Friday, March 04, 2011

Shelley Shepard Gray's Grace ~ Reviewed

Grace, Sisters of the Heart Series, #4
By: Shelley Shepard Gray
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Avon Inspire
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 0061990965


It's Christmastime at the Brenneman Bed & Breakfast, and everyone is excited about closing down for the holiday. Anna and Henry will be celebrating their first Christmas as a married couple, and for Katie and Jonathan Lundy, it's their first Christmas with baby Stefan. Winnie and Samuel Miller plan to stop by as well for a wonderful two weeks of family and rest.

But when two unexpected visitors show up, hoping to stay for Christmas, the family must test their commitment to hospitality. Levi is a widower who lost his wife four years ago and can't bear the thought of another Christmas alone. And Melody is a young pregnant woman who won't open up about how she ended up on her own at Christmas at almost nine months pregnant. Anna, who knows a thing or two about keeping secrets, doesn't trust her, and strives to find out the truth about these two strangers who have disrupted their holiday.

But as the Christmas spirit descends on them all, along with a snow that traps them at the inn, a healing and hopefulness takes over, allowing new relationships to be built, and the boundaries of family to be extended.

Review: I really enjoyed this book. It was nice seeing how the Brenneman family came together to make Levi and Melody feel welcome (some were reluctant to be nice at first, but they came around). It was also wonderful to see Levi and Melody grow as people during their stay, and to learn to forgive themselves and put their lives in God’s hands. It was a wonderful book, and it makes me want to go out and get the Sisters of the Heart series to see what happened with the Brenneman family previously.

Reviewed by: Sarah Porter

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