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The Patient One

(Walnut Creek #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  517 ratings  ·  104 reviews
Seven former best friends reunite and struggle to heal after the tragic death of one of their own in this evocative and heartrending novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Gift and Her Secret.

When word had gotten out that Andy Warner had committed suicide, everyone in Walnut Creek, Ohio, had been shocked. For seven men and women in their twenties, some Am
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Published April 9th 2019 by Gallery Books
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
The Patient One was a beautifully told story about eight life long friends growing up together, learning from one another and coming back together after a tragic event that changes them all and makes them all become who they were always meant to be.

Told in alternate point of views, The Patient One handled so many differences in both attitude, status and religion, as well as the tough topic of suicide, wonderfully. With each voice bringing something different to the story and each culture done s
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
A beautiful story of life long friendship, connections, and learning to be who you are meant to be. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
One of the first things that actually hit me as I was reading is the calming pace of the story. There’s no frenzy. No high intensity. No Drama. Just a well told story about eight lifelong friends and the impact when one of them passes away.

The story focuses on two main people from the original eight but also has two additional characters that are developing as
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Patient One

Shelley Shepard Gray

THE PATIENT ONE is the first book in the Walnut Creek Series by Shelley Shepard Gray. It is the story of The Eight. They are eight friends who are Amish, Mennonite, and Englisch. Everyone including the eight are shocked to learn that Andy, one of The Eight, has committed suicide. The Eight have been friends since they were kids and have always looked to Andy as their leader of their group. This story is about the seven remaining members coming to terms with And
THE PATIENT ONE by Shelley Shepard Gray, book one in her new Walnut Creek series, is a beautiful story about friendship and faith without limitations. Eight friends of different faiths find themselves at one of their funerals. How did their lives as adults grow so far apart that they didn’t know one of their friends was in trouble?

Seven friends meet after Andy’s funeral and wonder what happened. They ask Katie to tell a story about Andy when they were the Eight. Katie begins her story in the fir
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Be prepared to have your mouth drop open and cry and finally smile. Shelley has done a wonderful job with this deep deep subject.
I liked how she bonded the 7 friends after being apart for so many years and then they decided that they would stick together for one of their own.
As I was reading this book I could feel these characters emotions, grief, sadness and denial, blame shock at how it was done.
I love how this story because there is hope for the 7 that are left and especially for John and M
Maureen Timerman
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
The author gives us a story none of us ever want to deal with, suicide, but this fellow was the glue that held an unlikely group of 8 childhood friends together.
Now this group is unusual in that it includes Amish, Mennonite and English, just because of their beliefs they are usually very separate with their lives, undue influence.
As they all get together to remember their dear friend, and what they, or could have done, if only, so much guilt and self-lack of forgiveness, and then the forgiveness
Shirley Chapel
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this easy to read novel. I love Walnut Creek which is the community this story takes place in. I enjoyed the characters and how they handle the unexpected death of a friend. The Patient One is the first book of this series.
There used to be eight close friends that had bonded together from the time they were in elementary school. Now there was only seven. Shocked by the death of the most popular person in their friendship group, the seven that are left try to cope with the fact that it
The Blonde Bookworm
This was definitely a new genre for me. Contemporary women's fiction but with a strong Amish background. It was interesting and entertaining, but I don't know if it was for me. The love stories were really sweet and I think the main theme of the story was great, but I just couldn't find a connection with the characters. I felt like they weren't really relatable for me and that made the novel fall a little flat.

It was a quick and easy read and it kept me entertained. I would recommend this novel
Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs
What made life memorable wasn’t when everything went so right that it was easy . . . it was when everything felt so wrong that the only thing to do was accept it for what it was—a memory in the making.” - The Patient One by Shelley Shepard Gray

When word had gotten out that Andy Warner had committed suicide, everyone in Walnut Creek, Ohio, had been shocked. For seven men and women in their twenties, some Amish, some Mennonite, and some English, each of whom had once counted his or herse
Connie  Lynch
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Shelley Shepard Gray for several years and this book did not disappoint. As you read this book based on the loss of a dear friend you feel it is about love and faith. Marie and John, and Molly and Danny share the growth of their friendships. The reader gets a glimpse of love, loss, tragedy, faith,trust and many other human emotions. In the end the reader experiences a wonderful life lesson. Thank so much for so many beautiful emotions in one book.
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
The story was a bit simple for me.
The Patient One is a touching story about friendship, love, patience, family, and faith. Will, Elizabeth Anne, Harley, Logan, Katie, Marie, John and Andy plus Andy’s little sister, Tricia have been friends since childhood. The fact that they were from different religions does not bother them (Old Order Amish, Mennonite, English and New Order Amish) or affect their friendship. The group is devastated when Andy kills himself. They do not understand why he did not talk to one of them. The group had ...more
Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
I've been leery of reading a Shelley Shepard Gray novel for awhile now. She was one of my favorites for a long time, but something in her writing style changed, and I just steered clear of her work for a while. But, when I read the synopsis for this one, something called me to it. I'm glad I gave it a chance. 

