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From the Back Cover

Some promises are meant to be broken. . . .

Until Robert Miller met Lilly Allen, his world had been dark. A widower after only two years of marriage, he'd been living in a haze, feeling that, at twenty-four, his life was already over. But thanks to his friendship with Lilly, he now has new reasons to wake up each day. He knows his connection to her doesn't make sense. She's only nineteen, with a past the whole town talks about. Even more, she's not Amish, like Robert. A marriage between the two of them could never happen.

Lilly's heart is drawn to Robert, not to his faith. No matter how much she admires his quiet strength and dependability, she doesn't think she could ever give up her independence and reliance on the modern world. Is their love doomed before it even begins?

About the Author

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.

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Product Details

  • Series: Seasons of Sugarcreek (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Original edition (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061852376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061852374
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shelley Shepard Gray lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. A busy wife and mother of two, she spends her days writing and keeping track of her two teenagers. Her two dogs keep her company when she writes in her basement.

Shelley enjoys writing about the Amish and visits Amish communities in Adams and Holmes counties several times a year. When not spending time with her family or writing, she serves on several committees in her church.

She also bakes a lot, loves coconut cream pie, and will hardly ever pull weeds, mow the yard, or drive in the snow.

Shelley also spends a lot of time on line! Please visit her website, www.shelleyshepardgray.com to find out her latest news...or become her friend on FaceBook.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Molly on September 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
I absolutely love Shelley's work! She is a wonderfully seasoned Amish author. When she writes a series, the first installment is a wonderful one but each installment after is better than the one before. Each one also picks up right where the one before left off, bringing with it all the amazing characters from the past with it. FABULOUS!

Autumn's Promise is beautifully done. We saw a lot of Lilly in Winter's Awakening and Spring's Renewal, and alot of Robert in Spring's Renewal, as secondary characters, but this novel is created around their story. Lilly and Robert are from two VERY different worlds, one English and one Amish, but there's sparks flying and one thing that they both share and what bonds them beyond a simple friendship: heartache. Both Lilly and Robert have been through the deepest, sorrowful heartache one could bear, and they can't seem to let go of the past, nor can they deny the attraction they feel, despite the gossip spreading through Sugarcreek. Mixed with their heartache, the strength of family, trust and faith and a feeling of love is woven through out. These tender characters become your family, capture your heart completely and share their life's lessons with the reader.

As you read Autumn's Promise, you realize that this a bittersweet novel...you're saying goodbye to fabulous friends and a feeling of peace and belonging. It's a 5 star book that is full of lessons and is an outstanding conclusion to an incredibly penned Amish series. I highly recommend this to all Amish lovers and to those who've never read one, please start with Shelley's amazing novels!

*This book was provided for review by Avon books and CFBA*
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deborah VINE VOICE on August 20, 2010
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It's time to return one more time to the folks at Sugarcreek and this time the main focus of the story is on Lily Allen. She was the pregnant teenager who had minor plot lines in previous books and now the attention is focused on her. Lily has always been one of my favorite characters throughout the series because she is outspoken and very independent. That is one of the reasons why Robert falls for her. Their relationship was very interesting to read. It wasn't like any other Amish/English relationship in other books. They had a LOT of chemistry together. My favorite scene happened when Lily is taking Robert's order at the restaurant and asks him what he wants and all he says is "You." *Swoon!* And that is coming from a normally reserved Amish guy!

There's sort of a Romeo/Juliet scenario that happens with how both families don't want to encourage the relationship. Robert's side condemns Lily for having been pregnant and the fact that she would never fit in the Amish where Lily's family is worried that she will never be able to fit in. However the pair ignore the naysayers and continue their relationship even though they know that sooner or later, they will have to face reality and make a decision.

The story also deals with Caleb, an Amish teenager who is struggling with what he wants to do in life. He doesn't know whether he wants to stay Amish or join the outside world. Unfortunately for him, at first all his experiences with the English world are not so good, as the teens he hang around with drink and smoke among other bad habits. He's also afraid of telling his parents his feelings because he's worried at how they would react to the confusion he's facing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Renee Chaw on August 10, 2010
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Seriously depressed by the lack of anything different in Amish fiction I was reluctant to give this new series by Shelley Shepard Gray a try but boy am I glad I did! I liked Winter's Awakening, Spring's Renewal was really good and this book, Autumn's Promise was terrific.

I love the stories where two seemingly very different people fall in love and Lilly and Robert were definitely very different and yet they were the same. Both went through so much in their very short lives (Lilly is 19 and Robert is 24) and you couldn't help but root for them and hoped somehow, against the odds, they would find happiness. The ending of this book was most satisfying and didn't end like I expected it too from having read so much Amish fiction in the past few years. I was pleased. While I didn't really understand some aspects of the book I still loved the story and was so happy for Lilly finally getting what she deserved! If you're looking for a quick summer read, I suggest this light Amish romance from Shelley Shepard Gray.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Donelson on August 3, 2010
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This is the third book in the "Seasons of Sugarcreek" series. Englisher Lilly Allen has faced some tragedies and tribulations in the first two books. She finds herself disconnected with her old friends because of her new life experiences. She has changed, grown and matured. However, she has fallen in love with an Amish man and he with her. Can it really work out? Are they fooling themselves that there could be a happy ending? Also, Caleb Graber must decide - English or Amish -as he goes through his rumspringa. Excellent book where the the characters have real and complex feelings and there are no easy answers. Sounds like real life to me.
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