When Grace Sings

When Grace Sings

by Kim Vogel Swayer

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ISBN-13: 9781594155413
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 04/01/2015
Edition description: Large Print
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

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When Grace Sings 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars When Grace Sings was a very apt title for this story, the first I've read from this author. I enjoyed getting to know these characters and the small Plain, Mennonite town with its simpleness of life. The characters had some things that they struggled with and some of them were quite heartbreaking. The story was also full of hope and faith. I connected with some of the characters and found them interesting, although some of them also seemed to lack quite a bit of backbone and enjoy a little too much drama. I wanted things to work out for them in the end and for specific characters to make the right choices. Some story-lines weren't finished in this book, so there is still time for certain characters to figure out what they'll do. Hopefully they all will find their happily-ever-afters. When Grace Sings was a feel-good story about those who forget that those who love us, love us unconditionally regardless of how we came into their lives and that there is a God who loves us all. It was heartbreaking in spots, but also hopeful for a future that could be bright. I'd recommend it to those who enjoy reading Christian fiction where the inspirational element is strong and the romance is light. Content: Clean Source: I would like to thank WaterBrook Press, through Litfuse Publicity, for my complimentary copy, which did not affect my review in any way.
JuneMJ More than 1 year ago
This is a novel about Old Order Mennonite families in a small community in Kansas. The author expresses herself beautifully through her writing. She says the simplest things so elegantly. For instance, in the first paragraph of Chapter 18 instead of writing that Briley's cynicism had disappeared or vanished, Ms. Sawyer writes, " . . . Briley's cynicism had packed a bag and moved to another state." This type of writing is engaging and leaves me wanting to read more. One of the main themes running throughout the book for three of the main characters was about maternal abandonment. Each of these characters had been abandoned in some manner by his/her biological mother many years before. However, each was fortunate to have a loving, nurturing 'adoptive' mother or foster mother volunteer to step into the role of raising them to be self-sufficient, highly-functioning members of society. This theme was meaningful and believable. These characters had many issues to deal with regarding their biological mothers, but by the end of the book each came out of his/her ordeal appreciating the affection and 'life' their mother-in-love had given to them over the years. The supporting characters were interesting and likeable. I particularly liked the ten-year-old boy in the story named Danny Aldrich. He brought a sparkle to the sometimes somber situations in the story and was adored by the men and women in the story for his fun-loving and sweet spirit. The matriarch of the story, Abigail Zimmerman, was a strong woman whose leadership and mentoring to the young women in the family was evident. I recommend this book to fans of Christian and Amish fiction, fans of clean fiction, and readers who would like to read more about a faith-based community experiencing true-to-life trials and tribulations. ________________________________________ NOTE FROM BLOGGER: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. I received no other compensation for posting my review here or on any other site.
gccbookworm More than 1 year ago
      Kim Vogel Sawyer has written the second book in the Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy entitled When Grace Sings. This book picks up with Alexa Zimmerman hosting her first guest at her new bed-and-breakfast, a reporter from Chicago.  Briley Forrester has come to Arborville to examine this Old Order Mennonite community, not for its charm and plain living, but to  expose their dissatisfaction with living simple. To complicate matters, Alexa has agreed her cousin Anna-Grace can stay at the inn  while helping her fiance, Steven, work on remodeling their future home. As the days pass Alexa feels all her insecurities surface  about Anna-Grace and tries to hide them from the inquisitive Briley Forrester. Alexa is not the only one with a secret, Steven and  Briley each have one.        Sawyer brings depth to her characters as she unfolds this tangled family story. I enjoyed it immensely finding it hard to stop  reading. Now to patiently wait for the final book to see how this family and its secrets are resolved with the help of God and faith.        I received this book free from WaterBrook Press to review.