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Product Details

  • Series: Days of Redemption (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Inspire; Original edition (May 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062204424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062204424
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When two hearts connect on a beach in Florida, is it a brief romance . . . or the start of a lasting love?

After family secrets come to light, causing an uproar, Roman Keim is taking a much-needed vacation to Pinecraft, the Amish snowbird community in Florida. The warm weather is a welcome break from the bleak Ohio winter, as is a week off from all his family's drama. But Roman's own drama begins when he meets his next-door neighbors: Amanda Yoder, a beautiful young widow, and her adorable daughter, Regina.

In the two years since her husband died, Amanda has never looked at another man. She certainly doesn't intend to get married again. But she can't deny that there's something special between her and Roman. As his week in Pinecraft comes to a close, Amanda knows that, in spite of her attempt to remain distant, she's given Roman a piece of her heart. And her daughter seems to have fallen in love, too.

Is there hope for a second chance at love for Amanda? Or will duty call Roman home first, far from the two women who have captured his heart?

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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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By nathania on June 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is book two of the series Days of Redemption by Shelly Shepard Gray.

Why I Enjoyed this book:

I did enjoy the uniqueness of the situation that played in this family. Each person seemed to be struggling with something, and it was kind of interesting to see this play out in an Amish community. It feels like a different point of view that is welcomed when reading Amish books.

The Romance playing between Amanda and Roman is sweet, but what I really enjoyed was the inclusion of Regina Amanda's daughter. I loved that Author Gray included Regina as a key part into the romance between her mom and Roman. I thought it brought her book into a more personal level plucking at the heart strings. It was believable seeing Regina and Roman's family interacting together. I fell in love with the prospect of having this bundle of joy and energy rejuvenate Roman's family.

Some Awkwardness in Reading this book:

I felt that the first few chapters were strikingly confusing for me. There was an influx of characters introduced so quickly with very little personality that I had a hard time keeping characters straight. Pushing through the first few chapters were challenging because of this. However as I read a few more chapters, I slowly became somewhat familiar to the characters. I considered writing them all on paper to keep them all straight! It was a little frustrating for me as a reader.

I know it was meant to be read with the first book, but I just want to give my perspective that there was a lot going on at the beginning that felt like I had hit the ground running.

As I did get into the book, the author moves into several different love stories happening and developing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
This story picks up where book one left off. All the family drama in the Keim familly has having proven to be more than Roman Keim wanted to deal with. He decided to take a well deserved vacation going from ice and snow of Ohio to the sunny beaches in Florida. His cousins have a condo right on the beach and they have invited him to come spend a week. It has been a healing experience for him. He is not a very outgoing person but since a lovely young woman, in the condo next door, caught his eye his world has become a whirlwind of emotions. Which is very good. The woman as well as her darling little four year old girl that have taken up a special spot in his heart.

Amanda Yoder is a widow of two years and she too is taking a well deserved vacation. The minute Roman Keim walk up to her on the beach he was like a ray of light. She could feel herself healing because of this handsome caring man. He was not only a healing balm for her but more so for her daughter, Regina. Regina did not trust anyone but to her surprise opened up like a flower to the sun. Amanda does not want to let go of her deceased husbands memory yet she is drawn to the possibility of a new love in her future.

The author writes of healing for so many of the characters in this book. Giving up the past to God and and going forward for the plans he has for them. Some of the characters cling to the pain of the past not so willing to give up what is eating them alive making them bitter and depressed. Why is it so hard to let go of the past? My heart ached for all the characters and was glad to see the healing process in all of them take place. My favorite characters in this book were Regina and Elsie they had more strength than all of them in the end.

I highly recommend this book.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group/Harper Collins for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. This review is my honest opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pamela A. Burke on May 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
Ray of Light is an enjoyable second installment in Shelley Shepard Gray's The Days of Redemption series.

The Keim family's story continues, with Roman as the main character this time. Amanda is a delightful love interest, and who could help but fall in love with little Regina! Of course, Viola, Ed, Elsie, and other family members continue to play important roles.

Some of the characters -- like Roman's grandparents -- seem to round out much better in this second book. The secrets revealed with little detail in book one begin to fill out the story much more as the series progresses. And there are several loose ends and hints at new twists that make me anxious to see how the series concludes in Eventide.

I recommend Ray of Light as a great read for Amish fiction fans.

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Coffee Addicted Writer's Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
Amish fiction has been one of my favorite book genres for the past ten years, so I was excited to read Shelly Shepard Gray's second book in The Days of Redemption series, which I received free of charge from Litfuse Publicity and Avon Inspire in exchange for my honest thoughts.

Living in the Amish community of Pinecraft, Florida, has been difficult for Amanda Yoder as her husband, Wesley, died nearly two years ago, leaving her to raise their daughter, Regina, by herself. She has no intention of marring again, until she meets the neighbor's brother, Roman Keim.

Roman isn't from Pinecraft. He's actually on vacation from his Amish life in Ohio, where a family secret became public causing a bit of an uproar in the community. Soon after arriving in Florida, Roman starts noticing the lovely next door neighbor, Amanda, whom he has heard is a widower.

At first Amanda tries to distant herself as much as possible from Roman, but eventually takes an interest in him. Sadly, she knows that their relationship can be nothing but friendship as Roman is only there for one week.

I've read a few other series by the author, but for some reason I didn't hear about the first book in the series, Daybreak, being released. I don't like to jump into book two without reading book one, but Ray of Light is basically a standalone sequel, though it does mention previous events involving the Keim's family secrets. Most of the Amish books I have read are either set in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kansas, or Missouri, but this is the first book I have read that has an Amish community in Florida. The author does a good job creating likeable characters and a realistic plot, which is lacking in some recent romance novels. Overall, I enjoyed reading Ray of Light. I just purchased the first book, so hopefully I'll have it read before the final book, Eventide, is released.
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