Sunday, October 24, 2010

Grace: A Christmas Sisters of the Heart Novel - Shelly Shepard Gray

Summary from Net Galley: It’s Christmastime at the Brenneman Bed & Breakfast, and everyone is excited about closing down for the holiday. Anna and Henry will be celebrating their first Christmas as a married couple, and for Katie and Jonathan Lundy, it’s their first Christmas with baby Stefan. Winnie and Samuel Miller plan to stop by as well for a wonderful two weeks of family and rest.

But when two unexpected visitors show up, hoping to stay for Christmas, the family must test their commitment to hospitality. Levi is a widower who lost his wife four years ago and can’t bear the thought of another Christmas alone. And Melody is a young pregnant woman who won’t open up about how she ended up on her own at Christmas at almost nine months pregnant. Anna, who knows a thing or two about keeping secrets, doesn’t trust her, and strives to find out the truth about these two strangers who have disrupted their holiday.

But as the Christmas spirit descends on them all, along with a snow that traps them at the inn, a healing and hopefulness takes over, allowing new relationships to be built, and the boundaries of family to be extended.
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 was the first book that I have read by Shelley Shepard Gray and I loved it!  Although, in this book, the past three books of this series are mentioned quickly, I am eager to read all of them.  I am looking forward to starting Hidden next.

A special thanks to Net Galley and HarperCollins publishing company for allowing me to review this book before it is released on October 26, 2010.

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