Trusting Grace: A Novel

Trusting Grace: A Novel

by Maggie Brendan


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All of her life, Grace Bidwell has longed for a loving husband and children, but now the chances of her dreams coming true are looking slim. Widowed and caring for her elderly father, she struggles to maintain her late husband's ranch, until she places an ad for a hired hand.

Robert Frasier arrives in town with three pitiful, bedraggled children who have nothing but the tattered clothes on their backs and a load of hurt, pride, and anger. Believing this is divine intervention in her life, Grace welcomes them with open arms. As feelings grow between her and Robert, Grace will have to convince him that she is a woman who can be trusted with his heart.

Readers will be swept away into 1860s Montana's lush Gallatin Valley, nestled among towering mountains and proud pines, in this emotional conclusion to the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800722661
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Series: Virtues and Vices of the Old West Series , #3
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 634,257
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Maggie Brendan is the CBA bestselling author of the Heart of the West series and The Blue Willow Brides series, as well as The Trouble with Patience and A Sweet Misfortune. Her books have received the Book Buyers Best Award from the Orange County Chapter of Romance Writers of America and the Laurel Wreath Award. A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers Association, Romance Writers of America, Georgia Romance Writers, and Author's Guild, Maggie lives in Georgia.

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Trusting Grace 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Trusting Grace by Maggie Brendan, © 2017 Virtues and Vices of the Old West, Book 3 What a beautiful story! Maggie Brendan's novels are wholesome and real. This story becomes endearing and hopeful for a rescue from all burgeoning doubt and tragedy to a calm and trusting heart. Three children have remarkable engaging and giving ways when they could have chosen to reflect resentment and abandonment prominently. A young widow caring for her declining beloved Pop has the planting season ahead becoming far more than an expected harvest crop. Enters a woe-worn man, bereft of hope, expectation, or care. He has left his community after the passing of his wife, traveling here and there to find work for a living sustenance. Deception has swallowed him or caused by a fear of nonacceptance enveloping plans or unintentional hurt that plagued him. As sure as the sun rises and sets, so beautiful how lives are drawn together, unsuspectedly. The children nurturing in their nurture; the workman being relieved in his suffering; the dearest heart being fulfilled by His promises. Owen Miller is a blessed man, renewed and inspired by care and trust. His daughter, Grace Bidwell, keeps confidence with him and he had wise counsel to offer ~ wait. Their hired hand, Robert Frasier, becomes more than he thought ~ becoming a close observer and following the silent encouragement given him, becomes closer to the children in their expression of love and surrounding hope. Tom, Becky, and Sarah enliven the story with their growing freedom to be who they are ~ beloved by many they meet. She's a woman that requires little in life besides her books, cats, or long walks. --Trusting Grace, 173. Now, wouldn't you like to meet a woman like that! Stella Whitfield has the exact position running the boardinghouse. I would like to stay here near this small Montana community and watch the children grow up and expand. Grace gives wise advice herself. Will she be able to keep it unto herself? You could try not focusing on the past, but look forward to what the future holds. --Ibid., 262. A warm story I would like to revisit. I am hoping Opal Sloan's story will be expanded one day! I would like to follow more of her life! ***Thank you, Maggie Brendan, for this delightful story, and to the publisher for sending me a print copy. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good read! I enjoy the historical side and am drawn to westerns. It reminds me how fortunate we are to have all luxury of modern medicine. Grace is a character you can sympathize with, as well as Robert. I enjoyed the personal journey the author takes them on, healing, learning to trust etc... Hope this helps.
