I have another great Amish story to share with you from Shelley Shepard Gray called Thankful.
New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray captures the beauty, devotion, and warmth of Amish life in this engaging tale of family, commitment, trust, and love set in the beloved community of Sugarcreek.
Christina Kempf has always known that God chose Aden Reese to be her husband. As children, he was there to save her when she fell through the ice, and he’s been by her side ever since. After his parents died in a car accident ten years ago, the Kempfs raised Aden as one of their own, and everyone sees Aden and Christina as brother and sister. But Christina has never given up hope that Aden will one day ask her to be his wife.
Aden always planned to court Christina. But losing his mother and father changed everything—except his love for her. Her parents generously welcomed him into their home and treated him like a son. He can’t betray their kindness by admitting his feelings for the girl who is like a sister . . . yet so much more.
Pressured by her parents to court, Christina begins to accept the attentions of Sugarcreek’s young men, and now, Aden must make a choice. Will he stand by and watch the love of his life slip away? Or will he risk losing the love and trust of the family he holds dear to tell Christina how he truly feels?
Thankful includes a P.S. section with additional insights from the author, background material, suggestions for further reading, and more.It sometimes takes awhile for people to open up to each other and that is what happens in this story. Because they don't express their feelings for each other, misunderstanding happen and it almost tears them apart.
I believe that is what happens to a lot of people these days. I keep telling my family that I am not a mind-reader and you need for me to know something, then just spit it out! I guess I have always been stubborn and not timid. I speak what I mean and once I make a promise or say I am going to do something, then I try my very best to get it done.
If the two young people in this story had just talked to each other, they could have avoided a lot of unnecessary hurt feelings and could have been enjoying their life together from the get go. But, it makes an interesting story and you will love this nice, but complicated little love story, especially if you love Amish stories.