Monday, November 8, 2010

Grace by Shelley Shepard Gray

I love Christmas. I love the sparkle of Christmas lights. I love Christmas magazines and their promise of the most magical Christmas ever. I often end up with three or more glossy Christmas magazines in my check out cart at the grocery store. I can't resist! What if I don't purchase the one with the gorgeous table setting in red and gold and it holds the secret to the most perfect Christmas party??? What then???

Actually,  it's more about the dream of the perfect Christmas (wonderfully executed by yours truly) than the actual achievement of perfection.  I know that Martha Stewart has a staff of highly trained Christmas experts and I don't... but my children are great helpers!

So what do my meandering thoughts about my addiction to all things Christmas have to do with Grace, by Shelley Shepard Gray?  Well, it seems that even the Amish have ideas about what Christmas should look like.  And in spite of some simple plans for a relaxing family Christmas, guests arrive at the Brenneman Family Inn with some very special needs. Needs that will require more than just a warm bed and some good home cooking, although I would like to check in for some of that!  No, what these visitors need is a generous helping of grace to heal broken hearts and spirits.

Shelley Shepard Gray continues her Sisters of the Heart series with this heart warming story of pain and brokenness redeemed at this most wonderful time of the year, reminding us all what it's really all about.  New life.  New beginnings. And yummy food... 

Please read on for information about this wonderful gut Christmas story!

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Avon Inspire; Original edition (October 26, 2010)
Shelley Shepard Gray


Shelley Shepard Gray is the beloved author of the Sisters of the Heart series, including Hidden, Wanted, and Forgiven.  Before writing, she was a teacher in both Texas and Colorado.  She now writes full time and lives in southern Ohio with her husband and two children.  When not writing, Shelley volunteers at church, reads, and enjoys walking her miniature dachshund on her town's scenic bike trail.


It's Christmastime at the Brenneman Bed & Breakfast, and everyone is excited about closing down for the holiday.

Anna and Henry will be celebrating their first Christmas as a married couple, and for Katie and Jonathan Lundy, it's their first Christmas with baby Stefan. Winnie and Samuel Miller plan to stop by as well for a wonderful two weeks of family and rest.

But when two unexpected visitors show up, hoping to stay for Christmas, the family must test their commitment to hospitality. Levi is a widower who lost his wife four years ago and can't bear the thought of another Christmas alone. And Melody is a young pregnant woman who won't open up about how she ended up on her own at Christmas at almost nine months pregnant.

Anna, who knows a thing or two about keeping secrets, doesn't trust her, and strives to find out the truth about these two strangers who have disrupted their holiday. But as the Christmas spirit descends on them all, as well as snow that traps them in the inn, a healing and hopefulness takes over, allowing new relationships to be built, and the boundaries of family to be extended.

If you'd like to read the first chapter of Grace, go HERE.

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