“The Harvest of Grace”

Sylvia has a good life.  She is Old Order Amish and although her father has no sons, he has allowed her to help him with some of the farm duties, even listening to her when it comes to management of the cow herd.  She has taken over the breeding of the herd and has been successful.  Her beau Elam has also been talking to Sylvia’s dad in preparation of their marriage.  However, Sylvia is betrayed when she asks Elam for a bit more time before getting married.

Several years later, Sylvia is forced to leave her family’s farm because of Elam.  She takes a job at the Blank’s farm several hours away.   They have problems with their entire operation and are hoping that Sylvia can help turn things around.  Their daughter recently died and their son has been absent for a while.   But they don’t tell her the whole truth.

Aaron Blank is a recovering alcoholic who is trying to find his passion.  He worked his family’s farm for a number of years while his father battled a debilitating illness and got burned out.  He is coming back to the farm to show his parents that they need to sell the farm and move with him to help him with an appliance business.

His goals are counter to what Sylvia wants.  She is the link between Aaron and his parents.  His parents have come to rely on her and trust her opinion. As she gets to know Aaron, she has to facilitate a connection between Aaron and his parents, while keeping her own past secret from him.

I didn’t realize that it was the 3rd book in a series when I started reading it.  However, that didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book, as the author provides enough backstory as characters are introduced that you are able to at least kind of catch up.  The characters from the other books play an important part in this book, but I wanted to focus my review on Sylvia and Aaron.

I enjoyed reading this book.  The message of forgiveness throughout is very realistically written.  I will definitely read other books by this author.

I was provided this book by Waterbrook’s Blogging for Books program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions are my own.

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