Friday, April 3, 2020

Book Review - The Protective One by Shelley Shepard Gray

The Protective One (Walnut Creek #3)The Protective One by Shelley Shepard Gray

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: The tragic and untimely death of an old friend has made Elizabeth Anne rethink not only her priorities but her courtship with David, her longtime neighbor and suitor. Though he’s Mennonite like herself and has her parents’ approval, she feels that a spark is missing. Desperate for a change, she breaks things off—wondering if, perhaps, she’s the one who’s missing a spark.

When her family becomes upset with her decision, E.A. turns to her friends for support. One of them is Will, a man with a good heart who has always been there for her. As the two bond over their shared struggle to navigate a future that everyone else seems to have figured out, they are surprised to realize that they have feelings for each other.

But E.A.’s world takes a sudden turn when she realizes that she’s not the only one struggling—Marta, one of her sewing students, is in desperate need of protection. With the aid of Will and several other friends, Elizabeth Anne begins a journey that is more difficult and rewarding than she could have ever that ultimately enables her to find everything she’s been searching for.

My Thoughts: I have never read anything from Shelley Shepard Gray that I know of but after reading The Protective One she has become a voice that I want to read again. She tackled some strong subject matter (abuse) in this story and did so with such beautiful and skilled writing.

The Protective One is a story that will stay with you long after you finish it as it keeps clouding my thoughts from time to time even now and it's been a while since I completed it.

The characters are well drawn out and actually appear as if they could be your neighbors or folks you could actually run into on the street in town.

My favorite character a main one was EA. She was so likable and head strong. I loved her ability to stand up for herself no matter if it was what was expected of her or not.

I would recommend this story to anybody. It has a bit of everything for everybody and I don't think anybody would walk away disappointed!

I was given a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.

You can purchase a copy on Amazon HERE and right now it is only $1.99 for the kindle copy.

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  1. Thank you for your honest review. I really like books like this and would love to read and review the paperback/print version of this book. Really like book cover and book excerpt. I looked for links for Amazon, Goodreads, Bookbub and even a website but there were none. Could you please provide these links for me.

  2. Ooops I am so sorry I usually try to add the Amazon link. I will go up and add one for it now and yes I totally think you will love this story as much as I did! Stay safe and Happy Reading!

  3. yay 5 stars. i love when i find a character that speaks to me
    sherry @ fundinmental