Thursday, January 13, 2011

Shelley Shepard Gray's Spring's Renewal~ Reviewed

Spring's Renewal, Seasons of Sugarcreek Series #2
By: Shelley Shepard Gray
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Avon Inspire
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 0061852368


Scarred from a fire when she was small, Clara has resigned herself to living alone and caring for her mother. Believing that no man will be able to see past her scars, Clara has taken up teaching to support herself and her mother. When Tim Graber arrives in Sugarcreek, he doesn't fit in. But everything changes when he meets Clara. He appreciates her quiet nature and her loving way with children. When tragedy strikes, will Tim and Clara have the faith to risk everything for a chance at true love?


SPRING’S RENEWAL is the second book in the Seasons of Sugarcreek series. It focuses on an Amish schoolteacher named Clara. At a very young age, she was badly burned on one side of her face as well as down her arm, resulting in severe scarring. After taking care of her mother for most of her adult life, with no prospects of marriage, she has given up all hope of finding love…until Tim Graber comes to town.

I really enjoyed this book, and found myself wishing that I had book one so I knew what led up to the events in this book. Shelley Gray did a wonderful job of making Clara a lovable character to all who met her. One of the best aspects about this book is how, through Clara, the reader learns about inner beauty. Clara, despite her scars, is a beautiful woman on the outside, but an even more beautiful woman on the inside. She is a woman who truly loves and trusts the Lord, and does her best to be helpful to those around her. I found myself rooting for her from the very beginning.

This was a wonderful book, and I'm anxious to see how the story continues in book three!

Reviewed by: Sarah Porter

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