cover image The Promise of Palm Grove

The Promise of Palm Grove

Shelley Shepard Gray. Avon Inspire, $12.99 trade paper (288p) ISBN 978-0-06-233770-2

Prolific author Gray (Return to Sugarcreek series) begins a new series, Amish Brides of Pinecraft, set in the Florida town of Pinecraft along the Gulf of Mexico. Beverly Overholt runs the Orange Blossom Inn in this Amish vacation mecca. While she deals with the ghosts of her past, she welcomes three girls from Walnut Creek, Ohio, including Leona Weaver. Leona’s secret reason for the trip is to take a break from her overbearing fiancé, Edmund. She and her friends meet Zachary Kaufmann and his friends, which puts Leona on a crash course with Edmund, her promise to him, and her feelings for the handsome Zack. Will Zack’s kindness melt her resolve? Will Leona risk Edmund’s wrath and her family’s disappointment as her feelings for Zack grow? And how will she and Zack bear Leona’s return to Ohio? Gray has written an endearing tale set in unique location that offers readers a look at an Amish woman who stands her ground and does what’s best—for her. Agent: Mary Sue Seymour, Seymour Agency. (Feb.)