Saturday, September 17, 2011

Review: The Harvest of Grace

The Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall

Reeling from an unexpected betrayal, Sylvia makes a painful mistake that forces her to seek work far from her family. Can she find relief from the echoes of her past, or will they shape her future forever?

This is a continuation of the Ada's House series. Fortunately, if you haven't read the others, it gives you a summary of the other stories at the start. For me, it jumps a little too much to tell the stories of the characters. The book is well written and enjoyable, I just found the switches took a bit of getting used to for the read.

Set in an Amish community, we meet Sylvia. She finds out the hard way that the man she loves has asked her sister to marry her. She reels from this and tries to manage her pain while still living at home. When the entire family gets sick, events take place that make the betrayal even harder to bear. She leaves the family farm to take up a position with the Blank family.

The Blank family has their own problems. Only son Aaron is a recovering alcoholic who is determined to have his parents sell the farm and move into "town" with him. His father is angry and resentful of Aaron's past. They constantly argue until Aaron storms out of the house one day. Because of the events this sets in motion, the family manages to talk and resolve their problems.

All in all, a good read. I sat and enjoyed it in a single sitting. A wonderful way of relating life to God's forgiveness.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review.

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