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The Promise of Grace by Lynette Sowell
Rochelle Keim has lived in Pinecraft for almost twenty years among her Mennonite brethren and Amish of Sarasota. She's quiet, content, and keenly adept at keeping her past firmly tucked away. Feeling unsettled as she nears her fortieth birthday, she decides to return to nursing school, a dream she gave up long ago during a painful time she dares not remember.
Her past clangs with her present when Silas Fry, Rochelle's former love, moves to Pinecraft. Silas spent the past two decades working as a missionary pilot, but that all changed with the sudden loss of his wife, Belinda, Rochelle's childhood best friend. Now Rochelle and Silas are on a collision course with their past, and the reunited couple must decide if they're trying to resurrect a dead romance, or if the two very different people whose paths have crosssed can make a new life together.
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Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2015
Series: Seasons in Pinecraft
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5The Plain community at PinecraftAugust 29, 2015MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The life of Amish and Mennonites of Pinecraft, Florida, leaps from the pages of this touching novel. The third book of the Seasons of Pinecraft series can stand alone, but it builds on the experiences of some characters who peopled the first two volumes. It deals with lifes struggles, love, loss, and new starts. Will the women living in Rochelle Keims home find true love, or will hurts from the past keep that from occurring? The books title is quite apt and can also be applied to the readers own situations. I like the way the author gradually revealed information from the past, adding to the suspense and tension of the story. I hope the series continues.
Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5wonderful bookAugust 8, 2015Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Whew! I've been to Florida several times but only in the summer and the heat and humidity were awful! I vowed that I would never want to live in Florida but reading about the quaint little Amish community in Pinecraft has actually made me rethink that .....I definitely would love to visit there in winter at any rate! Rochelle and Silas make Florida sound glamourous to me. Even though they have been apart for almost twenty years, the love they once shared seems to still exist in their hearts. Grief tore them apart many years ago but can they rekindle the fire that once flamed in their hearts? Did the love ever die to begin with?
This is a wonderful story and while it is the third in a series, readers will be able to follow and understand the story even if the other two books have not been read. But having read the entire series, I really enjoy seeing the delightful characters again and learning more about their lives. This book is about second chances and grace offered freely.
I rate this 5 stars and highly recommend it to lovers of Amish and Christian fiction.
I received a kindle version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Foster3Ontario, CanadaAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A Great Summer ReadJuly 30, 2015Foster3Ontario, CanadaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4After having thoroughly enjoyed the two previous books in this series, "Seasons in Pinecraft", I just knew I would love this new book too. Lynette has taken Amish fiction to another level, having her novels set in Pinecraft, an actual place in Florida, near Sarasota. Both Mennonite and Amish use this as a vacation spot when trying to avoid the northern winters. It is also the permanent home of many retired/older folks who want the warmth but love to live in a community where their faith is respected . This book can be read as a stand alone although it is beneficial if you have read "A Season of Change" and "A Path Made Plain". When I opened this book, I felt as though I was once again visiting old friends. This certainly added to my curiosity and desire to dig into this book, I wanted to know what my pals had been up to!
Rochelle has been living in Pinecraft for almost twenty years. She has led a quiet, content life, keeping her past safely hidden away. As she approaches her fortieth birthday, an important decision is made! Rochelle has decided to go back to nursing school, a dream given up long ago during a painful period in her life.
Although Rochelle would prefer the past remain a secret, it comes to the forefront when Silas Fry, her former love, moves to Pinecraft. YES, not just a vacation, but a permanent move, much to her dismay!! Silas has spent the last five years working as a missionary pilot, but the sudden death of his wife, Belinda, changed him. Belinda just happened to be Rochelle's best childhood friend. Both Silas and Rochelle are on a collision course with their past. This reunited couple is faced with unexpected decisions. Can they resurrect the past romance?? Years have changed both of them, but will it help or deter the situation??
Lynette's setting of the novel is so realistically described and so detailed that I had no problem putting myself in Pinecraft. I could see it , I could feel the ocean breezes and yes, even enjoy Olaf's icecream. She did her research well. Now, I really have the greatest need to visit this community!
The characters were realistic and well developed . I had no problems identifying with Rochelle and her challenges. Her hurts, confusion and joys became part of me.
The plot moved slowly but steadily. The events captured my attention and every once in a while a twist or turn would appear that would throw me off balance. I had to rethink what I presumed would happen.
I would recommend this book to those who want a light summer read. Enjoyable from beginning to end.
This book was supplied by Abingdon Press and the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
ConnieRMEAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Has your life turned out as planned?July 23, 2015ConnieRMEAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Lynette Sowell takes us back to Pinecraft, Florida, in this installment of her Seasons in Pinecraft series. Our visit this time is primarily with Rochelle Keim, who has made a life for herself in this unique town. You can read the description of the book elsewhere so I won't repeat it.
My favorite line in the book is, "Maybe some snags aren't meant to be fixed, but transformed, into something beautiful instead." What a picture of our lives. Isn't it true that as we grow and age and live, we look back and see how many of the happenings we thought of as "snags" turn out to be the best things of our lives?
I'm a fan of the series, and of Lynette's easy style of writing. I highly recommend this book.
tammycookblogsbooks5 Stars Out Of 5A Promise of GraceJuly 23, 2015tammycookblogsbooksQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0In 2010, Lynette Sowell researched the Amish and Mennonite community in Pinecraft, which is located in Sarasota, Florida. This is where she based her latest series, Seasons in Pinecraft. A Promise of Grace is book three in the series. Read more about Lynette Sowell here. Having not read anything by Sowell I didn't know if I would enjoy her style of storytelling. I am glad I decided to read this book. Now I would also like to read the two previous books in the series. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
The story is told from the viewpoint of Silas Fry & Rochelle Keim. They were once a couple, before Silas married his deceased wife. The two are now trying to forge a new relationship but keep getting stuck in the past. The author put a twist on the story by having the characters go between the present and the past. This worked well to get the background of the various relationships of the characters because only seeing the present did not show me the details that took them to their current life. I thought I knew what was going on with the past events then the author threw in just the right words to have me second guess myself.
There are great secondary characters that welcomed me into the story. Everyone in this novel has flaws that kept them real for me. Silas and Rochelle are both dedicated to their faith and love for the ways of God. It is shown in the way they react to life and others. I liked them right off the bat. There are heartbreaking issues and dilemmas for the characters that have changed them, both good and bad. There is a lot to overcome for the characters to get their happily ever after.
I enjoyed the ending and wanted more, I did not want to put this book down. The scene descriptions give me the feeling of being in Pinecraft and I feel more acquainted with the area. I first heard of this Amish and Mennonite community when I read A Stranger's Gift by Anna Schmidt. I would like to visit the area someday. I enjoyed getting a look at Pinecraft through the eyes of another writer. I learned interesting things about the community while reading A Promise of Grace. The only reason I stopped reading this book was because I had to eat and sleep. I think fans of Amish/Mennonite Fiction, more specifically Romance, will enjoy this novel, I know I did.