Reviewed by Charity Lyman
Let me start off this review by saying that Amish stories are not typically at the top of my to-read list. The old order Mennonites and the “plain” people are two subjects I prefer to keep at arm’s length. But the author of When Grace Sings, Kim Vogel Sawyer, just happens to be on my have-to-read list. So when this book popped up for review, I decided to go for it. I figured that worst case scenario, I’d find yet another Amish novel that I didn’t really care for. Let’s just say that I found quite the opposite to be true!
When Grace Sings is the second book in the Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy. There are several individuals that could qualify as main characters and I found the plot to be very interesting. The book opens with Briley Forrester, a newspaper reporter in Chicago, being sent on a mission to show everyone that the Amish are not all as happy as they seem. To outsiders, it appears that the Amish are peaceful, wise, and content to live the plain life. Well, Briley and his boss think that underneath their calm exterior there is discontent and unhappiness. So why not write an article and expose them for what they really are? Briley heads off to Arborville, Kansas to spend several weeks living among them. He stays at the bed and breakfast run by Alexa Zimmerman and her grandmother. Among Alexa’s other guests are Steve and his fiance Anna-Grace Braun, who also happens to be Alexa’s cousin.
The story line is one of the things that drew me to this book. It was different than most Amish type plots and I loved how it played out through the book. Briley is an obstinate but adorable guy who flirts with all the women, no matter their age. Needless to say Alexa’s grandmother wants him gone while Alexa finds herself liking him just a bit. I felt bad for Steven. Wow! His story is sad but yet turns around to some degree. My favorite character by far was Alexa. I think I saw myself in her and connected quite a bit. But I really loved them all and cannot wait for the third book in the series. Don’t leave us waiting too long Ms Sawyer! This book receives a 5 out of 5 stars from me.
Charity lives in Illinois and is the oldest of 6 children. The family also has 3 dogs and a cat. Reading is a hobby when not cooking, baking, sewing or enjoying music. She reads many different genres but Christian fiction is a favorite. Charity can be found often at her blog, Giveaway Lady.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Random House. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.