Saturday, April 14, 2012
An Uncommon Grace by Serena B. Miller
About the book:
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 review of An Uncommon Grace:
It’s no secret that Amish fiction is not among my favorite genres, but I am often willing to read an Amish by an author who is fairly new to me. I read another book by Serena Miller that was not Amish fiction and I absolutely loved it, so I had a pretty good idea that I would like An Uncommon Grace.
The main storyline, Amish person falling in love with a non-Amish person, has been a little overdone, but I thought it was very well written. Just saying that this book was well written is actually an understatement because I really liked this book. I really didn’t care much for the attitudes of the Amish sect that Levi belongs to. That is actually one of the things that I don’t like about Amish novels, but in this book, it fit in well with the story and created just the right amount of tension. There was enough depth to this story and excellent characters to make this book an interesting and fast read.
I like Serena Miller’s writing enough to make me want to read anything else she writes from now on whether it’s Amish fiction or not. She has a writing style that agrees with and appeals to me on so many levels. I am certainly not going to hesitate to read her next book because she is a truly gifted storyteller and I highly recommend An Uncommon Grace, even if you are like me and not a fan of Amish fiction.
For more information about An Uncommon Grace and to read a sample, click here.
This book was provided for review by Howard Books.