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Product Details

  • Series: Sisters of the Heart
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061990965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061990960
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“Gray’s latest embodies the meaning of Christmas. It is a reminder that all situations — good, bad or inconvenient — happen for a reason: It is God’s plan.” (Romantic Times BOOKclub)

Featuring beloved characters from Gray’s “Sisters of the Heart” series, this simple, homespun love story is sure to please fans.” (Library Journal)

From the Back Cover

It's never too late to go home

It’s Christmastime at the Brenneman Bed and Breakfast, and everyone isexcited about closing down for the holidays. But when two unexpectedvisitors appear seeking shelter, the family’s commitment to hospitalityis tested. First Levi arrives, sullen and angry . . . but insisting on staying for five days. Next Melody shows up. She’s almost nine months pregnant, but won’t say a word about why she traveled all the way from Kentucky by herself. As the two strangers settle in, the Brennemans try to make the best of an uncomfortable situation, except for Katie, who and knows a thing or two about keeping secrets. She is determined to learn the truth about these two strangers . . . all while keeping her own secret safely hidden away.

All is revealed when a snowstorm traps them at the inn.


More About the Author

Shelley Shepard Gray lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. A busy wife and mother of two, she spends her days writing and keeping track of her two teenagers. Her two dogs keep her company when she writes in her basement.

Shelley enjoys writing about the Amish and visits Amish communities in Adams and Holmes counties several times a year. When not spending time with her family or writing, she serves on several committees in her church.

She also bakes a lot, loves coconut cream pie, and will hardly ever pull weeds, mow the yard, or drive in the snow.

Shelley also spends a lot of time on line! Please visit her website, www.shelleyshepardgray.com to find out her latest news...or become her friend on FaceBook.

Customer Reviews

Grace, Another wonderful and inspiring book by Shelley Shepard Gray.
Vicky N
The characters were wonderful, the writing was wonderful, but the real star of this book was the feeling Shelley created for her readers.
C. Kendall
Grace - A Christmas Sisters of the Heart is a sweet heartwarming story of love, acceptance, joy and the magic of Christmas Spirit.
C. K. Harrell

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Christy VINE VOICE on November 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book has already gotten a few 5-star reviews, and I feel really bad that I can only give it 2 out of 5 stars. It just fell far below my expectations for Amish fiction. I have read almost every book written by Shelley Shepard Gray, and while I feel that she can think up a great story, the delivery always seems to fall flat. Her style of writing reminds me so much of Janette Oke--a simplistic story, maybe a problem or two along the way, but usually a very tidy ending. It's okay to like that sort of thing--hey, Janette Oke was one of the first Christian fiction authors I ever read--but there are so many more books available now that I've found that can better grab my attention.

The book had three different story lines, and normally, that doesn't bother me. In this book, though, there seemed to be a lot of busyness and retelling of the same scenes over and over again. Maybe that can be attributed to the fact that the story covers a span of 12 days. One thing I have to mention--the portions of the story featuring Leah and Zack were just a little too weird and almost creepy to me...sharing any more than that would be a spoiler.

A lot of Amish fans may really enjoy this book, along with the previous three books in the Sisters of the Heart series, but it just didn't do it for me. I like a story--not just an Amish one--to have depth, and that was missing in Grace. I think if Ms. Gray focused on making her characters more realistic and with a little more emotion, her stories would greatly improve. Instead, I think someone at her publishing company may be too concerned with how quickly they can churn out her books....7 books in 2-1/2 years time says it all, in my opinion.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
In Ohio, the Brenneman brood looks forward to getting together for the holiday; especially with the shutting of the Brenneman Bed and Breakfast. However, two people arrive planning to get away from their lives for a respite. The extended family is divided as some feels it is the Christmas spirit to welcome the guests; while Katie is outraged as she prefers they go ahead with the planned gathering.

One of the two guests, angry acrimonious Levi Bender had sent a reservation that came just before he did as it got lost in the mail for a few days. He wants to be left alone wallowing in his guilt over a tragedy as he believes he will never be Forgiven. The other is nine months pregnant Melody Gingerich who feels her family has let her down when she chose to go full term in spite of being raped. While she ponders whether her child will not be Wanted by her family, she refuses to comment why she came from Kentucky. Meanwhile the visitors and their hosts wonder if God has brought this pair to the inn for a reason especially when the snowstorm hits.

The latest Sisters of the Heart inspirational Amish romance is a terrific tale of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Readers will believe that "To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven" as joyful smiles (by fans and angels) light up with the love between two emotionally battered souls helping them heal while regaining their faith. One of the best sub-genre writers, Shelley Shepard Gray provides a strong entry especially her compassionate look at the victim of rape.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on January 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
My Take:

I enjoyed this book and will be probably reading others in the series. Although this book is part of a group of books you don't need to have read then to enjoy this book.

I really disliked Katie at the beginning of the book because of her whole attitude toward the guests when they arrived at the inn. I did warm up to her toward the end but she was definitely not my favorite character.

Levi and Melody both have secrets when they come to the inn but they eventually take comfort in each others company and help each other through some things. I feel that the shocker of the book was suppose to be the circumstances behind Melody's coming to the inn but somewhere in the story telling the shock factor was lost. the whole part of the book that featured Melody's English friend Leah and the cop she meets on the way, Zach, I felt was just thrown in to have a nice neat resolution of some events later in the book. I think the book would have been fine if not stronger without them.

Like most Amish Fiction everything is wrapped up in a neat shiny bow by the end but if you think about it that is usually why you read this genre to feel good at the end.

I would recommend this to anyone who likes Amish Fiction but don't expect anything out of the ordinary. A Good story overall.

I received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley.com
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is not one that pulls you in at the beginning. As I continued to read I started seeing errors. The first one I read the author has one of the husbands with the wrong wife. The next thing I read was the word "faze," more than once. It is spelled phase. The third thing that made me shake my head was "Slamming the door open." I don't think its possible to slam a door open. Shut, yes; open, no.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vicky N on January 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
Grace, Another wonderful and inspiring book by Shelley Shepard Gray. This is a must read for everyone who knows that all things in life happen for a reason, it's all part of God's plan for us. Great book to read around the holidays but would be a great read any time of the year. Thank you Shelley for another great Amish book.
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