Joyful by Shelley Shepard Gray

Joful by Shelley Shepard Gray

Book Description

A young Amish couple gets a second chance at love in New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s final book in her Return to Sugarcreek series.

Randall Beiler is doing his best to put his family and the farm’s needs first, even forsaking love. But though he tries, Randall knows he needs help caring for his younger siblings and keeping the house together.

When his brother offers pretty Elizabeth Nolt a job taking care of the house and cooking for the family, Randall is furious—and guilty about the way he once broke Elizabeth’s heart. But when he learns that Elizabeth and her grandmother are struggling to make ends meet, he knows the offer, no matter how painful, is the right thing for everyone.

Elizabeth wants to refuse—to stay far away from the man who hurt her—but she needs the money. Though she vows to protect her heart, spending time in the Beiler household makes Elizabeth realize that, while she’s older and wiser, her love for Randall still burns strong.

Randal, too, seems to want something more. But does he want Elizabeth because he truly loves her—or because he needs a housekeeper? If Randall sincerely wants something more, he must find a way to show Elizabeth—or risk losing his chance at love forever.

Joyful includes a P.S. section with a letter from the author, discussion questions, and a teaser from her next book.

My Review

This is the 3rd book in the Series “Return to Sugarcreek” by Shelley Shepard Gray, who is one of the best authors who write Amish books, which I thoroughly love. 

This book starts out as Randall Beiler comes to see Elizabeth Nolt, who he has been dating for a while.  Elizabeth thinks that he is coming to propose marriage to her, but he tells her something else entirely.  He wants to break up with her for a while and in the meantime he has hurt Elizabeth a lot. 

As the story goes and Elizabeth is trying to get over Randall, one of Randall’s brothers comes to her house and asks her if she would come and work for them, since it is all brothers and a sister, Kaylene.  She decides to accept this and goes to work for them to cook, clean, etc.  It is a very difficult thing for Elizabeth to do, but she keeps on doing it.  Then, in the meantime, she has to face Randall every time she is there to work and those old feelings keep on rising up for both of them (Elizabeth and Randall).  They fight and Randall even makes Elizabeth mad and he has to go and apologize.

Then, Randall falls at the construction site where he works and the whole family wants Elizabeth to come to stay all night for several nights to help out the family during the time that Randall is laid up in bed.  He has a broken leg, and you know how men can be, UGH!!!!!  But, during this time, Elizabeth realizes her feelings for Randall are still there. 

I won’t say anything more about this book or I will spoil it for you.  It is a GREAT book, I love Shelley Shepard Gray’s books, they are wonderful.  You really need to read this book especially if you read the previous ones in this series.

I hope that you will pickup this book soon and read it.  I would definitely suggest this book to my family and friends.  Thank you Shelley for giving us Amish Fiction readers a GREAT book.