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May 4, 2015

When Grace Sings {Kim Vogel Sawyer|

when grace sings
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.

My Thoughts:
I kind of don't feel like I can give this book a fair review without the other books in the series. This is the second, and I really feel like I missed a lot of character development by not reading the first book.

With that being said, this was still a good book. It is set modern times but in the plain country in Kansas. Steven and Anna Grace are engaged (or published to be married) and they both have big dreams for their future - only their dreams aren't exactly the same. As they both move (separately) to the town they will live in after marriage, their lives become intertwined with those around them. Each of those people that come into their lives have their own set of secrets and stories (again, I feel like I missed so much).

As Steven and Anna - Grace move closer to their wedding date, things seem to begin to unfold, and, in a way, unravel.

This book pretty much ended with every story line hanging unfinished. I can definitely see that the remaining books in this series are going to be great. There are so many stories to finish, and so much drama on the horizon.

I am putting the first book on my reading list, and setting my sights on the third book when it comes out.

Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of fifteen novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women's fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and six grandchildren. She invites you to visit her Web site at for more information.

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