Grace's Forgiveness

Grace's Forgiveness

by Molly Jebber

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Grace's Forgiveness by Molly Jebber

A handsome newcomer with secrets shows a yearning Amish woman a chance at happiness—but their love will need all their courage to keep . . .

Grace Blauch is skilled at midwifery—and crafting quilts that help others pass on messages of enduring family love. But a disfiguring birthmark keeps the young Amish woman from a husband and home of her own—until Mark King arrives from another community. His helpfulness and independent nature earn Grace’s respect. And he finds her outspoken ways and determination to do right irresistibly appealing. Soon Grace is planning a wedding quilt of her very own . . . until her father discovers that Mark’s shunned brother is hiding somewhere in town . . .

Grace can well understand why Mark took such a risk once she hears his wrenching reasons. But she fears even prayer will not convince her father to restore his blessing on their union. She wills herself to face the end of her dreams, but sudden danger and an impossible act of generosity will show her that abiding hope can inspire the most precious of miracles . . .

"Endearing characters and a delightful story make this a keeper for fans of Amish romance." --Emma Miller on Change of Heart

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420137637
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 01/26/2016
Series: A Keepsake Pocket Quilt Novel Series , #2
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 499,749
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Molly Jebber enjoys writing stories about Amish history and their culture. She’s a Women’s Christian Connection motivational speaker and enjoys meeting new people. She was raised in a small town in the Midwest, and insists if you had blinked twice, you would've missed it. She loves God, her family and friends, sunshine, swimming and traveling to the Amish communities.  Creating historical Amish characters and throwing them into difficult situations and joyous times has been challenging and fun for her. The greatest reward she’s experienced in becoming an author is meeting wonderful people from all over the world who've been encouraging and supportive.

