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Winter's Awakening

(Seasons of Sugarcreek #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,660 ratings  ·  106 reviews
As the coldest winter on record blows into Sugarcreek, will three hearts have the courage to discover the life that God wants for them?

In the small Amish town of Sugarcreek, Ohio, Joshua knows what's expected of him: to work at the family store and to finally marry Gretta, whom he's courted for years. But when a new English family moves in next door—and their teenage daugh
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by Avon Inspire (first published January 1st 2010)
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✨ Gramy ✨
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
An Amish book is always clean and includes many valuable lessons in life.

This was no exception. I really liked it and would recommend!
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Amish Romance Fans
As a harsh winter descends upon Sugarcreek, Ohio, we are introduced to Gretta & Joshua, a young courting couple with plans to marry. When a new English family moves next door to Joshua's family, he is captivated by their teenage daughter, Lilly, and begins to have doubts about his future with Gretta. While he knows he cannot court Lilly, he steps back from Gretta and she agrees that they need to think about and work on their relationship. Gretta begins to court Roland, who is steady & kind, but ...more
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Winter's Awakening" by Shelley Shepard Gray gets 5 stars from me. It is the first book in the Seasons Of Sugarcreek Series. Gretta and Josh were courting and Greta assumed that they would get married. Then new neighbors, The Allen's moved next door to Joshua's family and Joshua begin to argue with Gretta and they decided to break up. But Lilly Allen wasn't Amish and she has a secret. Her secret is that she is pregnant and her parents want her to give up the baby for adoption but Lilly decides to ...more
Mar 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This author is turning into one of my favorites! This Amish themed book has deeply developed characters and settings. I appreciated the introduction of an 'English' family to give the story an even greater depth. I can usually guess the ending of a book but this one kept me guessing until the end. I can't wait for the next book in the series. ...more
Susannah Skyer Gupta
I'm embarrassed to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed this lowbrow religious romance, but, hey, I did. Always good to leaven the more intellectual reading with a bit of fluff. Just perfect size and level of seriousness for the plane. I am fascinated too by unusual Christian sects, the Amish among them. ...more
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amish
Greta and Joshua have had their eyes on one another for years but as the time nears for commitment, Joshua tells Greta he needs more time and a break. Greta questions whether or not he is really the right one for her. As a cold winter's blizzard traps them all in town, they all discover who they really are. ...more
Jun 09, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a sweet story about figuring out what God's plans for your life are, versus your own plans, and how sometimes, your life can take an unexpected turn when you open your heart to possibilities.
I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
Lady Delacour
Lovely Characters .
Immersive Story.
Gently Written.
3 Wholesome Stars.
Listened with TTS.
Rachel Brand
Feb 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish, romance, 2014
It's been a long time since I've read one of Shelley Shepard Gray's novels, and this book has languished on my Kindle for a good couple of years now. Although I don't think Shelley will ever be one of my favourite Amish authors, I always enjoy her books, and the mention of a pregnant English girl in the synopsis intrigued me.

The storyline didn't feature anything particularly unique or unexpected, although it made for a nice change to be reading about a couple who had already been dating for a w
Michelle Robinson
I really enjoyed the last series that I read by this author and I was really excited to find this series. However, I was so disappointed.

This is a relatively new author so, I think her writing style will comtinue to improve. That was not even my issue with this book.

I found the language and behavior unbelievable and ridiculous about the mannerism of the Amish children. For example, one Amish boy is described as "pump a fist inthe air and cheer", I don't know but this doesn't really read authent
Mary  O'Brien
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
We are in a new year! Time to start it off with the first book review of 2012!

According to Goodreads:

Joshua Graber knows his future is set. He′s expected to work at his family business, the Graber Country Store. He′s expected to marry Gretta Hershberger, who he′s been courting for several years. But when a new English family moves next door and their lovely teenage daughter, Lilly Allen, catches his eye, Joshua wonders if all the plans for his future are too set in stone.

Gretta doesn′t know wha
Mar 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Original review here:

I was sent this book to review by TLC Book Tours this last month. Usually I review self-improvement and parenting type books, so this was a little different for me--not that I don't enjoy fiction, because I definitely do!

Winter's Awakening by Shelley Shepard Gray is the first book in the author's new series about the Amish community in Sugarcreek, Ohio. I have never read an Amish novel before, and I found myself quite fascinated by th
Paula  Phillips
Aug 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
After reading Shelley Shepard Gray's series "Sisters of the Heart" I was excited to read Winter'a Awakening, the first in a new series by her "the Seasons of Sugarcreek". Now Im not sure if It was because the theme of Amish Village wasn't what I was needing right now but I found Winter's Awakening not to be as exciting and thrilling as her Sisters of the Heart series. Though in saying all that, I still enjoyed Winter's Awakening and can't wait to get my hands on Book #2 Spring's Renewal. Winter' ...more
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish, juvenile, tn-reads
When I saw this cover, it didn't occur to me that it was Amish. The girl is wearing her hair in an atypical Amish style and there's no prayer cap. Also, her dress has a print, which is also unlike Amish. I would have assumed the girl was European Dutch, not Amish.

This was atypical in other ways. The conversation and language simply weren't authentic. Young adults using wording that would go against their upbringing was quite noticeable. An Amish mother's retort, "Don't even say such a thing. You
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
As a rule, I enjoy Amish-themed books. Shelley Shepard Gray is a new-to-me-author, and I enjoyed this first installment of her Seasons of Sugarcreek series. The friendships that are formed in the book are, at first, unlikely: first Joshua's befriending of a young English teen and then Gretta's friendship with her as well. But, as the story progresses, they each find solace and comfort, as well as understanding and listening ears in those friendships.

