Friday, 15 May 2015

Review - When Grace Sings

When Grace Sings
The Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy, book 2
by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Pub. Date: March 17, 2015
ISBN: 978-0307731333
Pages: 352
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I use to be part of a monthly book club year ago and one of the books (I don't recall the title) sent to me was by Kim Vogel Sawyer. The author was completely new to me, but she has became one of my favorite authors since then. Now every time I come across a new title by the author, I eagerly sign up to review it.

When Grace Sings arrived in bookstores this spring and centers on Alexa Zimmerman, a young Mennonite woman living in Arborville, Kansas. The community there is of the Old Order Mennonite and they haven't exactly accepted Alexa, though she was raised by the Zimmerman family that already lives in town. She tries to stay positive by using her culinary and hospitality skills to run a bed-and-breakfast.

A hotshot Chicago reporter, Briley Forrester, is sent to Arborville to write a juicy story on the Mennonite community. Upon arriving at Alexa's bed-and-breakfast, he gets a room there. Orphaned at a young age, Briley doesn't exactly understand of how close-knit some of the Mennonite families are here.

Before long another guest arrives, Alexa's cousin, Anna-Grace Braun, whom is to-be-married to Steven Brungardt. The two aren't from Arborville, but Steven inherited his grandfather's farm. Though he would rather be a teacher, Steven doesn't want to disappoint his family by not taking taking over the farm.

While Alexa is worried enough about her cousin, she also has to deal with Briley, whom she does have an affection for and vice versa. As she gets closer to Briley, his past comes into focus, which could threatened their future together.

I live in the Midwest, so I'm always thrilled to read a book set in Kansas or Missouri. Where should I start with my final thoughts? Well, for starters, I absolutely loved reading this book. From the intriguing plot to the well-rounded characters, Kim Vogel Sawyer did a wonderful job crafting an amazing tale. One would think that after writing novel after novel that eventually a plot would be become stale, but the author has a talent of creating a lovely story that avoids all the traditional cliches.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of twenty-nine novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women's fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and nine grandchildren.

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