The Proposal at Siesta Key

The Proposal at Siesta Key by Shelley Shepard Grey is a 288 page novel in the Amish fiction genre.  It is the second book in The Pinecraft Brides series but can be read as a stand alone.  The Proposal at Siesta Key is published by Avon Inspire and was released on May 15, 2015.  To purchase your copy, click here.


A young Amish woman, yearning for freedom, crosses paths with a handsome Mennonite celebrity in a deeply moving tale of friendship and self-discovery—the second installment in the unforgettable New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.

Penny Troyer rarely disobeys her parents. In the years since her sister’s tragic death, they’ve wanted nothing more than to keep her safe…even if it means never leaving the house.

But tonight, she’s bending the rules because Michael Knoxx, the most famous member of The Knoxx Family Singers, a traveling Mennonite Evangelical family —is scheduled to speak. Penny has heard of Michael—how he lost part of his leg in a terrible accident and uses the experience to inspire others—and knows she must meet him. So, for the first time ever, Penny stands up to her parents and goes out on her own.

Though he speaks about living life to the fullest, Michael knows he needs to take his own advice. Life on the road is grueling and Michael wants to slow down, to rest…to perhaps meet someone who sees him as a man, not just a celebrity. So when a twist of fate allows him the chance to stay a little longer in Pinecraft, Michael knows God is showing him a new path, especially when he discovers how much he and Penny Troyer have in common.

But new friendships can’t stop time. Soon, Michael’s time in Pinecraft will be over and he’ll be back on the road. Her time with Michael has brought her happiness, but will she be able to follow her heart? Or will she be faced with the one thing she’s sure she’ll never have the courage to do?


My Two Cents

The Proposal at Siesta Key is a sweet, easy story that I could read over and over again. Shelley drew me in right from the start and I wanted to keep flipping page after page to see how the story unfolds.  I can not wait for the next installment of the series.

The relationships built throughout this book really draw you in.  As a parent, I can relate to Penny Troyer’s parents who want to keep her safe and close.  Yet, you can understand Penny’s desire to be free and make relationships of her own.  I can also relate to Michael and his disability.  He struggles with the desire to please his family, who have been through so much, and his desire to be free. Michael wants to please God as well and it is sometimes difficult to know what plan God has for you.  Shelley does a wonderful job creating depth in these characters and the tension she adds makes you want to keep reading.

The Proposal at Siesta Key is very encouraging and full of wisdom. Shelley has a phenomenal way of interweaving the truth of “life is not easy” while also reminding us to cherish each moment we have because we can never get that moment back.

I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.  Grab your coffee and banana nut muffin and join me in Florida at the Orange Blossom Inn! This is one book you will want to read again!

Thank you to Litfuse Chicks for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author

Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Times bestseller, a two-time USA Today bestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. She lives in Southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

Find Shelley online: website, Twitter, Facebook

Two Giveaways

Simple Harvest Reads Giveaway

There are two giveaways you can enter to receive a copy of Shelley’s new book, The Proposal at Siesta Key. To enter my giveaway, Click “Entry-Form” below:

This giveaway ends on June 3, 2015 at 11:59 PDT.

Small print: This giveaway is sponsored by Simple Harvest Reads. The winner will be contacted via e-mail and will have 30 days to claim their prize.  Simple Harvest Reads is not responsible for prizes lost or damaged by the post office.

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8 thoughts on “The Proposal at Siesta Key”

  1. I just received the first one in this series and would love to read these back to back! Love Shelley’s books! Thank you for the wonderful review and the opportunity to win a copy! Both covers (to books one and two) are gorgeous!

  2. This looks like a great read! I’ve seen this around just recently and would really like to add it to my to-read list! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy for myself 🙂

  3. I would love to read this ! I haven’t read the first book yet , looking forward to reading it soon

  4. Oh my goodness…this sounds wonderful! I would love to win a copy. Thanks for sharing the giveaway! rw620ATaolDOTcom

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