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.


The Caregiver is a testimony to the literary talent of Shelley Shepard Gray. Although the book is a shorter format than others I have read by this author, there is still a lot going on in it and I didn’t feel shortchanged by the plot nor character development. Lucy, Calvin, and Mattie were all portrayed in such a way that the reader can identify with them. Gray boldly covers issues such as domestic abuse and breast cancer in this story, subjects I have never run across in the many other Amish novels I have read. I thought she did an excellent job in conveying the thoughts and emotions experienced by both Lucy and Mattie.

Amish fiction is not my first choice of genres but I will always welcome any book by Shelley Shepard Gray. I look forward to the next volume in this series.