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Friday, August 5, 2011

The Harvest of Grace - Book Review

Where to begin.  When I first opened up the pages to The Harvest of Grace, my initial reaction was that I didn't like how the author wrote the book.  Any other Amish book I've read captures the difference in speech the Amish use.  This book only uses a touch of this.  That however is the only turn off for me.

The character I most identified with was Cara.  A woman who had been hurt tremendously throughout her life.   In an attempt of desperation, she hid with her daughter in an Amish Barn only to be discovered by one of their own.  This led to the shunning of that person because he was trying to help Cara and her daughter "survive" in this world.

My heart went out tremendously to Aaron who struggled with alcoholism and recovery.  While in recovery he met very determined and independent Sylvia; the main character of this book.

Just ask my husband, you could see me laughing one minute and crying another.  This book took so many turns you wondered where you were going to end up.

I'm happy to say that this book did end happy.  Most of us like happy endings and I'm no different.  I will be curious to see what Cindy Woodsmall comes out with next.  The Harvest of Grace is a very refreshing book.  It brings in the simpleness of the Amish people while showing a side of them you might not otherwise see unless you were a "plain" person yourself.  Great job Cindy!

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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