Grace (Sisters of the Heart, #4)
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Grace (Sisters of the Heart #4)

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It's never too late to go home.

It's Christmastime at the Brenneman Bed and Breakfast, and everyone is excited about closing down for the holidays. But when two unexpected visitors appear seeking shelter, the family's commitment to hospitality is tested. First Levi arrives, sullen and angry...but insisting on staying for five days. Next Melody shows up. She's almost nine mo...more
Paperback, 293 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by Avon Inspire (first published January 1st 2010)
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Loraine
It's Christmas time at the Brenneman's Bed and Breakfast. Normally they do not have guests over the holidays, but two unexpected arrivals - a sullen, quiet Amish man and a nine month pregnant young woman - change the entire Christmas experience for the Brenneman family.

I really enjoyed this Christmas story. It contained a wide variety of characters with lots of different personalities all dealing with very real situations.
Itsjustme-wendy
What a wonderful story this was! I thoroughly enjoyed it! This was one of those, easy flowing, feel good, gets in your heart, kind of story.

This was not a tear gusher, but certain little things just spoke to me and touched my heart, and I did shed a few tears. This was a story of a heart broken man who looses his wife and child and a young Amish girl who is pregnant due to a rape! They both come together at a B&B. Very heartwarming! To say the least.

This was my first Shelley Shepard Gray boo...more
Laura
Title: GRACE
Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Publisher: Avon Inspire
October 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-199096-0
Genre: Inspirational/Amish

The Brenneman family is preparing for a family Christmas. They have no guests scheduled, so they are going to fill the rooms with family. But then they get an unexpected reservation—one sent my mail that traveled the country before arriving, and their guest, Levi is due to arrive that day. But before Levi arrives, a very pregnant Amish girl, Melody, comes, carrying a a gift...more
Bdalton
I am part Pennsylvania Dutch and part Quaker on my mother's side. Occasionally, I have made scrapple, molasses cookies, or a brown sugar pie. But, I have never a novel that deals with the Amish or Mennonite communities in the United States. I wasn't raised in the community; instead for me, it is simply a part of my heritage. In fact, the reason I read Grace was because it was the Christmas pick of one of my book clubs. I did find that it connected me with the messages my mother has imparted thro...more
Maureen Timerman
Loved this book, it was like visiting with old friends and getting caught up on their lives. I have followed the people in this book through 3 previous books and it was great fun meeting up with them again. The main story in this book is about Levi and Melody and the pain they have experienced in their lives. The story is about Levi trying to forgive himself, and Melody who is about to deliver a baby and deal with rape. I enjoyed the interaction of Grace and Forgiveness and Love!
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Grace is when God gives us what we don’t deserve, and mercy is when God doesn’t give us what we do deserve. - Dan Roberts

the Brenneman Bed & Breakfast closes its doors during Christmas season. it is a time to relax and be with family and friends. the Brennemans are all excited about their holiday plans until two unexpected guests arrive one after the other - Melody, a pregnant woman and Levi, a quite guarded man. will their arrival disrupt everything or will it bring about something that th...more
Lorie
Grace written by Shelley Shepard Gray is the fourth book in the Sisters of the Heart series. I was able to read this book through NetGalley. This book gives us a look back at the characters in the series and takes place at the Inn. I have read all of the books in the series, but I think this book could be read without ever reading the other books in the series because it is more about the new characters. I will warn you though that lots of information is given away about the other book, so if yo...more
Carly
When I’m looking for a book to read, Amish fiction is usually not my first choice, but Grace sounded like a nice story and I was in the mood to read a Christmas story. I was expecting a nice, cozy, curl up in front of the fireplace with a cup of tea kind of book. When I first started getting into the book and was introduced to all the drama and trauma that Levi and Melody were dealing with, I thought there was no way this book was going to be the cozy story I was looking forward to. But this is...more
Clockstein Lockstein
Grace by Shelley Shepard Gray is the fourth book in the Sisters of the Heart series. Katie Lundy has been anticipating a quiet Christmas with her extended family at their bed and breakfast for months. Normally it's a quiet season without any customers, but when first Levi shows up to escape tragic memories of his home, and then hugely pregnant Melody shows up, the family must pull together to give their guests a nice stay and treasured holiday. Katie at first resents their presence, but best fri...more
Kati
Dec 04, 2010 Kati rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mom, Shannon
Shelves: on-kindle, arc
This was a nice story that really reminds the reader that life isn't all about us, and when things don't go the way we had hoped we need to look beyond ourselves and remember there is always a greater meaning to everything.

