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Grace: A Christmas Sisters of the Heart Novel Paperback – October 26, 2010
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
The action and happenings kept me looking forward to each reading session to see what would happen next.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really thought this book was so good and couldn't put it down. I was greatly surprised but have read many book by this author and feel she had done it again. Read morePublished 1 month ago by joyce c
Oh this book started in such a sad note and the brokenness continued until healing began. We all know there are no coincidences, only God-incidences. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
Loved this. Shows God is always working for our best good in all things. Also because it shows how we all can play a part in Hus workings.Published 10 months ago by Robert Pressler
The main character acted more like a whiny, spoiled child than an adult, and was not at all likeable. The writing seemed awkward to me. I stopped reading at the end of chapter 2.Published 13 months ago by W. Powell
As usual a great book! I have read this before but it has been a while, I still love it.Published 15 months ago by Woods64