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Product Details

  • Series: Families of Honor (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; 1 edition (March 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062020617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062020611
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Shelly Shepard Gray's 'Sisters of the Heart' series:
''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 --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

From the Back Cover

Two lives converge one stormy night on a train headed to cleveland

Lucy is traveling by herself via train to Jacob's Crossing to help care for her cousin Mattie, recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Trying to overcome the sudden death of her husband, she's glad to get away and focus on someone else for a while.

The only other Amish people on the train are Calvin Weaver and his little sister, Katie. When their train breaks down outside of Cleveland, Calvin and Lucy band together to face the outside world. But Calvin also carries the weight of past hurts. When an altercation brings both their wounds to light, they question whether they can trust each other.

Once in Jacob's Crossing, Lucy is occupied with caring for Mattie, while Calvin does his best to run his family's farm. But they can't stop thinking about those special hours spent together. Will the bond they formed last? And will Lucy and Calvin be able to put away the pain in their pasts to recognize the happiness that is suddenly in their grasp?

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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Deborah VINE VOICE on March 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
As I've said in the past, Shelley Shepard Gray's Amish stories are the best ones that I've seen out there. No idealized life, very few English turns to Amish just for love and just stories about the culture and the lifestyle. This book is no different and even breaks ground with the subject matters brought forth in the book. This is the first book dealing with the Amish that I have read that deals with cancer and domestic violence IN the Amish. Both subjects seem to be taboo among other authors and I'm glad that Gray brings them into light with this book.

Lucy is the victim of an abusive husband. What makes her situation unique is that both she and her husband are Amish. I find this groundbreaking because other books dealing with the Amish tend to make their entire lifestyle to seem so peaceful and full of tranquility and that nothing from the outside world taints their community. However Gray clearly shows that the Amish are not immune from this type of behavior and Lucy's husband was just as terrible as abusive husbands from the outside world. What probably made it even more worse for her is that there was absolutely no one she could tell this to and to get any sort of help would have been really frowned upon. I ache that she had to go through all of it alone and the emotional and physical scars that it left on her.

At first I got annoyed with Lucy for making such a harsh judgment about Calvin after one single incident. Her complete 180 attitude and not even bothering to try to listen to his reason for why he did what he did got on my nerves. Then I realized that she is coming from an abusive relationship. She is wary of any sort of hints of abuse in a person's character because she fears it. I immediately changed my mind about her and began to empathize with her.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Janna R. Ryan on May 19, 2011
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There are so many Amish books out there right now that sometimes it can be hard to sort through them and find ones that are a little unique or different. Here's a hint, find ones with Shelley Shepard Gray's name on them, pick them up and read them. "The Caregiver" is a beautiful story that deals with marital abuse, cancer, widowhood, love and trust. I'm thinking that Shelley knows someone that has gone through cancer because her descriptions as she deals with Lucy helping her cousin Mattie go through her chemotherapy I was near tears. It was moving and touching as Mattie deals with depression and Lucy struggles to keep her from losing hope. Lucy is Mattie's caregiver, but she soon finds out that maybe she needs a little more care herself than she realized. There are some wonderful plot points in this book and Shelley has a way of making you really care about the different characters. A beautiful story and I look forward to the next one in this series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Orianna VINE VOICE on May 17, 2012
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As an Amish romance, the book opens with a flashback of Lucy and her abusive husband, who, as you soon find out, got his just desserts and died some months earlier, leaving the Lucy free to get involved with the new man in her life. If she can overcome her Battered Woman's Syndrome, that is. There's also the storyline of Mattie, an Amish woman in the middle of therapy for breast cancer, and the story of Calvin, obviously the hero of the story.

While I do like Amish romance novels, I found this one exasperating. For one, the POV switches between at least four people, which can get confusing, especially when those people aren't in the same place as each other. One minute you're on a train traveling the countryside during a storm, and the next you're in town going to a medical center for cancer treatments, and the next you're back on the train. Personally, I prefer novels that start new chapters when introducing a new POV character, rather than inserting completely new scenes into the middle of existing scenes.

I also found the author's use of sentence fragments quite annoying. The occasional sentence fragment can be used successfully for dramatic effect, but she uses them on every single page! By page 38, I wanted to throw the book across the room. It's lazy writing.

Then, too, the psychology in the story seems a bit odd. It's been my impression that women suffering from Battered Women's Syndrome aren't aware of the reasons behind their reactions. They may act skittish, and have low self-esteem, and all of that, but they don't typically sit there and analyze their actions, thinking, "I'm behaving this way because of what my abusive husband did to me.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AuburnTygr on May 2, 2011
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The Caregiver is the first book I've read by Shelley Shepard Gray and leaves me wondering just what I've missed by not reading her previous books. The characters are so realistic facing everyday challenges (loss, illness and pain) so much like real life. It just ended too soon-I hated coming to the last page and closing the book.....It does contain a preview of Book Two and I can't wait for it's release so that I can continue following the characters introduced in The Caregiver. Fans of Wanda Brunsetter and Cindy Woodsmall should enjoy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By joyful books on March 12, 2012
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The Caregiver by Shelley Shepard Gray
"Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me."
Psalm 23:4

Walking into the Public Library last week, I was captured by the cover of the book sitting face up in the "new book section." I wasn't expecting to find "Amish Christian Romance" at the Public Library. But, I am very much a girl who likes "beautiful" simple book covers and, "The Caregiver" by Shelley Shepard Gray was like the best looking cookie on the platter.

Opening the book to the Prologue it began with an explosive abusive scene between the main character Lucy and her abusive Amish husband Paul. "You are such a disappointment, Lucy," he bit out, each word seething with venom. "Such a disappointment. In every possible way." Her lip bled as she fought to remain still under his glaring eyes. Prepared herself for another diatribe. Then Paul simply shook his head in disgust and stormed out the kitchen door." As I read on and finished the prologue, I just knew...this was going to be one book I just had to read!

In the book, "The Caregiver" by Shelley Shepard Gray, Lucy travels by herself on a train to help care for her cousin Mattie who has breast cancer, as well as try to help get past the sudden death of her husband Paul. While on the train, Lucy meets a handsome Amish stranger, Calvin who also has some pain in his past as well. Both must learn to trust one another.
I absolutely loved the book, "The Caregiver!"

"The Caregiver" is enjoyable and believable! I couldn't wait to pick it up and read. I am so glad there are more books in the series!
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