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 . . .
Grace’s Forgiveness by Molly Jebber is a 320 page novel in the Christian Amish genre. It is published by Kinsignton Publishing Corp and was released on Jan 26, 2016. To purchase your copy, click here.
About the AuthorMolly 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.
What Did I think?Grace is a "young" Amish girl, who practices midwifing and is part owner in an Amish goods shop in Berlin, Ohio. She has never found a man who is willing to look any further than the ugly birthmark on her face, or get to know her as a person. She fears she will spend her life in spinster, delivering everyone else's boppli, but never having her own. Her best friend has left the Amish and is now married to a doctor and practicing nursing. To make it even more difficult, she has been shunned and Grace must never speak of her.
Mark,a new-to-town, single Amish fellow has just purchased the store next to hers. He is the only man who has noticed her beyond the mark on her face. He and Grace hit it off wonderfully, they have have so much in common including their loved ones who have been shunned. But he also has a secret that could come back to haunt him and ruin their relationship forever.
After reading Molly Jebber's Christmas novella, I was so excited to get to read this book. I enjoyed the story line and the mystery involving an unknown person who was wandering around the town hiding in barns, and stealing things. I also enjoyed Mark and Grace's romance, although it seemed a bit rushed and pushy to me. Maybe that is how the Amish do relationships. Everyone was kind of pushing them together as soon as they met. I liked how Molly incorporated the aspect of faith, trusting God when things were not turning out quite like planned, and the importance of forgiveness, as well as, not jumping to conclusions on a matter. As always, the legalism of the Amish religion kind of gets to me, and I don't necessarily agree with their version of Christianity. But I do admire them for living a "separate" life from the world, as well as, their simple lifestyle.
There were a few things in the book that seem a little out of sync to me and the prose did not flow well. In many places it seemed cut and dry. It did spur me however to look up information concerning Amish marriages, wagon trains, and Amish funerals. So this book even turned out to be educational for me. I also felt like the cover did not accurately portray the character. Grace has a birthmark on her left cheek, but the girl on the cover did not.I do not know if that was supposed to be representative of her for sure.
Overall, in-spite of the flow I enjoyed the plot and the mysterious twist; as a seamstress, I enjoyed the quilts mentioned. The idea of a Keepsake Pocket Quilt was quite interesting and exciting. It would be fun to make one myself. My grandfather dealt in woodwork and often made little things such as described in the book, including a cedar chest for me when I was growing up. That brought back good memories.
This book is part of a series and is book two. I have not read book one, but that did not affect the characters in book two. I do believe Molly has another book in the series coming the beginning of next year.
I received this book from Celebrate Lit and the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Jan 26: Cheryl's Book Blog
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