Keys of Heaven (Healing Grace Series #2)

Keys of Heaven (Healing Grace Series #2)

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by Adina Senft
     
 

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Sarah Yoder is learning to help the people in her Amish community as a Dokterfraa, creating teas and tinctures from the herbs she grows. But her latest patient seems to have a problem that can't be resolved with Sarah's remedies-a woman who, in Sarah's mind, would flourish anywhere other than where she lives. Meanwhile, as Sarah's relatives attempt a little

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Sarah Yoder is learning to help the people in her Amish community as a Dokterfraa, creating teas and tinctures from the herbs she grows. But her latest patient seems to have a problem that can't be resolved with Sarah's remedies-a woman who, in Sarah's mind, would flourish anywhere other than where she lives. Meanwhile, as Sarah's relatives attempt a little matchmaking between her and a visiting Amish man, she struggles to let God show her His choice of partner and not allow her friendship with her neighbor, Henry Byler, to grow into anything more.

Henry has seen some success as a potter since a major store commissioned his work for their catalog. But the trouble is they want to market him as Amish. Though he was raised in the faith and lives in Amish country, Henry has never joined church and doesn't plan to. Which also means, despite the attraction between them, he must keep his distance from Sarah. But what will happen when Sarah and Henry are called upon to help a runaway whose Englisch family is blind to how lost their son has become? The plant Sarah calls Keys of Heaven can grow in impossible places, but it's hard for people to find their own place, which creates quite a temptation for Sarah to take matters into her own hands...

Editorial Reviews

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"Senft is a talented author and her research on various herbs is a welcome surprise to readers....This sweet romance has a believable storyline and a lot of heart."—RT Book Reviews on Herb of Grace"

[A] genuine must read for those who love Amish fiction. Readers will not be able to put this book down until finished, it is just that great and filled with rich characterization.... HERB OF GRACE is a five star recommended book."—AmishReader.blogspot.com on Herb of Grace"

With a complex mix of both younger and older characters and a complex story line, this book is truly a success."—Brodart Books & Library Services on Herb of Grace"

I do declare that Adina has saved the best story for last. I loved this book! Saying that it is a heartfelt story just doesn't seem like it does the book justice."—Destination Amish on The Tempted Soul"

With this quaint, gentle read, Senft's promising series is off to a good start and will make a nice alternative for Jerry S. Eicher readers who want to try a new author."—Library Journal on The Wounded Heart"

This relatable story, which launches Senft's Amish Quilt series, shows that while waiting to see God's plan can be difficult, remembering to put Jesus first, others next and yourself last ("JOY") is necessary."—Romantic Times on The Wounded Heart"

Senft perfectly captures the Amish setting of the novel, causing me both to long for the simplicity and beauty of the Amish way, but also to ponder with puzzlement some of the decisions made by the Ordnung. Amelia is an endearing character, and there were a few laugh-out-loud moments for me that I wasn't even expecting. Although this is the first book I have read by the author, she has been added to my "must read" list. If you are a fan of Amish fiction, then plan on reading The Wounded Heart soon!"—Christian Fiction Addiction on The Wounded Heart"

I absolutely loved The Hidden Life! Nothing is as enjoyable as feeling the same way the characters do throughout the story and believing that you are mixed into the same world....The Hidden Life is full of conflict, romance, and drama! Overall I felt Adina captured the Amish way of life with fine detail. Be prepared to become an even bigger fan of Adina's after you read this book and you will be eagerly anticipating the next installment The Tempted Soul just like me!"
Destination Amish on The Hidden Life

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455548668
Publisher:
FaithWords
Publication date:
02/03/2015
Series:
Healing Grace Series , #2
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
109,321
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

After leaving the plain church in which she grew up, Adina Senft earned an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania. Between books, Adina enjoys playing the piano and Celtic harp, making historical costumes, and spoiling her flock of rescue chickens.

