Good Day! The Dark Side by Danielle Steel will be out on August 27 along with Wonton Terror by Vivien Chen. Christmas Cow Bells by Mollie Cox Bryan releases on September 2. It is the first book A Buttermilk Creek Mystery series. Power of the Witch by Deanna Chase is the seventh installment in the Witches of Keating Hollow series. It releases on September 4. There are many new delightful novels coming out in September.
A Family for Gracie by Amy Lillard takes readers to Pontotoc, Mississippi. Gracie Glick is twenty six years old and single. She has spent the last few years traveling from relative to relative helping those who have needed her assistance. Gracie now lives with her Uncle Abner and Aunt Eunice, but she longs to have a family of her own. There are a limited number of eligible bachelors available in their town, so Gracie has come up with a bold plan. Matthew Byler is a recent widower with five children with one of them being newborn, Grace. Gracie blurts out a proposal to Matthew and then instantly regrets it. Matthew is stunned by Gracie’s abrupt proposal, but he soon comes to realize that it would solve his dilemma. He cannot watch his four rambunctious boys plus one infant and plant his crops especially with baby Grace crying constantly. After some consideration, Matthew accepts Gracie proposal. After they are wed, Gracie finds out that Matthew does not want a traditional marriage. Matthew has a good reason for his decision, but that does not change Gracie’s desire for a baby of her own. What does the future hold for Gracie and Matthew? You will have to read A Family for Gracie to find out.
A Family for Gracie is the third novel in the Amish of Pontotoc series. It can easily be read as a standalone if you have not read the other books in this series. I thought A Family for Gracie was a sweet, expressive story. It is well-written with engaging characters and a lovely setting. Gracie has numerous relatives, but she wants her own family. She longs for a husband and children. Matthew is a widower with five children. Gracie knows little about Matthew except he is eligible and needs a wife. This makes for an intriguing story as we watch Matthew and Gracie adjust to their new life. Matthew’s children provide humor especially Henry, the mischievous one. Henry and his brothers’ antics had me chuckling. Marriage is hard work, but it is even more challenging when two people do not know each other and there is a lack of communication. Then add in five children who are grieving and confused (their mother is gone and now they have a new woman taking charge). Baby Grace cried constantly because she missed her mother. There are endless chores especially with so many people in one house. I felt for the wee little tike who experienced such loss so early in her little life. Amy Lillard deftly deals with difficult topics (depression for example). She handled them with grace and compassion. Forgiveness, guilt, and depression are a couple of topics addressed. We see the importance of prayer and having a strong faith in God. I liked that I could feel the character’s emotions and I appreciated the epilogue at the end. I was happy that Leah and Hannah were back in this story so we can see how they are doing. That pair also provided some lighthearted moments. Aunt Eunice While the ending is expected, A Family for Gracie is a lovely, heartfelt novel. A Family for Gracie has mischievous munchkins, kind cousins, a chaotic home, a boisterous pup, a benevolent bishop, and a marriage full of possibilities.
Kensington Books offers an extract of A Family for Gracie on their website. The first two books in the Amish of Pontotoc are A Home for Hannah (on Kindle Unlimited) and A Love for Leah. A Family for Gracie is available through Amazon (and other major retailers). Thank you for reading my review. I am sharing my thoughts on Needled to Death by Annelise Ryan next time. It is the first novel in A Helping Hands Mystery series. I hope you have a lighthearted day. Take care and Happy Reading!
The Avid Reader