Katie is rather upset when guests come to her family's bed and breakfast so close to the holidays unexpectedly (they normally don't host guests during this time of year), but soon realizes that both Melody and Levi need people around them who can help them to deal with issues...more
Jodie
Grace: A Sisters of the Heart Novel by Shelley Shepard Gray is the first book I have read by this author. I surely was not disappointed! There are many characters in the story, but their stories were so full of grace it was amazing! Katie Lundy grew up in Brenneman's Bed & Breakfast. During Christmas the bed & breakfast is traditionally closed to all guests and the family comes back home to spend time together. Katie grows very upset when her plans are quickly changed. Within a few short...more
Camille
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Mindy Detweiler
From Amazon.com:

It's never too late to go home




It’s Christmastime at the Brenneman Bed and Breakfast, and everyone is excited about closing down for the holidays. But when two unexpected visitors appear seeking shelter, the family’s commitment to hospitality is tested. First Levi arrives, sullen and angry . . . but insisting on staying for five days. Next Melody shows up. She’s almost nine months pregnant, but won’t say a word about why she traveled all the way from Kentucky by herself. As the tw...more
April
GRACE by Shelley Shepard Gray is a heartwarming inspirational Amish Christmas Novella/ Romance set in modern day Lancaster County, PA. It is well written with depth and details.It is the fourth in "The Sisters of The Heart Series",(#1 Hidden,#2 Wanted, #3 Forgiven) but can be read as a stand alone. It has romance, Amish,forgiveness, redemption, love, healing, victim of a violent rape, understanding, faith, patience, finding love in expected places, finding friendship, and compassion. The charact...more
Rachel Brand
Melody and Levi are strangers when they arrive at the Brenneman Bed and Breakfast in Ohio, both burdened with pain and sadness. But the welcoming, family-orientated nature of their Christmas getaway will not allow them stay unhappy for long. Soon they find themselves drawn together during the preparations for the holiday season and slowly they come to realise that God has great plans for both their futures. Can a miraculous event on Christmas day bring them together?

This sweet, wholesome Christm...more
Diane U
I loved how there were several stories unfolding at once. First there was Melody. She was a young unwed mother with a very sad story. She went to the inn to have some relaxation before the baby is born. Then there is Levi. He was looking to forget his bad memories of Christmases past. Along the way, Melody and Levi help each other get through the holiday. Leah is Melody's English friend from home who travels to be with her on Christmas. She has her own troubles and meets Zach along the way.

This...more
Debbie Maskus
I am enjoying learning about Amish life and their interaction with other people and with God. In this story, a bitter widower goes to Ohio to an Amish bread and breakfast inn. A young, raped, and very pregnant Amish woman goes to the same inn for the Christmas week. The story unfolds in a tale that life carries bitterness, caution, and jealousy. Many times, the Amish are labeled as "Plain", which in this story translates to a belief in a simple life based on the Bible. The story also exposes the...more
Terry
Another sweet story set in the Amish culture of Cincinnati with the Brenneman family. Beautiful way of life, cherished family values and relationships with a inspiring theme of Christian faith weaved throughout the stories each filled with joy, sadness, hope, trauma, gratitude, fears and healing.
Phyllis C
Christmastime at a B&B. Strangers are surprised as they find each other.
Janna
This book is like a Christmas novella, but with all the characters from Shelley's popular Sisters of the Heart series. You don't have to read those books in order to appreciate and enjoy this book, but if you have you will love seeing where those characters are now. At this special Christmas the family is all gathering at the Bed and Breakfast to enjoy time with each other. The only problem is 2 guests show up unexpectedly and life turns very interesting. Is it possible that God brought them all...more
Janna
This book is like a Christmas novella, but with all the characters from Shelley's popular Sisters of the Heart series. You don't have to read those books in order to appreciate and enjoy this book, but if you have you will love seeing where those characters are now. At this special Christmas the family is all gathering at the Bed and Breakfast to enjoy time with each other. The only problem is 2 guests show up unexpectedly and life turns very interesting. Is it possible that God brought them all...more
Mandy Hoffman
MY REVIEW:

