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An Uncommon Grace: A Novel

An Uncommon Grace: A Novel

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by Serena B. Miller

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Grace Connor, a military nurse formerly stationed in Afghanistan, hopes that moving to a farm in rural Ohio will help her recover from the ravages of war.

Levi Troyer finds his pacifist beliefs challenged when he discovers his stepfather has been killed and his mother wounded by an unknown intruder. Levi and Grace are thrown together when she comes to his

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An Uncommon Grace 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Starryblue More than 1 year ago
Whenever I read Amish books I know that I will learn something new. One of the appeals to this genre of books is that I discover more information about the Amish culture. Overall, I find myself fascinated with each Amish subgroup. I was deeply impressed with the authors ability to create a vivid picture of the daily Amish life. It was quite amazing to learn about the modern perception of a military nurse. The additional affects of presenting Grace Connor with the suffering of Post-traumatic stress disorder definitely added a realistic view to the character. Also, I enjoyed that the story centered around the many changes Grace had to encounter and make. Mainly with the novel of An Uncommon Grace I was able to learn about the Swartzentruber beliefs and lifestyle. Indeed, I discovered that there way of living is more strict than other Amish people. I grew to love the characters of Grace and Levi. From the beginning I knew that these characters were going to be lovable characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved every word of it! Surprises throughout, loved the characters. Will look for more from this writer. Review by CherishD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the third book from Serena Miller that I have read. Wonderful story ... wonderful story teller. Hooks you in from the first page.
PugAC More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book. Gives a lot of insite into the Amish beliefs. Also shows the extent of trama for our troops serving overseas. Had a hard time putting this book down. Look forward to more books by Ms. Miller
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EraCG More than 1 year ago
This is my first Serena B. Miller Amish book and with Swartzentrubers Amish characters . She is an excellent story teller. This is a wonderful story!.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful read. Written by gifted author Serena B. Miller, her books captivate you so it's difficult to put it down. Easy reading that flows. The characters come alive on the pages before you allowing you to become lost in the story. I can't wait for her next book to be released.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very believable characters, an excellent plot development, and a strong attraction between a man and woman of two different cultures makes for an excellent read. This book will be one of my all-time favorites. I am buying copies of this book for a couple of friends that also like books of this genre.
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Very good book, storyline, and characters. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. The writing was excellent and much on different types of Amish life and history.
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MaureenST More than 1 year ago
What a really great informative story. We begin in Afghanistan with Grace Connor, a Nurse Practitioner, and was beginning to wonder what the Military had to do with an Amish Story. She has to return home when her Grandmother has a heart attack, and help Becky, her High School, Sister. She no sooner returns when the neighbors, members of the Swartzentruber Amish, have been shot. She goes to give help, but the father is already gone, and the Mom has been hit and is in labor. What a sad and hard turn of events for the Troyer family. Levi who is the oldest son, becomes infatuated with Grace, and she likewise. A relationship that is doomed! This sect of Amish is so strict that that Claire is forbidden to have a relationship with her sister Rose, who has joined the Old Order Amish. You will be amazed at the facts we think we know about the Amish, but are so differed with the Swartzentrubers. I Loved how God's hand is in the lives of these people, his Children. How the "Light" comes on! Don't miss this different and riveting story! Excellent!! I received this book from the Publisher Simon and Schuster, Inc., and was not required to give a positive review.
kittycrochettwo More than 1 year ago
