Sunday, March 3, 2013

Threads of Grace by Kelly Long ~ review

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595548726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595548726

This book is also available as an e-book.

February 12, 2013 A Patch of Heaven Novel (Book 3)
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.

My take on this book;
To say that I have been anticipating this book is an understatement. I have been anxious to read Seth Wyse and Grace Beiler's story ever since I read "Lily's Wedding Quilt" and met Seth's brother Jacob. While I enjoyed this story, I still think my favorite story in this series has to be Jacob and Lily's story, but Seth and Grace also gave me a nice love story that was totally unique in several aspects.

Grace Beiler moved to Pine Creek with her young son Abel, after the death of her husband Silas. The reason she married Silas was unique in itself for an Amish story, but his treatment of Grace broke my heart.Grace has noticed her next door neighbor Seth Wyse, but she is older and her heart is so badly damaged she is sure she will never love again. When she has an accident while gardening, Seth starts coming over to help out. Out of the blue Tobias Beiler, Silas' brother shows up with startling news that could change her life yet again, if she fails to marry within six months of her husbands death. Seth overhears the conversation between Tobias and Grace and steps in offering to marry her. The only thing Grace can do is accept. How can a marriage between the two work out when Grace's heart and trust might be damaged beyond repair. Does Seth have what it takes to help heal Grace's broken heart and spirit?

I really liked this story, and thought the author handled the tough issue of spousal abuse among the Amish in a good way. She also handles the subject of Autism in such a way that I actually learned a bit while reading the story. I also enjoyed the fact that she allowed us to get glimpses of Jacob and Lily from the previous book in the series. The thing that sort of fell flat for me was the story line with Tobias, I kept thinking it might turn into something more. There was also the appearance of Grace's sister  Violet, that has me hoping that we might get her story in the next book in this series. Overall, I did enjoy this story, and will certainly read the next book in the series. On an aside I did find one mistake in the story which bugged me. Perhaps it might be because I read the e-book version. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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