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Grace's Forgiveness 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
Grace is a "young" Amish girl, who practices midwifing and is part owner in an Amish goods shop in Berlin, Ohio. She has never found a man who is willing to look any further than the ugly birthmark on her face, or get to know her as a person. She fears she will spend her life in spinster, delivering everyone else's boppli, but never having her own. Her best friend has left the Amish and is now married to a doctor and practicing nursing. To make it even more difficult, she has been shunned and Grace must never speak of her. Mark,a new-to-town, single Amish fellow has just purchased the store next to hers. He is the only man who has noticed her beyond the mark on her face. He and Grace hit it off wonderfully, they have have so much in common including their loved ones who have been shunned. But he also has a secret that could come back to haunt him and ruin their relationship forever. After reading Molly Jebber's Christmas novella, I was so excited to get to read this book. I enjoyed the story line and the mystery involving an unknown person who was wandering around the town hiding in barns, and stealing things. I also enjoyed Mark and Grace's romance, although it seemed a bit rushed and pushy to me. Maybe that is how the Amish do relationships. Everyone was kind of pushing them together as soon as they met. I liked how Molly incorporated the aspect of faith, trusting God when things were not turning out quite like planned, and the importance of forgiveness, as well as, not jumping to conclusions on a matter. As always, the legalism of the Amish religion kind of gets to me, and I don't necessarily agree with their version of Christianity. But I do admire them for living a "separate" life from the world, as well as, their simple lifestyle. There were a few things in the book that seem a little out of sync to me and the prose did not flow well. In many places it seemed cut and dry. It did spur me however to look up information concerning Amish marriages, wagon trains, and Amish funerals. So this book even turned out to be educational for me. I also felt like the cover did not accurately portray the character. Grace has a birthmark on her left cheek, but the girl on the cover did not.I do not know if that was supposed to be representative of her for sure. Overall, in-spite of the flow I enjoyed the plot and the mysterious twist; as a seamstress, I enjoyed the quilts mentioned. The idea of a Keepsake Pocket Quilt was quite interesting and exciting. It would be fun to make one myself. My grandfather dealt in woodwork and often made little things such as described in the book, including a cedar chest for me when I was growing up. That brought back good memories. This book is part of a series and is book two. I have not read book one, but that did not affect the characters in book two. I do believe Molly has another book in the series coming the beginning of next year. I received this book from Celebrate Lit and the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
arkieclown More than 1 year ago
GRACE’S FORGIVENESS, by Molly Jebber is Book 2 in the Keepsake Pocket Quilt series. It can definitely be read as a standalone even though it’s part of a series. The story takes place in Berlin, Ohio in 1900. Grace Blauch is shy and very insecure due to a large red apple sized birthmark on her face that she is always aware of due mostly to the reaction of others to it. She’s co-owner with Sarah Helmuth iof the Grace & Sarah’s Dry Goods Shop where they specialize in homemade quality items like locally made Amish quilts. Grace is also a skillful and very sought after midwife. At the beginning of the story Grace and Sarah meet Mark King who has recently moved to town. He is opening a woodworking shop in the adjoining shop. Grace is taken with him instantly because he doesn’t shy away from her birthmark or act as if he’s offended by it. Grace is compassionate always putting others first, independent, and skilled in many aspects, but yet insecure thinking that no one could possibly look past her flawed features. It’s only through times of danger and persistence in true friendship and Mark wating to help her that she realizes that there might just be someone in the world for her – flaws and all. It’s true love that shows her that she isn’t flawed but that true beauty is the eyes of the beholder. Through this Amish story although it that takes place years ago, we get a glimpse at some of the true values and ideas of the Amish. The values of community, family and faith are very evident. We learn that for every action there is a reaction – some not always pleasant. However, through prayer and faith that all things can work their way through. This was the first book that I have read in this series. After reading this one, I know I will definitely be finding a way to read the others in the series. I want to know more about the people that lived during that era and in Berlin, Ohio in particular. I’d highly recommend this book to anyone that loves Amish stories, stories that may have their ups and down but show that faith can carry you through, for stories that show that you CAN have a clean romance novel or even for someone that wants just a great book to read.
Mar-J More than 1 year ago
I was drawn into the story of Grace from the beginning. Molly develops her characters well, and as a reader I felt connected to them throughout the book. Grace is a strong Amish lady with many good qualities but her birthmark created issues for some suitors. Then Mark King arrives in Berlin, OH and was drawn to Grace. Mark opens his furniture store next to the quilt shop where Grace worked. Grace is a captivated by Mark's work and vice versa. Grace's Forgiveness is packed with action, twists and turns with some unusual events in an Amish community. Will Grace and Mark be able to wed or will the unexpected visitor destroy their relationship? This story has an underlying theme of love, faith and forgiveness. I rated this book 5 stars and I'm looking forward to reading the next book, Two Suitors for Anna", in this series. I recommend this book to all readers who enjoy reading Amish genre. I received an ARC copy of Grace's Forgiveness from the author in exchange for my honest review.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Grace’s Forgiveness by Molly Jebber is the second book in Keepsake Pocket Quilt series. The novel is set in Berlin, Ohio in 1900. Grace Blauch was born with a red birthmark on her left cheek. Grace is a midwife and also runs Grace and Sarah’s Dry Good’s Shop with her best friend, Sarah Helmuth. Grace does not believe she will ever get married until she Mark King comes to town. Mark is new to the area (just bought a small farm) and is opening a store next to Grace and Sarah (wood furniture and toys). Slowly Mark wins Grace’s trust and love. But then Mark’s (shunned) brother, Abel King comes to town. It is hard to put the feelings for family ahead of the Ordung. When Grace’s father finds out that Mark broke the Ordung, he removes his blessing from their wedding. Will Grace and Mark ever be able to get married? Grace and Mark’s road to happiness will not be easy, but it will be full of love and life lessons. Grace’s Forgiveness is such a sweet book. It has a good moral and talks about love, faith, family, and community (and quilting). Grace’s Forgiveness is well-written and easy to read. I liked the characters and the setting (Berlin, Ohio). This is the second book I have read by Molly Jebber and I look forward to reading more of her novels. It is a simple story, but I liked the message contained within it. What you do in Mark’s situation? Could you ignore a family member in need (who arrives at your door)? I give Grace’s Forgiveness 4 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of Grace’s Forgiveness from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
