Thursday, October 14, 2021

Book Review: Christmas Grace by Mindy Steele

About the Book:

Second chances and the Christmas spirit abound in Mindy Steele’s heartwarming novel, one of faith, love, and the power of community.

Grace Miller believed herself in love with the charming Englischer who eventually broke her heart. Now alone except for the secret life growing inside her, she arrives in the unfamiliar small village of Walnut Ridge, Kentucky, to hide and hopefully gain forgiveness.

She is pleasantly surprised, however, to find a tight-knit, welcoming group who help her heart grow right alongside her belly. And with the holidays around the corner, there’s plenty of preparations to occupy her mind. Also occupying her mind? Her strong, protective neighbor, Cullen Graber, the town’s blacksmith, who seems intent on not allowing her to ever suffer alone.

Cullen Graber gave up on love after too many losses early in life. He planned to live out his days focusing on his smithy business, yet the beautiful and mysterious Grace refuses to leave his thoughts. But can they open their hearts to God’s grace and create a new family together before Grace must return home?

My Thoughts:

Christmas Grace by Mindy Steele stands as my first Christmas read of 2021 and I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Grace and Cullen, the main characters, held my interest from the start. Grace, and everyone around her, recognizes that she is far from perfect, but Cullen is an amazing male lead as he reflects the selfless love of Jesus so well to Grace. The character-driven plot gave both Grace and Cullen the necessary time and development to grow as people and embrace their future. I adored their relational tension and blossoming love.

My enjoyment of Christmas Grace’s storyline overshadowed the few typos and occasional awkward conversation in which I wasn’t sure which character was speaking. However, I mention those flaws as I know some readers might struggle with them more than I did. Amish romance is not my normal genre, so I cannot speak to the cultural authenticity or plot uniqueness, but I think many Christian Fiction readers will find Christmas Grace by Mindy Steele enjoyable.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the author or publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

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