Friday, April 24, 2015
When Grace Sings
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. They must trust in a loving, heavenly Father and His plan for their futures.
My thoughts: Picking up where the first book in the series left off, the second starts with Alexa making a go of her Bed and Breakfast, which means opening it to a journalist who is in the Old Order Mennonite community under false pretenses. As she seeks to fit into her new family, Alexa also seeks to keep some secrets from coming to light, which only becomes harder when her cousin moves into the B&B as well.
I thought that the characters are well written, since I enjoyed their journey and also could see where they were coming from with their fears and how they interacted with one another. I also like the journey of faith that is in the story! The only thing I was disappointed about is that, while some things have a conclusion, a fair bit of the story will have to wait to find some resolution and answers in the next book. I suppose that is how life is though.;) We don't always get the story wrapped up in a "happily ever after". That said, this book is a delightful story and best read in order of the series.
I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.