Friday, February 15, 2013

Daybreak by Shelley Shepard Gray (Book One The Days Of Redemption)

When I first started reading Daybreak I kept thinking, I have read this before! How is that possible? I kept reading and was thinking, this is too weird, I know what is going to happen next, but how? Once I got through a few more chapters it dawned on me! I read this much in the "sneak peak" at the end of one of Ms. Gray's other books.

Viola is working a nursing home, listening to Edward's Dad read all his letters to him out loud to her. Sometimes her mind wonders off, but she does try to pay attention. It means so much to this sweet older man. Suddenly, Ed is back! His mission trips have ended and he is home from Nicaragua! He isn't only home, he is suddenly there and often around his Dad and Viola.

While Ed is dealing with being in the home where his family is now absent, and adopting a darling stray dog, Viola is dealing with major family crisis's as well. Her Grandmother has hidden from them all that she use to be English! How horrifying is that to a whole family who always felt they didn't measure up enough in their Grandmother's eyes! But why was she English, and why hide it, and why not come "clean" and share with the family about when and why??? And if Viola falls in love with Ed, can she leave her sister who is going blind, get away from her family and have a new life, or is it all too painful to deal with?

Daybreak is a good read about growing, and forgiving, and loving.
I am glad I got to read it, and I did NOT read the "sneak peak" this time yet.

This week, the

is introducing

Avon Inspire; Original edition (February 12, 2013)



Since 2000, Shelley Sabga has sold over thirty novels to numerous publishers, including HarperCollins, Harlequin, Abingdon Press, and Avon Inspire. She has been interviewed by NPR, and her books have been highlighted in numerous publications, including USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.

Under the name Shelley Shepard Gray, Shelley writes Amish romances for HarperCollins’ inspirational line, Avon Inspire. Her recent novel, The Protector, the final book in her “Families of Honor” series, hit the New York Times List, and her previous novel in the same series, The Survivor, appeared on the USA Today bestseller list. Shelley has won the prestigious Holt Medallion for her books, Forgiven and Grace, and her novels have been chosen as Alternate Selections for the Doubleday/Literary Guild Book Club. Her first novel with Avon Inspire, Hidden, was an Inspirational Reader’s Choice finalist.

Before writing romances, Shelley lived in Texas and Colorado, where she taught school and earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. She now lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. Shelley is married, the mother of two children in college, and is an active member of her church. She serves on committees, volunteers in the church office, and currently leads a Bible study group, and she looks forward to the opportunity to continue to write novels that showcase her Christian ideals.

When she’s not writing, Shelley often attends conferences and reader retreats in order to give workshops and publicize her work. She’s attended RWA’s national conference six times, the ACFW conference and Romantic Times Magazine’s annual conference as well as traveled to New Jersey, Birmingham, and Tennessee to attend local conferences.

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When Viola Keim starts working at a nearby Mennonite retirement home, she strikes up an unlikely friendship with resident Atle, whose only living relative, son Edward, is living as a missionary in Nicaragua. Viola understands the importance of mission work, but she can’t imagine leaving her father in the hands of strangers. Even though her family is New Order Amish, it’s not the Amish way, and though she doesn’t know Ed, she judges him for abandoning his father.

But when Ed surprises his father with a visit, Viola and Ed both discover an attraction they never expected. Despite her feelings, choosing Ed would mean moving to a far-off country and leaving her family behind. She can’t do that. Her twin sister, Elsie, is going blind and will need someone to care for her all her life. Her family is reeling with the recent discovery that her grandmother hid her past as an Englischer. Her father seems forgetful and distracted—and to be harboring some secrets of his own.

Does Viola dare leave them all behind and forge her own life?
Or will family ties mean her one chance at love slips away?

If you would like to read a first Chapter excerpt from Daybreak,go HERE.

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