This book is filled with emotions I am still working through. As someone who has dealt with different kinds of death, from suicide to unexpected, this really hit home with me. The character
Danielle Urban
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Patient One by Shelly Shepard Gray is a unique novel. One being that the cast of characters is a mixture of Amish, English (non-Amish), and Mennonite people. Their differences in religion were big but the group of eight had a some common factors too. This story showed that despite their differences, people can be friends no matter what. Friendships are tested, faded, and brought back to life. One of the eight has fallen away, and now, they gather together on sad terms. But it is his death th ...more
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a laid back but beautifully told story of the loss of a friend to suicide and the emotional turmoil it leaves on his seven closest friends. After suffering this kind of loss from two family members this year it felt like a healing balm to my soul, as it helped me work through some of the same questions I was asking myself. It is an emotional and poignant read and also shows how life moves on for each individual and also as a group. The characters grow and make decisions that lead them cl ...more
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this first book of the series, readers are introduced to “The Eight,” eight friends of differing backgrounds who bonded in their early teenage years. Now grown, life has interrupted their close relationships, but the suicide of Andy, one of the group, has drawn them in again. As they deal with their feelings and cope with their loss, they vow to be there for each other, as they would have been for Andy, had they only realized his despair. John, who is Amish, also must reconcile his feelings f ...more
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, amish-fiction
This was a beautiful story of eight long time friends from childhood even with their different upbringing—Amish, Mennonite and English. The unexpected suicidal death of Andy, who had been their leader, gave way for changes in living situations, employment, etc. as they vowed to be there for one another. There were some younger siblings within the group that easily came to life throughout the story.

The characters lives are not without flaw and trying to find their true self, instead of going alo
Pam Pavkov
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Patient One is an outstanding story written by Shelley Shepard Gray in her new Amish series, The Walnut Creek series. This is a very emotional story full of loss, love, and enduring friendships. The characters are very likeable and realistic. The story lines deals with a very powerful problem, suicide. I felt so many emotions as I read this incredible story. I enjoyed the story within the story and found myself wanting to see how they both played out.

I enjoyed getting acquainted with all the
Anne Rightler
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
I'm a fan of SSG and so looked forward to reading this. Was not disappointed. A story of friendship, forgiveness, and of acceptance and love. I loved the aspect of 8 lifelong friends. Friends who know your ups and downs, your good and bad and yet love you and support you through it all. Suicide and tragedy were covered with tact and finesse. Looking forward to reading the next in the series.
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Friendship is a sweet thing and sometimes it develops into love. John and Marie have some major obstacles to overcome and it was interesting to see them both wrestle with his decision to either stay in the OOA community or leave. I won this book in a drawing from the author and enjoyed reading it.
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Very pleasant story and characters.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelley's book teaches us that we all should share our feeling about the death of family or friends. Each character struggles with guilt and had drifted apart as they got older. In the story they all remember their friend and relationships get closer. Always tell the ones around you that you care for them. Thank you Shelley for a wonderful book. ...more
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Note: I read this as a free e-ARC from Netgalley. The first book of a new series centers around a group of 8 friends who come together again after one of them commits suicide. The friends are a mix of Amish, English, & Mennonite. Regardless of their upbringing they have a bond that keeps them strong, and they realize unbreakable. This story was a breath of fresh air, perfect for a light new year read.
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
I received this book as an advanced readers copy due to the love of Christian Fiction our patrons have. We are always on the lookout for new and exciting Christian Fiction novels and The Patient One definitely falls in the category of new and exciting.

The Patient One tells the story of the sudden death of Andy Weir and the community coming together figuring out how to deal and handle this sudden situation. After being away for 7 years Andy's friends come together some amish, mennonite, and Engli
Leslie M.
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is the start of a new series. This time around, the focus is on a group of eight friends (a blend of Amish, Mennonite, and Englich). It’s realistic in demonstrating how even close-knit groups in school can grow apart when life happens out in the “real world.” Sadly, they’re brought back together for a funeral of one of their group members. The reader is shown a bit of the story from each person’s POV as they deal with the death of their friend. I love the blend of characters, which dem ...more
Ash Luna
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Patient one is such a wonderful read based on Amish romance with a deep faith base like Shelley Shepard Grey always does! AMAZING read!
Nicole House
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Patient One is the first book in Shelley Shepard Gray’s new Walnut Creek Series. It opens at the funeral of one of a group of friends. The shocking part was that Andy had committed suicide. The seven remaining friends (Amish, Mennonite, and English) are all left trying to come to terms with his death and the fact that they hadn’t realized that anything was that wrong in Andy’s life. Andy had been one of the English friends. Even though they had drifted apart, Andy’s death did serve to bring ...more
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first full-length installment in the Walnut Creek series, The Patient One by Shelley Shepard Gray is a heartwarming novel of love and friendship.

Opening with the funeral of their beloved friend Andy Warner, the remaining seven friends, Marie Harman, John Byler, Katie Steurny, Logan, Harley, Elizabeth Anne and Will Kurtz, struggle to understand why Andy committed suicide.  The childhood friends have grown apart since they entered their twenties but after Andy's death, they mutually decide to
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It starts with a death. One of the Eight, a small group of friends that grew up together and are closer than family, commits suicide and sends shockwaves throughout the Walnut Creek community, especially with his friends and family. Everyone is dismayed and saddened, all wondering what would provoke this young man to take his own life.

When something like this happens it makes you reflect on your own life and normally propels you to make necessary changes for the better. John B. and Marie have fl
Debi Lantzer Stout
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I've been blogging for a few years now and I have gotten into a pretty good pattern of book blogging.  If the genre is one that my mother, Gloria loves, I will usually let her read the book and prepare the review for me to post here.  When Gloria learned that Shelley Shepard Gray had this new book coming out in April of 2019 -- The Patient One -- she asked me to request it for her to read, which I immediately did.  Unfortunately, my mother is experiencing some medical difficulties with her eyes ...more
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Shelley Shepard Gray has published over seventy novels. She currently writes Amish romances for Harper Collins, Kensington, and Simon & Schuster and contemporary women’s fiction for Blackstone Publishing.

Her novels have been Holt Medallion winners and Inspirational Readers Choice and Carol finalists. Shelley’s novels have appeared on both the New

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