rkfall More than 1 year ago
The main character, widow Grace, in this book is a delightful person to follow throughout this story. She has a town friend that is named Ginny and owns a potato farm with her father. Her father is ill and so her friend, Ginny, advises her to put up a sign looking for help. The person who responds to the ad is a widower who has inherited 3 children from his wife. He didn’t know of the children when marrying this lady and thus he has issues with trust. Can love come out of this situation? That is the intriguing read of this one. I really enjoyed this book. I felt that it moved quickly and the characters were well developed and believable. I loved the children coming into Grace’s life after longing for children to love her whole life. And I loved the road the father traveled and the outcome of that. What an unexpected turn of events. You’ll want to check this one out. I’ve received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is book three in the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series, however I will say it is a stand alone book, because I have not read the previous two and was just fine, I did wonder if it was part of a series though. Grace Bidwell is a loving, caring widow, trying to keep her farm afloat while taking care of her father. When she hires the handsome stranger, Robert Frasier, to help out at the farm, she never imagines what God has in store for her. Robert Frasier has been hurt by women in his past, so he has a hard time trusting Grace. When a family is thrust upon him he only sees deception and deceit. When Grace hires him, she may be the answer to more than he dreamed possible. This novel is full of some heartache, problems, family, forgiveness and romance. There are a few twist and turns in this novel and I wonder if there will be another book to follow.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
"Grace Bidwell pushed her way through the busy mercantile store in the bustling town of Bozeman, certain that it would be the most beneficial place to post a HIRED HELP sign for everyone to see." I love looking at the opening sentence of novels I read. I often times think back and wonder given that opening sentence is it enough to make me want to read further and how much thought do authors give in deciding how any novel will begin. For me, a serious lover of anything pertaining to the western romance genre, I absolutely LOVED, Trusting Grace by Maggie Brendan. This is the third novel in the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series, with The Trouble with Patience and A Sweet Misfortune leading the way. Grace Bidwell is a young widow who is taking care of her father who has suffered what they believe might be a stroke, and tries valiantly to run the farm while he recovers. But Grace knows she will need help not knowing when her father might recover and she simply can't manage to run the house and get the potatoes in the ground to have a healthy harvest. She just hopes she can find a man suitable to help. Robert Fraiser is trying his best to be a father to three young children he just learned are now his. After losing his wife, he realizes she never trusted him enough to let him know she had them. Now that his sister-in-law is done trying to care for them with four of her own, Robert struggles to find a job to help get them all at least into a suitable boarding house. But it may take awhile. The children, Tom, the oldest, Becky and Sarah know that they have been a burden to Robert and try and figure out a way to find money to get them off of sleeping wherever they can find room under the stars and living in a wagon, hunting off the land to provide any food for all of them. When Robert lands a job working for Grace, he doesn't tell her about the children, because he wants to provide for them on his own. Yet he doesn't realize that Grace has longed for children she believes she will never have since losing her husband and now caring for her father. Seems like they both have issues with trust that they will need to resolve if any of them have hopes for a better future. I received Trusting Grace by Maggie Brendan compliments of Baker Publishing Group and Net Galley. I love that Grace is a strong and determine woman who believes she can manage on her own, yet cares so deeply for her family, friends and a delightful trio of young children she finds on the street in town. She truly has a beautiful spirit and self-esteem but it will take both her and Robert working on their own issues of trust from past marriages before they can ever hope to make something of the feelings developing for all of them including the children. My favorite has to be Sarah, whose child like faith in God is so pure and honest that she never fears God and his angels are watching out for them all. 5 out of 5 stars and now I have to go back and read the previous two novels in this series. This one can be read as a stand alone as I did, but believe that the characters you meet in this novel has their own stories to share in the previous novels in this series.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Grace has always longed for children. But as a young widow, who is now managing her farm and taking care of her sick father, she knows it isn't likely to happen. Robert arrived in town with three bedraggled and dirty children. All of them, including Robert, are tired and resentful of the circumstances that forced them together. Robert takes a job as Grace's ranch hand, but doesn't let her know that he comes with three children. Both Grace and Robert must learn to trust again before they can be fully happy with the life God had blessed them with. I loved this book. It checked all of the boxes for me. Sweet romance, likable characters, beautiful setting, just a small amount of drama, clean, faith filled plot, and some adorable children thrown in for extra fun. The author wove humor and provoking thoughts into what at first seemed a light story. I couldn't put the book down and am now eagerly waiting the next book. I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads. All thoughts expressed are my own.
