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''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, author of High Country Bride

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When someone accidentally sets fire to the Lundy's barn, Winnie is injured trying to get the animals to safety. Confined to the hospital for weeks, she must depend on Englisher Samuel Miller to keep her company. Samuel's family is part of Winnie's tight-knit Amish community, though he left several years ago to pursue a degree at the University and now teaches agriculture. Through their conversations, and Samuel's dedication to her recovery, a friendship forms. Could it be more? Not if Samuel stays in the outside world. In the meantime, Winnie's brother Jonathan must come to terms with the loss of his barn, and the knowledge that someone in the community is responsible. Will he be able to forgive and move on or will bitterness eat away at his heart?

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  • File Size: 308 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Original edition (July 28, 2009)
  • Publication Date: August 11, 2009
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002JB3EC4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,272 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Diane M. Ulitsch on December 29, 2010
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In the middle of the night, Jonathan Lundy's barn is engulfed in flames as he rushes to rescue all his animals and save his sister Winnie. Winnie ends up in the hospital for a short period of time with burns on her legs and a broken foot. Since her brother was busy trying to clean up the disaster, he asked Samuel Miller to take her and visit her regularly since he lived and worked near the hospital. Samuel left the Amish community before being baptised to continue his education and is now a college professor of agriculture. He likes his job but has always felt like he did not fit in with the English. A budding friendship develops while visiting Winnie in the hospital that make him question everything about his English life. Will Winnie and Samuel join in either the English or Amish world? Will Winnie finally find the love that she has been looking for?

This is the last book in the series of Sisters of the Heart. I throughly enjoyed it! I originally read Grace first and I decided to read the whole series from the beginning. I love how each book revolved around a different person's relationship and how they all became "Sisters of the Heart." I love Shelley Shepard Gray's writing style and her character development makes you feel like you are there with them. I will be reading more from her in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deborah VINE VOICE on September 2, 2009
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I've been a big fan of the books in the Sisters of the Heart series since I picked up book one. For some reason, they read differently from other Amish books. It's fresh and light, yet takes into account realistic views of both the Amish and English world. I think what I like best is that there are those who do get a taste of the outside world but their decision to choose the Amish lifestyle is not forced or fake. I've read other books where the choice seemed to put the Amish world as a paradise or utopia as opposed to the sinful worldliness of mainstream America. These books put a refreshing spin on that topic and I applaud them for it.

In this story the focus is on Winnie, the sister of Jonathan and sister in law of Katie. From the last book in the series, we learn that she has just gotten over a failed courtship and is attempting to move on. Unfortunately she's been severely limited due to being injured from a fire at Jonathan's farm. Therefore Sam, a university professor who left the Amish years ago, comes to her rescue and offers to take care of her while she's ailing. I really liked Sam and it was fun seeing him in both of his conflicting worlds. He fits comfortably in both, which is a nice change from seeing an Amish person so out of place in the English world. I really liked the chemistry between the two of them and it was realistic enough to understand how if affected Sam's final decision. I was also pleased with the conditions of his decision as it was realistic, again with small details that other books fail to mention.

There are two other story lines that are taking place in addition to Winnie's and Sam's relationship. Jonathan is trying to find out who set fire to his barn and struggles with forgiving that person.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Nix on June 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
In the final book in the Sisters of the Heart Series we get to see what Winnie Lundy's fate will be now that she and Malcolm (from Ohio) are not going to work out. Winnie knows what she wants, which is to live as a mother and wife to someone who shares her belief in the Lord and her values. What she doesn't count on is being trapped in a hospital for days after a horrific fire takes the barn at her brother's house, and almost her life along with it.

Samuel Miller never took the final commitment to the Amish Church of his family as he learned to have a higher education and loved to teach others. He left the community and attended a local college where he eventually became a well known agricultural professor. But Samuel knows something is still missing in his life. He thinks he might have found it when he starts to spend time with Winnie, who he knows from his childhood and who is at a local hospital. Samuel is called in when she is first brought in as he knows the ways of both worlds, and then he volunteers to sit with Winnie out of kindness, and eventually both find that it is the highlight of their days. But with the two living in such different worlds will the budding attraction go anywhere?

Along with the budding romance you will also get to look into the lives of Winnie's brother John (from book 2) and see what happens when he is left wondering who set fire to his barn, and why they aren't asking for forgiveness.

Forgiven is the third and final story in the Sister of the Heart series and I am sad to see this series end. Forgiven looks at a bit of a different aspect of the life among some of the Amish and what might happen if someone doesn't live up to the principles that is at the foundation of their beliefs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Merrimon Crawford VINE VOICE on August 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
A sudden fire destroys the Lundy barn, leaving Winnie in the hospital with injuries. A chance encounter with Englisher Samuel Miller, a former member of the Amish community, brings friendship to Winnie while separated from her family and community of faith. Samuel left the community when he was young to pursue a university education and honor the natural gifts given to him by God. As their friendship deepens, Winnie and Samuel must face the challenges to their love and faith, particularly as each lives in such a different world. When the fire inspectors discover that a stray cigarette started the fire, her brother Jonathan knows he should forgive and yet he feels he needs to know who started the fire and why. Can he figure out the answer but more importantly, how will God act in the lives of those who dare to forgive and those who dare ask to be forgiven?

In FORGIVEN, the third in the Sisters of the Heart inspirational romances, Shelley Shepard Gray creates a multidimensional story of forgiveness within a Christian community. Gossip and honest searching to live a faithful life, teenage adolescence and fear all provide tensions as one act might divide the community. Jonathan may appear stubborn as the community urges him to just forgive and put the whole event behind him, but the author looks into the heart of a man who has been wronged and his need to understand. Shelley Shepard Gray goes beyond a stereotypical or simplistic tale of easy redemption to look into her characters' hearts. Following God's way, Jonathan is also a man who looks inside himself, not just blindly obedient but a man who internalizes God's message. As the story unfolds, the reader feels both a sense of community and a sense of individuality as her characters live out their lives.
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