Tuesday, April 7, 2015

When Grace Sings Book Review

I was so happy to find a new book to read during this busy time that would make me appreciate the calmer life.  I didn't read a lot of details about the new book but it sounded really interesting so I requested a copy through Blogging for Books.  When Grace Sings: A Novel (The Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy)
by Kim Vogel Sawyer was the second book in the series but I figured that if it was really interesting then I would check out other books by the same author.  The even better news came when they sent me the copy of the first book too!! It was a great excitement when I put two and two together (meaning the two books) and figured out that I got two books in the same series.  Now here is hoping the third one comes out soon!!!!

When trouble roars into quiet Arborville, Alexa and Anna-Grace find themselves the target for discord and exposed secrets. Can they continue to seek the God of all grace amidst the fog of confusion?  
Alexa Zimmerman wonders if the Old Order Mennonite community in Arborville, Kansas will ever fully accept her. Her family roots here aren’t what anyone thought when she first arrived, but she is hopeful that her culinary and hospitality skills will win the skeptics over. The bed-and-breakfast she’s operating needs to succeed so Alexa agrees to allow Briley Forrester, the hotshot reporter from Chicago, to stay as a long-term boarder not knowing his real motives for being amongst the Plain folk.

But when Alexa agrees to host her cousin Anna-Grace Braun, the presence of extended family brings out Alexa’s insecurities and sets Briley on the trail to uncovering a web of hidden truths.  Plans for a secure future and the sweetness of young romance hang in the balance when Alexa and Anna-Grace have to face that their secrets are interconnected, binding the two in ways they could not have imagined. Pick up the book to find out what happens because I think that you will be surprise!!

I was a little sad when this book was over and that was mainly because I didn't have the next one in the series yet.  I can't believe that there is only going to be one more because I know that I am going to need a lot more of these characters after reading the first two books in the series.  I enjoyed every minute of it and had trouble putting it down just like the last one.  I love the mix of the real world with the shelter Mennonite world that mix in these books.  It is great to see that this is the life that people have now and that the different choices that you make in the "real" world don't seem nearly as important when you see the choices that the Mennonites make.  Many people know that I choose to be frugal and use our money to make the best choices for our family.  I know that many times I feel some of the decisions that I make are a little extreme but I had a conversation over dinner the other night with family members that I had three cars in all my time driving (my first car only for a week before it was totaled and both others keeping for over 10 years) and my husband four (counting one he paid his parents for when he was really young).  This family member had over 40 cars in their lifetime and he was not much older then we were with 7 cars between us.  The flashy car that the reporter drove in this book made me think about those decisions and how we need to make the decision to pick out the best for our families and not what others expect of us.  I hope that this book helps you stop and take a look at your life and the decisions that you make.  Pick it up at your local library or bookstore soon!!!

** I was given a copy of this book from Blogging for Books for my honest opinion and review.  All opinion here are my own.

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