1. Grace & Lavender
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    Grace & Lavender
    Heather Norman Smith
    Ambassador International / 2019 / Trade Paperback
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    3.5 Stars Out Of 5 5 Reviews
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  1. FayJac
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting Book!
    March 27, 2019
    FayJac
    This novel is about two women, a feisty older woman who loves to get involved wth and try out new things all the time, and her daughter, who is the opposite, content with her life and circumstances. A project the older woman takes on, which is teaching a troubled teenager named Grace, changes both of their lives.

    This interesting book discusses finding our purpose. It is a good book about women just like us. It will make you think about God's plan and purpose for our lives. If you want an interesting read, try this book!

    (Please Note: Although a complimentary copy of this book was given to me to review by Ambassador International, the opinions expressed are my own.)
  2. Rose
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: Female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Grace and Lavender
    March 13, 2019
    Rose
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review contains some small spoilers. Read at your own risk.

    Well. . .I was a bit disappointed. Starting with the visual appearance, this book had different font sizes all over the place. I get that it is cheaper for the publishers to not have to add more pages, but there were long paragraphs of tiny font followed by the normal size. This might not bother everyone, but I found it very distracting.

    Next was the inaccurate representation of a fourteen-year-old girl. Now, I am sixteen, but when I was a fourteen-year-old I would NEVER describe thinking of God as "big thoughts for a fourteen-year-old". I understand that she is searching, but there are better ways to say something like that. A lot of adult authors make this mistake when writing about teens so it was not terribly bothersome. But still. The author attempted to portray Grace as a rebellious teenager. To be honest, I could not see that at all. Granted, Grace did have a bad attitude around adults but she volunteered in the kitchens to cook food for little children!

    I was curious about how the characters could be mourning the death of a friend one moment and the next, joyfully singing happy birthday. Anyone else confused?

    A few positive things:

    ~The characters (except for Grace) were realistic

    ~The plot worked

    ~Soapmaking!!!

    -Foster Care and Adoption

    I feel like I was a bit harsh with this review, but I am sharing my honest opinions and even if I did not enjoy this book, you may.

    Personal Rating: 2 Stars

    Content Rating: 4 Stars

    *I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
  3. Carole Jarvis
    Jonesboro, Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Heartwarming relationship-driven story of love and grace
    March 7, 2019
    Carole Jarvis
    Jonesboro, Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Grace & Lavender is a lovely, heartwarming story about the impact of loving and caring relationships on a young teen with a crusty exterior. The narrative moves a little slowly in the beginning as a solid foundation is laid, then picks up speed as three generations of women capture the heart.

    Colleen is a grandmother, strong in her faith, but with what I think of as a mental restlessness "For a long time, she had harbored a constant, overwhelming sense that there was something she wanted or needed to do that she hadn't yet discovered." I got tickled at her obsession over names in particular for instance, the naming of her granddaughter "Prairie." Then there's Colleen's daughter, Melody, seemingly a complete opposite of Colleen because of her ability to be content. However, that drive for contentment just might have been an overreaction to her mother's drive for purpose and meaning.

    Into this mix comes Grace, a young teen in foster care who has written off all adults as untrustworthy. These three lives are skillfully interwoven by the author into a tale that tugs at the heartstrings. Grace's journey gradually unfolds like a flower opening up to the sun. I especially loved some of the secondary characters that Colleen involves Grace in helping.

    Grace & Lavender is a romance, but not the kind you would typically expect. Rather, it is an expression of God's love and grace, reflected through a caring family relationship. The gospel message is beautifully expressed. I've read a few other books published by Ambassador International recently, and if you enjoy a story with a genuine Christian theme, this is an excellent publisher.

    Recommended.

    I received a copy of this book through JustRead Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
  4. Karen Klepsteen
    South Dakota
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Heartfelt story of three women
    March 4, 2019
    Karen Klepsteen
    South Dakota
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Grace & Lavender is the story of two women and a teenage girl who are all trying to navigate their futures at different points in their lives. Colleen is a retired grandmother who is looking for her next big project. Melody, her daughter, is her opposite, content to live life as it comes. Grace, a young teen living at the local youth home, is distrustful of adults after an abusive childhood. I love the core of this story, how all three women approach change in their lives so differently. Colleen thrives on it, constantly flitting from one big idea to the next. Melody is happy to go with the flow until that's no longer an option. Grace understandably hates change in her life because very few of them have turned out well for her. As the three women come together to help Grace through mandated community service, their hearts are all opened to God's plans for them, far beyond what any of them originally plan.

    The beginning of this book meanders a bit with Colleen's mental musings. It was a little bit chaotic but it definitely gave you a sense of how her mind works! There were also other parts of the story where unnecessary things were stated. For example, when Colleen received a phone call this is how it was mentioned: "It was a call that would change the weekly routine she had known for some time." I also felt like some plot points were left unresolved or not delved into deeply enough. I would've liked to see more of Melody's romantic life, and I would've also liked to see Grace make peace with her past. One more strong edit would clear up some of these issues in the story and take it from a 3.5-star book to a 5-star book!

    Overall, this story has such tender moments, such beauty even in the hard parts of life. I really enjoyed seeing how Colleen, Melody, and Grace all get their happy ending. I must admit that some of the twists in the plot kept me surprised, which I loved!

    I received a copy of this book from JustRead Book Tours and am under no obligation to provide a positive review. All opinions are my own.
  5. Jarm Vee
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A sweet Story of love and grace!
    March 1, 2019
    Jarm Vee
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    "There's purpose in everything! We may not see it or understand it, but that doesn't mean it's not there." Colleen is a retiree with a ton of energy and a drive to use it in a multiplicity of ways. When she listens to the Spirit, God ordained connections are made. As a result, the lives of three women are changed forever. In memoir style and with North Carolina charm, Heather Norman tells a sweet story of love and grace. I found myself longing for more dialogue to reveal the soul of the characters. A perfect opportunity for a sequel!
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