The idea of Lilly's family moving to hide her
Sandra Stiles
Oct 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, adult, amish
Winter's Awakening was a wonderful look at the prejudices on both sides. It was also a look at the temptations that both sides faced. I believe we tend to assume things when we don't have all of the information.

Joshua and Gretta live in Sugarcreek and it has always been expected that they will get married. Then an English family moves in next door to Joshua and Lily catches his eye. This causes him to question his feelings for Gretta. Gretta’s family has moved here because Gretta is pregnant. P
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Everyone took it for granted that Gretta and Joshua would marry after their long courtship. But when the daughter of Joshua's new English neighbors turned his eye, he begins to wonder if Gretta really is the girl for him. Gretta also becomes concerned that Joshua may not be the one for her because their recent arguments - and subsequent silence - reminds her too much of her parents, which she does not want. So, Gretta begins to go out with Roland, who's been waiting in the wings for Gretta for q ...more
Mar 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really don't enjoy Amish-themed novels much. However I did actually enjoy this book. It does not push the Amish religion/beliefs much, nor even shove their 'simplistic' lifestyle on the reader. While things from both lifestyles are mentioned, of course, the story focuses more on the people, the similarities of dilemmas faced by both lifestyles and in general, how people deal with their relationships, decisions, etc.

It was a simple read. Nothing particularly convoluted or involved. It took me n
Aug 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-ve-read
A touching story about three different people.
Lilly's family has just moved to Sugarcreek, Ohio from Cleveland. Her parents are trying to hide her secret: she's pregnant.

Next door to Lilly is an Amish family. Joshua works hard on the farm and at the store his family owns. His family has it out for him to marry a sweet and kind girl named Gretta. The friendship he is making with Lilly has caused him to think about how he doesn't really know what he wants to do in life.

Gretta's parents always f
J.C. Morrows
“Winter’s Awakening” is the first in Shelley Shepard Gray’s Seasons of Sugarcreek series.

This book was not at all what I expected and that is a very good thing. After reading Shelley’s first series: Sisters of the Heart, I had an idea in my head already of what I could look forward to from her writing and the book appeared to be going away from it all. I was very relieved when I saw where the story truly was going.

Regardless of my misgivings, I was drawn in by the intriguing story and Shelley’s
Tasha enderby
Apr 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, amish
I really liked this story, once you've read a handful of Amish novels they all seem to be about the same. I am truly interested in the people and the culture of the Amish it just amazes me to see people live so diffrently despite the world they live in. I could not do it but I so see the pro's and con's of their life style. This book has a wonderful theme about learning how to truly love someone for who they are not just because it's expected of you. Being able to see the English world and Amish ...more
Jul 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian, romance, amish
Author Shelley Shepard Gray poses some interesting questions in this novel. She illustrates the problems that can arise when an English family moves into the same town with an Amish settlement. As the the children get to know each other, both families become concerned with the growing friendships and where it might lead. Other sometimes overlooked aspects of Amish life - that Amish marriages are not always happy and that Amish couples do argue - are explored. This first book in the series, Seaso ...more
Sicily Yoder
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love Sugarcreek, even before I even went there; My uncle is a conservative Mennonite Minister, and when I was younger, before I learned to drive an automobile, I would see look at the address, stamped inside of Plain periodicals, and dream of going there.
Shelley Shepard Gray takes you there, in her Seasons of Sugarcreek series, and even if you have been there, she makes you feel as if you're right there, in the heroines shoes, following her every move. I just love her writing style.
Janet Giles
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it
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Mar 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I stayed up all night and read Winter's Awakening! Don't want to be a spoiler so will be brief with my review. The reader experiences with the characters the turmoil of dreams for your children, the turmoil of being with the mate suited for you, the turmoil of making decisions that are right for you rather than trying to please others. It was fun to observe the similarities between Englishers (parents) and Amisher's (parents) love their children. ...more
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It was a charming Amish story, and I am not one who will read many of these type of books. I saw it on a friend's list and she said I would enjoy it.

It also takes place in Sugarcreek, Ohio. It is a town that I know well and have often visited. It is nice to see a mixture of Amish and Englischer working together. I am on the waiting list for the box set copy to come in at the library so I can read the rest of the books.
Heather Webber
Jan 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The first book in a wonderful new Amish series by Shelley Shepard Gray. Joshua is forced to choose between what he wants to do versus what he should do, Gretta is young woman must decide whether to follow her heart or protect it, and Lilly, despite troubles of her own, is the young woman who helps the pair realize what's truly important. ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really loved this good, clean, romantic novel based on about an Amish and English family!! It was a good reminder there are more things we have in common with others, than different, no matter our life styles! I'm already checking out her other books! ...more
Mahila Gail
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved winter's awakening! I love josh and gretta. I love lilly and the allens & I love the grabers. I even love the sugarcreek inn. I hope in the next books in this series we get to see everyone again and also that gretta's home life gets happier! I loved this book. ❤️ ...more
Penny Stone
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Lovely Take of Young Love

Winter's Awakening is about two young people who are expected to be together but have to come to terms with that arrangement on their own. This book has ups and downs that develops into a good story. I enjoyed reading this book.
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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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