Thursday, June 6, 2013

Ray of Light by Shelley S. Gray

This is book two of the series Days of Redemption by Shelly Shepard Gray.

Why I Enjoyed this book:
I did enjoy the uniqueness of the situation that played in this family.  Each person seemed to be struggling with something, and it was kind of interesting to see this play out in an Amish community.  It feels like a different point of view that is welcomed when reading Amish books.

The Romance playing between Amanda and Roman is sweet, but what I really enjoyed was the inclusion of Regina Amanda's daughter.  I loved that Author Gray included Regina as a key part into the romance between her mom and Roman.  I thought it brought her book into a more personal level plucking at the heart strings.  It was believable seeing Regina and Roman's family interacting together.  I fell in love with the prospect of having this bundle of joy and energy rejuvenate Roman's family.

Some Awkwardness in Reading this book:
 I felt that the first few chapters were strikingly confusing for me.  There was an influx of characters introduced so quickly with very little personality that I had a hard time keeping characters straight.  Pushing through the first few chapters were challenging because of this.  However as I read a few more chapters, I slowly became somewhat familiar to the characters.  I considered writing them all on paper to keep them all straight!  It was a little frustrating for me as a reader.

I know it was meant to be read with the first book, but I just want to give my perspective that there was a lot going on at the beginning that felt like I had hit the ground running.

As I did get into the book, the author moves into several different love stories happening and developing.  I was intrigued and interested between the problems and stories between Viola and Edward;  Peter and Marie; Aaron and Lovina.  But it felt like there was just too much going on that Gray was divided between developing each of these minor plot to their fullest.  The main love story between Roman and Amanda suffered because of all the different characters having their own struggles and situations.  There could have been more richness between Roman and Amanda, instead I felt that Roman was hotheaded and shallow.  Amanda in my eye felt young and immature at times.  I felt that both characters had fallen in love, and I do cheer for them, but wished that their love for each other read more meaningful.  Instead I felt that it fell flat and lacked depth and maturity.

Overall an okay read for me, and will pick up the first book to see if that would shed the confusion for me.  I am intrigued with the cliff hanger at the end and Viola and Edward relationship so I do anticipate me picking up the next book.

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  • Meet Shelley:
  • Shelley Shepard Gray is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the "Sisters of the Heart", "Seasons of Sugarcreek", "Secrets of Crittenden County", and Families of Honor series. 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.

Disclosure : I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."