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?
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?