Book Review: Threads of Grace by Kelly Long

From the book description:

Deep in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania, the beautiful and weary Amish widow, Grace Beiler, is not looking for a husband—especially one so much younger than her. But handsome and smitten Seth Wyse stumbles upon a way to help her and they marry to keep Grace’s autistic son safe from his ill-intentioned uncle.

Grace soon discovers that she is far from immune to her young husband’s experienced charm and realizes that her first marriage has not destroyed her capacity for love.

Seth Wyse seeks counsel from his older brother, Jacob, when playing the game of pursuing his wife becomes more dangerous to both his heart and life than he ever imagined.  Yet God can give Grace and Seth a passion for family and each other that teaches them the ways of the Master Quilter through the tangled and tender threads of their lives.

My comments:

Over all, I enjoyed the book. The characters were well presented and I was able to relate to most of them. The topics of abuse and autism were dealt with in this book and handled fairly well. In a word, Threads of Grace was like any other feel-good Amish romance novel.

Having said that, I do have a couple of issues with the story. One of the issues I have is that the character of the Uncle Tobias could have been developed more, especially since there was a decent sized gap between his appearance in the book before his “decision.” (I’m purposed being cryptic here so not give away anything. 🙂 )

Another issue I have with the story is that plot resolution was rather simplistic. I know that is usual with Amish fiction, but this story dealt with domestic abuse and I think the plot could have been fleshed out a little more and be a little more realistic.

On the other hand, in regards to the relationship between Violet and Luke, I felt like I was left hanging. There relationship was a sub-plot that wasn’t finished. At least it felt that way to me.

Still, in spite of its faults, Threads of Grace is a good book and I’m glad I read it. I will absolutely look into reading more books from Kelly Long in the future.

I give this book three (3) stars.

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