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The Caregiver (Families of Honor #1)

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Shelly Shepard Gray, the much-beloved author of the Sisters of the Heart and Seasons of Sugarcreek books, returns with The Caregiver, the first book in her moving and inspirational Amish romance series, Families of Honor. A heart-soaring tale of faith and love in the bestselling tradition of Beverly Lewis, Wanda Brunstetter, and Cindy Woodsmall, it tells of two lives that ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Avon Inspire (first published February 23rd 2011)
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Tasha enderby
Apr 26, 2012 Tasha enderby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish, 2014
I haven't given an Amish book a 4 star rating in a long time because they always seem to follow the same story line. This series however has addressed issue's that don't seem to fit the Amish profile. We want to believe that real life doesn't happen to these very plain and closer to God then most people. This book touched on an abusive husband and although it never really touched on what this culture of people would do or thought the pain and hurt it caused a women is in no doubt different. They ...more
Feb 24, 2011 Christy rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-review
I had prepared myself early on to just read this one and be done with it. I've been of the opinion that Shelley's books are good, but sometimes too rushed and lacking in substance and so I've struggled to really enjoy them. After reading The Caregiver, my faith in her writing has been restored!

The Caregiver was such a touching novel, but also a difficult one to read because the author dealt with the very sensitive subject of physical abuse between a husband and a wife. It felt like my heart was
Jul 03, 2012 Kristin rated it it was amazing
I just finished this book yesterday. It just took me a couple of days to read it. All I can say was that I was blown away by it. What an incredibly emotional and moving novel. It is a story that can hit home for many readers out there. We have all experienced (or at least many of us) some kind of emotional upset or traumatic event. Reading this novel, just makes your heart cry out for the victims.
This story focuses on 2 family members who have sustained trauma in their lives~~Lucy , who is a su
Andrea Guy
Aug 08, 2011 Andrea Guy rated it really liked it
I never read any of Shelley Shepard Gray's Amish books, but this one looked interesting. Like most of the Amish stories out there, it is full of hardship and sadness. Mattie is only in her early twenties and battling breast cancer. Lucy is coping with the loss of her husband who was a violent man.

These two women and their feelings are what carry this story through. Shelley doesn't sugar coat Mattie's illness and you really feel for her and cheer for her, hoping she beats the disease, just as you
Mar 21, 2011 Ausjenny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish
I only received this book Thursday and started reading Thursday night and finished last night. This is a good read and a book I didn't want to put down. I read my first book by Shelley at Christmas and this lives up to her standard. Lucy is dealing with past pain and is visiting her cousin Mattie who is dealing with cancer on the way she meets Calvin, his uncle and little sister Katie when the train breaks down. Calvin is also dealing with some issues and they spend time together after the train ...more
Linda Bourg
Jul 23, 2014 Linda Bourg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
I really enjoyed this book. Lucy had a hard life, she was in an abusive marriage and her trust was broken. It isn't easy to trust again. She meets Calvin on a train ride and he is broken hearted his girl left him for his best friend. Needless to say i think there are some trust issues there too. But together they find love, restoration, and the trust they both needed in their lives. She was a caregiver to her cousin Mattie who was fighting cancer. I so wish the book would of let us know that she ...more
Mar 09, 2011 Kristin rated it it was ok
I've not read too many amish books, but this one just didn't do a whole lot for me. I think I liked it mostly because I live pretty close to where the story took place, which for me was the most exciting thing about this book. It's the first I've read from this author, not sure if I'll continue with this series, but I'll give her other books a try.
Aug 07, 2011 Heather rated it it was amazing
Not your typical Amish book. Love Love Love it! I started this book on Sunday and finished it and the next one ( The Protector ) by Tuesday. It talks about cancer and domestic violence things you would not normally see in your amish fiction books... Its a must read! I dont think you will be disapointed in the series! Now im awaiting #3 to come out.....
Sue Laitinen
Mar 30, 2011 Sue Laitinen rated it it was amazing
I have read every Amish themed book that Shelley Shepard Gray has written, except for the next 2 books in this series. I have enjoyed every one of them. But in my opinion, The Caregiver is the best book she has written to date. It is a very good story with a heart wrenching sub-story to it. I felt all the emotions the character was going through. Excellent book.
Nov 11, 2011 Danielle rated it liked it
Easy read...topics (domestic violence and cancer) are not light topics, but written well as to not drag you down, but makes the characters relatable given this book has Amish roots to it. I'd read more by this author.
Kim Sharp
Apr 09, 2011 Kim Sharp rated it liked it
This is a story of an abused wife coming out of her protective shell to become a caregiver when she is needed most.
Mar 19, 2016 Jess rated it really liked it
Good, clean love story. Loved the characters.
Caitlyn Moller
May 24, 2017 Caitlyn Moller rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading "The Caregiver" it is really amazing and give you mixed emotions as you read every page! I love Lucy Troyer's characteristics she is very dear and loving, she just needed someone like Calvin to make her feel loved and protected. The Caregiver also helped me to look at my life and see what I can work on to improve a lot more on a daily bases. And of course Katy Weaver is the most adorable, confident and sweetest little girl in the whole world and I don't blame Lucy for li ...more
Rachel Brand
According to her website, Shelley Shepard Gray enjoys writing stories about “people who have a strong faith, a quieter way of life, but aren’t perfect.” Thus sets the scene for the first novel in her Families of Honour series, which includes a cast of characters that most wouldn’t expect to find in Amish novel. Lucy has escaped an abusive marriage following her husband’s sudden death, Calvin is picking up the pieces of his life after his long-term girlfriend left him for his best friend, Mattie ...more
The Caregiver by Shelley Shephard Gray

