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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Book Review: The Harvest of Grace An Ada's House Series Book 3

I have just finished reading The Harvest of Grace, the third book in the Ada's House series by Cindy Woodsmall.  After an unexpected betrayal from her beau and her sister, Sylvia Fisher tries to go on with life as normal.  Although most old order Amish women spend all of their time tending a household and babies, her main goal is tending to her fathers dairy herd.  But, a bad decision during an impulsive moment causes her to want to run far from home, and her focus moves to saving another's debt ridden farm.

After spending months in rehab, Aaron returns home to try to make up for the mistakes of his past.  He wishes to move his parents and give them an easier lifestyle.  But, his father does not believe that he has changed.  He also has Sylvia and her wishes for the farm standing in his way.

Will they find common ground?  Will they be able to find and give forgiveness for the mistakes of the past?  Or will their opposite goals cause them to miss the bigger picture of faith, forgiveness, and the promise of love?

Even though this is the third book in the series, you do not have to read the other two in order to enjoy this book.  The author gives enough back ground information on the characters and the plot in the previous two books so you know what is going on in this book.  The Harvest of Grace is a very good story with believable characters that we can relate to.  It is a story about moving past the mistakes of your past and giving and accepting forgiveness.  Although the main part of the story focuses on Sylvia and Aaron, we get to see many dimensions of the other characters in the book and their over coming their difficulties and challenges in life.  We get to see real life examples of sin that we all can relate to and that it takes a deeper strength and reliance on the Lord to over come them.

If there is one negative, I would say that the story is very predictable.  There really are no surprises. or plot twists and turns.  It was a very good, easy read and I look forward to reading others in the series.

I received a complimentary copy of Harvest of Grace from Waterbrook Multnomah for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation.
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