When Grace Sings: A Novel

Paperback | March 17, 2015

byKim Vogel Sawyer

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When trouble roars into quiet Arborville, Alexa and Anna-Grace find themselves the target for discord and exposed secrets. Can they continue to seek the God of all grace amidst the fog of confusion?  

Alexa Zimmerman wonders if the Old Order Mennonite community in Arborville, Kansas will ever fully accept her. Her family roots here aren’t what anyone thought when she first arrived, but she is hopeful that her culinary and hospitality skills will win the skeptics over. The bed-and-breakfast she’s operating needs to succeed so Alexa agrees to allow Briley Forrester, the hotshot reporter from Chicago, to stay as a long-term boarder not knowing his real motives for being amongst the Plain folk.
 
But when Alexa agrees to host her cousin Anna-Grace Braun, the presence of extended family brings out Alexa’s insecurities and sets Briley on the trail to uncovering a web of hidden truths.
 
Plans for a secure future and the sweetness of young romance hang in the balance when Alexa and Anna-Grace have to face that their secrets are interconnected, binding the two in ways they could not have imagined. They must trust in a loving, heavenly Father and His plan for their futures.

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When trouble roars into quiet Arborville, Alexa and Anna-Grace find themselves the target for discord and exposed secrets. Can they continue to seek the God of all grace amidst the fog of confusion?  Alexa Zimmerman wonders if the Old Order Mennonite community in Arborville, Kansas will ever fully accept her. Her family roots here aren...

Kim Vogel Sawyer is a best-selling author highly acclaimed for her gentle stories of hope. More than one million copies of her books are currently in print and have garnered awards including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas, with husband ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.17 × 5.48 × 0.93 inPublished:March 17, 2015Publisher:The Crown Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0307731332

ISBN - 13:9780307731333

Customer Reviews of When Grace Sings: A Novel

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching Story When Grace Sings—the second book in Kim Vogel Sawyer’s Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy—comes after When Mercy Rains in the series, but I’m not sure it places second on my scale. When I first read When Mercy Rains, it completely blew me away with is sweet story, spiritual themes, and lovable characters. I have to say, When Grace Sings pleased me just as much. The storyline was obviously a bit different—it focused more on the secondary characters from the previous book, as well as some new characters—but it held many of the same components. Although it focused on Alexa, Anna-Grace, Briley, and Stephen rather than Suzanne, Abigail, Alexa, and Paul—which means that the pain felt and secrets kept were a little bit different—it was just as much of a touching read, even though I didn’t cry this time. Since I knew much of Alexa from the previous book, I already thought of her as a friend, but it was nice to get to know her on a deeper level as she struggled to find her place in Arborville while attempting to run her very own bed-and-breakfast. Anna-Grace, though, was fairly new to me, but I found her to be just as loveable as Alexa, in her own way. They both struggled—although in different ways—with their ‘adopted’ status, and I admired their determination to do the right thing, though I related most with their longing to keep themselves from more pain. That was one of my favorite thing about the two girls, they both were strong in their faith and someone to look up to, while at the same time they were easy to relate to because of their humanness. Despite my initial feelings of him, Briley also came to be one of my favorite characters. Although he came to the bed-and-breakfast with not-so-kind intentions towards the town and its people, I couldn’t help eventually falling for him and his teasing ways. I wish I could tell you he turns out all right in the end, but I can’t. I don’t want to spoil anything for you! I can, however, promise you that the ending is very happy. But then, aren’t they all? Oh, and Steven! He was another favorite. I just loved watching him and Anna-Grace interact, and I couldn’t help but feel for him with all that he went through, although some of it was caused by his own mistakes. Another thing that I absolutely loved was how the title and the name of the B & B—Grace Notes—connected and how Alexa described it as God singing over us, as found in Zephaniah 3:17. Add that to the other spiritual themes to this story, the ones about redemption and God’s grace, and it made for a story that I know I will be reading again. I absolutely love novels that remind me just how amazing God is, so this book easily made it onto my all-time favorites list. Kim does a wonderful job of weaving together all four main characters’ lives in a way that made them even better and more touching than they would have been alone, and if you add that to the little moments that made me burst into laughter, you have the perfect story on your hands. So, if you couldn’t already tell, I’m giving When Grace Sings all five bookshelves. I couldn’t help but fall in love with everything this novel held between its covers, and the way it finished with a few loose ends made for the perfect lead in for the third novel—When Love Returns—which releases on September 22nd. I know I will be eagerly anticipating reading how the story ends, if I’m not already. Along with the books perfect ranking, I give Kim a hearty round of applause for a story that touched my heart, brought me closer to God—without being overbearing—and made me laugh in ways I will always remember.
Date published: 2015-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating. Exciting. Riveting. Probably my favourite book by Kim Vogel Sawyer -- and that's saying something since I missed Book 1 in the Zimmeran Restoration Trilogy! Sawyer does an excellent job of infusing the pertinent bits from the first book into this one so there's no confusion. Mind you, my curiosity is piqued and I can't go without reading When Mercy Rains so look for it in a retro Saturday sometime soon. This is the kind of emotional roller coaster ride I love to read. The author tells the story through multiple viewpoints and that creates a sense of urgency to the read. I could see how everyone interconnects and anticipating the fallout when that happens is pure torturous delight! And fallout did happen, but the author wisely left some for Book 3. So while there is a satisfying resolution to a few threads, she's left her readers eagerly anticipating the grand finale for the rest. And she's done that in such a way that the reader doesn't feel robbed. I hate abrupt cliffhanger endings and this isn't one. She leaves each character solidly planted on the right path so I feel I can leave them untended until September! (When Love Returns release date.) I think Briley's story made the most impact on me. I really did not like him at first (and he opens the book!) The kind of guy who is too good looking for his own good -- and worse -- knows it! And he's out to prove himself regardless of who he has to step on to do that. Sawyer slowly unravels layers of Briley's past and allows readers a peek at festering hurts that have never healed. My heart couldn't help but soften towards the guy. And I loved how his heart softened after getting to know the Old Order Mennonites community in Arborville. So many twists and turns. Emotional conflict that left me on tenterhooks for the entire read. Captivating. Exciting. Riveting. But most of all -- hopeful.
Date published: 2015-04-28