19 March 2011

CFBA Tour The Caregiver by Shelley Shepard Gray

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Caregiver
Avon Inspire; Original edition (March 8, 2011)
Shelley Shepard Gray


Shelley Shepard Gray is the beloved author of the Sisters of the Heart series, including Hidden, Wanted, and Forgiven. Before writing, she was a teacher in both Texas and Colorado. She now writes full time and lives in southern Ohio with her husband and two children. When not writing, Shelley volunteers at church, reads, and enjoys walking her miniature dachshund on her town's scenic bike trail.


Two lives converge one stormy night on a train headed to cleveland

Lucy is traveling by herself via train to Jacob's Crossing to help care for her cousin Mattie, recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Trying to overcome the sudden death of her husband, she's glad to get away and focus on someone else for a while.

The only other Amish people on the train are Calvin Weaver and his little sister, Katie. When their train breaks down outside of Cleveland, Calvin and Lucy band together to face the outside world. But Calvin also carries the weight of past hurts. When an altercation brings both their wounds to light, they question whether they can trust each other.

Once in Jacob's Crossing, Lucy is occupied with caring for Mattie, while Calvin does his best to run his family's farm. But they can't stop thinking about those special hours spent together. Will the bond they formed last? And will Lucy and Calvin be able to put away the pain in their pasts to recognize the happiness that is suddenly in their grasp?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Caregiver, go HERE.

My Review:
I only received this book Thursday and started reading Thursday night and finished last night. This is a good read and a book I didn't want to put down. I read my first book by Shelley at Christmas and this lives up to her standard. Lucy is dealing with past pain and is visiting her cousin Mattie who is dealing with cancer on the way she meets Calvin, his uncle and little sister Katie when the train breaks down. Calvin is also dealing with some issues and they spend time together after the train breaks down til something happens there. They finally arrive in Jacobs Crossing. I love the way we see how the different characters interact once in Jacobs Creek and seeing the different stories take place. Lucy and Mattie find there story has more in common than they realised. I love the secondary stories in this book and cant wait till the next book is out to see what happens next with some of these stories. Great read.

1 comment:

Shelley Shepard Gray said...


Thank you for reading The Caregiver! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
When I began the novel, all I knew for sure was that I wanted the main characters to meet on a train.
I, too, enjoyed arriving at Jacob's Crossing with Lucy and Calvin and Katie!
I hope you will find The Protector to be just as interesting!
with blessings to you~

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