Monday, March 19, 2012

Book Review: An Uncommon Grace by Serena B. Miller

An Uncommon Grace
by Serena B Miller
Received for Review from publisher via netgalley
Christian fiction (Amish)
Release Date: April 2, 2012
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.50
Pages: 352

Before we get into what I thought of this one, here is the summary from Goodreads:

A moving and inspirational novel about the power of faith, family and above 
all, love, as a young Amish man must turn to his Englisch neighbor for help after 
a devastating tragedy.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, and keep her teenage brother out of trouble.
When Levi Troyer meets Grace, he is at his most vulnerable. His stepfather has been murdered and his mother wounded by intruders. Grace saves his mother’s life and Levi is more than thankful. However, any relationship between them is forbidden by his faith.
Even before meeting Grace, Levi had begun to question some of the teachings of his ultra-conservative Amish sect. He has considered leaving, but knows he will be banned forever from having contact with his younger siblings and widowed mother—who need him to survive. Grace is struggling with trying to figure out how to live her life without the man she has grown to love. Meanwhile, a murderer must be caught. Will love and justice prevail?

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off let me thank the publisher and netgalley for giving me an arc of this book to review.

I love Christian fiction and read it all the time. I don't read Amish fiction quite as much, but I have still read a lot of it. Most of the time the plot is pretty predictable.

However, this one managed to stand out in my mind, which is a tough thing to do. I loved the characters from the moment I meant them. Grace was very lovable and I found it easy to relate to her character. And I also really liked Levi's character as well. All the minor characters were also really enjoyable to read about as well. 

The plot line sucked me in almost immediately. I was interested in the novel from the very beginning and stayed intrigued until the very last page. 

Miller's novel was as entertaining as it was informative. I learned a lot while reading this novel. That is something I always enjoy. And I also love plot lines that include some time of forbidden romance and this one fit that bill nicely. (It's a weakness of mine.) The chemistry between Grace and Levi was undeniable and they just fit together so well.

This novel had more depth than some of the other Amish fiction books I've read: the characters were realistic, the plot line encompassed more subjects than many other Amish fiction novels I've read, and was entertaining and informative. 

I really enjoyed reading this one. Any book that leaves me telling my roommate all about it deserves a high rating in my book.

In Summary: This was a very well-written Amish novel that was both entertaining and informative and had more depth to it than many other novels I've read in this genre.

Warnings/Side-note: This novel contains minor violence. Nothing graphic, but it's there nonetheless. 

The Wrap-up: Like I mentioned earlier, I really enjoyed reading this one. The writing was compelling. The plot was intriguing. And the characters were lovable. All in all it was a very entertaining read. Definitely recommended to fans of Christian fiction--I guarantee you'll walk away with a greater understanding and feeling entertained at the same time. 


Danica Page

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