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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)

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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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Sisters of the Heart (Book 4)
  • 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 (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I was a little disconcerted by the back and forth story telling between a contemporary romance between two "Englishers" and then back to another romance between Amish. That was a little odd but it was really needed for the story line. I think this is first book by Shelley Shepard Gray that I've read but it won't be the last. A fairly "clean" and uncluttered writer's voice with a simple sweetness to the story. Nice family story, too. Great job interweaving the three subplots. Great resolution to the story with terrific HEAs!!!
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My complaints are not with the story itself, which I enjoyed (as I have the entire series from Shelley Shepard Gray), but with the production of the Kindle version of the book.

I have both the printed and Kindle versions. I got the Kindle version since it is currently on-sale and I'm trying to convert a lot of my hard-copy books into electronic versions. The Kindle version of the book is pretty disappointing. It is full of typos that do not exist in the printed version and should not exist in a professionally edited/produced book. In just the first chapter it contains: shortempered, hous-guest, toexpensive, wors-case. There were more, but I tried to stop noticing after awhile and tried to just enjoy the story.

I'll be honest and say this makes me a bit hesitant to continue converting my hard-copy books into Kindle versions if this is an example of what to expect. It may be a bit nit-picky, but typos like these jump out at me and jar me out of the flow of the story. I would expect a more professional job from a publishing house as large as HarperCollins e-books.
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This book was so moving, warm and welcoming. I felt like I soon knew all the characters and their joys and heartache.
The action and happenings kept me looking forward to each reading session to see what would happen next.
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