Friday, May 24, 2013


About Ray of Sunlight:

Bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray brings inspirational romance to life in this sweet tale of love in the Amish community, Ray of Light, the second installment of her Days of Redemption series.

Roman Keim just wants a break from the family drama at his snowy Ohio home when he heads to an Amish snowbird community in Florida. There he meets Amanda Yoder and her daughter Regina who soon are warming his heart. But will Roman return to Ohio or will he stay and help the young widow embrace a second chance at love?

The author of the series Sisters of the Heart and Seasons of Sugarcreek, Shelley Shepard Gray delivers an honest, tender love story in Ray of Light, featuring the challenges of faith, family, and romance.

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Meet Shelley:

Shelley Shepard Gray is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the "Sisters of the Heart", "Seasons of Sugarcreek", "Secrets of Crittenden County", and Families of Honor series. 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.

My Thoughts 

This story picks up where book one left off.  All the family drama in the Keim familly has having proven to be more than Roman Keim wanted to deal with.  He decided to take a well deserved vacation going from ice and snow of Ohio to the sunny beaches in Florida.  His cousins have a condo right on the beach and they have invited him to come spend a week.  It has been a healing experience for him.  He is not a very outgoing person but since a lovely young woman, in the condo next door, caught his eye his world has become a whirlwind of emotions. Which is very good.  The woman as well as her darling little four year old girl that have taken up a special spot in his heart. 

Amanda Yoder is a widow of two years and she too is taking a well deserved vacation.  The minute Roman Keim walk up to her on the beach he was like a ray of light.  She could feel herself healing because of this handsome caring man.  He was not only a healing balm for her but more so for her daughter, Regina.  Regina did not trust anyone but to her surprise opened up like a flower to the sun.  Amanda does not want to let go of her deceased husbands memory yet she is drawn to the possibility of a new love in her future.

The author writes of healing for so many of the characters in this book.  Giving up the past to God and and going forward for the plans he has for them.  Some of the characters cling to the pain of the past not so willing to give up what is eating them alive making them bitter and depressed.  Why is it so hard to let go of the past?  My heart ached for all the characters and was glad to see the healing process in all of them take place.  My favorite characters in this book were Regina and Elsie they had more strength than all of them in the end.  

I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group/Harper Collins for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  This review is my honest opinion.

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