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Keys of Heaven (Healing Grace Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Barb00 More than 1 year ago
Keys of Heaven by Adina Senft is a good book. This is my first book to read by this author. The author is great with details and I found this book intriguing, but there were too many characters for me. BUT I probably should have read Book One first and maybe that would have helped me. Keep that in mind, I would recommend to read Book One before reading Book Two. These books are the Healing Grace series. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
TheAvidReader_KA More than 1 year ago
Keys of Heaven by Adina Senft (A Healing Grace Novel) is wonderful and heart-warming! It is the second book in the series (Herb of Grace is the first). Sarah Yoder is going well learning to be a Dokterfraa or herbal healer. She has been studying with Ruth Lehman from Whinburg as well as reading books on the subject. Sarah’s business is growing steadily. She does, though, miss her son, Simon. Simon went to Colorado to work. Simon wanted to travel and experience the world before deciding to join the Amish church. Sarah’s other son, Caleb is happy and working with neighbor, Henry Byler. Henry Byler is a potter and just received an important commission from D.W. Firth. Henry has been seeing Ginny Hockstetler who owns the Rose Arbor Inn. Henry’s first commission was making mugs for the inn. The Parker family is staying at the Rose Arbor Inn. Their oldest son, Justin starts following Priscilla Mast. Priscilla has made it clear that she is not interested, but she is having trouble shaking Justin. Their youngest son, Eric is interested in art. After having seen Henry’s sketchbook, he wants to visit Henry. Priscilla takes Eric over to Henry’s and Henry becomes an art teacher. There are some family members visiting the area and they brought Silas Lapp with them. Corinne Yoder, Sarah’s mother-in-law, tries to do a little matchmaking between Sarah and Silas. Sarah, though, is trying to set up Amanda Yoder (Sarah’s sister-in-law) with Silas. Will Amanda be able to overcome her shyness to talk with Silas? It is a busy time in the community and it will be interesting to see what will happen with Silas Lapp. I really enjoyed Keys to Heaven. I give Keys to Heaven 5 out of 5. Keys to Heaven is an engaging book that you will not want to put down. I read it straight through and am eagerly anticipating Balm of Gilead. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
Keys of Heaven: A Healing Grace Novel, By: Adina Senft A good read on a beautiful Sunday. A story that has lots of things going on. People that are interesting. Never a dull moment. I still consider Adina a new author to me. This is only the third book that I have read by her. I am looking forward to reading more books by Adina. Be sure to check out her website and Facebook pages.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
 Chamomile tea is one of my stress and anxiety relievers.   I enjoyed reading of Sarah and the herbal teas and tinctures she creates to help the Amish community and her own family.  I learned a great deal about some new natural remedies that I did not know about previously.  As a retired teacher and lover of crafts and arts, I read with interest as the young English teenager, Eric, explored his desire to create pottery with Henry, who is formerly Amish and does not intend to return to the Amish faith.         There were a great many relationships and storylines going on in this book and a few times, I had to backtrack and reread portions of the book to figure out who was being featured at a given time.  Within these relationships, there were many romances and conflicts occurring and it kept me hopping to keep up.   I really enjoyed the book though and appreciate the number of lessons learned by several of the characters.   There were several lessons of faith learned as characters experienced turmoils and trials of life.            I rate this book 4 stars and highly recommend it to readers.   I think this book would also be of particular interest to teenagers, even preteens would find it enjoyable.          I received a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
I've heard it said, that most people will grow if they are cultivated in a place where love, security and faith abounds. But what some might believe is that people can also grow among the rocks and places where soil is so thin, you would think they simply won't last long. Keys of Heaven by author Adina Senft, the second novel in the Healing Grace Series, explores that theme in a variety of situations involving both Amish and English living together in a small Amish Community. Sarah Yoder is exploring her knowledge as an herbalist in finding cures where God's plants and weeds grow, turning them into useful lotions, remedies, teas and tinctures for whatever ails the person she is giving it to. Sarah is coming to terms with her brother and son leaving to join a cattle ranch while saying they were exploring their options. It has lead to a division not only in the community but in the family as well. She is praying that they will return soon and until that time will continue to resume training in helping her own people with natural cures. Henry Byler has landed one of the biggest contracts he ever hoped for as a