The Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall
I am a sucker for a good Amish Romance, I'll admit it! This did not disappoint. I was a bit nervous in receiving it, as it is the third installment of the "Ada's House" series and I hadn't read the other two. No need to worry, though, as this book stood on it's own quite nicely, filling in some of the back story without being completely tied to the previous books. So, it wasn't imperative to have read the previous books in the series, though I would like to read them now, for sure.
I love the character of Sylvia Fisher ~ she isn't your typical Amish heroine, as she is very strong willed, and determined to do things her way. She loves running her family's farm with her father; so much so that when her beau, Elam proposes to her, she declines, nervous about what her life will become, once she has become a wife and mother. Imagine how she feels when Elam chooses her sister for his new bride!
Sylvia's life eventually takes an unexpected turn, and she leaves her family farm to work for the Blanks an older couple in need of assistance on their dairy. The Blank's son, Aaron has left to attempt to rehabilitate from alcoholism. When he returns, he and Sylvia clash, battling over every little thing. Is there a way for them to compromise for what is best for everyone on the Blank farm? Will they be able to set aside their differences for the good of the family? Will Sylvia ever return to her home or find the love that she aches for?
I enjoyed this book and it's complex characters. I look forward to reading the rest of the series, even if I do read it backwards.
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