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Publisher's Summary

Return to the stunning simplicity and beauty of the Amish with Book Two of the inspirational Families of Honor series.
Everyone needs a safe place to call home. When her mother passes away, Ella is forced to auction off her family’s farm. Her father died years ago, and she could never manage the 50 acres on her own. But after she moves to town, she can’t deny the pain she feels watching the new owner, Loyal Weaver, repairing her family’s old farmhouse—everything Ella had once dreamed of doing.
What Ella doesn’t know is that Loyal secretly hopes she will occupy this house again—as his wife. He begins inviting her over to ask her opinion on changes he wants to make. As their friendship blooms, Ella starts to wonder about Loyal’s intentions, especially when her best friend, Dorothy, hints that Loyal is not who he seems. There’s no way the golden boy of their close-knit Amish community could be interested in Ella, long the wallflower, hidden away caring for her ailing parents.
Should she trust the man she’s always yearned for or the friend who’s always been by her side? When one of them threatens to disrupt the independence she’s finally achieved, Ella is faced with a choice: she can protect her heart and keep things the way they’ve always been, or she can come out of her shell, risk everything for the love she’s always wanted, and finally have a place to call home.
'Tis a gift to be simple: also listen to the first book, The Caregiver.
©2011 Shelley Shepard Gray (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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2 out of 5 stars
By Marilyn Secco on 12-17-12

Not my favorite from Shelley Shepard Gray.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Her gross overuse of the word "murmured" was so distracting that I found myself counting how many times one of the characters murmured their response. It was really tiresome.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Maybe something from W. Dale Cramer.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator can't improve on the writer's words as they're written; I felt the performance by the narrator was satisfactory.

What character would you cut from The Protector?


Any additional comments?

This is the second Shelley Shepard Gray book in a row that I've listened to, and both overused the word "murmured" so much that I was completely distracted from the story itself.

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3 out of 5 stars

Real life challenges in the interesting community

Is there anything you would change about this book?

More reference and explanation of characters from book 1

Who was your favorite character and why?

Main character's best friend, because she was the strong and reasonable one.

What three words best describe Heather Henderson’s voice?

Clear, consistent, attention keeping

If this book were a movie would you go see it?


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