Saturday, April 11, 2015

Grace undeserved -- When Grace Sings

At the risk of sounding very redundant -- Kim Vogel Sawyer never disappoints!  When Grace Sings, book 2 in her Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy, is another great, heart-warming story by one of my favorite authors.

Alexa Zimmerman, whom we met in When Mercy Rains, really struggles with her identity and her place in her Old Order Mennonite family and community.  When she has to deal with Briley Forrester (a big-city reporter and long-term guest at her B&B) and family members -- some of whom know her secrets and some who don't, she becomes even more unsettled and unsure of who she really is.

As always, Kim draws you into her characters lives so that you feel their joys and struggles along with them.  As you share their experiences, you can't help but care what happens to them and want to help them make the right decisions.

And there is always a gentle, flowing element of faith evident throughout Kim's stories.  The idea of grace as "the purest form of mercy, offered even when it's undeserved or rejected" is a resonating theme through this book, and it makes a huge difference in the lives of the characters.

I highly recommend this Kim Vogel Sawyer story and look forward to finishing the story in When Love Returns later this year.

Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the Book:

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.

About the Author:

Kim Vogel Sawyer is a best-selling, award-winning author highly acclaimed for her gentle stories of hope. More than one million copies of her books are currently in print. She lives in central Kansas where she and her retired military husband, Don, enjoy spoiling their ten granddarlings.

Learn more about Kim at her website or on Facebook.

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