Sunday, July 31, 2011

Review: The Harvest of Grace

The Harvest of Grace: Book 3 in the Ada's House Amish Romance Series (An Ada's House Novel)

About the Book:
Reeling from an unexpected betrayal, can Sylvia find relief from the echoes of her past…or will they shape her future forever? 

Although Sylvia Fisher recognizes that most Old Order Amish women her age spend their hours managing a household and raising babies, she has just one focus—tending and nurturing the herd on her family’s dairy farm. But when a dangerous connection with an old beau forces her to move far from home, she decides to concentrate on a new start and pour her energy into reviving another family’s debt-ridden farm.

After months in rehab, Aaron Blank returns home to sell his Daed’s failing farm and move his parents into an easier lifestyle. Two things stand in his way: the father who stubbornly refuses to recognize that Aaron has changed and the determined new farmhand his parents love like a daughter. Her influence on Aaron’s parents could ruin his plans to escape the burdens of farming and build a new life.

Can Aaron and Sylvia find common ground? Or will their unflinching efforts toward opposite goals blur the bigger picture— a path to forgiveness, glimpses of grace, and the promise of love.

My Comments:
I think one of the strengths of Woodsmall's books is her characters--I'd say she does a better than average job of making Amish characters seem like real people rather than caricatures.  Sylvia, the oldest daughter in a family devoid of sons, has always been her father's helper on the farm, and prefers it to housework.  However, as the blurb above indicates, there was a problem with an old beau and she felt it necessary to get away.  She moves to a neighboring (but not too close in Amish terms) farm and becomes the hired hand.  When that family's son returns from rehab, set on selling the farm and buying a store, the conflict is set--and the romance.  

This is book three in the Ada's House series and our old friends from the other books are back.  We watch Lena and Gray spend a year "not courting" and Ephriam and Cara waiting for her to be able to join the church so they can marry.  In the  process Cara has to forgive one of the people who hurt her the most.  

The Harvest of Grace was a satisfying end to an enjoyable series and I recommend it.  Grade:  B+

I'd like to thank the  publisher for making a review copy available via the Blogging for Books program.

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