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Daybreak (The Days of Redemption #1)

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In this close-knit Amish family, nothing is as perfect as it seems . . .

When Viola Keim starts working at a nearby Mennonite retirement home, she strikes up an unlikely friendship with resident Atle, whose only living relative, son Edward, is living as a missionary in Nicaragua. Viola understands the importance of mission work, but she can't imagine leaving her father in t
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Avon Inspire (first published January 1st 2013)
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Susan
Great start to a wonderful series. Fortunately I have the second book and will start today. I've also pre ordered the third. This was refreshing on so many levels. The Keim's have had too many grievous secrets for too long. As the secrets start coming out things really get interesting. I loved hearing about Edward's mission work and his call to serve. All of the characters are special and well developed. The romances, the old and new are superb as well. I read all that I can find by this author. ...more
Jodie
Viola works in a retirement home for Mennonites and has formed a rather interesting, sometimes comical, bond with one of the residents, Atle. They form a bond as Atle reads Viola letters from his missionary son, Edward. But, when Edward returns, Viola can’t control herself and tells him exactly what she thinks of him leaving his father in a home. As Viola’s world begins turning upside down, she realizes things aren’t always as they seem and that perhaps she was a bit harsh with Edward.

In this Am
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Kimberly
A brand new day brings new beginnings
This is book one is a series set in Holmes County Ohio and centered around an Amish community. I really like how Ms. Gray makes the characters "not perfect", but with family problems just like we all have. Sometimes the Amish genre is portrayed as an idealistic way of life, but this story helps the reader realize that the Amish are people that can have family problems just like everyone else - they just use their faith to work through those problems. Viola, o
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Amy
Apr 25, 2013 Amy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: nook
Solid 3 stars, wanted to like it even more but some things got on my nerves...a couple of characters, actually... But my favorite character is Edward and I liked Viola, of course. The story had some different situations than what you might think you would find in a book with Amish folk, :). And that's why I liked it, but at times it seemed a little too clean, it could have been a little longer and gone a little deeper. But overall, it was a good read and I will read the next book at some point : ...more
Linda  Van Wert

Summer is a busy season at the inn, so proprietor Jo Marie Rose and handyman Mark Taylor have spent a lot of time together keeping the property running. Despite some folks’ good-natured claims to the contrary, Jo Marie insists that Mark is only a friend. However, she seems to be thinking about this particular friend a great deal lately. Jo Marie knows surprisingly little about Mark’s life, due in no small part to his refusal to discuss it. She’s determined to learn more about his past, but first
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Kristi
Daybreak is the first book in the Days of Redemption series. It focuses on Viola Kiem, a young Amish woman who works at a retirement home. One of her friends at the retirement home is resident Atle Swartz, whose son Edward is a missionary worker in Nicaragua. Viola does not agree with Atle's only child being so far away from his father. When he comes home to visit his father Viola is unsure of her feelings towards him. Viola's home life is chaotic as it is discovered her grandmother has been kee ...more
Shari Larsen
This is the first book in the three part Days of Redemption series.

Viola Keim is working in a Mennonite retirement home when she strikes up an unlikely friendship with one of the residents, Atle Swartz, whose only living relative is son Edward, who is working as a missionary in Nicaragua. Even though Viola understands the importance of mission work, she can't understand how Edward could leave his father with strangers, it's not the Amish way, so even though she does not know Edward, she judges h
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Whoopie
Most family secrets don't usually involve the matriarch of the family. Except in this one. Daybreak by Shelley Shepard Gray is yet another page turner. True to Ms. Gray's style in writing, she leaves you wanting the next book in the series. And as a teaser, gives you the first chapter of the next book in the back of this one ;)

This family secret, once revealed, starts a domino effect and we start finding out that there are more secrets in this family. Some can be rectified. Some can't. And you w
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
What if everything you ever believed about your upbringing and the life your parents had lived was nothing but a lie? What would that make you think about all the decisions you've made that were called wrong when instead they could have been right, if only the true were allowed to shine through? Now you have the premise behind the latest novel from Shelley Shepard Gray in her new series The Days of Redemption. In the first book, Daybreak we are introduced to the residents of Daybreak Retirement ...more
Michelle
The first thing you will notice about Daybreak is the beautiful cover. It will capture your attention with the vibrant colors and make you want to jump right into the story. Well it did to me at least. Admittedly, I would have read this regardless of what the cover looked like because with a Shelley Shepard Gray book I know what is in store for me; a page turner that will keep me up late at night and leave me super antsy for the next installment! The cover scene adds an air of mystery to the boo ...more
Janine
"Daybreak" by Shelley Shepard Gray is a book that keeps the reader interested in all that is happening. There are secrets and romance along with maybe a little self-reflection calling for a change.

