Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Threads of Grace by Kelly Long review!

I really like Kelly Long. I was waiting for this book to come out so I could review it. Grace is the mom of a young boy that seems to stay to himself. Grace also stays to herself, and after her husband dies she moves to Pine Creek. Not only was she escaping an unhappy marriage, but she was also running away from a family that had given her to the evil man she married. She was a bargaining tool. By marrying the older brute, her families money troubles would disappear. Little did Grace know, that she too would disappear and not be able to talk to her family of wear certain colors.

She fled with her son Abel, hoping to never have to face her hurtful past ever again. It is in Pine Creek that she meets Seth Wyse. Seth is kind to Abel and has a way of getting the child to open up. However Grace is not ready to be involved with another man, never mind to open up her heart again. Her heart has been closed for far too long.

When Grace's brother in law shows up demanding her son, land, money and her hand in marriage, Seth rises up to the challenge and offers his hand instead. Grace knows she has no choice. Yet again she must marry someone for her family, this time for her son. Deep down she knows that Seth is a good man and will be a good father to Abel, but can she be sure? When she was so used to a marriage of dread, can she expect anything else?
Will Seth and Grace share their secrets in time to save their marriage? Will the Bishop go along with Seth and Grace? How far will Grace's brother in law go to keep what he thinks is rightfully his? Will Abel get used to his new family?
I also need to mention that Abel is Autistic. I was so happy to see a writer talk about a child with autism as a child, rather then a child with a problem. A child with Autism is just like every other child, they just need more love, and attention. I was so happy that the author did not make Abel's issues in the book about autism, but rather how any child would react to what was going on in Abel's life. Someone I love very much has Autism. It is about time that Autism awareness was about the child, and not about the illness. I give major kudos to Kelly Long in how she handled Autism in this book. She did not sugar coat it, nor did she make it all about Autism. Yes Abel had Autism. Yes he hardly talked, and kept to himself. Yes he liked numbers. He also had a melt down when he couldn't finish counting in a store. But these things are not what made Abel's character. What made Abel's character was how Seth reached out to him, and with calming words and love, was able to reach out to him. There is also a pretty big art theme in the book.
All in all I am giving this book a 10 out of 5 :) !!! I really liked it and recommend it to everyone!
I was given the chance to review this book from booksneeze, however all opinions are my own.

Book Description

Grace's autistic son needs a life that is safe and consistent. Seth wants to leave his flirting days behind him and settle down.
Deep in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania, the beautiful and weary Amish widow, Grace Beiler, is not looking for a husband—especially one so much younger than her. But handsome and smitten Seth Wyse stumbles upon a way to help her and they marry to keep Grace’s autistic son safe from his ill-intentioned uncle.
Grace soon discovers that she is far from immune to her young husband’s experienced charm and realizes that her first marriage has not destroyed her capacity for love.
Seth Wyse seeks counsel from his older brother, Jacob, when playing the game of pursuing his wife becomes more dangerous to both his heart and life than he ever imagined.
Yet God can give Grace and Seth a passion for family and each other that teaches them the ways of the Master Quilter through the tangled and tender threads of their lives

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