THE HARVEST OF GRACE
by Cindy Woodsmall

August 2011
ISBN: 978-1400073986
Reviewer Graphic Button Waterbrook Press
Trade Paperback
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Sylvia Fisher loves Elam, but she isnít sure she wants to marry when Elam thinks they should. She has taken over her dadís dairy cow business and it is beginning to show a profit. But Elam wants to marry in the fall and has already signed a business agreement with Sylviaís dad, making him co-owner of their farm. Elam plans for him and Sylvia to live in Sylviaís grandfatherís house ó which was deeded to Sylvia when her grandfather died. But Sylvia balks, wanting to wait a bit. She asks Elam for a few weeks to decide. But then Elam does the unthinkable and turns to Sylviaís sister, Rachel, and asks her to marry him instead.


Aaron Blank has been in rehab since, due to his hateful crimes and drunkenness, he basically murdered his own sister. Now heís sober and returning home to talk his parents into selling out their dairy farm and moving to town where Aaron has put a down payment on a shop. The first thing Aaron does when he gets home is go out to the cabin on the property to board it up and get rid of his drunken friends who hang out there. But he is stunned to find a woman living there instead!


Sylvia flees her fatherís house to get away from Elamís inappropriate advances after he marries her sister, but her father disowns her due to this decision. She takes a job on the Blank farm, running their dairy business and beginning to turn a profit there. But Aaron and Sylvia are at odds. He wants to sell out ó but his father refuses to believe that Aaron has changed and loves Sylvia as a daughter. Will Aaron and Sylvia find common ground?


The Harvest of Grace is the satisfying conclusion to the best selling An Adaís House series. The books are tied together with characters from different stories all having points of view and continuing bits in their stories, so readers will want to read the books in order to get the full story. However, if you donít have The Hope of Refuge or The Bridge of Peace, then there is a brief synopsis of both stories included at the front of this book that will help.


I couldnít help but feel for Sylvia, losing everything she loved and held dear to get away from her sisterís husband and I wish her father would have been more understanding to her plight. Aaron was this absolutely horrific character from The Bridge of Peace that I canít believe became the hero in this book, but Ms. Woodsmall did a stellar job of transforming his abominable characteristics in book two into someone well loved and rooted for in The Harvest of Grace. If you like Amish fiction, then you want to read this series. A glossary is included at the back of the book.


Reviewed in December 2011 by Laura.

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