Grace Connor, a military nurse is debating whether to reenlist for another tour of duty when she gets an email from her seventeen year old sister Becky stating that she needs help with their grandmother Elizabeth back home in Ohio. Grace returns to her grandmothers farm, but finds that adjusting to regular life isn't so easy, but hopes a slower way of life will help. When their next door neighbor(who happens to be Amish) Levi Troyer shows up on their doorstep stating that there has been a shooting at his house Grace rushes to help, and while Levi's stepdad is dead, Grace is able to help save the life of Levi's mother an her unborn child. Levi and his family belong to the Swartzentruber sect one of the strictest there is, and Levi wonders about some of the rules his bishop dictates. A strong attraction to Grace has him evaluating his life even more but he knows if he follows his heart he will not only be lost to his family but will be destined for hell. Meanwhile Grace feels a deep attraction for Levi but knows it can never be. How can she continue to live on her grandmother's farm with him so close by? Will Grace and Levi follow their hearts or fight the attraction between them? I can easily say this is one of the best Amish fiction novels I have ever read. Sure there is a bit of romance, but there is so many more layers to this story. First of all you have a shooting and murder take place within the first pages of the story. Second we get a very realistic look at the Swartzentruber way of life. Normally when I read an Amish novel the lifestyle is portrayed so idealistically that you feel as if they never have any problems, the lifestyle seems almost perfect. Not so with this story instead the author gives us an honest look at the harsh way of life this Amish Order lives. For most of the story my heart ached for Levi, I felt so sorry for him. The plot in this story moved along at a very brisk pace with plenty going on. There was a bit of mystery woven together with a bit of suspense to round out the story quite well.The author provided a few plot twists that made for a great ending. I for one couldn't put this story down, and because of this story found myself researching the Swartzentruber Amish. Overall a great Amish fiction story that wasn't your typical Amish fiction fare at all. I found the faith based messages woven into the story to be done very well, and actually loved the way that the author allowed Levi to describe his love for Grace, it was just wonderful! On a scale of one to five i would give this book a six because it's just that good! I would say if your tired of reading the same old stories in Amish fiction then your going to want to read this one because the author provides a fresh, realistic perspective on the Amish storyline! A complimentary e-copy of this book was provided by Netgalley for review purposes.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
An exceptional Amish book with a wonderful twist! Grace Conner is serving as a nurse practitioner in Afghanistan as the war around her rages on. Struggling to determine whether or not she should reenlist again for two years, she prays to God to give her a definitive sign one way or another. Upon opening her email, she sees an email message telling her that she is needed to come home and that her grandmother Elizabeth has had a heart attack. Taking this as a definitive sign from God, she returns home to help her grandmother heal. Levi Troyer was heading home from selling his baskets early one morning and was surprised to see that his house was unusually quiet for this time of day. When he called out and got no answer, and seeing laundry still sitting on the back porch and spilled water, he knew something was wrong. When he rushed to the porch, the pile of laundry was his step father who lay in a puddle of blood and was dead. Hurrying inside, he finds his mother, 8 months pregnant, shot but still alive. If only his family had a phone nearby, but since his family is part of the Swartzentruber Amish, they aren't allowed. He grabs his horse and heads to his neighbors house and prays that the woman named Grace is at home. When she opens the door, Levi tells her what has happened and she immediately grabs her medical bag and drives over to his home. Barely alive, she calls for an ambulance and cares for his mother Claire until help arrives. Had it not been for Grace's quick thinking, his mother would have died along with his stepfather. Now it's up to Levi to care for his brothers and sister, while his mother and baby fight for their lives. In the latest novel by Serena B. Miller, An Uncommon Grace, immerses the readers into the lives of a different order of Amish believers, the Swartzentruber, who are very strict in their lifestyles, besides no phone shanty's, no indoor plumbing, they aren't even allowed the safety features of a simple reflective triangle to attach to their buggy's so they can be seen by English drivers at night. This is a wonderful story that Serena draws her readers into from the first page. Not only is there a murder to be solved but also learning how an English woman and an Amish man can learn to be friends at least while romantic feelings slowly begin to develop. You can't help but love the characters of Grace and Levi but also the setting of the story is so vivid in rich detail, as you read this, you can imagine the warmth of the hay in the sun, the rich deep smell of the earth as they garden and even the beauty of the afternoon thunderstorm. I received this book compliments of Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster for my honest review and LOVED it. I rate this novel a perfect 5 out of 5 stars and now I sit on pins and needles waiting for the next book to come out by Serena that will once more captivate the readers so much that they will not be able to put it down until they turn that final page.