small time potter. They want to carry his line of bowls and pottery both in their New York stores and also online as well. The one thing Henry didn't consider was they were marketing this product as Amish made but Henry may have grown up Amish but he had made a decision to not follow in their footsteps nor does he want to join the church. That has put him at odds with some in his community and none more so than Sarah whose property adjoins Henry's. When a wealthy family vacation at the Rose Arbor Inn, things are about to get interesting, from the oldest son, showing an interest in an Amish girl who works there as a maid, to the youngest one who has artistic passions he can't share with his family but finds hope in confiding in Henry. He dreams of one day being a great artist like Henry but hides all his passions from his parents. He believes Eric has the talent and only needs someone could encourage him. Is Henry the right person for the job? I received Keys of Heaven of Adina Senft compliments of Faith Words, a division of Hachette Book Groups for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions contained here are strictly my own. This is such a beautiful blending of two very different cultures, the Amish and English as they try to find ways to settle any differences that come between them. It shows how we can often jump to conclusions that we might think are best for someone when in the end, we are simply overstepping God's plan for someone instead. It shows what the reward is for honest, hard work, and faith in small things and I can't wait to read the third novel coming out Balm of Gilead in the summer of 2015. A sneak peek of Balm of Gilead is included at the conclusion as well as a Reading Group Guide. I love how Sarah finds healing in what is growing around the land and I've loved learning about natural remedies through this series. It is well worth 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Keys of Heaven is part of the Healing Grace series, and although you should read the others, which are equally enjoyable, you can read this one alone. I felt right after I turned the first page that I was walking into an Amish Soap Opera, I could see it playing out before me. I loved how families rallied around those in need, and how Sarah is now learning to make a living using what God has provided. She is a Dokterfraa in training using the plants that mostly grow wild for the taking. Made me think that this is where we all need to be heading, and have actually used the elderberry berries to make cough syrup. We also have a bit of Amish matchmaking, and there are some repercussions that happen here, one going one way, while the other is heading in another direction. Signals sure get crossed, and yet maybe not. Sarah is also guilty of being judgmental, and we all are guilty of this, hers tends a bit more toward meddling. Will she end up doing more damage that good? Will she be able to find forgiveness, and most important forgive herself. We also have a side story of an angry teen that defies his parents and ends up in the middle of the Amish. Will he end up learning from this experience, or will his parents punish him? What about Sarah and Henry, or Henry and Ginny? I can’t wait for another book in this series, and I hope for more answers. Enjoy! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Faithworks, and was not required to give a positive review.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Friday, February 6, 2015 Keys of Heaven by Adina Senft, © 2015 A Healing Grace Novel, Book 2 Red valerian, sometimes called "keys of heaven" or "Jupiter's beard," often grows in rocky places where other plants don't flourish, such as in stone walls or against fences. But adverse conditions can produce a beautiful plant, brightening hard places with its sprays of red flowers. There are people like this, too. They grow in hard places where others wouldn't flourish--staying where God has put them, even if they might not have chosen to grow there. But they stay because they're needed, because their spirit transforms the hard place and makes it beautiful... --author Adina Senft I liked this story of sharing what we know. A simple solution to us, is an aid to another. Sarah Yoder, continuing from book 1 in A Healing Grace series, Herb of Grace, is beginning to take patients by word of mouth to share her knowledge of healing plants she cultivates. When is it appropriate to pass on information in another's life when the whole story is not known, nor appreciated by the receiver? Sarah finds that it seems simpler to be on the outside looking in than it is to experience it herself. As it is a three-part story, the community and characters expand from their previous days. Growth is seen; beneficial to all? Author Adina Senft is very expressive in her descriptions and draws us near to the thoughts and feelings of the characters you might meet in daily life. An excerpt intro to book 3 in the series, Balm of Gilead, is placed in the back, along with a reading group guide for Keys of Heaven and a glossary of words used. ***Thank you to Hachette Book Group Faith Words for sending me a copy of Keys of Heaven for review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the humanity, spirituality and herbology of this second installment in the "herb" trilogy. Looking foreward to the third. Loce her books!