Shelley Shepard Gray


On Sale Date: 2/12/2013
Imprint: Avon Inspire
Print Run: 100K
Format: PB
Pages: 256
Price: $12.99
ISBN: 62204408
ISBN 13: 9780062204400
Other Formats
Ebook 9780062204417

In the first book in the new Day of Reckoning series Shelley Shepard Gray delves into the workings of three generations of an Amish family, where nothing is as perfect as it seems. Aaron and Lovinia Keim have been cornerstones of the community for years. They live in the Dawdi House, in the back of their property, and their middle son, Peter manages the farm and main house with his grown children, son Roman and twin daughters, Viola and Elsie. Viola has recently started a job at the Mennonite retirement home. She strikes up an unlikely friendship with Atle Beachy, whose only living relative, a son Ed, is off living as a missionary in Nicaragua. While Viola understands the importance of mission work, she can’t imagine leaving her father in the hands of strangers. It’s not the Amish way, and even though she doesn’t know Ed, she doesn’t like him for how he’s abandoned his father.  But soon Ed surprises his father with a visit, and despite Viola’s cold attitude, falls for her hard, and is determined to start courting her.  Even though Viola can’t deny she feels the attraction too, she has no time to focus on her feelings. Her own family, for so long a pillar of their community, begins to crumble. As she turns to Ed for comfort, Viola realizes she has two choices: Marry Ed and go to wherever he is sent, or stay home and try to hold her family together.