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Product Details

  • Series: Days of Redemption (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Inspire (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062204408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062204400
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“...stirs readers’ hearts with an inspiring story of captivating characters.” (author Sherry Gore)

“a pleasant read...will appeal to Gray’s many fans.” (Library Journal)

“...a whirlwind of emotions...” (Destination Amish blog)

Lovable characters and a good story, full of romance and suspense...a must read. (Library Journal for THE SEARCH)

“Will appeal to fans of Amish inspirational fiction.” (Library Journal)

“Shelley Shepard Gray writes with honesty, tenderness and depth. Her characters are admirable, richly-layered and impossible to forget long after the story is done.” (Jillian Hart)

“An Amish community backdrop adds homespun sweetness, with a focus on simplicity and family that’s never readers will have no trouble starting the series here.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

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.

More About the Author

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, to find out her latest news...or become her friend on FaceBook.

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Customer Reviews

I can hardly wait to start the next book in this series.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes Amish fiction or is just looking for a good read.
K. Morgan
It keeps you interested to the end and leaves you wanted to continue with the next book in the series.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pirate2240 on February 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
What if everything you ever believed about your upbringing and the life your parents had lived was nothing but a lie? What would that make you think about all the decisions you've made that were called wrong when instead they could have been right, if only the true were allowed to shine through? Now you have the premise behind the latest novel from Shelley Shepard Gray in her new series The Days of Redemption. In the first book, Daybreak we are introduced to the residents of Daybreak Retirement Home where Viola Keim has been working in Mennonite community. Even though she herself isn't a Mennonite, but a New Order Amish, she finds herself wondering just how children can abandon their parents to live out the rest of their lives in the care of strangers instead of living at home with them.

She finds herself particularly drawn to an elderly man named Atle Swartz who is wheelchair bound but is ornery as they come and lately only Viola can dish it back to him in a manner that creates a wonderful relationship despite the age difference. However when Atle shares the letters from his son volunteering in mission work in Nicaragua, she isn't pleased when Edward returns home to see his father. She has a hard time coming to terms between the differences in caring for aging parents and feels obligated to share her concerns with him. However it seems there might be more sparks there than just anger but can they work through their differences before Edward has to return to Nicaragua?

When Viola learns that even her own family has been hiding secrets of their own, it opens her up to the possibilities that not everything as it appears on the surface. She learns that her own mother was born English and have hidden the facts of their lives before marriage from their children.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marial on February 13, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The Kiem family secrets are so intriguing, such a new slant on Amish life. I couldn't put my kindle down... Secrets can ruin a family or bring them closer or strengthen individuals as it did Lorene...a MUST read. Can't wait for book 2!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The IEMommy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
Amish families stay together and often don't move very far from each other. They also are very honest people. Daybreak tells another story with secrets that will have you turning the pages of this story faster than you ever have. It is the second story in The Days of Redemption series, but could definitely be read as a stand-alone.

Viola comes from what is called a New Order Amish family and when she begins working at Daybreak Retirement home she becomes fast friends with Atle. What she quickly makes us aware of is that she doesn't approve of Atle's son Ed who is in Nicaragua on missionary work.

When Ed comes for a visit, Viola is anything but happy to see this man she believes abandoned his father. But, as her story unwinds, her family has secrets that could destroy her way of life and what she has always known. What are the secrets that her mother and father are keeping from her family?

Ed is happy to be home, but when his work may take him to Belize he is torn. He must make a quick decision on what he will do, but what is holding him in Ohio?

When secrets become unraveled, she realizes that she has feelings for Ed and that she was wrong to misjudge him. As her life is revealed, will she stay with the only thing she has ever known or will she follow her heart?

This is a beautiful story that shows us what family is supposed to mean, and the truth should always be revealed. It is not okay to hold secrets from the ones that we love. Family is so important and you should always follow your heart and fight for what you believe in. Daybreak definitely showed me some things that I need to look at in my life and fight for them.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
Shelley Shepard Gray
Avon Inspire, Feb 12 2013, $12.99
ISBN: 9780062204400

For the past six months New Order Amish Viola Keim has worked at the Daybreak Retirement Home. Her favorite resident is Mennonite Atle Swartz who cherishes his son Edward; every time he receives a letter from his offspring, Atle reads it to everyone especially Viola. She cannot understand why Edward traipses around the world instead of his daed living with him at home as she would never abandon her medically needy twin sister.

When Ed makes a surprise return from his missionary work in Nicaragua, Viola condemns him for abandoning his father to strangers. He is shocked by her animosity as she seems so kind to his daed. As they become better acquainted, Viola realizes Ed is a caring son adhering to his beloved daed's wishes. She and her siblings learn a secret about their austere grandmother that causes a family schism. Meanwhile Viola and Ed fall in love and want to marry. However, she has never left home and hates leaving behind her family especially her sister, but must decide whether to accompany him back to Nicaragua, wait for him at home or end their relationship.

The first Days of Redemption Amish family drama is an engaging tale as each Keim member has issues to deal with though Viola's is the storyline's prime focus. Viola has choices to make at a time when she believes her family needs her most. As it should be, the romance is straightforward; with the Keim brood struggling to deal with a shocking revelation that has Viola pondering between love of her family and love of Ed.

Harriet Klausner
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