Grace (Sisters of the Heart Series #4)

Grace (Sisters of the Heart Series #4)

by Shelley Shepard Gray

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Overview

A Christmas Sisters of the Heart novel, Grace by Shelly Shepard Gray brings back the beloved characters from her popular series of inspirational novels set in a tightly knit Amish community. A touching, provocative, and uplifting tale in the bestselling vein of Beverly Lewis, Wanda Brunstetter, and Cindy Woodsmall, Grace is Christian fiction at its very finest—a heartwarming examination of selfless giving and the true meaning of Christmas from the acclaimed author of  the Seasons of Sugarcreek  series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061990960
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/26/2010
Series: Sisters of the Heart Series , #4
Edition description: Original
Pages: 289
Sales rank: 226,605
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

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Grace (Sisters of the Heart Series #4) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
CFPagels More than 1 year ago
I was a little disconcerted by the back and forth story telling between a contemporary romance between two "Englishers" and then back to another romance between Amish. That was a little odd but it was really needed for the story line. I think this is first book by Shelley Shepard Gray that I've read but it won't be the last. A fairly "clean" and uncluttered writer's voice with a  simple sweetness to the story. Nice family story, too. Great job interweaving the three subplots. Great resolution to the story with terrific HEAs!!! 
delphimo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am enjoying learning about Amish life and their interaction with other people and with God. In this story, a bitter widower goes to Ohio to an Amish bread and breakfast inn. A young, raped, and very pregnant Amish woman goes to the same inn for the Christmas week. The story unfolds in a tale that life carries bitterness, caution, and jealousy. Many times, the Amish are labeled as "Plain", which in this story translates to a belief in a simple life based on the Bible. The story also exposes the criticism of the Amish amongst themselves. Grace stands as a big word in the Amish vocabulary. Without God's grace, people become like driftwood with no anchor. Characters and setting are simplistic, but the message of hope, understanding, and love shine throughout the story.
wearylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Once again Shelley Shepard Gray as written a novel that touches the heart. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys the Christmas season, especially those that feel alone during this hectic time. Gray shows us that we are alone only if we wish to be alone.The Brenneman Bead & Breakfast brings two lost souls together as Melody and Levi learn to love, trust, and forgive themselves. It's an amazing feel good story that is perfect for the Christmas season.
mrsjason on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's always exciting when an author goes back to one of her old series and writes a new book to update you on what's been going on with the characters. It always fees like you get another glimpse into their lives, sort of like peeking in just to say a quick hello. I was delighted to return to Shelley Shepard Gray's first Amish series as I have grown to love her characters and her writing.One thing I really liked about this book is how normal Katie acts throughout the series. I'm so tired of other Amish books portraying their characters as near perfect people simply because they don't live a modern lifestyle. I could totally understand why Katie would be frustrated with having extra guests in the house. I mean if you had planned an occasion for months and then literally a day before find out that it's going to be ruined, wouldn't you be at least the tiniest bit frustrated? Therefore seeing her getting angry, annoyed and then mouthing off at the new guests was very realistic and much appreciated from this reader.Another thing that interested me about the story was the topic of rape. I've read another Amish book where I was very distraught at how the Amish acted towards a woman that was raped. It made me feel very uncomfortable and upset while reading. However in this book, while what I may not have done exactly what the characters did, I did feel as if the topic is more better handled and then gives off a better outcome. Also a bit minor but still interesting is that Anna still acts sometimes like someone from the outside world even though she's become Amish. Like someone who immigrates from one country to another, you're still going to always have that part of you exist so it was nice to see that part of her hasn't gone away.While I enjoyed this book, I felt that this one was not up to Gray's other Amish reads. Normally I absolutely adore her books but this one just felt a little flat. The biggest flaw to me was the storyline that included Leah and Zack. While eventually Zack's character becomes important to the main story, I just felt like they were throwaway characters. Their romance comes out of nowhere and goes WAY too fast in my opinion. This is especially evident in comparison to Melody and Levi who, while meeting around the same time as the first pair, take their time to develop any future relationship.Overall, I did enjoy the story though. Gray's books are always refreshing to me as they explore the personal side of the Amish and treats them as normal folks as opposed to showing how they stand out simply because they are Amish. It's a good holiday read as well as a nice return to the characters from the Sisters of the Heart series. Even if there are no more books in the future featuring them, it's good to know that they are living well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love every book you write Shelley...Keep them coming!! ?
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I truly like this series, and the author. I have bought read the other three books in the series and enjoyed them. I decided against buying this one. I will get it from the library. While sure it will be enjoyable, I cannot justify the cost for a book I will only read once.
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Its ok
calieCL More than 1 year ago
It kept me interested from the very beginning! Good story line and characters.
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ENJOYED READING THIS AND YOU WILL TOO IF LIKE LOVE STORIES
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read of all of the books that this author has put out and I have enjoyed all of them. Grace was another success!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, along with the other 3 books. Shelley really made me feel like I really wanted to get to know the characters. I just couldn't put the book down. I didn't want the series to end. I still want to know what happens to the family. It was nice to read about a family that cares for one another and others. Don't have enough of that in the world today.
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This book is honestly my favorite book ever. I bought it on a whim, and it was amazing! The characters are so real and relatable, the story line is clever and exciting, and the total ambiance of it makes you feel as if you're in that small little world. A must read, a must have!
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