Friday, January 21, 2011

Grace by Shelley Shepard Gray

Grace: A Christmas Sisters of the Heart Novel
Grace by Shelley Shepard Gray

It's never too late to go home

It’s Christmastime at the Brenneman Bed and Breakfast, and everyone is excited about closing down for the holidays. But when two unexpected visitors appear seeking shelter, the family’s commitment to hospitality is 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.

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.

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