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Winter's Awakening (Seasons of Sugarcreek #1)

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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 d

Paperback, 294 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by HarperOne (first published January 1st 2010)
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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
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 & ki ...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
Janice Aitkens
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am reading this on the Kindle as a Omnibus edition so i have the series of Sugarcreek

This one i enjoyed how it shows that a Male & Female can be friends without being romantic even the parents didn't think that

The other storyline is with Josh & if he will marry or what will happen with him

In the future stories will be of the family & other people of Sugarcreek
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.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was a quick read. A little slow and repetitive in parts but a nice story of love and patience. I'm curious to read the next book in the series.
Rachel Brand
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
Apr 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Publisher: Avon Inspire
March 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-185222-0
Genre: Inspirational/Amish

Joshua thought he had his future all mapped out. He’d work in his father’s store, marry Gretta, and they’d have babies… but then a new English family moves in next door, and their young daughter catches Josh’s eye. Suddenly, Josh feels trapped. What if he isn’t meant to marry Gretta? If he can look at another woman, then Gretta must not be the one for him. So, he
Jan 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-series, for-review
"Winter's Awakening was a breathe of fresh air for me. It was refreshing to read a story about young love that didn't involve an overly immoral theme. Granted one of the main characters had committed an indiscretion and landed her family in Sugarcreek to escape the humiliation that would come in their hometown; it still focuses on more important things. Things like making the right choices, accepting others' faults, and growing up.

"Every character in this story is wonderful and I loved being abl
Margaret Chind
Sep 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Amish fans
Recommended to Margaret by: Avon Inspire
Honestly Shelley Shepard Gray is probably my favorite Amish Fiction author of the current Amish Fiction craze. Her reflections into the lives that interact and are affected by the Ohio Amish are fresh and refreshing. I enjoyed her previous Sisters of the Heart Series and I am fairly certain that I will be even more impressed with her new Seasons of Sugarcreek Series if this book is any indication.

Most romances these days are all about the new relationship that is budding. This book however show
Joshua and Gretta have known each other for years. They kind of just always knew they would be together and get married. That is until The Allen's, an English family, move in next door to Joshua's family. Lilly Allen is the same age as Joshua and he begins wondering if Gretta is still for him. Gretta and Joshua haven't been seeing eye to eye lately and haven't felt the "love" between them. Are they just following what is expected of them or are they really supposed to be together? When Gretta be ...more
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
Jan 17, 2013 rated it liked it
This was an interesting story but somewhat boring at times. The premise is fairly simple -- a new "English" family moves into an Amish community, and the plot focuses on the lives of the young people in the family, as well as the lives of their Amish neighbors, with whom they are soon friendly. The daughter in the English family (English means American in Amish-speak) is pregnant and unmarried, and her life's hopes and dreams contrast with those of another young woman who is part of the Amish co ...more
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
May 08, 2011 rated it liked it
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Debbie Maskus
Jan 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Gray writes about 3-4 different series about Amish life, and I enjoy the Seasons in Sugarcreek the best. This series involves the Graber family of the parents and seven children. I enjoy the wisdom and understanding of the Graber parents. The story shows the hard life followed by the Amish community, but also shows the love, generosity, and devotion of this community. Lilly Allen is introduced in this book, and she will remain a character in the following books. Lilly is pregnant and unmarried, ...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: romance, amish, christian
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.
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.
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.
Molly Cline
Oct 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: series-1, winter
This is book 1 of this series and it was a nice read. Mixing English and Amish together; a family from each with each different problems but in a way all the same. Young adult children whom the parents think they know best for them and having problems letting them make the adult decisions that they need to make. They learn to not keep things to themselves and making friends is so much easier than they imagined; even if beliefs are a little different
Aug 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
Ick! What a dull novel. The main character's immaturity and poor decision making skills irritated me. Not to mention, the blatant pro-life agenda and the promotion of the notion that anyone who has sex before marriage is a terrible person and will get pregnant is terribly frustrating to me.
I love reading Amish fiction yet I am a feminist and a fan of well written, exciting, complex novels. While many readers will enjoy this novel, I found it to be a waste of my time.
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.
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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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