Where Grace Abides

Where Grace Abides

by B. J. Hoff

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In the compelling second book in her popular new series‚ B. J. Hoff offers 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

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ISBN-13: 9781410421500
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 02/03/2010
Series: The Riverhaven Years
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 469
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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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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