This story was so refreshing for though this is an Amish family, they are dysfunctional as any English family can be. Daddy has a dark secret, Grandma as an even deeper secret, Aunt has been lucky to reclaim something lost to her years ago, and Viola, well she is trying to wrap her mind around everythi
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Vivian
After having read several "heavy" books, I needed something light and easy to read. This book was it. No great literary piece but entertaining. Having grown up around Amish and Mennonites, I will say that this book much more accurately depicts a typical family than what is shown on Discovery Channel's "reality" shows. The author throws in an alcohol abuse issue and family relationship issues which truly happen in real life. If there is anything I have learned from the Amish and Mennonites I have ...more
JoyAnne
Daybreak is a beautifully written story about family secrets. Viola works in the Daybreak Retirement Center which is in the Mennonite community. Working with the residents makes her wonder how children can leave their parents and never look back. Though New Order Amish are not to judge others she can't help herself. When she becomes aware of powerful secrets her family has kept from her, she sees things in a different light. Viola learns a valuable lesson which would be helpful to many.

Loved th
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Sharon Chance
“Daybreak” is an intriguing look into the little known private lives of the very close-knit Amish people, and Gray shares with her readers that they have day-to-day problems and worries just like the rest of the world. The difference is in the manner in which they handle these problems, both privately and religiously.

This new cast of characters is lively and very personable, and the setting, as always, is peaceful and soothing. I enjoy how Gray brings a saucy side of realism to the story and ma
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Lisa
good book, but I like reading her books!! this book had a different Amish twist then the normal. I liked that about this book.
stacie
This book had some good tidbits but it was slow moving. The ending was anticlimactic. I presume that this book gives the background for the next two books in the series, but as a stand alone book, it was a let down.
Edith Ray
Another successful book about the Amish and their particular daily life problems that are compounded when the children and grandchildren discover that they don't know the truth about their parents/grandparents. The children reflect on the very strict upbringing they had which made them feel guilty about "being worthy or the best". This new knowledge gives them the power to go back and correct past decisions which brings them happiness. It is interesting to see the inner workings of the Amish and ...more
Heather
Great book. Lots of family secrets!
Carolyn E
I had a little trouble getting into this one. I finally had to make a list of the characters so I could keep all of the relationships straight. After I got past that, I did enjoy the story. It's a little different from the usual Amish story, but it's a good read. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series, Ray of Light: The Days of Redemption, which is due to be released in May, 2013.
Kerri Adams
I only finished it because I am a little OCD about finishing books and my mother gave it to me for my birthday.
Mary M
This was a nice, light little read. Not a lot happens but Shelley Shepard Gray keeps you engaged anyway with a simple romance alongside a slightly more complicated family plot (that must resolve in other books in the series).

I liked it.

And I want some chocolate pie.
Jessie Cumpson
I liked the book had a good lesson on following God's plan through missionary services. I enjoyed reading this book. Would recommend reading it.
April Suter
Viola's life is about to change. Her grandmother's secret is revealed, her father's battle is faced, her aunt finds a lost love and Viola, herself, meets Edward a missionary and son to her favorite resident where she works.

248 pages
Tara Thompson carter
I love any Amish based novel and have read many but this one left me wanting something more. Maybe if I hadn't read some many and compared this one to them it might have seemed better but I felt this novel was somewhat lacking.
Nancy
I enjoed this first book of a series, that takes place in an Amish community. There are family secreets, that are tearing the family apart, and there is love that brings them together. I listened to this book on CDs.
Kim
Normally, I am not drawn to Christian fiction. A friend gave this to me. It was compelling and I will be reading the next two books in the trilogy. Drama is drama! I liked it.
Bob James
Good story, put did not feel like Amish characters or life's at all (not that I really know what their life is like, but it was different than most Amish stories I read).
patricia
Shelley Shepard Gray has a hit with Daybreak. Loved every minute of it and was sad to see it end. Family secrets emerge, unexpected love develops.
Sandie Mixa
I read this book last month. It really kept my attention and the characters seemed so real. Such an unusual situation - I enjoyed it.
Kim Bramstedt
I've always only read Lewis for Amish fiction, but I stumbled on to Shelly Shepherd Grey and really enjoy her style of writing as well!!
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I live in southern Ohio with my husband, two teenagers, and two dogs. My days are filled with busy activities like most any other mom and housewife. But I also love to write books.

Each morning, after my kids go off to school, I sit at my desk, look out my window, and dream of other places. The hours fly by as I make up people and places and drink
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The Days of Redemption (3 books)
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  • Eventide (The Days of Redemption #3)
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