Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Threads of Grace

Author: Kelly Long
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
February 2013
ISBN: 978-1595548726
Genre: Amish

Grace’s beauty almost cost her everything. This new start is all she has left.

When Grace Beiler was only a girl, she was married off to an older Amish man in order to save her family’s farm. Years later, she finds herself newly widowed and a mother to a young son. She has finally fled her sad past and plans to settle into a quiet life in Pennsylvania.

As soon as she arrives, she captures the attention of Seth Wyse, the most eligible bachelor in Pine Creek. Seth is candid about his feelings for her, and for her son Abel, but Grace is determined to protect her heart. Her determination falters when her brother-in-law reveals the troubling contents of her late husband’s will.

Seth offers Grace his hand in marriage, and thus a means of escape. But despite his having saved her from another loveless marriage, Grace is slow to trust her new husband. And as the months wear on, Seth wonders if he has made a mistake. But God is quietly at work in their hearts, and Seth and Grace soon discover that threads of grace bind them together in a tapestry rich in hope and love.

THREADS OF GRACE is part of the Patch of Heaven series by Ms. Long, but it easily stands alone. For readers who want to read books in order though, Sarah’s Garden and Lilly’s Wedding Quilt are the first two in the series. I love Ms. Long’s contemporary Amish novels and novellas (not so much the historical one) and this one was no exception.

Grace is suffering from marital abuse. Her husband has passed, but he’s emotionally and physically abused her so much, she’s broken. Seth is infatuated with the beautiful widow, and when he discovers her continued danger from her former husband’s brother, he’s quick to jump in to help. Maybe without thinking things through clearly, but Seth is impulsive. Such an awesome man. I fell right in love with him. 

Fans of Amish fiction won’t want to miss Ms. Long’s Patch of Heaven series, and particularly not THREADS OF GRACE. $15.99. 304 pages. 5 stars.

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