Saturday, August 29, 2015

Wanted


GIVEAWAY

GRAY, SHELLEY SHEPARD
WANTED

For a split second, Katie feels certain she is about to receive everything she’s ever wanted….

Twenty-year-old Katie Brenneman has always quietly fancied Jonathan Lundy. So when the brokenhearted widower asks her to help him take care of his two young girls, Katie knows it will be a trying time-yet she cannot pass up a golden opportunity to get to know this man better.

Just as she’s settling into her new life, a message arrives from Katie’s past, threatening to expose her darkest secrets. During her Rumspringa, her running-around years, she experimented with activities forbidden in the Amish way of life. Frightened by how far she’d strayed from her values, Katie ran back home, vowing to cut all ties with the outside world. Now her transgressions are coming back to haunt her, just as Jonathan seems willing to welcome her into his heart.

Will the past destroy Katie’s chances for love? Or will Katie finally allow herself to accept God’s love, forgive her past…and receive everything she’s ever wanted?

My Review:

Published in 2009, Wanted is the second book in the Sisters of the Heart series. No worries if you haven't read the first one though, this reads well as a standalone. Mind you, there are some great continuing Anna and Henry (Hidden) romance scenes that are very soul-satisfying so if you have read the first book you'll get a bonus thrill.

There's such a sense of yearning in this story. Katie's desperate to find fulfillment in her life and she's been harboring a secret attraction to Jonathan for a while. Even though it seems like a hopeless dream she can't manage to disengage her heart. But Jonathan is too mired in the logistics of navigating life as a single father to give much thought to a different future. He still yearns for that sense of home and family -- a place of belonging -- which he can't seem to create in his own household. Katie's presence changes all that, but also stirs up painful memories of the past for both of them.

A gentle love story that made my heart sing.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Wanted please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 30 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

23 comments:

  1. Shelley Shepard Gray is another of my favorite authors. I have read several of her wonderful Amish books but have not read the first book of this series yet. I need to look for it and also this one! Thanks for the nice books you choose for the giveaways.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. I'm just amazed at the number books she has written and continues to write. Her imagination knows no bounds! Good luck, rubynreba!

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  2. I read this series many moons ago and loved it! Don't enter me -- just wanted to put my 2 cents worth in. ;)

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    1. I'm really enjoying this series too, Diana. I love the way Shelley Shepard Gray tells a story -- can't put my finger on what it is that makes them so appealing to me -- guess it's writer magic. I just sink into one of her stories and live other people's lives for a spell. So therapeutic.

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  3. Amazing author. I have read this whole series. Don't enter me.

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    1. She's such a popular author I wondered if a lot of people would have read this series already. Obviously I was right!

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    2. You will find some who have not so keep reading all those wonderful books.

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  4. I haven't read anything from Shelley Gray, but I have her Chicago World's Fair Mystery series and Heart of a Hero series on my wishlist. I'm fairly new to Amish fiction, having only read a couple this year. I enjoyed them so much that now I look for recommendations, because there are so many and it can be overwhelming.

    tlhcoupon (at) hotmail (dot) com - (Terrill)

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    1. Yes, I can imagine how overwhelming it would be to start diving in to Amish fiction. I've only been reading it for about five years and I still can't keep up. You really can't go wrong with Shelley Shepard Gray though so good luck, Terrill.

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  5. Love this one!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  6. Shelley is among my favorite authors & I love her Amish fiction! This one sounds like it's one NOT to miss. And I'm loving your "Retro Saturday" Kav! A chance to see some older (but just as good) books. I'm adding these to my want-to-read pile no matter what....sounds too good to pass up :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I'm getting a kick out of Retro Saturday as well because there are so many books I haven't read...yet!!!! Good luck, Trixi.

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  7. Wanted sounds like a fantastic story! Thanks for the chance to be a winner!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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  8. I'd love this. Great author!
    susanlulu(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. She sure is. Good luck, susanlulu.

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  9. Just checking to see if I can post. I've already tried twice and it won't let me post !

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  10. Yeah, it's now letting me post !
    I am really enjoying the retro Saturdays as well. It's a great way for me to find new to me oldies and be reminded of great books I want to read but have forgotten about and this definately qualifies as a want to read. I am so impressed with how many wonderful books Shelley Shepard Gray has out.
    Deanne Patterson
    Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

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    1. Glad blogger decided to play nice with you, Deanne. Good luck!

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  11. The book has a lovely cover. Thanks for having the giveaway.

    harnessrose(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Rose. Good luck.

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  12. Hi Kav! Since I don't know how else to contact you, I wanted to share my excitement about finding a paperback of all 3 "Sisters of the Heart" in one book on Amazon!! Of course I had to buy it, such a good deal & by one of my favorite Amish authors :-) THANK YOU for featuring a oldie but goodie, can't wait to find it in my mailbox!!

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