Jan 9, 2020

A Family for Gracie by Amy Lillard Review

A Family for Gracie
Amish of Pontotoc #3
By Amy Lillard
Release Date: July 30th, 2019
Source: ARC provided by the publisher

For the Amish of Pontotoc, Mississippi, faith, and family are everything--even when they pose the greatest challenge . . . 

Gracie Glick is known for being the helpful one, always available for a relative in need. But now that she's longing for a home and family of her own, it's time to help herself. With few eligible men in Pontotoc, Gracie's choices, and her time are limited. So she takes a bold leap of faith: she proposes to Matthew Byler, a handsome, recently widowed, father of five. It's not until after they're married that Gracie learns Matthew doesn't want more children . . .

With his grief still fresh, and his children needing care while he tends to his farm, Gracie is the answer to Matthew's prayers. But a marriage in name only suits him fine. And when he finally tells Gracie the dismaying reason why they must decide whether to continue together--or apart. It's a choice that will force them both to look deeper into their hearts than ever before . . .

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

A Family for Gracie is a beautiful story about forgiveness, acceptance and a second chance love; We start the story with Gracie Glick, who is a 26-year-old spinster (by Amish standards) who has a servants heart and does as much as she can for people in need, but when she saw widower Matthew Byler struggling with his children, she saw a chance to help. But soon that changed into a chance to have her own family, so Gracie became bold and asked him to marry her. 

For Matthew, his marriage to Gracie is not going to be a conventional one, as the pain and grief at the loss of his first wife and the raising his 5 children has taken a toll on Matthew and he doesn't want any more children, which devastates Gracie and to decide if they should continue together or apart. 

This is my first Amish of Pontotoc book I have read, but it didn’t stop me from enjoying the book or understanding the character's predicament. Gracie is such a sweet girl who only wants what everyone else has, a family of her own. Matthew struggle with his first wife's death and his guilt towards his children. I have to say that I love the complexity of this story, it is so unlike the Amish romances I have read before, but I certainly will start the series from the beginning as I thoroughly enjoyed book three. 

I give A Family for Gracie 5 stars 

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