cover image A Perfect Amish Romance

A Perfect Amish Romance

Shelley Shepard Gray. Gallery, $16 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-1-9821-4839-3

Gray (A Son’s Vow) presents the enjoyable first installment in her Berlin Bookmobile series featuring Sarah Anne, a 60-something widow. Sarah Anne, who delivers library books to the Amish community, wants to be the perfect librarian. To that end, she forms personal relationships with the readers she serves, often becoming a trusted confidante. Readers will be delighted by Sarah Anne’s gentle matchmaking between Aaron, an Old Order Amish man secretly seeking to obtain his GED, and Kayla, a New Order woman who agrees to tutor Aaron as she mourns her mother’s death and her father’s descent into depression. Another romance—between Aaron’s younger sister and her childhood friend—is similarly fraught with themes of struggling to live up to the demands and expectations of one’s family. Though the plot becomes predictable, each of the main characters undergoes realistic personal evolutions as they are shaped by transformative powers of love, hope, and faith. Gray’s fans will love this quiet, endearing tale. (Jan.)