Bibliophile-Reviews More than 1 year ago
Neither character was looking for love. Let me start that off, Grace is sweet and dear to me. She lost her husband, but yet must push past the blues. She has a strong personality shelled in a patient and kind soul. I love that she has the ability and want to do it on her own but has to accept help. This is one key to this story, being humble enough for help. Robert has kiddos, and needs to provide. Grace wants a farmer hand, there he is. He of course brings the kids and they instantly start melting Grace’s heart. I really loved this part of the story, the growth between Grace and Robert. Their lives bloom right before your eyes, and it is a stunning aspect of the book. Historical Romances are always dear to my heart and this book, was the first I read in this series! Where have I been? Why haven’t I read this series. Montana is displayed in a beautiful way in this story, making this Montana girl swoon over the details. Maggie Brendan is on my must read list!
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
eLynda More than 1 year ago
I enjoy novels that have something unique to offer in characters or storyline. The hard part is often finding those that are different, at least until I have read them. This particular story pleasantly surprised me with a heroine facing many challenges and the authentic journey she experiences in an imperfect world. Grace's character provides an experience that is a bit different from many heroines—she begins the novel as almost being too perfect, but just like the hero, we get to know her as the story goes along and we find out that she's far more realistic. She has a bit of a temper and is easily fired up by things relating to children, and she also tends to make overly quick judgments about other people. I appreciated these traits in her, both for the realistic way they are portrayed in the book and because I could completely relate to her struggles. This book shows the feelings and difficulties of someone with a chronic condition and the caregivers who love them. At times poignant, the story helps those who have not cared for someone with a long-term illness or disability understand how it impacts every part of life. Decisions must be made about care and other competing responsibilities, finding a delicate balance between caring for others and still maintaining the caregiver's health. I love the sweet way the characters handle both the helping and accepting of help, graciously giving and taking as need arises. Another area that resonated for me is the discouragement that can come from the troubles we face. Allowing fear and bitterness to take root can lead to depression, but giving those feelings over to God can help us not only survive, but thrive in the storms. Both the hero and heroine, as well as several secondary characters, have to make the choice in how to handle their emotions when faced with dilemmas; sometimes they choose well and other times not. This is a sweet western romance that will please fans of the genre. The added mysterious elements aren't too heavy, allowing the reader to focus on the romance that almost sneaks up on the hero and heroine. And those who care for an ill loved one or who are perhaps ill themselves will find encouragement here, especially as they choose life and joy over fear and bitterness. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher but no compensation. I was not required to write a positive review and the thoughts expressed are both honest and my own.
Evie4 More than 1 year ago
Trusting Grace, by Maggie Brendan, is set in Gallatin Valley in Montana Territory. It is Spring of 1866 and Grace Bidwell, a widow, advertises for help with her farm which she inherited from her husband. Her widowed father lives with her, but is not physically able to help her. Robert Frasier has lost his wife and his farm and if this isn't enough upheaval, he has three children and no means of support. Robert applies for the job and over time their lives begin to intertwine. Robert has good reasons to have trust issues and Grace longs for children. Can this unlikely pair somehow build a future together? This is a heartwarming love story placed in a beautiful setting. The well developed characters have a wonderful mix of personalities. Realistic secondary characters and their stories play an important role in the novel. Relationships are developed and the author skillfully shows that second chances and love can sometimes be found when we least expect it. I found this to be an engrossing and well written story. Highly recommended. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and the opinions expressed in this review are my own.
