Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Uncommon Grace By Serena Miller

I received this e-book from Howard Books/Simon and Schuster,INC through NetGalley.com for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this e-book.

Book Description:

Grace Connor, a military nurse formerly stationed in Afghanistan, hopes that moving to a farm in rural Ohio will help her recover from the ravages of war. Levi Troyer finds his pacifist beliefs challenged when he discovers his stepfather has been killed and his mother wounded by an unknown intruder. Levi and Grace are thrown together when she comes to his family’s rescue and saves his mother’s life. A deep attraction develops—even though a relationship between them is strictly forbidden.
Levi belongs to the most conservative and isolated of all Amish sects—the Swartzentruber Amish. Even before meeting Grace, Levi had begun to question some of their teachings. He has considered leaving, but knows he will be banned forever from contact with his younger siblings and widowed mother—who need him to survive. He is torn between his love for Grace and his responsibility to his family.
Grace considers leaving her beloved farm and reenlisting rather than continuing to live near the man she loves but cannot have. Levi must confront the Bann if he pursues Grace. And a murderer must be caught. When lifelong allegiances are tested, can love and justice prevail?

My Thoughts:

Uncommon Grace is the first book by Serena Miller I have read and I truly enjoyed this book. I am a huge fan of Amish Fiction and this book did not disappoint. Uncommon Grace is about an Amish family who's father(stepfather) is murdered and mother is pregnant and has been shot by the man who killer her husband. Her son goes to the neighbors who are Englishers for help. Grace, a nurse practitioner home from Afghanistan where she served for quite a few years. Grace helps Levi and his family. The more Grace helps the more her and Levi are put together.

I truly enjoyed this story. I had a very hard time putting it down because once I started it, it held my interest until the very end. As I have stated prior, I am a huge fan of Amish Fiction and in this book I learned more about the Amish Faith that I did not before. I did not realize the different orders of Amish except for Old Order. In this book Serena Miller talks about The Swartzentruber Amish, which seems to be a very strict part of the Amish faith with many more restrictions like how much each family can earn and the types of work they can do. I had never heard of this so it was very interesting to get insight into this faith. The characters both Amish and English were real people, they had their struggles and their lives weren't perfect. I really related to them. Serena Miller's descriptions of Holmes County, the people, and the surroundings are just awesome. I could picture all of it as I read. Uncommon Grace is Amish Fiction with suspense, romance, and faith. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish fiction. I am excited to read more from Serena Miller in the future.

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