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A Wish on Gardenia Street: An Amish Brides…

A Wish on Gardenia Street: An Amish Brides of Pinecraft Novella (The…

by Shelley Shepard Gray

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OK. Amish. Very short. I chose it because it is set in Florida, very unusual for this genre. But not very well written. No real story to it. ( )
  JeanetteSkwor | Nov 5, 2017 |
This was an enjoyable quick read. I really like this series. ( )
  eliorajoy | Feb 18, 2016 |
Mattie Miller travels by bus from Walnut Creek, OH to Sarasota, FL and stays at Orange Blossom Inn to attend the wedding of her best friend, Leona, to fiancé, Zack. Since she last saw Leona, Danny Brenneman and Mattie had been exchanging several letters. Mattie took the communication as a sign that Danny may be interested in more than just friendship. And so, she’s anxious to see Danny again.

Mrs. Sadler is in a tizzy because her cat, Serena, is missing. It’s not the first time, but Mrs. Sadler gets upset each time. So, the four, Leona, Zack, Mattie, and Danny take off looking for Serena. When Mattie first sees Danny, he smiles at her, but makes little effort to get her alone so they can talk. Mattie is not sure what to think; he’s sending mixed messages.

This was a short and very pleasant read. I did think that Mattie kind of jumped the gun a bit with Danny. She practically demanded to know of his interest in her one way or the other. The characters stayed true to their Amish tradition and their actions very authentic. It’s a clean romance, but it is really more about friendship and a very close-knit community. My kindle version of the book included excerpts from both A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn and A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft. Rating: 4 out of 5. ( )
  FictionZeal | Aug 5, 2015 |
A Wish on Gardenia Street is a novella set in Pinecraft Florida and Amish Mennonite Community, and our main character Mattie has just arrived as the book opened.

Mattie arrives to be in her friends wedding and to help her get things ready, but she has her own plans, and in her mind she has her life all planned out. Reality is different and she may just find out that what she wants is not what God has planned for her.
Come and enjoy another stay in this Plain Community, my mind keeps painting pictures of living here. We walk the streets and go to the shops, and we have a sewing frolic to make the necessary things for the wedding. Will Mattie get all that she wants, or will she end up going home?
I loved this quick read, only 112 pages, and being able to read in one sitting.
I received this book through Edelweiss and the Avon Inspire Impulse, and was not required to give a positive review. ( )
  alekee | Jul 28, 2015 |
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