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Judy D5 Stars Out Of 5Powerful readSeptember 4, 2019Judy DQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Kelly Irvin's Mountains of Grace is a powerful novel. Her characters are so well-developed that you really feel like you know them and I really hated to say good-bye when the book ended. There are several stories in one but yet they interconnect. There is a wildfire in their area and the people who live there are forced to evacuate. Spencer is the smoke jumper who has a lot of baggage. Mercy and Caleb are a couple who formerly courted, but broke up when Mercy turned down his proposal. She wasn't sure of his love. Juliette is angry at God and claims she no longer believes. She is also carrying a terrible secret. I loved how the author intertwined Amish and English characters. There were parts that brought me to tears. I can't recommend this book enough and am eagerly awaiting book 2 in the series. Thank you to Netgalley and Zondervan for the copy. All opinions expressed are my own.
MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Love out of the ashesAugust 30, 2019MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Another captivating read from the talented Kelly Irvin! A little more "Englisch" than some of her plain fiction, but the contrasts between the loves and heartaches of Amish Mercy and her worldly friend Juliette were as satisfying as a dish of sweet and sour pickles.
Fire is so destructive that we sometimes lose sight of its other qualities. Just as it clears deadwood from a forest and encourages fresh undergrowth, Irvin shows us how her characters benefit from the losses they suffer in connection with the Montana fires. Once the "smoke clears," literally and figuratively, we see hearts purified. A fresh honesty leads to new goals and relationships. Without giving too much away, happy endings flourish after the devastation of old places and patterns.
I receive many free books from publishers, but Irvin's books are always ones I'm happy to buy. I really look forward to the rest of this "Big Sky Country" series!
GingerS2195 Stars Out Of 5Good storyAugust 28, 2019GingerS219Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have long loved Kelly Irvin's books. She has a way of pulling you into the story and refusing to release you until the end, which is a satisfying happily-ever-after. Mountains of Grace is no exception. Kelly includes times of angst, sorrow, loss, forgiveness, trust, hope, and of course love in this novel. I enjoyed Caleb and Mercy's story, along with Spencer, Juliette, and Tim. Each character had his or her personal issues, and by the end of the story, we could see how the events in the story changed them.
I received this book from the publisher/author for the purpose of review. The above is my honest opinion.
arkmom5 Stars Out Of 5Faith, family, forgiveness and starting overAugust 26, 2019arkmomQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This story takes place in Montana, in the small village of West Kootenai. Mercy Yoder is a young adult, single Amish woman who still lives with her parents and teaches school. She dearly loves her job. She recently declined a marriage proposal from Caleb. She thought they were only good friends. They loved fishing together, talking about books they'd read, and spending time together. He had never kissed her, nor held her hand, so she was quite surprised when the marriage proposal came. She had no idea he felt anything like that for her. She blurted out, 'No' without thinking, hurting his feelings. He didn't give her a chance to explain. Mercy felt there should have been something more to indicate how he felt about her. He didn't even say 'I love you' when he proposed. Shouldn't he have at least kissed her? Held her hand? She has no one to question about these things, as her people do not discuss such things. She also questions God who allows people to lose their homes. Couldn't He stop these things? She dare not discuss her unbelief with anyone.
Then, there is Mercy's Englisch friend, Juliette, whom she has played with since they were little girls. Tim Trudeau is in love with Juliette. But...Juliette turned her back on God long ago, and won't tell anyone why. Tim will no longer pursue her, but instead, pray for her salvation. Tim believes what the Scriptures teach about being 'unevenly yoked.' Juliette loves Tim, but pretends she doesn't. She does her best to hide her pain and hurt, while popping antacids constantly in an effort to abate the pain in her stomach.
Then there is a horrendous wildfire that forces Mercy, her family, and community to all evacuate and seek safety elsewhere until it's safe to go back home. Mercy and her family went to Eureka, a town nearby. While there, she meets Spencer, a smoke jumper, who has been injured and has came there to recover. Mercy finds his company enjoyable. Her family and church leaders have grave concern regarding her relationship with an Englischer.
It was enjoyable to me to learn about the fire jumpers, and the work of others who battle these wildfires.
The Amish have no insurance, instead they have a fund. It's amazing how they all pull together to help one another rebuild. They are a close-knit people.
I love Kelly Irvin's writing! This one is definitely another hit for Amish fiction lovers. I was thrilled to realize it's Book 1. So...more to come!
I was given a free ecopy to read by the publisher, Zondervan and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Kimmiecowbear5 Stars Out Of 5Highly RecommendAugust 10, 2019KimmiecowbearQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An amazing story !
I think that this book was just the change of pace I needed. Such a refreshing story line and some great characters that wouldn't let me put the book down. Mercy and Caleb really have to learn the concept of communication, they learn that even when you are unsure of what reaction you might get you have to talk. They are a great example of everyday couples. We also see glimpses into how a communities deals with massive fires, I love Kelly Irvin's descriptions of emotions here through all the different characters. This book can be read as a stand alone, however, I think that there will be more books in this series (Or at least I hope so !). I can not wait to read what comes after this one.
I volunteered to read this book from Zondervan Fiction in return for my honest opinion. The thoughts and opinions expressed within are my own.