When trouble roars into quiet Arborville, Alexa and Anna-Grace find themselves the target for discord and exposed secrets. Can they continue to seek the God of all grace amidst the fog of confusion?Alexa Zimmerman wonders if the Old Order Mennonite community in Arborville, Kansas will ever fully accept her. Her family roots here aren’t what anyone thought when she first arrived, but she is hopeful that her culinary and hospitality skills will win the skeptics over. The bed-and-breakfast she’s operating needs to succeed so Alexa agrees to allow Briley Forrester, the hotshot reporter from Chicago, to stay as a long-term boarder not knowing his real motives for being amongst the Plain folk.
But when Alexa agrees to host her cousin Anna-Grace Braun, the presence of extended family brings out Alexa’s insecurities and sets Briley on the trail to uncovering a web of hidden truths.
Plans for a secure future and the sweetness of young romance hang in the balance when Alexa and Anna-Grace have to face that their secrets are interconnected, binding the two in ways they could not have imagined. They must trust in a loving, heavenly Father and His plan for their futures.
This book was a big dose of grace right from the beginning. It was very refreshing to read.
The characters are what really make this book enjoyable
Alexa really is full of grace. Her gentle and God-honoring character is a blessing to read about, and she pulls this story together. Put in a very uncomfortable situation while trying to settle in with her new family and new life, her faith and trust are inspiring.
Briley - starts out as typical hotshot reporter. As the plot unfolds, this character show that there is a lot more to him. His colorful character brings a touch of humor. While he's very easy to dislike at first, there is hope for him :)
Anna-Grace is the sweetest character. She is so easy to love.
The story moves along at a very nice pace and keeps the reader interested throughout. I couldn't help but love this family.
I hadn't read the first book in the series, yet it read just fine as a stand-alone. The author does a great job of including enough of the previous story for the reader to understand the characters and the plot. I do plan to go back and read it now.
*I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Blogging for Books.