1. Trusting Grace #3
    Trusting Grace #3
    Maggie Brendan
    Revell / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Multifaceted Old West Romance
    November 1, 2017
    Jero
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Trusting Grace is another example of the Christian Historical Fiction novels Maggie Brenden does so well! This is her wheelhouse as she does her due diligence knowing her setting and timeframe well. As a Christian writer, she incorporates those values, Bible verses, or concepts through her storyline and weaves them in a natural way. As with her other novels, there is plenty of romance and intrigue that keeps you coming back for more. Trusting Grace also tells the story of three motherless children that end up in the care of their previously unknown step-father that is flat broke. These children fall right into your heart as you learn more about them and their sad circumstances. This is a book that speaks about loneliness after a loss, having to learn to trust others again, holding firm to your faith, hard working principles, and understanding what constitutes a family. This book also involves a character facing a disability that demonstrates perseverance and motivation to move forward with living. I think readers looking for something more than a simple romance, will enjoy this multifaceted storyline.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Sweet Story
    August 22, 2017
    Kate
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Maggie Brendan's latest release, Trusting Grace, book 3 in her Virtues and Vices of the Old West series, is an easy read with a gentle romance. Featuring the story of Grace and Robert, along with an array of delightful side characters, readers will enjoy this escape into the Gallatin Valley of the 1860's.

    There is no need to read the first two books in Brendan's series to begin this one. Readers can jump right in and enjoy this sweet story of two individuals who find each other amid life's unpredictable twists and turns. Brendan creates a story not too high on drama, but still engaging for its lovable characters. While not a breathtaking thriller, I delighted in the softness of the story and the clean,uplifting time spend turning page after page.

    I do enjoy Brendan's story telling and feel other fans of historical fiction will as well. This book is an uplifting read that will provide an engaging escape with its page.

    I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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