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Grace's Forgiveness #2, Keepsake Pocket Quilt series, by Molly Jebber
Grace Blauch yearns for a chance at happiness, but a disfiguring birthmark keeps her from a husband of her own. Mark King arrives from another community. He is helpful and independent and soon earns her respect. He finds appealing that she is outspoken and determined to do right. The two decide to marry, but when her father finds out that Mark’s brother was shunned by his previous community and is now in hiding, he refuses to bless the wedding. What will persuade her father to change his mind?
Number of Pages: 288
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 6.75 X 4.13 (inches)|
Series: Keepsake Pocket Quilt
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 . . .
"Endearing characters and a delightful story make this a keeper for fans of Amish romance." --Emma Miller on Change of Heart
The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Second book in series!February 15, 2016The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Graces Forgiveness by Molly Jebber is the second book in Keepsake Pocket Quilt series. The novel is set in Berlin, Ohio in 1900. Grace Blauch was born with a red birthmark on her left cheek. Grace is a midwife and also runs Grace and Sarahs Dry Goods Shop with her best friend, Sarah Helmuth. Grace does not believe she will ever get married until she Mark King comes to town. Mark is new to the area (just bought a small farm) and is opening a store next to Grace and Sarah (wood furniture and toys). Slowly Mark wins Graces trust and love. But then Marks (shunned) brother, Abel King comes to town. It is hard to put the feelings for family ahead of the Ordung. When Graces father finds out that Mark broke the Ordung, he removes his blessing from their wedding. Will Grace and Mark ever be able to get married? Grace and Marks road to happiness will not be easy, but it will be full of love and life lessons.
Graces Forgiveness is such a sweet book. It has a good moral and talks about love, faith, family, and community (and quilting). Graces Forgiveness is well-written and easy to read. I liked the characters and the setting (Berlin, Ohio). This is the second book I have read by Molly Jebber and I look forward to reading more of her novels. It is a simple story, but I liked the message contained within it. What you do in Marks situation? Could you ignore a family member in need (who arrives at your door)? I give Graces Forgiveness 4 out of 5 stars.
I received a complimentary copy of Graces Forgiveness from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Missica4 Stars Out Of 5A Story of REAL LoveFebruary 8, 2016MissicaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This is an Amish Christian fiction, set in Ohio. Grace is a young Amish lady who is unwed, presumably due to her disfiguring appearance at the hands of a rather large and unattractive facial birthmark. She's ridiculed and stared at, yet she remains "graceful," spreading kindness, even if she has given up on the idea of love. She works as a midwife, and in a quilt store. A charming young man, Mark, who is new to the area, decides to open up shop beside her quilt store, and he sees Grace as lovely and kind. the two hit it off, and Grace's dreams of a happily ever after look promising until her father takes back his blessing when he discovers some less than savory information. Will Grace have her Happy Ever After?
This is book 2 in the Pocket Quilt Series. I did not find it necessary to have read book 1 in order for the characters or storyline to make sense. I did find a bit of issue with the overall flow, but that is more of a stylistic thing than anything else. In other words, I felt as if I could easily predict what was going to happen next when I prefer more irony and more of a twisting plot. That's just a preference thing because the book is well written. That's not to say there aren't twists. There are, but again it's just a personal preference thing. I did find I needed to research a few things to fully understand, but that is not a negative at all! A pleasant read that also teaches me a lesson is always a great experience!
**I received this in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own.**
RachelGender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5Sweet Amish RomanceFebruary 5, 2016RachelGender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3Grace is considered almost a spinster in the Amish community. She is a midwife and is co-owner of a store in the town of Berlin, Ohio. She has a very noticeable birthmark on her face that causes many people to act rudely toward her and is the reason she has not been married.
Mark King is the "new guy" in town and has decided he will open a store next to Grace's. Mark is a good man who never notices Grace's birthmark and only sees her for who she is, not what she looks like.
Most of this story is sweet and kind with a touch of mystery and suspense. The storyline is great. All of the characters are done well. Grace is so very sweet and kind even to those who are unkind to her because of the way she looks. Even though she gets discouraged sometimes, she always trusts the Lord to help her and comfort her. Mark was a great example of truly loving someone for who they are on the inside and not what they look like on the outside. I also enjoyed the character of Grace's Mamm. She was a very sweet lady who always tried to support Grace.
Amish Christian fiction is one of my favorite genre's. I picked this book because I really enjoyed Molly's novella in a Christmas book that I reviewed last year. This book kind of surprised me in the fact that the writing was quite different than the novella I read. I very much enjoy the plot of this book and most of the characters, but the dialogue in the book is very choppy. I really wanted more in the conversations and interactions between the characters. That being said, this is a sweet story with a sweet ending and will leave you smiling and happy for the characters. If you are looking for a light read that makes you smile, this is for you.
Thank you to Celebrate Lit, the publisher and Molly Jebber for the opportunity to review this book. A positive review was not required.'
Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Good Plot, but Prose Doesn't Flow WellFebruary 5, 2016Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3Grace 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.
ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5wonderfulFebruary 3, 2016ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This has been one of my favorite books of 2016. I could not put this book down. It was so wonderful when Grace and Mark both meet. They were kindred spirits from the beginning. Mark did not mind the birthmark on her face. Most people could not get passed it. Grace had a friend leave the Amish after joining the church and so had Mark. Both had a hard time shunning their friend or family member. Can Grace's father understand how Grace and Mark feel about this and let them get married? This is a great book that makes you laugh, cry and think. I received this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion.