Monday, February 15, 2016

Grace's Forgiveness

Happy President's Day!  It is a day to honor all US Presidents, but we also celebrate George Washington's and Abraham Lincoln's birthdays on this day.  If you are a federal employee, a postal worker, or work in a bank, you get to enjoy an extra day off (hooray for you)!  On February 15 in 1879 President Rutherford B. Hayes signed a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.  In 1972 sound recordings are granted U.S. federal copyright protection for the first time (took long enough)! I like these little tidbits.  I can say I learned something new today and you have a fun fact for conversations (also good for pub quizzes).  

Grace’s Forgiveness by Molly Jebber is the second book in Keepsake Pocket Quilt series.  The novel is set in Berlin, Ohio in 1900.  Grace Blauch was born with a red birthmark on her left cheek.  Grace is a midwife and also runs Grace and Sarah’s Dry Good’s Shop with her best friend, Sarah Helmuth.  Grace does not believe she will ever get married until she Mark King comes to town.  Mark is new to the area (just bought a small farm) and is opening a store next to Grace and Sarah (wood furniture and toys).  Slowly Mark wins Grace’s trust and love.  But then Mark’s (shunned) brother, Abel King comes to town.  It is hard to put the feelings for family ahead of the Ordung.  When Grace’s father finds out that Mark broke the Ordung, he removes his blessing from their wedding.  Will Grace and Mark ever be able to get married?  Grace and Mark’s road to happiness will not be easy, but it will be full of love and life lessons.

Grace’s Forgiveness is such a sweet book.  It has a good moral and talks about love, faith, family, and community (and quilting).  Grace’s Forgiveness is well-written and easy to read.  I liked the characters and the setting (Berlin, Ohio).  This is the second book I have read by Molly Jebber and I look forward to reading more of her novels.  It is a simple story, but I liked the message contained within it.  What you do in Mark’s situation?  Could you ignore a family member in need (who arrives at your door)?  I give Grace’s Forgiveness 4 out of 5 stars (I liked and enjoyed it).

The first book in the Keepsake Picket Quilt series is Change of Heart (it was a good novel). I received a complimentary copy of Grace’s Forgiveness from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend.  Time passes so quickly.  I am currently reading More Than Friendship by Amy Lillard (a heartwarming short story).  Please take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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