ASimplyEnchantedLife More than 1 year ago
Trusting Grace is the last book in the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series by Maggie Brendan. I didn't realize this was part of a series when I picked it up but it's okay—it's perfectly readable as a standalone novel. This book really started off good. I was rushing through the pages, amused by Grace's quirky attitude. Truly, I thought this book was going to be an enjoyable read. Then? The last third of this book was one plot twist after another. It felt so contrived. From nearly being raped, almost drowning, spraining her foot—all the way to delivering a friend's baby that literally just popped out. Grace was put through every possible plot twist known to man in the last 100 pages or so and it ruined the story for me. Up until the end, the characters in this book were well-developed and likable. I just feel like the entire story derailed and that the author somehow lost focus. This book is's not the best I've ever read but it also isn't the worst. Would I read more by this author? Sure, I'd probably give her a try. Would I reread this book? No, not likely. A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Revell Reads. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
KatrinaEpperson More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Read!! This story is set in Gallatin Valley, Montana during the spring of 1866. The imagery readily brought the setting alive in my mind. The sweet plot flows effortlessly. The strong characters are easy to love. Grace Bidwell has always dreamed of having a husband and children, but with the death of her husband she feels that so is her dream of having children. Robert has lost so much, but has ever reason to keep trying. After the loss of his farm and the death of his wife he finds himself a single parent trying to feed his three children. Grace needs help on her farm since her father's illness and Robert needs a job and has farm experience. It all fits together, but secrets have a way of coming out. This is a story of faith, trust, the adventure of falling in love, and raw & real emotions. **I received this book from the publisher as part of their blogger program. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Trusting Grace is a touching and tender tale! Well-crafted and wonderfully characterized, I found Grace and Robert, along with their families, to be most endearing. Overcoming their pasts, they share a heartwarming journey toward a promising future. It was a pleasure to step back in time and visit Montana’s Gallatin Valley; the setting is a lovely part of the story’s charm. While Trusting Grace concludes the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series, it can also easily be enjoyed as a stand-alone story. I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Trusting Grace is the third book from the Virtues and Vices of the Wild West series by Maggie Brendan. In this installment, widowed and childless, Grace Bidwell, is taking care of her ailing father and struggles to run a farm alone. She posts a help wanted ad in town to hire someone at the farm. Widower Robert Frasier, comes to town with three children in tow. He has a lot of hurt and bitterness toward his late wife and trusts no woman. When Grace meets the three precious children, she instantly connects with them. Feelings begin to grow between Robert and Grace, but can they get over the past to move forward? I thought Trusting Grace was a pretty good read. Even though it was predictable, I still enjoyed it. I like the characters of Grace and Robert but Grace's father and Stella were my favorites. The story is sweet with the lesson of learning how to have faith, taking chances, moving on from the past, and being able to forgive. I would give this book four out of five stars and believe it is most definitely a worth a read.  I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% it's my own honest opinion.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I so enjoyed reading this book. This made me laugh and cry. I loved Grace and Robert. Grace wants children and Robert has three children and no wife. Can these two people learn to love and trust in each other. I loved the story of these two getting together. I received this book fromRevell reads for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grace, a widow, needs help on her farm. Her father can't help; he's ill. Robert, a widower, answers Grace's ad. He's a great worker though silent and disappears after work...Then there are the three children, who do they belong to? Gratifying , clean historical, second chance romance! Strong characters and relationships. No problem reading this book, though haven't read the other books in the series. Enjoyed this historical foray! (Would be 4 stars if not for nook book price.) Voluntarily read ARC, through Netgalley and publisher, for honest review.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
Trusting Grace (Virtues and Vices of The Old West-Book 3 ) A Novel By: Maggie Brendan Trusting Grace is book three in Virtues and Vices of The Old West series. Even though this is book three it can be read as a stand-a-lone without any problems. Maggie Brendan weaves a very charming, sweet love story ,and historical readers will love it. I love the story and the characters both were well developed and delightful. Brendan had me hooked right from the start and I did not want to put it down. I loved the two main characters Grace and Robert. Grace longed for children , but now she is widowed and caring for her father and her late husband’s farm is more than she can handle by herself. Grace is a very brave woman. Robert answers an ad that Grace placed for a hired hand. He really needs a job vey bad. There is something that Grace did not know about Robert when she hired him. Will it keep him from getting the job? Can Grace still hope for love again with all she has to do? I was given a complimentary ARC , but was not told that I had to give a positive review.
