Wednesday, June 29, 2011

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
The Protector
Avon Inspire; Original edition (June 28, 2011)
Shelley Shepard Gray

Everyone needs a safe place to call home.

When her mother passes away, Ella's forced to auction off her family's farm. Her father died years ago, and she could never manage the fifty acres on her own. But after she moves to town, she can't deny the pain she feels watching the new owner, Loyal Weaver, repairing her family's old farmhouse—everything Ella had once dreamed of doing.

What Ella doesn't know is that Loyal secretly hopes she will occupy this house his wife. He begins inviting her over, to ask her opinion on changes he wants to make. As their friendship blooms, Ella starts to wonder about Loyal's intentions, especially when her best friend, Dorothy, hints that Loyal is not who he seems. There's no way the golden boy of their close-knit Amish community could be interested in Ella, long the wallflower, hidden away caring for her ailing parents.

Should she trust the man she's always yearned for, or the friend who's always been by her side? When one of them threatens to disrupt the independence she's finally achieved, Ella is faced with a choice. She can protect her heart and keep things the way they've always been. Or she can come out of her shell, risk everything for the love she's always wanted, and finally have a place to call home.

If you would like to read an excerpt from The Protector, go HERE.

Kay's comments: If you like Janette Oke and Wanda Brunstetter, you will love this book. It is the second in a series and while it could it could stand alone, it is much more interesting if you have read the first book in the series. If you like this style and subject, you will want to read the first book, The Caregiver.

Why do I keep saying "if you like..."? While I like Janette Oke and Wanda Brunstetter, there are many other authors I would choose before choosing a book by them. Nonetheless, I did find myself absorbed near the end of the book. After I read the first chapter of the next book, The Survivor, I could hardly wait to read it.  So I leave you with a mixed review....while I wait impatiently for the next one.


Shelley Shepard Gray is the beloved author of the Sisters of the Heart series, including Hidden, Wanted, and Forgiven. Before writing, she was a teacher in both Texas and Colorado. She now writes full time and lives in southern Ohio with her husband and two children. When not writing, Shelley volunteers at church, reads, and enjoys walking her miniature dachshund on her town's scenic bike trail.

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