The Caregiver is the first book in Shelley Shephard Gray's new series, Families of Honor.

I received a free e-copy of this book from NetGalley. I am under no obligation to write a positive review, just an honest one.

That being said, I absolutely loved this book!

Lucy has just escaped from an abusive marriage after her husband Paul was killed falling off of a ladder. She had suffered through 2 years of marriage to him and constantly hid the abuse, mentally and
Mar 10, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing
"The Caregiver" by Shelley Shepard Gray touches on a subject that I have rarely read about in the amish stories that I read, and that is domestic violence among the Amish. In this story we have the protagonist Lucy, who married a man that the Amish community thought well of.Soon after marrying Paul, he becomes verbally and physically abusive towards her. While many of the people in her community knew what was going on they did nothing. Lucy figures that she is destined to live the rest of her li ...more
Lucy was abused in her first marriage. Her husband died a year before in a barn accident and now Lucky finders herself on a train heading for Ohio to spend a month caring for her cousin Mattie who is battling cancer and will be undergoing Chemo. On the train she meets Calvin who she soon finds out is also heading to Ohio in fact to the same small town! Calvin is traveling with his little sister and his Uncle John who is returning home after being in the English world for 20 years.

Will Lucy face
Oct 18, 2010 Lorie rated it really liked it
Shelves: amish-fiction
Shelley Shepard Grey is one of my favorite Amish fiction authors. So, when I was given the chance to read the first book, The Caregiver, in her new Families of Honor series, I was so excited! I have read a lot of Amish Fiction novels but I really think this is the first one that I have read that had an abusive husband theme. The main character Lucy married a man well liked in the community. She thought she was in love with him. Soon after getting married her new husband abuses and belittles her. ...more
Maureen Timerman
Mar 06, 2011 Maureen Timerman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read
Synopsis Lucy is traveling by herself via train to Jacob's Crossing to help care for her cousin Mattie, recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Trying to overcome the sudden death of her husband, she's glad to get away and focus on someone else for a while.

The only other Amish people on the train are Calvin Weaver and his little sister, Katie. When their train breaks down outside of Cleveland, Calvin and Lucy band together to face the outside world. But Calvin also carries the weight of past hurt
Christy Lockstein
Mar 17, 2011 Christy Lockstein rated it really liked it
The Caregiver by Shelley Shepard Gray is the first book in the Families of Honor series. Lucy Troyer is traveling alone on a train to Jacob's Crossing to help care for her cousin Mattie who is battling cancer. Lucy's still trying to get her life back after the death of her husband, Paul, a year ago. Although they were only married for two years, Lucy was permanently changed by his constant and brutal physical and verbal abuse. She's no longer the independent, strong and happy woman she once was. ...more
Feb 06, 2017 Laura rated it really liked it
This book has it all love and disappointment, care of family and adjusting to a new area with some hope. Lucy is dealing with past pain of her marriage with an abuse husband, so when her cousin Mattie needs help as she deals with her health condition (cancer) she is happy to leave home and come to Jacobs Creek to help. The train ride she befriends a young girl Katie who is going to her destination with her brother Calvin. Due to some problems all of the passengers had to get off and wait for oth ...more
Aug 26, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Publisher: Avon Inspire
March 2011
ISBN: 978-0-06-202061-1
Genre: Inspirational/Amish/romance

Lucy Troyer is traveling alone, by train, to go to her cousin Mattie in Jacob’s Crossing. Mattie has just been diagnosed with breast cancer and is having a rough time with treatment. Lucy hopes that she’ll be able to help out and encourage Mattie through this fight.

