Friday, September 02, 2011

Shelley Shepard Gray's The Protector ~ Reviewed

The Protector, Family of Honor Series #2
Shelley Shepard Gray
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Avon Inspire
ISBN: 0062020625


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 again . . . as 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.


The Protector is book 2 in the Families of Honor series. It revolves around a young Amish woman named Ella Hostetler. Ella is the type of person that never received a lot of attention, and didn’t draw attention to her self. After caring for her sick mother for some time, her mother passes, and she is forced to sell the family farm. Loyal Weaver, a popular, well-liked boy she’s grown up with but barely ever spoken to, buys her farm. Amidst the changes going on her life, Loyal begins to take an interest in Ella.

I was so excited to get this book! I love Shelly’s writing style! One of the parts I liked best about this book was watching Ella come out of her shell, and watching Loyal’s growing interest in her. While the book describes Ella as a “plain” girl, Loyal begins to see something different. He sees the beauty that’s always been there. And I loved watching her blossom under his attention. It’s the way it should be. It’s a great book and I can’t wait for book 3 to come out!

Reviewed by: Sarah Porter

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