Shelley Shepard Gray, one of the top authors in the Amish genre, presents a new series of fun, flirty Amish romance novels set in Pinecraft, Florida beginning with The Promise of Palm Grove (Avon Inspire). What makes this book even more delightful is the setting in Pinecraft, a real suburb of Sarasota, Florida. Pinecraft is the vacation spot of many Amish and Mennonites from Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. Busses regularly transport Amish and Mennonites from up North to Pinecraft, Florida during the cold winter months. Supposedly there is a saying among the Amish, “what happens in Pinecraft, stays in Pinecraft”. The meaning behind the quote is that rules are much relaxed in Pinecraft and your church community up North doesn’t need to know everything that you do on vacation.
The story centers on Leona and her two girlfriends, Mattie and Sara, all in their early 20’s, who have come down to Pinecraft for a two week vacation. Leona is to be married in a couple of months to Edmond, but doubts have been piling up in Leona’s mind. It is always Edmond’s way, he doesn’t seem to pay any attention to what Leona wants. Edmond is dour, demanding, and doesn’t seem to have a romantic bone in his body. Leona feels so free to be away from Edmond for a couple weeks.
The girls meet up with three Amish young men who live in Pinecraft year round. The guys, Zack, Danny, and Jeremy are sweet, thoughtful, and kind. Almost immediately, Leona is attracted to Zack. After a second chance encounter, he quickly suggests that the girls allow him to be their tour guide to Siesta Key beach. What follows that invitation turns Leona’s world upside down.
Shelley writes charmingly of the different restaurants, shops, beaches, and area attractions in Pinecraft and the surrounding Sarasota and Siesta Key area as the girls enjoy their days and nights in Florida. Readers will be ready to book their next winter vacation to sunny Florida after reading The Promise of Palm Grove. The new series is titled Amish Brides of Pinecraft and this first book in the series was published January 27, 2015.