Tuesday, May 8, 2012

An Uncommon Grace



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?

My Review:

Captivating from the very first page, An Uncommon Grace made me think as much as it entertained.

First things first -- you have to get past the misleading cover. I've never seen such a misrepresentation of a book before! Who is that woman looking off into the distance and why is she on the cover of Grace and Levi's story? LOL. Grace is obviously not Amish and this book is just as much about Grace and her family as it is about Levi's and his.  In fact, if you aren't into Amish fiction, I'd wager that you'd still find this a compelling read on so many levels.

One of the most fascinating part of this book is the glimpse Miller gives us into the strict Swartzentruber Amish order. The story is peppered with so many interesting facts and comparisons with the Old Order Amish that is usually featured in fiction.

The addition of a murder mystery along with the complicated relationship that slowly develops between Levi and Grace makes this  the kind of read you just won't want to put down. Miller's characters become living, breathing people with minds and hearts of their own. Grace's grandmother is an incredible rock for both of them -- a genteel lady with a quick sense of humour and deep understanding of the Savior's love.

As Levi struggles to make sense of the sudden upheaval in his life, Grace finds herself drawn into a chaos of her own. Both ardently support their families, willing to sacrifice anything for those they love. In a perfect world, they would be perfect for each other -- but perfection doesn't come in this life and their journey isn't an easy one. Miller has spun an emotional tale that I soon won't forget...and hopefully you won't either because you're sure to want to read it now too, right?

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like to win a copy of An Uncommon Grace, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. Please make sure to put the title in the subject line so your entry is easy for me to spot. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday May 13. Offer open to international readers.


  1. I would love to win this book. It would be a nice gift for me on Mother's Day.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  2. You're in the draw, Marjorie. Good luck!

  3. Sounds great!


  4. thanks for the chance to read this beautiful story :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  5. Thank you for your review, sounds like a great book.


  6. Thanks for the giveaway. I would really enjoy reading it.

  7. Sounds intriguing. :) Please enter me.

    mchapman (at) windstream (dot) net

  8. Wow, this sounds great!

    I've not read anything by this author, would love to win!!


  9. I'm not a huge fan of Amish fiction but this one does not seem to be typical. I like that it is a mystery. I've read several good reviews of An Uncommon Grace so would love to win a copy. Thanks.


  10. This looks like another wonderful Amish fiction book. I'm a huge fan. Thank you for offering this giveaway!

  11. This book sounds intriguing! I'm not usually an Amish fiction type of girl but I'm interested in this one :)

    cbus.blogger at gmail dot com

  12. Love how this book is intriguing to non-Amish fans too. Good luck everyone!

  13. An Uncommon Grace sounds like an interesting Amish story. You have me wanting to read this one, Kav. :) Thanks for a chance to win it!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  14. Love a good read that you don't want to have to put down and this sounds like rather an interesting Amish story line.

    I would love the chance to be able to read this book so can you please enter my name into the draw...

    zabook at tpg dot com dot au

    Many thanks.

  15. This sounds like a great read and I'd love to win a copy!


  16. I have not read Serena Miller books yet. I do have her first one though. Please sign me up. Thanks.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  17. Great review, Kav! This is definitely a great read! And I hope you don't mind, but I linked to you at the end of my review as I totally agree about the cover!! So weird...


    Anyway, no need to enter me - I just wanted to say that I agree with your review! :)