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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.
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Avon Inspire
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 7.17 X 4.71 (inches)|
Series: Sisters of the Heart
A Christmas Sisters of the Heart novel, Grace by Shelly Shepard Gray brings back the beloved characters from her popular series of inspirational novels set in a tightly knit Amish community. A touching, provocative, and uplifting tale in the bestselling vein of Beverly Lewis, Wanda Brunstetter, and Cindy Woodsmall, Grace is Christian fiction at its very finest—a heartwarming examination of selfless giving and the true meaning of Christmas from the acclaimed author of the Seasons of Sugarcreek series.
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.
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
Jo5 Stars Out Of 5homingFebruary 22, 2016JoQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Just wanted to curl up in a corner and just read.
PurduefanLafayette, INAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Heartwarming!February 13, 2014PurduefanLafayette, INAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The 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.
barneyLenoir, NCAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This had such a warm storyJanuary 11, 2012barneyLenoir, NCAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This 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.
poohbabywallingford, KYAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A don't missMay 31, 2011poohbabywallingford, KYAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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
The Phantom ParagrapherTauranga, New ZealandAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5An Amish Winter WonderlandMay 1, 2011The Phantom ParagrapherTauranga, New ZealandAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Review: 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"