Grace, Sisters of the Heart Series, #4   -     By: Shelley Shepard Gray
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Avon Inspire / 2010 / Paperback

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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Avon Inspire
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 7.17 X 4.71 (inches)
ISBN: 0061990965
ISBN-13: 9780061990960
Availability: In Stock
Series: Sisters of the Heart

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Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

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Shelley Shepard Gray extends the traditional "dark and stormy night" story into a full week of blizzard conditions in her Christmas novel Grace. It's December 20th and the Brenneman Bed and Breakfast is ready to close for the holiday season. Sisters-in-law Katie and Anna are set to go do some last minute holiday shopping, while Katie's parents shut down the B & B so that everyone can just be home for the holidays, enjoying the privacy of a traditional family holiday gathering.

But then the family's Christian charity is put to a test. Out of nowhere arrive two guests who are desperate for shelter, food, and rest. One is a girl named Melody from Kentucky who is alone, nine months pregnant, and baffled about what to do to help herself and her forthcoming baby. Also arriving is a brooding, gruff-speaking older man named Levi Bender, who is secretive, suspicious, even surly.

The home begins to look like Noah's ark as the clan of relatives starts pouring in: Katie and her husband Eli and their three children; Anna and her new hubby Henry; Jonathan and his sister Winnie and her husband Samuel; Mother and Father; and, now, two unexpected houseguests. And before anyone can volunteer to leave or be asked to leave, a blizzard blankets the county, trapping everyone indoors for the next five days. (This, obviously, gives a modern day spin on the pregnant girl finding "no room in the inn.")

Katie cannot help herself from probing and questioning and prying into the lives of the two strangers. She wants to know their hidden secrets and what chain of events led them to the Brenneman home at the Christmas holiday season. We readers do, too, so this becomes a mystery story as well as a home-and-hearth tale. The characters learn much about each other, about what it means to share, love, and care openly, and how and when to be "my brother's keeper." Gifts of Christmas are not just the packages that are wrapped and placed under the tree. Even greater gifts are acts of mercy, forgiveness, kindness, understanding, and sharing.

This plot moves at a rather slow pace, but that allows the author to showcase several of the central characters and also to portray rural American life. The dialogue is sprinkled with German verbs and nouns to give an Amish feel to the setting. Readers longing for an old-fashion Christmas without blaring televisions, flashing neon lights, silly outdoor blow-up reindeer fixtures, and endless holiday advertisements, will find relief in this story. High art this isn't, but relaxing reading it is. – Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Editorial Reviews

“Gray’s latest embodies the meaning of Christmas. It is a reminder that all situations — good, bad or inconvenient — happen for a reason: It is God’s plan.”
Featuring beloved characters from Gray’s “Sisters of the Heart” series, this simple, homespun love story is sure to please fans.”

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  1. Lafayette, IN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Heartwarming!
    February 13, 2014
    Purduefan
    Lafayette, IN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The perfect book to curl up with on a cold, snowy day. The warmth of the characters grip you from the first page and don't let go until the end.

    This was the first book I read by Shelley Shepard Gray and I quickly searched for more. Her books are wonderful stories filled with people who value family, friends and faith. This is a great book to read during the Christmas season or anytime of the year.
  2. Lenoir, NC
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This had such a warm story
    January 11, 2012
    barney
    Lenoir, NC
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was one of my favorite books. I couldn't put it down. I love Christmas books better than any other and this was a great read.
  3. wallingford, KY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A don't miss
    May 31, 2011
    poohbaby
    wallingford, KY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I just finished Shelley Shapard Grey Sisters of the Heart series #1 Hidden, #2 Wanted, #3 Forgiven and #4 Grace. From the turn of the first page to the last I never put them down. Each book lead me on a walk of faith, hope and love journay I hated to see the last page because Shelley keep my attention with a love that was hidden, but longed for in each of her books. Grace was a book where two hearts that were scared to allow to form until that special moment that they listen to the Lord. Amazing book series each book can stand alone but I recommend that you read each book. Shelley is an amazing author. I LOVE HER BOOKS
  4. Tauranga, New Zealand
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An Amish Winter Wonderland
    May 1, 2011
    The Phantom Paragrapher
    Tauranga, New Zealand
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Review: Grace - A Christmas Sisters of the Heart Novel - Shelley Shepard Gray- Oct 2010

    Wanting a lovely christmas novel to read , though it's not Christmas - I could use the excuse of reading it as a pre- mid winter festive , as we start to move into Winter in New Zealand , which is when it in some places snows as our Christmases are met with the hot sun , swimming at the beach, bbq's , playing cricket outside.

    In Grace we see our favourite characters from the previous books preparing for a fun filled holiday season as many around know that over the christmas period the Brennaman Bed and Breakfast is closed for the holidays . We see Katie and Jonathon celebrating their first christmas with their newborn son Stefan , we see Henryand Anna as well as Winnie and Samuel all preparing to spend time together. However , things aren't always planned for in their small town as not one but two guests arrive on the 20th December . We see the arrival of Melody , a shy and scared young women who is about to give birth and Levi - a man whose wife died in Childbirth due to his decison against blood transfusion. As we read on in Grace , we see that both the newcomers have past secrets that they are trying or hoping to escape from. Will they both find peace in their short stay at the inn and will their be romance in the air develop as a new babe is born .

    This book "Grace" is perfect companion read for fans of Shelley Shepard Gray's series "Sisters of the Heart"
  5. Henderson, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS NOVELLA OF AMISH FAITH!
    January 4, 2011
    Henderson, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    GRACE by Shelley Shepard Gray is a heartwarming inspirational Amish Christmas Novella/ Romance set in modern day Lancaster County, PA. It is well written with depth and details.It is the fourth in "The Sisters of The Heart Series",(#1 Hidden,#2 Wanted, #3 Forgiven) but can be read as a stand alone. It has romance, Amish,forgiveness, redemption, love, healing, victim of a violent rape, understanding, faith, patience, finding love in expected places, finding friendship, and compassion. The characters are charming, believable, easy to relate to, and will capture your heart. While the Brenneman Bed & Breakfast Inn, two strangers will learn the meaning of love, forgivennes and faith. This is a delightful love story of hope, faith and finding true love.I would highly recommend this story expecially if you enjoy Amish, faith and the wonders of God's grace and forgiveness. This book was received for Net Galley for the purpose of review and details can be found at HarperCollins Publishers and My Book Addiction and More.
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