today’s 2nd book: An Amish Cinderella
We are continuing this year’s blog series spotlighting (over 70 this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads! This is the 7th year for the Christmas Reads Giveaway series, and I think I get more excited about it every year 🙂 Christmas is only 20 days away, according to Google! So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage (wassail anyone?) and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! And no doubt you know the drill by now – there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
AN AMISH CINDERELLA by Shelley Shepard Gray
SERIES: The Amish of Apple Creek #3
GENRE: Contemporary/Amish Romance (Clean)
PUBLISHER: Kensington Books
RELEASE DATE: September 26, 2023
Set in the close-knit Amish community of Apple Creek, Ohio, this sweet Cinderella-inspired novel from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author is complete with a matchmaking pet rat, and will delight fans of heartwarming, wholesome fiction and readers of Charlotte Hubbard, Beverly Lewis, and Beth Wiseman.
Now that her friends are all marrying or moving away, Heart Beachy has started feeling lonely. Worse, everyone keeps asking when she’s going to find a man of her own. Don’t they realize Heart has her hands full at home with her widowed dad, too many chores, and a menagerie of needy, small animals? Besides, she doesn’t understand the fuss about marriage. It’s enough to make her consider finally becoming a pet-sitter, or moving to an English community, where she won’t be an oddity . . .
Newcomer Clayton Glick is utterly charmed by Heart—and completely confounded. He can’t figure out why this beautiful woman is as awkward as a teenager whenever he’s around, which is often now that he’s an apprentice to her blacksmith father. So Clayton starts assisting with Heart’s never-ending tasks, even helping her corral her unruly pets. How else can he court an adorably flustered woman who doesn’t know the first thing about courtship? Because courting is exactly what he intends . . .
Heart doesn’t know why her pulse hammers every time she sees Clayton. She only knows yielding to such emotions will mean trouble. . . . But maybe with a little faith—and the trying on of a shoe—Clayton can convince her to join him on the road to happily ever after.
Read my review of An Amish Cinderella HERE.
a girl and her father
by Shelley Shepard Gray, author of An Amish Cinderella
A funny thing happened when I was writing An Amish Cinderella. Instead of it being a romance about an overworked, slightly underappreciated Amish daughter named Heart in need of a hero, my book also became a story about a girl and her father.
Are (or were) you close to your father? I was. I adored him. My dad wasn’t an easy man. To be honest, in a lot of ways, he was difficult. But he also encouraged me to talk to him about my life or my thoughts or my dreams. And with him, I talked a lot. My parents were divorced, and whenever I was with him, we were usually in the car going somewhere. There, stuck in the passenger seat by his side, I’d sip my Diet Coke and tell him about all sorts of things.
He’d drive, interject a wry opinion or two, and listen.
I got my love of planning from my father-he always enjoyed looking forward to a dinner party, a night out, or a big trip. He also enjoyed Christmas. Big trees, lots of lights, lots of presents. Lots of food. He lived in superlatives and there’s a part of me that still has a hard time with doing anything halfway. Especially at Christmas!
My father passed away long before I ever thought about becoming a writer, but if he had witnessed my second career, I think he would’ve gotten a kick out of it-especially the part about me publishing 100 books. Lazy, he was not.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but when I started imagining Heart’s father, I channeled a few of my father’s traits into Levi Beachy. Oh, not the blacksmith part, but his difficulty in sharing emotion, his work ethic, his sadness about things he’d lost, and his love for his daughter. Maybe that’s why I got all choked up writing one of the last scenes in the novel, when Levi talks to his daughter about her name.
I don’t usually admit that I like some of my books more than others, but I do. Sometimes it has to do with what was going on in my life while I wrote the book-or how easy or hard a story line ended up being. But every so often-like while writing An Amish Cinderella-sometimes a long-forgotten memory pops into my head while I’m typing. Whenever that happens, I start typing really fast-just to make sure I don’t miss a thing. And then, when that scene is over, I take my fingers off the keyboard and give thanks to God for giving me the words I wasn’t sure I ever had.
Whether you decide to read An Amish Cinderella for the fun romance between Heart and her hero Clayton, because it takes place in December, or you love Cinderella stories, I hope it will bring back a happy memory or two. Most of all, I wish you a wonderful holiday season filled with blessings-and time spent with the people you love.
Shelley Shepard Gray is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author. She’s published over a hundred novels and has over a million books in print. She currently lives in northern Ohio and writes full time.
Shelley lives just an hour from Holmes County, where many of her Amish-themed novels are set. She currently writes contemporary romance and Amish fiction for a variety of publishers. When not spending time with her family or writing, she can usually be found walking her two dachshunds on one of the many trails in the Cleveland area.
She also bakes a lot, loves coconut cream pie, and will hardly ever pull weeds, mow the yard, or drive in the snow.
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What about you? What makes you want to read An Amish Cinderella by Shelley Shepard Gray?