GRACE by Shelley Shepard Gray

Book Descriptiont's never too late to go home . . . 
It’s Christmastime at the Brenneman Bed and Breakfast, and everyone is excited about closing down for the holidays. But when two unexpected visitors appear seeking shelter, the family’s commitment to hospitality is tested. First Levi arrives, sullen and angry . . . but insisting on staying for five days. Next Melody shows up. She’s almost nine months pregnant, but won’t say a word about why she traveled all the way from Kentucky by herself. As the two strangers settle in, the Brennemans try to make the best of an uncomfortable situation, except for Katie, who and knows a thing or two about keeping secrets. She is determined to learn the truth about these two strangers . . . all while keeping her own secret safely hidden away.
All is revealed when a snowstorm traps them at the inn.

About the Author:  Shelley Shepard Gray lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. A busy wife and mother of two, she spends her days writing and keeping track of her two teenagers. Her two dogs keep her company when she writes in her basement.
Shelley enjoys writing about the Amish and visits Amish communities in Adams and Holmes counties several times a year. When not spending time with her family or writing, she serves on several committees in her church.
She also bakes a lot, loves coconut cream pie, and will hardly ever pull weeds, mow the yard, or drive in the snow.
Shelley also spends a lot of time on line! Please visit her website, to find out her latest news...or become her friend on FaceBook.

My Review:  It's Christmas time.  A time to decorate, a time to laugh and a time for family. GRACE by Shelley Shepard Gray is one of those reads that is a must read to begin your Christmas season!
The Brenneman Bed & Breakfast is about to close so the family celebrate the holiday but just as the family is ready to close up and get ready for the holiday a mailed in reservation is late in coming to the bed & breakfast.  This news of an unexpected guest who thinks he has a reservation is not.high.on Katie's list---Katie is upset but as daad tells her we must make the guest welcome.  
The guest seem to be unlikely visitors for a Christmas celebration---Levi seems to have a burr under his saddle and Melody is secretive and very pregnant (her story will bring tears and a loving compassion to your soul).  All of this makes for an intriguing read!
With emotions running high and Katie, who has a secret of her own, this turns out to be a especially if you're a fan of Amish fiction.  The Christmas season also seems to be a time for love and acceptance with a dash or two of forgiveness thrown in.   The Amish seem especially good at giving these two gifts.
Katie seeks to find answers and in doing so also finds that helping/serving others with love and compassion can be the greatest Christmas gift to be given!
I loved the cover of this book and the title is a great clue to what gift we can give this Christmas . . . for isn't that one of the greatest gifts we, also, received from the Father.
I enjoyed this 5 star read!  Once again Shelley has given us a great gift in her story telling.

*I reviewed this book for Zondervan*

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