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Autumn's Promise (Seasons of Sugarcreek #3)

4.26  ·  Rating Details ·  662 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
An English woman and an Amish man must struggle with how much to sacrifice for their love in Autumn’s Promise, the final book in the Seasons of Sugarcreek series by Shelley Shepard Gray. A poignant and unforgettable novel of love and faith , Autumn’s Promise concludes one remarkable fictional year in the real-life Amish town of Sugarcreek. Shelly Shepard Gray has joined th ...more
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Published August 3rd 2010 by HarperCollins e-books
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Feb 11, 2013 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Autumn's Promise"by Shelley Shepard Gray gets 5 stars from me. I think this novel was my favorite in the whole series. I was surprised by the ending but am glad it ended the way it did. I am just sorry that the Seasons Of Sugarcreek novels just have the three books. I would like to read more about Lilly. Lilly and Robert fell in love, even through Robert is Amish and decided to get marry,but then Lilly decided she cannot give up her independence to become Amish. Robert , who lost his first wife ...more
Deanne Patterson
Nov 01, 2016 Deanne Patterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-copy
Autumn's Promise (Seasons of Sugarcreek, #3)
by Shelley Shepard Gray

After suffering from a devastating loss 19 year old Lilly Allen is very depressed. She works as a waitress in town and is an Englisher. She finds out her mother is pregnant and it sets of emotions of sadness and loss in her. Driving to work one day she is crying so hard she pulls off the road into the parking lot of a store. There she meets 24 year old Amish man Robert Miller. His world has been dark after becoming a widower aft
Mary  O'Brien
Nov 28, 2011 Mary O'Brien rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**This is book 3 in the Seasons of Sugarcreek Series. If you have not read the first two books, you may not want to continue reading**

According to Goodreads:

Until Robert Miller met Lilly Allen, his world had been dark. A widower after only two years of marriage, he's been living in a haze, filled with grief. He feels his life is already over-even though he's only twenty-five.

But his friendship with Lilly changes everything. For the first time since he can remember, he finds new reasons to wake
Jan 27, 2016 Neisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: amish fans, young adults, young women, christian fiction fans
What a wonderful end to the series! I am new to Shelley and her novels. I own only one of her novels, but I have yet to read the book. After reading The Seasons of Sugarcreek, I plan to read more of her books. For once, we have an Amish community is portrayed as the loving and caring people that they are known for. It was a good change, and it felt good to see them being more open to outsiders and showing them love and compassion, even when they made mistakes.

This book has to be my favorite in
Feb 06, 2014 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sorry, want to remind myself not to read this author again. Sorry that sounds harsh. I felt her portrayal of the Amish was not completely accurate; for example, in this series of books, everyone in the community is very open and talkative about details of courting and upcoming engagements/weddings, which I believe is not generally the case among the Amish. I think in most communities, these things are not spoken of until the wedding is announced.

These books were too much Romance for me, and not
May 26, 2010 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-shelf
I'm so happy I happen to run across this author. I've now read both series that she's written and enjoyed both series so much! Great book, although I'm disappointed by the ending. It left me wanting more. I also don't understand why there is not a Summer book written since the series name is "Season's of Sugarcreek".
J.C. Morrows
This will probably be the most difficult book of this series for me to review. In fact, I’m not even certain that I can do it without giving too much away (I detest spoilers) but I’m going to give it my best shot.

“Autumn’s Promise” is the third book in Shelley Shepard Gray’s Seasons of Sugarcreek series and it is most definitely my least favorite ending so far.

However, I give Shelley full marks for her hard work. I am not certain that it was possible to write an ending to such a difficult situat
Paula  Phillips
Aug 13, 2011 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

From the start of the series with Winter's Awakening Lily Allen , the book character not the famous singer as been a part of bringing the Seasons of Sugarcreek novels to life , in the first book Winter's Awakening we saw Lilly's family move from outside of Amish life as what they call Englischer's to the land of Sugarcreek - an Amish community and try to adopt their lifestyles. In the first book we saw Joshua have feelings for Lily and stray away from Gretta whom at the time he was courting and
Oct 30, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Publisher: Avon Inspire
August 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-185237-4
Genre: Inspirational/Amish

Lilly Allen has been pregnant out of wedlock, miscarried and lost her baby and as a result, grew up a lot in the time her parents lived in Sugarcreek. She is a world away in differences from her old friends, and beginning to fit in well in the Amish community she lives in…or so she thinks.

