Monday, November 8, 2010

CFBA Book Tour: Grace

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Avon Inspire; Original edition (October 26, 2010)
Shelley Shepard Gray


Shelley Shepard Gray is the beloved author of the Sisters of the Heart series, including Hidden, Wanted, and Forgiven. Before writing, she was a teacher in both Texas and Colorado. She now writes full time and lives in southern Ohio with her husband and two children. When not writing, Shelley volunteers at church, reads, and enjoys walking her miniature dachshund on her town's scenic bike trail.


It's Christmastime at the Brenneman Bed & Breakfast, and everyone is excited about closing down for the holiday.

Anna and Henry will be celebrating their first Christmas as a married couple, and for Katie and Jonathan Lundy, it's their first Christmas with baby Stefan. Winnie and Samuel Miller plan to stop by as well for a wonderful two weeks of family and rest.

But when two unexpected visitors show up, hoping to stay for Christmas, the family must test their commitment to hospitality. Levi is a widower who lost his wife four years ago and can't bear the thought of another Christmas alone. And Melody is a young pregnant woman who won't open up about how she ended up on her own at Christmas at almost nine months pregnant.

Anna, who knows a thing or two about keeping secrets, doesn't trust her, and strives to find out the truth about these two strangers who have disrupted their holiday. But as the Christmas spirit descends on them all, as well as snow that traps them in the inn, a healing and hopefulness takes over, allowing new relationships to be built, and the boundaries of family to be extended.

If you'd like to read the first chapter of Grace, go HERE.

My Thoughts:
I'm having a difficult time getting into the holiday spirit, the weather is 20 degrees above average, it's downright balmy here at 60+ degrees and it feels more like spring than Holiday Season so this book gave me a good dose of winter, and it was a fun dose!

This story is full of characters who are struggling with all different kinds of problems, some much worse than others and when they're all thrown together in a quiet Amish setting just about anything can happen!  Grief and anguished hearts turn soft, souls are mended and love blooms all under a terrific winter storm, enough to make you shiver in the warmth of your home.  While reading this book I could smell Christmas, the baking, the crisp snow, hot chocolate on the stove and pine boughs, the perfect book for the holiday season, and once again, a wonderful stocking stuffer...I recommend this book for everyone looking for a good holiday read!


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