Grace Restored

Grace Restored

by Toni Shiloh

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Grace Restored by Toni Shiloh

Michelle Thomas has it all. Beautiful and successful, she's just opened her own law firm in Freedom Lake. What more could she want? When her old flame rolls back into Freedom Lake, she's intent on ignoring him. But how can she give the widower and his precious twin girls the cold shoulder?

Still reeling from the death of his wife, Guy Pierre returns to Freedom Lake to take over as town sheriff and raise his twin daughters. Alone. Yet, life keeps throwing Michelle in his path and sparks of interest began to rise.

Will old secrets tear them apart again or can they find the faith to let God's grace restore what has been broken?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158983863
Publisher: Toni Shiloh
Publication date: 03/20/2018
Series: Freedom Lake , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 599,103
File size: 745 KB

About the Author

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and president of the Virginia Chapter.

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Grace Restored 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
boobookw More than 1 year ago
She is a new author to me and I was thrilled to find someone new I loved reading. Exactly what I want in a Christian Romance. Ms. Shiloh balances the roughness and difficulty of life with God's power to work among us so beautifully. The romance was lovely as well.
boobookw More than 1 year ago
She is a new author to me and I was thrilled to find someone new I loved reading. Exactly what I want in a Christian Romance. Ms. Shiloh balances the roughness and difficulty of life with God's power to work among us so beautifully. The romance was lovely as well.
PianoLady831 More than 1 year ago
If I had to encapsulate the message of Grace Restored in one word, it would be what is to me the most beautiful word in the English language, and that is grace. Toni Shiloh is an excellent writer who has the ability to weave together an entertaining storyline with character depth and spiritual gems that will long stay with the reader. There will be no doubt that you are reading Christian fiction. In a way, Shiloh’s writing reminds me somewhat of Grace Livingston Hill’s style, one that blends sweet romance with a clear gospel message. Michelle and Guy are so easy to connect with because they are flawed, making poor choices that impact their lives just like the rest of us. This story can stand alone, but the Freedom Lake series (even the title has spiritual overtones) revolves around a group of friends who have depth and you just want to keep coming back to them. Some have remained committed to Christ through the years, others have stumbled, questioned, drifted away, and are beginning to seek again. At the heart is the group’s Bible study where they discuss topics like grace, using your pain to help others, and the truth that sets us free. What I like so much is that the focus isn’t merely on where life and faith intersect, but how faith becomes a part of our daily walk. And on a personal note, I have to admit that Grace Restored made me reflect on how I might judge certain sins as a group, rather than looking at the individual’s situation. There’s good romantic chemistry between Michelle and Guy, and part of Jo and Evan’s story is continued as well. I look forward to much more from these characters in the future, especially Chloe. I’ll end with this beautiful quote from Michelle … “The idea of being forgiven for every wrong I’ve ever committed is like a glass of water in the middle of the desert. I’m desperate enough to drink.” Highly recommended. I received a copy of this book through Singing Librarian Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Grace Restored takes us back to Freedom Lake & the circle of friends we first met in Returning Home. While we certainly get lots of page time with Jo, Evan, Chloe, and Darryl the focus of this second book is Michelle and Guy. And boy do they have a story to tell! I was very curious about their story because, of the six friends, Michelle has been the most closed-off toward a relationship with God (although that’s a toss up with Guy) & Guy has the most emotional story. Or so I thought. As Grace Restored progresses, we get more insight into each of these character dimensions and put together details which reveal a powerful & moving layer I wasn’t expecting. We see real people struggling with real questions, wrestling with honest faith, affected by the consequences of sin and the pain of a broken world. Yet at the same time, Shiloh meets their brokenness with the One who brings restoration, grace and healing. Despite the heavy topics that Shiloh addresses in Grace Restored, it’s not what I would consider a heavy story. She knows exactly when a lighter scene is needed, when Guy’s precocious little girls need to have a ‘tea pawty’, when the reader’s heart needs to be lifted. But in doing so, she also doesn’t take away from the poignancy of the restoration that is taking place in her characters’ lives. Shiloh stays sensitive to that balance throughout the story, leaving you examining your own heart in the weightier scenes even as you are warmed by the lighter moments. Bottom Line: Toni Shiloh writes with grace and heart, and it’s perhaps never clearer than in Grace Restored. Her characters are allowed to ask tough questions and hear some tough answers – answers which are, however, wrapped in grace and mercy. The weekly Bible studies and natural conversations between the circle of friends lead to organic faith discussions, and the personal pain experienced by the characters leaves room for Jesus to bring healing to the readers as well. If you are seeking diverse characters who go through real-life struggles and ask honest faith questions, then you need to be reading Toni Shiloh’s books! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
