relationship will turn into
something more—even though they are from different worlds. She grew up Amish
and is now Mennonite. Eric, on the other hand, grew up on the city streets of
Philadelphia. How could they ever find common ground?
But as Beverly and Eric put the inn
back together, prepare for Christmas, and even witness romance blossoming for
another couple, the trust—and love—between them grows. Will Christmas bring a
second chance for Beverly? And if it does, will she be brave enough to take it?
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Though puzzling, her friend’s well-meaning words enabled her to refocus. Falling apart now wouldn’t help anything and would only serve to make things worse. She had to be strong. Picking up her stride, she walked into the gathered crowd, then stopped abruptly when the inn finally came into full view.

What a sight it was!

One of the parlor windows was broken, the front door hung wide open, and uniformed officers stood scattered around the lot as yellow police tape kept the onlookers at bay.

As she looked from one officer to another, panic set in again. She couldn’t determine who to approach.

So she scanned the crowd for familiar faces, for anyone who might be able to give her some indication about what had happened. But most folks, unfortunately, simply looked shocked.

Then she spied Zack Kaufmann. She’d gotten to know him and his family well a couple of months ago when he’d been courting one of her guests.

“Zack?” she called out as she made her way over to him.

He stepped forward, waving a tan arm above his straw hat. “There you are!” he exclaimed as he looked her over. His usually bright blue eyes were shadowed with worry. “The police have been waiting for you.”

She pressed her lips together to keep them from trembling and drew in a shaky breath. “Zack, what happened? Do you know anything?”

“As far as I can tell, it looks like you’ve had a break in.”

“A break in?” It didn’t even make sense. She’d never heard of any sort of crime happening in Pinecraft. Why, some people even left their doors and windows unlocked! Not her though. This inn meant everything to her.

Zack looked as if he was attempting to figure out a way to reassure her when his eyes lit up on someone approaching her from behind. “Oh, gut,” he murmured. “Officer Roberts, this here is Beverly Overholt. She owns the inn.”

“Runs,” Beverly corrected absently. Until earlier this year, she’d believed she’d owned the inn, having inherited it after her aunt’s passing. Now she knew that Eric Wagler was the actual owner. Her aunt had merely been renting the property and now Beverly just managed it for him.

Immediately, a new dread coursed through her. Oh, how was she going to tell Eric what had happened? And when she did, what was he going to say? Would he blame her for this mess? Though she had no guests this week, she certainly hoped no one had been nearby and gotten hurt. Staring at the building, she bit her lip so hard she drew blood. What had actually happened?

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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 Hold
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.

 

 

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“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl

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