Thursday, June 25, 2015

When Grace Sings (The Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy #2) by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Summary from Goodreads

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 on the book

I have actually never read a book with an Amish or Mennonite storyline before this one.  They have never really peaked my interest.  However, with that being said, I did enjoy this story.  There was faith, love, romance, secrets, and even some scandals that kept me interested!  Sweet moments, fun moments, and emotional moments were all in this storyline.

I also found myself wanting to know more about Amish and Mennonite communities.  The way they live, their faith, and their traditions are all things that I would like to know more about.

I hadn't read the first book in this series before reading this one so I was a bit lost at times.  I would definitely recommend reading book 1 of the trilogy (When Mercy Rains) before starting this one.  You don't have to read book 1 to be able to enjoy this book, it will just make it more understandable.  Kim Vogel Sawyer did a good job explaining this for the most part but it would have been easier for me if I had read the first book before this one.

Each character was very well thought out with their own distinct personalities.  When I read a book, it is important to me to be able to imagine the characters as real people.  That is very possible when reading this book.  You can find yourself drawn in very easily.  If you enjoy Amish or Mennonite stories, or even if you're like me and have never read one before, you should try this one (maybe after you read the first one!).

*Note: I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

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