SBMC More than 1 year ago
What an incredible and heartbreaking story of grace and forgiveness. Toni Shiloh once again delivers a touching and well-written tale of two broken people, separated by time and space and memories, coming together again to find healing in God's restoring Grace and Forgiveness. This book is book #2 of the series but can definitely be read as a stand-alone. If you did read the first book in the series, you'll definitely appreciate Evan and Jo returning to the storyline as they seek to help the hurting and become the bearers of light in the midst of their friends' darkness. Anyone who enjoys heart-stirring and uplifting contemporary romance will love this book. Michelle is an accomplished lawyer who has a lot of bitterness, resentment, guilt, and pain from her past. She runs away from God because of her past and has a difficult time accepting grace and forgiveness. Guy is the town's sheriff who recently returned to Freedom Lake with his twin girls after becoming widowed. He, too, suffers from bitterness, resentment, guilt, and pain of his past and needs help climbing out from the dark hole in which he has placed himself. Enter God's redeeming, unending, relentless Love and Grace (and a few friends who point the way) and they both find themselves walking down that path to finding freedom, though that path is strewn with heartaches and doubts. The characters are real, the dialogue is fresh and honest, the plot is well-crafted, and the story is absolutely engaging. I'm thinking book 3 will be about the third friend Chloe and Darryl. I can't wait to get my hands on that story! I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher via Singing Librarian Books Tour. I was not required to write a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
vics49548 More than 1 year ago
I have come to enjoy books by author Toni Shiloh, and this one doesn’t disappoint! I would love to visit Freedom Lake someday, if only it were possible. It sounds beautiful, and the people are warm and friendly. The characters in Grace Restored dealt with some heavy things. Death of a spouse. Being a single parent. And one surprising secret that I won’t reveal, but in the “real” world can be devastating! So raw and honest in the way it was handled, and so beautiful in the way grace was indeed restored. Through it all we see freedom when God is allowed to heal hearts and lives. If you enjoy contemporary Christian fiction that deals with real life in a very real way you’ll enjoy Grace Restored. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Loss, illness, circumstances. Life is messy. Grieving, doubting, hating. Humans are flawed. Authenticity. God’s grace covers it all. Redemption, restoration, promise, and hope. Emotions put my reader heart through the wringer as I revisited this group of friends I’ve grown so fond of since Returning Home. The folks of Freedom Lake do NOT have it all together (not even close) but honestly, that’s a big reason I appreciate them so much. I’ll say it again, “authenticity.” Life knocks them down yet they continue seeking, learning, and growing together. This group of friends is tried and true and the way they do life together is inspiring. Shiloh dives into the Word, offering truth and encouragement straight from the Source, without coming across as preachy or sugar coated. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
MFurumasu More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic story by Toni Shiloh. This is the second book in the Freedom Lake series. It was fun to read Michelle and Guy's story. They each had so many issues they were both working through. I loved how the author covered sensitive issues with tenderness and God's love. She brought in colorful word pictures and deep emotions. There was a quote in the book which grabbed me; "Think of it like a swimmer going against the current. He will exhaust himself. All his efforts are futile. But when he goes with the current, he gains more speed and covers more space than he ever imagined. " This is talking about letting God lead and not fighting it. I truly loved all the drama, humor and romance. Guy's two twin girls were so entertaining. I enjoyed the way they talked and their personalities. I also enjoyed reading about some of her past characters and all the interaction between them. I can't wait to read the next book in this series. I highly recommend reading this series and getting to know Jo, Evan, Michelle, Guy and soon Chloe, and Darryl's story. So Good!
MelissaGH More than 1 year ago
Author Toni Shiloh continues to write heartfelt, loving stories showing how relying on God and His love can lead us through any situation. This story takes the reader into the lives of everyday people dealing with emotions and decisions. Excellent story.
CordiallyBarbara More than 1 year ago
On a scale of cotton candy to Brussels sprouts, Grace Restored by Toni Shiloh is a filled pastry. Savory or sweet, the only way to sometimes know what's on the inside is to take a bite. Try not to allow your expectation to influence your taste buds. Michelle has created her perfect life, but then her high school boyfriend returns to town as a widower with adorable twin daughters. This was not part of the plan. In a small town like Freedom Lake, Michelle can't spend her life avoiding him. When their relationship rekindles, can it stand the test of old secrets? Grace Restored is book 2 of a series, but it could easily be a standalone novel. Toni Shiloh impressed me with the depth she brought to her characters. Sometimes Christian novels can ignore hard problems, but Toni Shiloh visited some challenging moments and the daily consequences. Although the story mostly focused on Michelle, I enjoyed the Bible study friend group with their own character growth and life changing moments. Toni Shiloh's characters lifted each other up with God's truth, which kept faith as an important component to the story and not just a side note. If you enjoy modern day fiction with a Christian worldview, Grace Restored by Toni Shiloh is for you.
