I liked Katie a lot in the first book and I enjoyed getting to know her better.
A light Amish romance it has the usual components of these novels, but still is a lovely read. Katie has some dark secrets in her past; things that she has done that she is not proud of during her time of rumspringa (Amish teens chance to see the English world). A bit dramatic at times but I realize that in my view, things the Amish view as very bad really aren't so bad at all so I need to think about that while reading.
This one was about Katie Brennenan who had a crush on one of the men in the community as a girl but when he married knew nothing would come of it.
Katie with all the secrets of her past fell in love with a man with two kids. She was too afraid of rejection.
Wanted by Shelley Shepard Gray is the second book in the Sisters of the Heart series. The first book of this series, Hidden, focused on Anna coming to hide out at her friend Katie's Family Amish Bed and Breakfast. I knew that I enjoyed the first book so much that I wanted to read the second book. Jonathan asked Katie's family to let her come and help out for the two months that Winnie is out of town.
About the book: Widower Jonathan Lundy, the man twenty-year-old Katie Brenneman has secretly always fancied, asks her to watch his two young girls while his sister pays a visit to Indiana. Those years were a dark time for Katie. The conflict was believable and the author explored some issues and inner workings of the heart that many novels never touch such as motivations behind friendships and love. I enjoyed this story and plan to keep reading the series because it's not as cliche as some Amish novels can be.
This second book is good, and I enjoyed the read and love the characters, but it was not very exciting to me. As a theme for this book, the idea of being "wanted" is nothing new to most people, and our Katie wanting to be wanted and going after that attention (in her past) in poorly advisable ways is not terribly surprising.
Katie is asked to help out with his two daughters in Winnie's absence. Katie has had feelings for Jonathan and this was her chance to prove that she could be a good wife and mother to his girls.
I have apperantly started this series a long time ago with the book Hidden in which I bought for myself with all hopes of reading the rest.
They seemed to have kept her back from truly enjoying a peaceful, happy life and moving forward into her future. Sometimes we hold on to things in our past that we should just let go of and let God take over, because if we have confessed them, then they are already forgiven, but we still seem to hold on the them.
Shelleys novels have appeared on both the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Her novels have been highlighted in the Philadelphia Enquirer, Washington Post, Time Magazine, and USA Today.