Christmas In Sugarcreek by Shelley Shepard Gray

1/07/2013

Judith Graber always did the right thing. She couldn’t be described as anything less than dutiful. When she was attracted to Ben Knox she couldn’t believe it herself.

Before Ben Knox left Sugarcreek, he did everything for shock value. He had a reputation for always getting into trouble. He had returned to sell his parent’s home. He was a little older and not fully living up to his reputation. He was also very attracted to Judith.

Lilly and Robert Miller were newly converted Mennonites as well as newlyweds. Lilly was afraid that Robert thought he made a mistake in marrying her.

Caleb, Judith’s younger brother, was smitten with Becca Yoder. But Becca was holding herself back for some reason.

As each couple’s story unfolds, we get to see their hang-ups. Their problems are all realistic and relatable. All the characters wanted to belong to someone, somewhere, or something. For example, Judith wanted a love in her life. Lilly wanted to be the best wife she could be. Robert wanted his family to accept his conversion. Some questioned if they could show their true feelings or true self and still be accepted.

When writing this story Shelley Shepard Gray used the Bible verse John 8:12 “When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”  Everyone can either be a light for someone else or get light from someone else. The light is Jesus. We can either tell others about the saving grace of Jesus or see Jesus and the hope and goodness He has to offer in others. We will then no longer walk in the darkness of sin if we accept Him. Ben had walked in darkness much of his life. It wasn’t until Ben returned to Sugarcreek that he began to see a break in the clouds and some light shining through.

I enjoyed this story. Slowly each character began to grow as their story unfolded. It wasn’t difficult to keep track of the characters and their situations. The romance is interesting because there is puppy love, married love, and a resisting of love all going on. This is a short holiday story that you’ll be glad you picked up.

I received a free copy of this book From The Christian Manifesto and Avon Inspire in exchange for my honest review.

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