Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Truly a Harvest of Grace

Sylvia takes a farm hand job for Michael and Dora Blank.  Although most Old Order Amish women are raising families and tending home, she finds her greatest joy in managing the dairy farm.  With the Blanks, she also finds a home where she's granted the freedom to grow.  Still while she's learning, Sylvia's also hiding from her past.  Things take a complicated twist when the Blank's son, Aaron, returns home hoping to convince his parents to sell the farm and join him in a business venture.  Sylvia and Aaron's personal ventures clash while working on the family farm.  Still they must join together to make it profitable for either of their dreams to succeed.  

Although this book was the third in a series, it could easily stand alone.  Several characters appear on the scene with back story, but it's easy to pick up their past from references by both the author and other characters.  With such an array of personalities, I was worried I wouldn't be able to keep them all separate.  However, author Cindy Woodsmall does a wonderful job of developing every character and making them distinct from each other.  The story lines are well-written, clear, and believable.  The setting takes on a personality of its own.  And the characters (Michael, Sylvia, Aaron, and others) speak of humanity and individuality.

Harvest of Grace is a story of fear, grace, .... forgiveness.  Through various experiences, several characters walk through the every day struggles that force them to find out what they truly believe about God and His own grace for them.   

Harvest of Grace is a page turner that will keep you invested from cover to cover.  Woodsmall writes with ease and believability.  I'm sure I'll find myself returning to her books again and again.

*I received a free copy of Harvest of Grace for review from Booksneeze.  All opinions are my own.

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