Bookworm1135 More than 1 year ago
I just recently discovered Toni Shiloh’s books and I am so glad I did. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Returning Home, and was excited to visit Freedom Lake again and explore some of the previous secondary characters. While this can easily be read as a stand-alone, I would highly recommend reading them in order as the stories do build on one another. I loved revisiting Freedom Lake and actually loved this book even more than the first one. Guy and Michelle were a great couple and I loved seeing their interactions with one another. And I absolutely adored Guy’s twin daughters! They were a fun, sweet addition to the story. However, my favorite thing about Toni Shiloh’s writing is her ability to craft an excellent story centered on faith without coming across as preachy. Her characters are raw and real as they struggle through the hardships of life, whether it’s the brokenness of grief or a painful past. The message of God’s love and grace shines through on every page of this story, showing that God can restore anything, no matter how broken it might be.
Bookworm1135 More than 1 year ago
I just recently discovered Toni Shiloh’s books and I am so glad I did. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Returning Home, and was excited to visit Freedom Lake again and explore some of the previous secondary characters. While this can easily be read as a stand-alone, I would highly recommend reading them in order as the stories do build on one another. I loved revisiting Freedom Lake and actually loved this book even more than the first one. Guy and Michelle were a great couple and I loved seeing their interactions with one another. And I absolutely adored Guy’s twin daughters! They were a fun, sweet addition to the story. However, my favorite thing about Toni Shiloh’s writing is her ability to craft an excellent story centered on faith without coming across as preachy. Her characters are raw and real as they struggle through the hardships of life, whether it’s the brokenness of grief or a painful past. The message of God’s love and grace shines through on every page of this story, showing that God can restore anything, no matter how broken it might be.
RachsRamblings More than 1 year ago
A thoroughly enjoyeable read that I hope to purchase in PB. It was wonderful to be reacquainted with the characters in the first book of the series. This book dealt with truly deep subjects so well. I love that this authors book have such a deep faith, forgiveness, and love theme. Real life issues are handled so well. It shows the broken hearts that God’s love heals. It shows struggling Christians ( aren’t we all) try hard to help those people in their life with the message of Christ’s forgiveness. I truly enjoyed this story of deep, personal grief that God alone can heal. I received this book from the author. All opinions are my own.
TrishRobertson More than 1 year ago
I loved reading the first book in the Freedom Lake series and I was super excited to be able to read this second story. It was like visiting old friends. While you could read this book as a stand-alone, you would miss out on the background information of secondary characters not to mention another fantastic story! Grace Restored is a beautiful story! The writing style is engaging and captivating. The characters are realistic and I felt mesmerized and charmed by their story, yet humbled by their candid honesty. With a touch of drama, a splash of romance, and at its core the all-encompassing love of our Savior. You won’t want to put this story down! Raw and honest this story challenged me to take a hard look at myself. It’s easy to put up the facade of “everything is okay”, while we hold on tightly to our secrets. But what a privilege we have as children of God to be able, to be honest, and share our burdens with one another and with our Savior. At its core, this story is a gentle reminder that we are all sinners, and we all need God’s grace. I give this fabulous story 5 enthusiastic stars! Run, don’t walk to your nearest bookstore (or online bookseller) to purchase a copy of this book for yourself! (I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
Phyllis_H More than 1 year ago
My review is 4.5 Stars It’s interesting that I read a book a month ago with this same sensitive topic and it turned my stomach and I disliked the story, yet in Grace Restored, author Toni Shiloh handles the subject with grace and sensitivity. (I won’t say what that subject is, so I don’t give any spoilers.) While this is just the second book I’ve read by this author, I can see her love for the Lord and for sharing spiritual truths come through in her stories. She seasons her stories with Scriptural promises in a way that is very natural and not forced and helps her readers to work through similar issues as her characters. In the first book of this series, Returning Home, the Michelle and Guy are introduced. Michelle appears to have her act together, though, in Grace Restored, we learn her deep secret and hurts. Her journey is one where she needs to learn about God’s grace and forgiveness, to share her burdens with her friends, and to forgive herself. Guy carries the burden of grief from losing his wife when she delivered their twins. He went from a man who loved the Lord to one who blamed God for taking her from him. He also needs to learn about God’s love and forgiveness. This is a beautiful story of redemption. As the second book of the series, this story is a continuation of the first, but it could stand alone. I suggest you read Returning Home first, to get the full blessing of these stories. This review was originally posted on AmongTheReads.net Visit the post for an interview with the author. I would like to thank Singing Librarian Book Tours for giving me this item. My opinion and review were not influenced by this gift.