Robert Miller is still mourning the death of his wife, Grace, from three ye
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Sep 17, 2010 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) by: CFBA
I absolutely love Shelley's work! She is a wonderfully seasoned Amish author. When she writes a series, the first installment is a wonderful one but each installment after is better than the one before. Each one also picks up right where the one before left off, bringing with it all the amazing characters from the past with it. FABULOUS!

Autumn's Promise is beautifully done. We saw a lot of Lilly in Winter's Awakening and Spring's Renewal, and alot of Robert in Spring's Renewal, as secondary cha
Sep 17, 2015 Victoria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-ve-read
I felt this book was a bit disappointing after the second book was pretty good. This one focuses on Lilly some more, who has been in all of the books as a minor character to lead up to this. I like her as a character a lot, but I think that this plot and story was lacking in various ways. Lilly has matured through her circumstances she's gone through over the year. She starts to get to know Robert, an Amish widow who seems to like being around her. They are 5 years apart and can understand a sen ...more
Christy Lockstein
Sep 02, 2010 Christy Lockstein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Autumn's Promise by Shelley Shepard Gray is the third and final book in the Seasons of Sugarcreek series. Lilly Allen is finally recovering from her accidental pregnancy and the subsequent miscarriage that shattered her life when she learns that her mother is pregnant. Robert Miller is still grieving the death of his wife Grace, to cancer several years ago. At twenty-four, he's ready to start looking for love in his life again, and much to his surprise he seems to find that in Lilly, despite his
This was my first Playaway book. I checked it out of the library. It's a small rectangular box, that you hook up to your own head phones. That was the only format the library system had of this book. I had read the first book in the series, and wanted to know what happened to the other characters.
This is the third book in the series. I also checked out the 2nd book, but got them out of order. I liked the format, once I figured out I needed a new battery. I have asked members of the Mennonite ch
Aug 04, 2011 Judy rated it it was amazing
Wow! This is an emotional book. There are previous books in the series so I don't know all that had happened before. Young Caleb is confused at 16. He hangs out with some rowdy english kids who like to drink. He is thinking of leaving the Amish as he don't want to farm or run the family store. And yet the english world is frightening to him as well. Lilly Allen has moved with her family to Sugarcreek because she became pregnant. Her boyfriend had broke up with her. She miscarried after she had h ...more
Nov 12, 2011 Paula-O rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is last book of the Seasons of Sugarcreek series and I wish it would continue on, good stories. #3 Book "Autumn's Promise" was mostly about an Englisher Lily, and an amish man who has been filled with grief since his wife died three yrs ago. Into the mix comes Caleb and his family to round it out. problems of a teenager who is not sure he wants to stay amish and his younger brother Anson who wants to stay a kid and play, chores bore him and he tries to get out of them at every turn. I enjoy ...more
Oct 23, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lilly has been one of the main secondary characters throughout this series, and I was excited to see where her story would take her. I enjoyed seeing her interactions with her family (especially how she was able to come to a place of peace with her mother), the Grabers, the folks at the Sugarcreek Inn, and especially Robert. I also enjoyed getting to know Robert better as well, and ended up really liking him, after not being so sure of him when we first 'met' him earlier in the series.
I also lik
In this final novel in the trilogy, author Shelly Shepard Gray illustrates the turmoil that occurs when the communities of the Amish and English mix. Whether it involves friendships or something deeper, it is hard for the two factions to really understand each other. Should an Englisher help a young Amish boy to leave home or encourage him to stay with his family? Can an English woman give up her lifestyle to embrace the Amish religion? If she can’t, can the Amish man who loves her give up his f ...more
Debbie Maskus
Whenever I read one book of a series, I usually succumb to reading the remaining books of the series. This is labeled the Seasons of Sugarcreek, stories set in Ohio about an Amish community and the interaction with the English or non-Amish people. The story is written simply, but with wonderful friendship, understanding, and love. In this story, a sixteen-year-old Amish boy must decide his future. Will Caleb remain an Amish farmer or venture into the English world? This story also centers on the ...more
Cathy Cermele
Jan 15, 2014 Cathy Cermele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Get settled in your favorite spot with "Autumn's Promise" by Shelley Shephard Gray.

