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  1. Trusting Grace #3
    Trusting Grace #3
    Maggie Brendan
    Revell / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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    4 Stars Out Of 5 26 Reviews
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Widow's Life
    July 13, 2017
    rkfall
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The main character, widow Grace, in this book is a delightful person to follow throughout this story. She has a town friend that is named Ginny and owns a potato farm with her father. Her father is ill and so her friend, Ginny, advises her to put up a sign looking for help. The person who responds to the ad is a widower who has inherited 3 children from his wife. He didn't know of the children when marrying this lady and thus he has issues with trust. Can love come out of this situation? That is the intriguing read of this one.

    I really enjoyed this book. I felt that it moved quickly and the characters were well developed and believable. I loved the children coming into Grace's life after longing for children to love her whole life. And I loved the road the father traveled and the outcome of that. What an unexpected turn of events. You'll want to check this one out.

    I've received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    From Frayed, Tattered Lives to Faith, Trust, Love
    July 1, 2017
    nana345
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    Tattered, frayed, and weary describe the appearance of Robert and the children; these same words describe the lives of the main characters. As trust, faith, and respect replace the losses in each of their lives, second chances in hope and love unfurl. Seeking Spiritual guidance in decision making is beautifully woven in the story.

    Widowed much too young, Grace Bidwell, is overwhelmed with caring for her invalid father, Owen, and trying to save her potato farm. She realizes that she must seek hired help because the tasks are more than she can handle. She places a Hired Help Ad in Eli's Mercantile. It is here that she first encounters the three ragamuffin children. We see the compassionate side Grace as she overhears the youngest child, Sarah, being told that there was no money to buy a peppermint stick for the three to share. Grace buys each of the children a peppermint stick against the protest of the oldest, Tom. Grace is once again reminded of the great void and desire in her heart, motherhood.

    Robert Frazier, a broken man torn by the loss of his wife of two months, the loss of his wheat farm, and the obligation of caring for three stepchildren that he didn't know existed until after Ada's death, is filled with bitterness and mistrust. The responsibility placed upon him is almost unbearable. Since he and the children are homeless, they camp outdoors as he looks for work to care for his new, unplanned family. Robert, though discouraged, sought the Lord's help in finding a way to fulfill his obligations.

    A ray of hope is brought into all of the lives as Robert finds the help wanted ad and is hired to help at Bidwell's Potato Farm. At Grace's insistence, the children are later brought to live in the farmhouse with her and her dad. The children helped fulfill her desire for a family and children of her own.Even with the job, Robert still has issues with anger and humiliation that he must resolve. He continues to seek forgiveness for his anger and Spiritual guidance. Eventually these feelings begin to resolve. Robert's resentments changed to respect and love. He and Grace also developed a strong attraction for each other. But, could he ever trust again? Just as he had built fences on the farm, he had fenced his heart. Their relationship, like a piece of fabric, had many wrinkles that had to be smoothed and ironed out. With faith and trusting hearts a second chance at love was possible. This is one book that I was not ready for it to end. I think it needs a sequel.

    Maggie Brendan's conclusion to her Virtues and Vices of the Old West series, Trusting Grace, is a heartwarming story set in the picturesque Gallatin Valley in Montana. As in all of her books, Brendan researches and shares interesting historical facts to add to her realistic fiction. She also shares a part of her personal life as she educates the reader on a rare disease, CIDP, which her husband and Grace's dad, Owen, suffer from. I have read all of Brendan's books, and I look forward to future ones.

    I received a complimentary copy of Trusting Grace, but I was not required to write a positive review. This is my opinion of the book.
  3. Coral Springs, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    heartache, family and forgiveness
    June 23, 2017
    Marilyn
    Coral Springs, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
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    This is book three in the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series, however I will say it is a stand alone book, because I have not read the previous two and was just fine, I did wonder if it was part of a series though.

    Grace Bidwell is a loving, caring widow, trying to keep her farm afloat while taking care of her father. When she hires the handsome stranger, Robert Frasier, to help out at the farm, she never imagines what God has in store for her.

    Robert Frasier has been hurt by women in his past, so he has a hard time trusting Grace. When a family is thrust upon him he only sees deception and deceit. When Grace hires him, she may be the answer to more than he dreamed possible.

    This novel is full of some heartache, problems, family, forgiveness and romance. There are a few twist and turns in this novel and I wonder if there will be another book to follow.
  4. Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A beautiful conclusion to a delightful series!!!
    June 21, 2017
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Grace Bidwell pushed her way through the busy mercantile store in the bustling town of Bozeman, certain that it would be the most beneficial place to post a HIRED HELP sign for everyone to see."

    I love looking at the opening sentence of novels I read. I often times think back and wonder given that opening sentence is it enough to make me want to read further and how much thought do authors give in deciding how any novel will begin. For me, a serious lover of anything pertaining to the western romance genre, I absolutely LOVED, Trusting Grace by Maggie Brendan. This is the third novel in the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series, with The Trouble with Patience and A Sweet Misfortune leading the way.

    Grace Bidwell is a young widow who is taking care of her father who has suffered what they believe might be a stroke, and tries valiantly to run the farm while he recovers. But Grace knows she will need help not knowing when her father might recover and she simply can't manage to run the house and get the potatoes in the ground to have a healthy harvest. She just hopes she can find a man suitable to help.

    Robert Fraiser is trying his best to be a father to three young children he just learned are now his. After losing his wife, he realizes she never trusted him enough to let him know she had them. Now that his sister-in-law is done trying to care for them with four of her own, Robert struggles to find a job to help get them all at least into a suitable boarding house. But it may take awhile. The children, Tom, the oldest, Becky and Sarah know that they have been a burden to Robert and try and figure out a way to find money to get them off of sleeping wherever they can find room under the stars and living in a wagon, hunting off the land to provide any food for all of them. When Robert lands a job working for Grace, he doesn't tell her about the children, because he wants to provide for them on his own. Yet he doesn't realize that Grace has longed for children she believes she will never have since losing her husband and now caring for her father. Seems like they both have issues with trust that they will need to resolve if any of them have hopes for a better future.

    I received Trusting Grace by Maggie Brendan compliments of Baker Publishing Group and Net Galley. I love that Grace is a strong and determine woman who believes she can manage on her own, yet cares so deeply for her family, friends and a delightful trio of young children she finds on the street in town. She truly has a beautiful spirit and self-esteem but it will take both her and Robert working on their own issues of trust from past marriages before they can ever hope to make something of the feelings developing for all of them including the children. My favorite has to be Sarah, whose child like faith in God is so pure and honest that she never fears God and his angels are watching out for them all. 5 out of 5 stars and now I have to go back and read the previous two novels in this series. This one can be read as a stand alone as I did, but believe that the characters you meet in this novel has their own stories to share in the previous novels in this series.
  5. TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fun and entertaining
    June 19, 2017
    tmurrell
    TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Grace has always longed for children. But as a young widow, who is now managing her farm and taking care of her sick father, she knows it isn't likely to happen.

    Robert arrived in town with three bedraggled and dirty children. All of them, including Robert, are tired and resentful of the circumstances that forced them together. Robert takes a job as Grace's ranch hand, but doesn't let her know that he comes with three children. Both Grace and Robert must learn to trust again before they can be fully happy with the life God had blessed them with.

    I loved this book. It checked all of the boxes for me. Sweet romance, likable characters, beautiful setting, just a small amount of drama, clean, faith filled plot, and some adorable children thrown in for extra fun. The author wove humor and provoking thoughts into what at first seemed a light story. I couldn't put the book down and am now eagerly waiting the next book.

    I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads. All thoughts expressed are my own.
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