GRACE is a simple story that will warm your heart!

I enjoyed the simplicity of the story as well as the characters with stories to be told. Gray's writing is truly enjoyable and the story is uplifting. There were a few parts that were a little hard to believe as "could be real", but not so much so that it took away from the story. Despite any weakness in that area it still remained a light, yet touching, read for pure enjoyment. Due to a bit of the content I would recommend this for old...more
Donna
I love the way that Shelley Shepard Gray brought the first three books in the series together in this last one, this special Christmas story set at the Inn that was central in the first books. All the favorite characters are part of a Christmas celebration at the Inn, parts of their stories are revisited, and several new people are introduced as unexpected guests. These books and the others by this author are delightful and inspirational reading. Again, it is fun to read about people and events...more
Leigh
Sweet, sweet story of God placing people in the right places at the right time...of faith that God's plan is the right one for all, even if it is painful at times as it comes to fruition. This is another story about the Brenneman family, their Amish bed and breakfast, and the various branches of the clan all returning for a family Christmas at the inn. However, two strangers arrive, unannounced, and change the family's plans from a family holiday to a working holiday....with amazing and grace-f...more
Babs
Nov 05, 2010 Babs rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Amish romance
An absolute must read. Melody and Levi show up each on their own, not knowing each other, to an Inn run by Mr and Mrs Brenneman. They each are running away from their fears and heartache. Little do they know things are about to change. At first, the Brenneman family was not trilled to have guest of the holidays, as they are usually alone during christmas. They were looking forward to just family, unbeknownst to them miracles were about to happen. This is a wonderful story.
Kristen
Great Series! I absolutely loved this book!
Kellyflower
Katie is a hard character to like. The story isn't even about her, but just her complaining about the visitors over and over got on my nerves. I can't believe she's over 20 yrs old. To be fair I did not read Katie's story, and I probably won't, because of how she acted in this one.
The book's point:
"It was God's Grace - giving all the love and security and hope that one could yearn for, even when one feels undeserving."
Kim Blevins
A heartwarming story of overcoming struggles in life through faith and finding peace at Christmas!!

Lindsay
I do not really now how I feel about this book. Though I can feel about being afraid of something or for the Mel and Katie in their situation. But I did learned that you do need to let your burrens to the lord and let me guide you and do has is will. I have hoping and praying that he will bring that person to me as well. I do hope you read this series if you have not I would and then again either way I hope you enjoy it.
Tina
LOVED this book along with the whole series.

Shelley Shepard Gray wrote a different Christmas book from those written by other authors (I'm saying this in a good way and is not meant to hurt other authors either). One can always use the reminder about Christmas when it's not the Christmas season.

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I live in southern Ohio with my husband, two teenagers, and two dogs. My days are filled with busy activities like most any other mom and housewife. But I also love to write books.

Each morning, after my kids go off to school, I sit at my desk, look out my window, and dream of other places. The hours fly by as I make up people and places and drink...more
More about Shelley Shepard Gray...
Hidden (Sisters of the Heart, #1) The Caregiver (Families of Honor, #1) Winter's Awakening (Seasons of Sugarcreek, #1) Wanted (Sisters of the Heart, #2) Forgiven (Sisters of the Heart, #3)

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