While traveling, Lucy meets an Amish man, Calvin Weaver and his sister, Katie, who are travelin
Mindy Detweiler
Apr 01, 2011 Mindy Detweiler rated it really liked it
I Love Amish fiction and have just recently discovered Shelley Shephard Gray. I am so gald that I did. I read her book Grace this past Christmas season and fell in love with her honest straight forward story telling. so when I got the chance to read and review the first book in her newest series I jumped at the chance.

Lucy Troyer is traveling on a train to go help her cousin Mattie who has been diagnosis with breast cancer. Lucy's husband has recently passed away and she is trying to cope with h
Mar 10, 2011 Jodie rated it really liked it
Lucy has been through a very rough two years. She was married to a man who abused and belittled her. While her family and friends knew what was going on, they chose to not intervene. Then, in the blink of an eye her world is changed. Her friend Mattie is diagnosed with breast cancer and Lucy sets out on a train to help Mattie through chemotherapy. On the train she meets Calvin, who is returning from a trip to get away after his girlfriend left him for his best friend. When Lucy sees Calvin show ...more
Jun 22, 2011 Whitney rated it really liked it
Families of Honor, Book 1

The Caregiver begins with a Prologue that introduces us to Lucy Troyer and her husband Paul. We learn that Lucy married Paul not only because she loved him, but because it would be a benefit to her family. Not long into the marriage Paul becomes very abusive towards Lucy. One evening while doing farm chores, Paul falls and breaks his neck, killing him.

The story begins one year later with Lucy boarding a train to go and take care of her cousin, Mattie, who is about
Mar 08, 2011 Carly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-favorites
I could sum up my feelings about The Caregiver with one very short sentence: I absolutely loved this book. Not being the world’s biggest Amish fiction fan (although I am becoming one because of books like this one), I have been hesitant in the past to read Shelley’s books. As I have started to warm up to Amish fiction, I decided to start reading Shelley’s books. The Caregiver was only my second and I can say without a doubt that Shelley Shepard Gray is now one of my favorite authors and The Care ...more
Jul 02, 2011 Paula-O rated it it was amazing
This series"Families of Honor" book #1,The Caregiver is by Shelley Sheppard Gray.

I picked this book up because I like the author and had not read this series,so glad I did. I have contacted library to get the others to read,I love to read about the amish and this young woman Lucy touched my heart with her story.
You expect to marry and have someone to share your life with and when a marriage fails this, one soon loses hope. Paul was one to always want his way and no compromising..he soon became a
Oct 01, 2010 Janet rated it really liked it
The Caregiver by Shelley Shephard Gray is the first book in her Family of Honor series.

Lucy is traveling by train from her home to the home of her cousin who is fighting breast cancer. It comes out fairly quickly that Lucy was being abused in her marriage and that those in her community chose to look the other way. Her husband has an accident and dies and she must learn to deal with all of this.
On the train she meets Katie and her brother Calvin who are traveling back home after visiting their
Melissa Wright
Apr 07, 2011 Melissa Wright rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 21-30
this book is about a young amish girl, Lucy, who is traveling by herself by trail to jacob's crossing to help care for her cousin who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. trying to overcome the sudden death of her husband, she's glad to get away and focus on someone else for a while.
the only other amish people on the train are calvin weaver and his little sister katie. when their train breaks down outside of cleveland, calvin and lucy ban together to face the outside world. but calvin als
Jan 18, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-library
I picked this one up because I noticed a reference to Cleveland on the back jacket synopsis. I figured I'd look at that part and then put this down. Instead, I found a charming story of people trying to survive. Lucy, the heroine has lived through an abusive marriage and hates that her widowhood makes her feel happy and free.

Calvin the hero has been jilted by his sweetheart who has fallen in love with his best friend. He's carrying around a lot of bitterness.

Woven through this is the struggle o
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Librarian Note: AKA Shelley Gray (Western Romance).

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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