Thursday, January 28, 2016

Book review with a giveaway: Grace's Forgiveness by Molly Jebber

About the book:

A handsome newcomer with secrets shows a yearning Amish woman a chance at happiness—but their love will need all their courage to keep . . .

Grace Blauch is skilled at midwifery—and crafting quilts that help others pass on messages of enduring family love. But a disfiguring birthmark keeps the young Amish woman from a husband and home of her own—until Mark King arrives from another community. His helpfulness and independent nature earn Grace’s respect. And he finds her outspoken ways and determination to do right irresistibly appealing. Soon Grace is planning a wedding quilt of her very own . . . until her father discovers that Mark’s shunned brother is hiding somewhere in town . . .

Grace can well understand why Mark took such a risk once she hears his wrenching reasons. But she fears even prayer will not convince her father to restore his blessing on their union. She wills herself to face the end of her dreams, but sudden danger and an impossible act of generosity will show her that abiding hope can inspire the most precious of miracles  . . .

My review:

Grace’s Forgiveness is Book Two in the Keepsake Pocket Quilt Series.  It is about Grace Blauch, whom we met in Book One.  She is a midwife and shopkeeper in Berlin, Ohio, at the turn of the century.  A large birthmark on her face has until this point kept her from any viable marriage prospects.  But then, Mark King, an eligible bachelor, moves to town from Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  Grace and Mark are immediately attracted to each other, and the story details their attraction and courtship, along with the challenges they face.

Grace and Mark were both upstanding individuals and easy to like.  They especially modeled respect for authority in their dealings with the bishop and Grace’s father.

This was a pleasant read, and fans of Amish fiction will certainly enjoy it.  However, I found the plot rather predictable, and the language somewhat stilted.  I rate this book three stars out of five, and recommend it.  I look forward to reading the next book in this series.  

I received an ARC of this book from the author and Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

About the author:

Molly Jebber is an educational, motivational, and Women's Christian Connection speaker. She was raised in a small town in the Midwest, and insists if you had blinked twice, you would've missed it. She loves God, her family and friends, sunshine, swimming and traveling to the Amish communities.  Creating historical Amish characters and throwing them into difficult situations and joyous times has been challenging and fun for her.  The greatest reward she’s experienced in becoming an author is meeting wonderful people from all over the world who've been encouraging and supportive.

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