NDowning More than 1 year ago
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a sweet romance set in the mid-1860s in Montana Territory. I thought the characters were interesting, the story was easy to follow, and it had some intriguing plot points. I wouldn't say that this book was gripping, or that I "couldn't put it down". I didn't realize that it was the third book in a series until I was finished reading, so that obviously didn't effect the story at all the way some books in a series can be hard to follow if you haven't read the other books. I would say this was a nice book and I would recommend it to people, but it wasn't a book that I got excited about. A few times I thought the writing was a little choppy, but it didn't distract from the overall enjoyment. I would give this book a 3 out of 5 stars. I received a copy of the book from Revell in exchange for an honest review.
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
A heartwarming historical romance! A young widow in 1866 Gallatin County, Montana finds herself in need of help to keep her farm going and care for her ailing father. The job opportunity is an answer to prayer for a poor widower and his children, but it will take more than just the right circumstances to make them into a family. "His mother once told him there were no surprises to God...everything was part of His plan." The characters in this story had a lot to work through, given their difficult circumstances, and the desire to not repeat past mistakes. I could understand Robert's reluctance to rely on others or grow attached to anyone, letting his bitterness prevent him from moving forward. Grace was a sweet woman, with a lot to give, struggling with her own loneliness and uncertain future. The theme of trusting in God and not our circumstances was clear, like how Grace was hoping to be happy once everything is perfect, having all her ducks in a row. What makes up a real family was also an important theme. The children were very resilient given their situation, especially sweet little Sarah; I felt sorry for them the most. The addition of real historic figures and events to the story was interesting, as shown in the author's index. This is book three of a series, but easily reads as a standalone. Readers who enjoy tender historical romances with some faith may enjoy this one. 3.5 stars (An e-book was provided by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.)
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
Trusting Grace is a light entertaining romance set in Montana Territory in 1866. Grace Bidwell is a strong widow operating a potato farm and caring for her invalid father. Robert Frasier suddenly found himself a widower with three stepchildren he knew nothing about. Grace and Robert must learn to trust. Both of the main characters were well written. Maggie Brendan continues to write charming old west tales! I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction. I received my copy of Trusting grace from the author and Revell. This is my honest opinion.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that once the last page is turned you want to keep on going, and the title “Trusting Grace”, I wonder if it was Grace who needed to trust, or was it Robert. Both have know love and lost them to death, and both are in the need of desperate help, one with work and children and the other is running a farm by herself. I can’t even imagine how these folks were living. She needs him to help her, and in the end he needs her to help him, will these two get their act together and find the right road to one another. Or will the new lawyer in town who wants to court her win her over, and then all will be gone, including the farm. You are going to fall in love with the beautiful Montana valley, and living in the real old west. It is going to warm your heart when you see how Grace moves into a mothering roll with the children, and how they need her. There is even another surprise romance, and with that comes a hope of a healthier life. The only bad part of the book was, I wanted more! I received this book through Revell’s Book Blogger Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of TRUSTING GRACE by Maggie Brendan from Revell in exchange for an honest review. It is the third installment in the “Virtues and Vices of the Old West” series. This is my first endeavor into this saga. You don’t need to have read books 1 and 2 to enjoy this one (at least I didn’t). I have read other books by Ms. Brendan, however. Like those, I found the setting beautiful and the romance sweet. The characters make you love them. I love the Old West, so I was excited to read that aspect. Unfortunately, this book didn’t feel all that original. While the descriptions of the setting are great, it didn’t give me the “Old West” feel. If you enjoy historic fiction with clean romance and Christian themes, you will like this book.