the author's website:
"Grace Connor, a military nurse formerly stationed in Afghanistan, hopes
that moving to a farm in rural Ohio will help her recover from the
ravages of war. Levi Troyer finds his pacifist beliefs challenged when
he discovers his stepfather has been killed and his mother wounded by an
unknown intruder. Levi and Grace are thrown together when she comes to
his family's rescue and saves his mother's life. A deep attraction
develops-even though a relationship between them is strictly forbidden.
Levi belongs to the most conservative and isolated of all Amish sects-the
Swartzentruber Amish. Even before meeting Grace, Levi had begun to
question some of their teachings. He has considered leaving, but knows
he will be banned forever from contact with his younger siblings and
widowed mother- who need him to survive. He is torn between his love for
Grace and his responsibility to his family.
Grace considers leaving her
beloved farm and reenlisting rather than continuing to live near the
man she loves but cannot have. Levi must confront the Bann if he pursues Grace. And a murderer must be caught. When lifelong allegiances are tested, can love and justice prevail?
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An Uncommon Grace starts out with a "bang" (literally and tragically), and then settles into a slow simmer that eventually builds up to an intriguing romance. Miller's writing style is easy and enjoyable - and she knows how to tell a great character-driven story! While the slow pace of events after the opening of the book didn't wholly capture my attention, the latter portion of the book did, and overall the story is a thought-provoking and well-told one.
Grace and Levi's developing romance is interesting and unique. Grace is such a strong and honorable and likeable character. Levi has his own strengths, as well, but he has a lot more to settle and decide within himself. His growth and his interactions with Grace make for some great reading!
The suspense is well-incorporated into the story, but it's the relationships that make this book meaningful. An Uncommon Grace is told with "an uncommon grace," indeed!
*With thanks to Howard Books for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion. My apologies to the publisher for the delay in posting my review.*
P.S. I have to agree with my blogging friend Kav over at Best Reads - the cover doesn't really fit with the story at all! I think if they wanted someone Amish on the front, they should have definitely gone with Levi's character. Either that or just kept the Amish backdrop and put Grace's real character on the front!