Monday, May 22, 2017

Virtues and Vices of the Old West

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous:
love does not brag and is not arrogant.

~1Corinthians 13:4 NASB
Trusting Grace (Virtues and Vices of the Old West #3)

Published May 2nd 2017
        by Fleming H. Revell Company

All of her life, Grace Bidwell has longed for a loving husband and children, but now the chances of her dreams coming true are looking slim. Widowed and caring for her elderly father, she struggles to maintain her late husband's ranch, until she places an ad for a hired hand.

Robert Frasier arrives in town with three pitiful, bedraggled children who have nothing but the tattered clothes on their backs and a load of hurt, pride, and anger. Believing this is divine intervention in her life, Grace welcomes them with open arms. As feelings grow between her and Robert, Grace will have to convince him that she is a woman who can be trusted with his heart.

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My Thoughts:

This is a wonderful read!!
This heart touching story takes the reader back to Gallatin Valley located in the Montana Territory during the spring of 1866.  In this story we meet a variety of characters, but the story centers around Grace Bidwell and Robert Frasier.  Robert, who is recently widowed arrives in Gallatin Valley with a load of responsibilities that he never expected and lots of worries.  When Robert's wife died he found himself a single parent to 3 young children, no job and no place to live.  My heart aches for him and the children immediately.  When Grace's husband died her father moved in to help her with the potato farm, but since his illness she has been trying to shoulder all the responsibility for the farm and her father's care. 
I immediately loved Grace and her sweet nature.  She has always longed for a family, but with her loss the one thing she wants doesn't look possible. She is immediately drawn to Robert's children and her maternal instinct kicks in.  Robert has been hurt in the past by many things and has a hard time putting the past behind him.  His true character shows in the way he treats Grace's elderly father. 
This is a sweet plot that easy to get lost in combined with strong, well developed characters and that equals  a must read book.  The story flows effortlessly with unexpected twists and turns.  This story includes elements of mystery, raw and real emotions, faith, trust and love. 
This is a story  I would recommend to anyone. 
**I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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