A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
Series: The Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy #2
Published by Doubleday Religious Publishing Group on March 17th 2015
Source: Litfuse Publicity Group
Genres: Amish & Mennonite, Christian, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Suggested Age:13+- I feel this book is teen safe. As in the first book, Alexa being born out of wedlock is discussed but is non-descriptive. In no way is the situation glorified.
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 is book two in the The Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy and continues the story of Alexa as she gets to know her Amish family. I can’t quite put my finger on what it was about this book but it didn’t grab me the way that book one did. I felt there were times when characters were added to the story that didn’t further the story. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed the book and I still feel the author does a wonderful job at creating characters that you can’t help but fall in love with.
If you’re a fan of Amish fiction, this is a well written series so far with a solid storyline and realistically flawed characters. Kim Vogel Sawyer writes a scripture filled story with themes of love, forgiveness, self acceptance and personal triumph. Despite not being drawn in as much as I was with the first book, ‘When Mercy Rains,’ this series still makes it into my personal favorites. Well worth the read!