This is the third book in the Seasons of Sugarcreek Series.

As with all of the books in this series I was anxious to read this and I was once again enthralled.

This book focuses on the relationship between Englisher Lilly Allen and Amish man Robert Miller.

They are both trying to overcome great difficulties in their lives.
They soon find themselves spending time together and their families are not very keen on the rel
I was looking forward to this book and eagerly grabbed it off the library shelf two days ago. Sadly, it didn't live up to expectations. I enjoyed Lilly and Caleb's struggles to make life-changing decisions, but while Caleb's narrative ended satisfactorily I felt Lilly's wrap-up was far too rushed. When the end of a book leaves me with a "Oh, is that it?" feeling, I can't rate it highly. To learn this was the last of the series added to the disappointment. Since the season of Summer was left out, ...more
Jul 12, 2010 Lorie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish-fiction
I really liked this whole series. THere was so much for the writer to go on and write more though. What happened with Caleb and Rebecca could be a whole new story and What happens after Lilly and Robert get married. I know though that this is the end of the series. I feel in love with the charaters and stoies in this series. If you like Beverly Lewis or Wanda Brunstetter, you will love this series too.
Jul 26, 2014 Colette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish
The 3rd book of the series finds Greta and josh married, Calab is unsettled about his Amish future and Lillie finally finds love, but with an Amish widower. The community frowns upon their relationship but Robert and Lillie continue to be drawn to each other. Finally Robert proposes and Lillie is left to ponder whether or not she can give up all of her Englisch ways and possessions to accept life as an Amish wife.
While I enjoyed the first half of the book and the way the author lets you into the Amish community and explores the relationships between the Englishers and the Amish, the 2nd half of the book was a real let down. All the conflicts were resolved too quickly, and every character has an "a-ha" moment where they all of a sudden understand everything about themselves and their behaviors. It was not true to life.
Wilani Wahl
Jun 06, 2014 Wilani Wahl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book handles some of life's difficult challenges in an awesome way with lessons learned. I love the characters. I am so glad there is a new series about the people of Sugarcreek so I can still get a glimpse of the lives of the characters from this book. Can't wait to read the Christmas book that comes after this one. Shelley has done a wonderful job with this one.
Allen Steele
Feb 27, 2015 Allen Steele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish
This was the conclusion of the Sugarcreek series. Definitely the best of the three with some unexpected turns at the end. Lots of feelings stated in this one, which I like because it makes the characters more likeable & real. From Josh & Gretta & William to Tim & Clara & then lastly Lilly & Robert. well done.
Lucy Bilik
Skipped the first 2 and started on this one. Loved this book. Very good writing about girl who overcame miscarriage and facing her own mother being pregnant. Her relocation, realization of her deeper dreams and goals in life in face of loosing the love in her life, and courage that it takes are amazing.
Janice Aitkens
May 28, 2014 Janice Aitkens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this on the kindle in an omnibus edition of the series

This one was a good one it about Lily who is an Englisher (Non Amish) she had got pregnant & had a miscarriage as she was not married not great

Robert who a widower falls for her but he Amish so either she has to become Amish or He must leave
Will not say which way it goes
Linda Bourg
I so enjoyed this book. A love story of compromises to get what really matters in life. Love... Lilly has known loss and so has Robert and so together they overcome heart break and life's curve balls, and disappointments.

"You make a living by what you get, but a life by what you give"----Pennsylvania Dutch Saying.
Connie  Lynch
wow this book was amazing. it blew me away. Lilly Allen came to life. Robert is such a gentle giant. Caleb is a restless heart and Anson a typical 10 year old. They each came to life I hated the story to end. I adored this book. This is a Shelley Shepard Gray must read.
This book was amazing, but I must say that I was slightly dissappointed that Lilly's mother ended up becoming pregnant instead of Lilly, and I also don't really like how the author just leaves it at a cliffhanger at the end. But otherwise I'de highly recomend this book to almost anyone!
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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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  • Winter's Awakening (Seasons of Sugarcreek, #1)
  • Spring's Renewal (Seasons of Sugarcreek, #2)

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