On the quiet cul-de-sac of Cedar Circle, where neighbors are close friends, fierce winds of circumstance threaten to sweep one couple away. Their Down's Syndrome pregnancy is shattering news for Tory and Barry Sullivan, but the option Barry proposes is abhorrent to Tory. It will take a wisdom and strength greater than their own to carry them through. That, and the encouragement only a loving, close-knit community can provide. Over kitchen counters and across the miles, the women of Cedar Circle lend their support to Tory and to each other as all of them face their personal struggles, heartaches, and joys. Shining with bright faith and friendship that illuminates the stormiest night, Showers in Season explores the junction of life's realities, the cost of obedience, the power of relationships, and the promises of God.
Sure, his family isn’t typical—Josh knows that. He’s a twelve-year-old orphan being raised by his eighteen-year-old aunt. When Grandpa and Uncle Charlie start making plans to find Auntie Lou a husband—and take away the only mother Josh has ever known—he knows something has to be done. His family has shaped the young man he has become. Now, as he... Read more »
What does a child’s life-threatening illness cost the neighbors of Cedar Circle? What joys can be hidden in life’s greatest tragedies? Behind brightly lit windows and on front porches, marriages are tested and mended, hearts broken, hopes resurrected, dreams released and reformed, values and futures shaped, and faith rekindled . . . or found for... Read more »
As the coldest winter on record blows into Sugarcreek, will three hearts have the courage to discover the life that God wants for them?
In the small Amish town of Sugarcreek, Ohio, Joshua knows what’s expected of him: to work at the family store and to finally marry Gretta, whom he’s courted for years. But when a new English family moves in next... Read more »
Life on Windmill Farm hasn’t been the same since Julia Lapp’s father has had trouble with his heart. But that doesn’t stop Julia from hoping for a bright future. She has planned on marrying Paul Fisher since she was a girl. Now twenty-one, she looks forward to their wedding with giddy anticipation. But when Paul tells her he wants to postpone... Read more »
“I don’t know who was most excited that morning when the three of us hoisted packs on our backs and started off down the trail. Just before we disappeared from view of our yard, I turned for one more wave. You woulda thought we were marching off to war or something. I even saw Aunt Lou blow her nose on her white hankie. They all looked glad and... Read more »
On the quiet cul-de-sac of Cedar Circle, where neighbors are close friends, fierce winds of circumstance threaten to sweep one couple away. Their Down's Syndrome pregnancy is shattering news for Tory and Barry Sullivan, but the option Barry proposes is abhorrent to Tory. It will take a wisdom and strength greater than their own to carry them... Read more »
Tim Graber arrives in Sugarcreek to help his aunt and uncle with spring planting. At first, Tim doesn’t fit in with his many cousins and their crowded lifestyle. But when he meets Clara Slabaugh, the local school teacher, he understands why the Lord brought him to Sugarcreek. Clara is shy and quiet. Scarred from a fire when she was small, Clara... Read more »
An English woman and an Amish man must struggle with how much to sacrifice for their love in Autumn’s Promise, the final book in the Seasons of Sugarcreek series by Shelley Shepard Gray. A poignant and unforgettable novel of love and faith, Autumn’s Promise concludes one remarkable fictional year in the real-life Amish town of Sugarcreek. Shelly... Read more »
Nineteen-year-old Mary Kate Lapp yearns for adventure, but all she seems to find is trouble. Her dreams of travel have taken a backseat to her assignment to teach school this year. And nothing ever seems to happen in her sleepy Amish community.
But when a sudden and unexplained death conveniently... Read more »
When Cathy Flaherty’s teenage son, Mark, is arrested for selling drugs, her neighbors once again show that Cedar Circle is more than a suburban cul-de-sac. It is a tightly knit circle of friends whose faith, love, and encouragement help each other make it through the changing seasons of life. More is at stake for Cathy than her son. With Mark in... Read more »
Though life seems to be moving others ahead, Josh appears to have come to a dead standstill. Should he continue his studies and become a pastor? Is he to help his aging grandpa and uncle on the farm? What does the future hold?
Life was full of choices. The only problem was figuring out what to do! “What do you plan to do—after graduation? Are... Read more »
As a bright season brings a fresh start to Willow Ridge,Annie Mae Knepp feels she can never make peace with the past. Her disgracedex-bishop father is furious she has taken her five siblings to live with her.She’s never been truly at home in her faith … or believing in herself. AndAnnie Mae fears no man will want to take on the responsibilities... Read more »
Cancer is a short word for something that has such a devastating impact. Why would God allow it to strike Sylvia Bryan—and why now, of all times, when her mission work back in Nicaragua is bearing such fruit and beset by such needs? For Sylvia, the ravages of surgery and chemotherapy are just part of the struggle. There are the questions, the... Read more »
The challenges and rewards of listening to your heart…
“In the dimness of the early morning I could see field after neighborhood field as I let my gaze wander around me. First there was ours—I supposed I would always think of the farm as ours—Grandpa’s, Uncle Charlie’s and mine, though in truth it really was just mine now. Guess that was one of... Read more »
The tranquil little town of WillowRidge is facing a startling challenge. Wealthy Nora Glick Landwehr is determinedto make it her home again—and put her past to rest. Cast out by her own family,Nora can’t reconcile with Old Amish ways or her strict father. But she’ll doanything to help her community embrace the future, and to make amends to... Read more »
For the peaceful town of Willow Ridge, November presents an early holiday surprise. Stranded in the snow, eighteen-year-old Lena Esh and her boyfriend, Josiah Witmer, need more than a place to stay for the night. Lena defied her strict family and their judgmental beliefs to run away with Josiah and have his baby. But she's starting to wonder if... Read more »
A private investigator and amateur sleuth make an unexpected autumn discovery
Private Investigator Robert Grey, a former state agent with a tarnished reputation, and his intern Jane Carson arrive in Pine Bluff, Alabama. Initially working a voter fraud case, they find themselves in the middle of a homicide and their client, the local sheriff, is... Read more »