readerscozycorner More than 1 year ago
Grace is considered a spinster almost, in the Amish community. She is a midwife and is co-owner of a store in the town of Berlin, Ohio. She has a very noticeable birthmark on her face that causes many people to act rudely toward her and is the reason she has not been married. Mark King is the "new guy" in town and has decided he will open a store next to Grace's. Mark is a good man who never notices Grace's birthmark and only sees her for who she is, not what she looks like. Most of this story is sweet and kind with a touch of mystery and suspense. The storyline is great. All of the characters are done well. Grace is so very sweet and kind even to those who are unkind to her because of the way she looks. Even though she gets discouraged sometimes, she always trusts the Lord to help her and comfort her. Mark was a great example of truly loving someone for who they are on the inside and not what they look like on the outside. I also enjoyed the character of Grace's Mamm. She was a very sweet lady who always tried to support Grace. Amish Christian fiction is one of my favorite genre's. I picked this book because I really enjoyed Molly's novella in a Christmas book that I reviewed last year. This book kind of surprised me in the fact that the writing was quite different than the novella I read. I very much enjoy the plot of this book and most of the characters, but the dialogue in the book is very choppy. I really wanted more in the conversations and interactions between the characters. That being said, this is a sweet story with a sweet ending and will leave you smiling and happy for the characters. If you are looking for a light read that makes you smile, this is for you. Thank you to Celebrate Lit, the publisher and Molly Jebber for the opportunity to review this book. A positive review was not required.'
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This has been one of my favorite books of 2016. I could not put this book down. It was so wonderful when Grace and Mark both meet. They were kindred spirits from the beginning. Mark did not mind the birthmark on her face. Most people could not get passed it. Grace had a friend leave the Amish after joining the church and so had Mark. Both had a hard time shunning their friend or family member. Can Grace's father understand how Grace and Mark feel about this and let them get married? This is a great book that makes you laugh, cry and think. I received this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion.
Penmouse More than 1 year ago
There is absolutely nothing terribly wrong about this book but this is not terribly right either. The writing is repetitious, the characterization sometimes seems forced and very obvious, and the plot is typical. This is the kind of book you slog through as you decided to read it. There was nothing I found that really wanted to make me stay up late and read it. I finished the book because I started it. It's that kind of book. Recommend with caveats given.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
Grace’s Forgiveness is Book Two in the Keepsake Pocket Quilt Series. It is about Grace Blauch, whom we met in Book One. She is a midwife and shopkeeper in Berlin, Ohio, at the turn of the century. A large birthmark on her face has until this point kept her from any viable marriage prospects. But then, Mark King, an eligible bachelor, moves to town from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Grace and Mark are immediately attracted to each other, and the story details their attraction and courtship, along with the challenges they face. Grace and Mark were both upstanding individuals and easy to like. They especially modeled respect for authority in their dealings with the bishop and Grace’s father. This was a pleasant read, and fans of Amish fiction will certainly enjoy it. However, I found the plot rather predictable, and the language somewhat stilted. I recommend this book and look forward to reading the next book in this series. I received a copy of this book from the author and Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
“Heart Warming” Grace’s Forgiveness by: Molly Jebber Grace’s Forgiveness is book two in the A Keepsake Pocket Quilt series. This is such a wonderful story filled with love, faith, heartache, pain, determination and shyness. Grace’s Forgiveness is such a touching story that will warm your heart. I love how Molly draws you into the story and doesn’t let go until the very end. I love how one of the main characters has the disfiguring birthmark. I wanted to shout and smack those that were mean towards Grace for the birthmark that she had. It makes you open your eyes and stop and think how you treat others that are different from you. What a powerfully moving story. Be sure to order your copy of Grace’s Forgiveness by Molly Jebber today. 5 stars! I received a copy of this for free for my honest review.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Grace’s Forgiveness brings home what people that are different have dealt with all of their lives. For Grace it was being born with a mark on her face, and we meet with people who won’t even look at her, never mind letting her wait on them in her store. The setting for this book is Berlin Ohio, and living in a conservative Amish community. This is a very strict way of life, and it appeared that you could be shunned for something we would find very innocent, but the setting is 1900, and things were very different. From the minute we meet Mark King, we find a connection sparking between Grace and Mark, and he doesn’t seem to even notice her birthmark. Can these two overcome the actions of others, and it surprised me what can cause you to be shunned. I enjoyed the kindness of this community, and how they all come together and help one another. We are even with Ruth, when as a midwife; she helps deliver a few babies. There is some danger in this community and it has landed at Mark’s doorstep, and we hope that all will survive in the end. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Zebra, and was not required to give a positive review.