A young Amish couple gets a second chance at love in New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s final book in her Return to Sugarcreek series.
Randall Beiler is doing his best to put his family and the farm’s needs first, even forsaking love. But though he tries, Randall knows he needs help caring for his younger siblings and keeping the house together.
When his brother offers pretty Elizabeth Nolt a job taking care of the house and cooking for the family, Randall is furious—and guilty about the way he once broke Elizabeth’s heart. But when he learns that Elizabeth and her grandmother are struggling to make ends meet, he knows the offer, no matter how painful, is the right thing for everyone.
Elizabeth wants to refuse—to stay far away from the man who hurt her—but she needs the money. Though she vows to protect her heart, spending time in the Beiler household makes Elizabeth realize that, while she’s older and wiser, her love for Randall still burns strong.
Randall, too, seems to want something more. But does he want Elizabeth because he truly loves her—or because he needs a housekeeper? If Randall sincerely wants something more, he must find a way to show Elizabeth—or risk losing his chance at love forever
The third book in the Return to Sugarcreek series and while it reads well as a standalone there are a couple of secondary storylines that will bring more reader satisfaction if you have read the first two books.
Elizabeth and Randall's second chance love story takes centre stage in the aptly titled Joyful. Both struggle with their perception of duty and a reluctance to allow others to share the load. An
interesting inspirational thread -- the idea of being too self-sacrificing. Elizabeth and Randall need to figure out that only God can bring true balance and until they do there's angst aplenty.
Another more than satisfying read from this much loved author.
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