Monday, November 08, 2010

CFBA: Grace by Shelley Shepard Gray

Song Stuck on the Brain: I Could Not Ask For More by Edwin McCain

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing:

Avon Inspire; Original edition (October 26, 2010)


Shelley Shepard Gray


A sweet, romantic Christmas romance sums it up nicely, although there is a lot more than romance flowing between the characters. There's grief and guilt and worry, all things that creep in to steal away our peace and joy. The journey each character makes to find real peace is especially poignant for the time of year.

The multiple family units that join to make the Brenneman Bed and Breakfast what it is, are familiar and fast friends to the reader. Both from their own previous tales and because their genuine warmth and character make them feel like they belong. The multiple story lines tie together nicely and bring back the importance of Christmas and what makes it really special. Family and Love, but most importantly how those two are best featured in the life of Jesus Christ.


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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