Hopeful: Return to Sugarcreek, Book One

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HarperCollins, Feb 4, 2014 - Fiction - 256 pages
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In the Amish town of Sugarcreek, love comes in many forms. But will it come at all for Miriam?

Miriam Zehr has worked at the Sugarcreek Inn longer than she cares to admit. The restaurant is a favorite of town residents as well as the many tourists who come to taste the famous Amish fare. Though she always tries to have a smile for every customer, deep down Miriam knows something's missing: a family of her own.

Miriam has never felt particularly beautiful, especially because she's always been a bit heavier than other girls her age. When Junior, the man she's pined for all her life, suddenly seeks her out, she's thrilled to be noticed . . . until she realizes he's only asking her to help get the attention of Mary Kathryn Hershberger, her pretty friend.

If Miriam helps Junior court Mary Kathryn, she'll get to spend a lot of time with him, but she might lose him in the process. Are these few stolen moments worth a lifetime of sacrifice? Is Miriam right to even hope for the life she dreams of?

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User Review  - Maydacat - LibraryThing

Miriam Zehr is in a quandary: she knows what she ought to do, but it really isn’t what she wants to do. She has been in love with Junior Beiler for several years, though Junior hardly knows she is ... Read full review

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User Review  - LadyoftheLodge - LibraryThing

This is another in the Sugarcreek series of novels about the Amish culture. I liked the realism of this one, of characters struggling with life problems and disappointments. Some of the Amish novels ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

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 HOLT 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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