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Daybreak: The Days of Redemption Series, Book One Paperback – February 12, 2013

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“...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 heavy-handed...new readers will have no trouble starting the series here.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

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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: 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: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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This is book one is a series set in Holmes County Ohio and centered around an Amish community. I really like how Ms. Gray makes the characters "not perfect", but with family problems just like we all have. Sometimes the Amish genre is portrayed as an idealistic way of life, but this story helps the reader realize that the Amish are people that can have family problems just like everyone else - they just use their faith to work through those problems. Viola, one of the main characters, struggles to understand Ed's choice to be away from family and live as a missionary in another country. She reminds us that we usually end up with a wrong assessment of someone when we look at them through our own perception, instead of through God's eyes. The story has many characters that are easy to identify with and teach us how to work through life's trials with faith and family. The other books in this series focus on different characters in the same community of Amish, which always appeals to me because I hate saying goodbye to characters I have met in stories! Ms Gray's descriptive scenarios make you feel a part of the community and the lives of the characters. Her attention to detail and her accurate portrayal of the Amish is a reflection of the research she must put into every story. I look forward to many more stories from this talented author
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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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Daybreak is the first book in the Days of Redemption series. It focuses on Viola Kiem, a young Amish woman who works at a retirement home. One of her friends at the retirement home is resident Atle Swartz, whose son Edward is a missionary worker in Nicaragua. Viola does not agree with Atle's only child being so far away from his father. When he comes home to visit his father Viola is unsure of her feelings towards him. Viola's home life is chaotic as it is discovered her grandmother has been keeping a secret, her aunt reveals a past hurt and her father has a secret of his own. Viola's world has been turned upside down.

I really enjoyed this book. The characters were likable even though flawed. They could have been from any background as the problems they faced weren't specific to the Amish faith. I liked how Shelley Shepard Gray took these "any family" problems and wove them into a story about an Amish family and how they handled them. The story moved at a good pace. There is just the right mix of romance and family turmoil to get the reader's attention and keep them interested.

I am looking forward to the next book in the series to find out what happens next in the Kiem family. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes Amish fiction or is just looking for a good read.
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