Where Grace Abides (Riverhaven Years Series #2)

Where Grace Abides (Riverhaven Years Series #2)

by B. J. Hoff

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Overview

Readers loved Rachel's Secret, the first book in BJ Hoff's wildly popular new series, The Riverhaven Years, and are eagerly awaiting the continuing story of young Amish widow, Rachel Brenneman, and Irish-American riverboat captain, Jeremiah Gant.

In Where Grace Abides, the compelling second book in the series, Hoff offers her readers an even closer look at the Amish community of Riverhaven and the people who live and love and work there. Secrets, treachery, and persecution are only a few of the challenges that test Rachel's faith and her love for the forbidden "outsider," while Gant's own hopes and dreams are dealt a life-changing blow, rendering the vow he made to Rachel seemingly impossible to honor.

Many of the other characters first introduced in Rachel's Secret now find their gentle, unassuming lives of faith jeopardized by a malicious outside influence. At the same time, those striving to help runaway slaves escape to freedom through the Underground Railroad face deception and the danger of discovery.

All the elements readers have come to expect from author BJ Hoff (romance, drama, great characters) join together in Where Grace Abides to fill the pages with a tender, endearing love story and a bold, inspiring journey of faith.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736924191
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Series: Riverhaven Years Series , #2
Pages: 262
Sales rank: 698,990
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

BJ Hoff’s bestselling historical novels continue to cross the boundaries of religion, language, and culture to capture a worldwide reading audience. Her books include Song of Erin and American Anthem and such popular series as The Riverhaven Years, The Mountain Song Legacy, and The Emerald Ballad. Hoff’s stories, although set in the past, are always relevant to the present. Whether her characters move about in small country towns or metropolitan areas, reside in Amish settlements or in coal company houses, she creates communities where people can form relationships, raise families, pursue their faith, and experience the mountains and valleys of life. BJ and her husband make their home in Ohio.

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Where Grace Abides 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Busteacher More than 1 year ago
What a great book two in the Riverhaven Years series by B J Hoff. This book is an easy read and graciously adds depth to more characters as the book progresses making the release of book three a much anticipated moment. Having just begun to read Christian fiction, I am amazed at how much knowledge I gathered on the Amish way of life along with such enjoyable story lines. This book will be kept and shared with my own child when she is of the appropriate age. The love story between an outsider "auslander" and an Amish young lady interwoven with the stories of their family and friends allowed for some great reading!
jo-jo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was the first book that I have read by Hoff and I was really looking forward to a glimpse into the Amish faith and lifestyle. Even though I did not read the first book in the series, I felt like the author did a good job of filling you in as to what developed in the first installment. As the book opens we learn that Rachel has fallen in love with Jeremiah, who is not Amish himself so he is considered an outsider. They have such a strong love for one another that Jeremiah and Rachel are both crushed when the Amish bishop will not allow him to convert to their religion so the two of them can be married and spend the rest of their lives together. What seems to sting Jeremiah is the fact that his good friend David has been given permission by the bishop to convert, which then allows him to marry Rachel's mother. He struggles with thoughts that he should have acted differently for a more positive outcome. Because of his close friendship with David, he finds himself in the company of Rachel quite often. He knows from the look in her eyes that she is just as hurt by the bishop's decision.There is a violent and shocking act that takes place within the novel that seems to be an act of vengeance against those that help to support the Underground Railroad. I have always found stories of the Underground Railroad fascinating so I would have liked it if this part of the storyline was developed more. I always enjoy learning about other cultures so I did enjoy learning a little bit about the customs and traditions of the Amish people, but I really feel the author could have went a little more in-depth in this area. The pining over the forbidden love between Rachel and Jeremiah was a bit too over the top for me. I think the characters and the storyline could have been developed in a way that gave us a more vivid picture of the time period and the Amish lifestyle.
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