Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Wonderful Summer Read!

"A Promise of Grace"
   By Lynette Sowell

After having thoroughly enjoyed the two previous books in this series, "Seasons in Pinecraft", I just knew I would love this new book too. Lynette has taken Amish fiction to another level, having her novels set in Pinecraft, an actual place in Florida, near Sarasota. Both Mennonite and Amish use this as a vacation spot when trying to avoid the northern winters. It is also the permanent home of many retired/older folks who want the warmth but love to live in a community where their faith is respected . This book can be read as a stand alone although it is beneficial if you have read "A Season of Change" and "A Path Made Plain". When I opened this book, I felt as though I was once again visiting old friends. This certainly added to my curiosity and desire to dig into this book, I wanted to know what my pals had been up to! 

Rochelle has been living in Pinecraft for almost twenty years. She has led a quiet, content life, keeping her past safely hidden away. As she approaches her fortieth birthday, an important decision is made! Rochelle has decided to go back to nursing school, a dream given up long ago during a painful period in her life.

Although Rochelle would prefer the past remain a secret, it comes to the forefront when Silas Fry, her former love, moves to Pinecraft. YES, not just a vacation, but a permanent move, much to her dismay!!  Silas has spent the last five years working as a missionary pilot, but the sudden death of his wife, Belinda, changed him. Belinda just happened to be Rochelle's best childhood  friend. Both Silas and Rochelle are on a collision course with their past. This reunited couple is faced with unexpected decisions. Can they resurrect the past romance?? Years have changed both of them, but will it help or deter the situation?? 

Lynette's setting of the novel is so realistically described and so detailed that I had no problem putting myself in Pinecraft. I could see it , I could feel the ocean breezes and yes, even enjoy Olaf's icecream. She did her research well. Now, I really have the greatest need to visit this community!

The characters were realistic and well developed . I had no problems identifying with Rochelle and her challenges. Her hurts, confusion and joys became part of me. 

The plot moved slowly but steadily. The events captured my attention and every once in a while a twist or turn would appear that would throw me off balance. I had to rethink what I presumed would happen.

I would recommend this book to those who want a light  summer read. Enjoyable from beginning to end.

This book was supplied by Abingdon Press and the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.




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