Jebber's GRACE'S FORGIVENESS was a nice continuation from book one, CHANGE OF HEART, although it can be read as a stand-alone book. It was joyful to catch up with some of the characters we've already met, but many others were added to the mix. The Amish way of life was always an undercurrent, even when Englischers were involved and affected all their daily actions. Watching Grace and Sarah grow their business and strengthen their friendship was heartwarming, as was watching how hard Mark worked for everything he had. He was an astute judge of character. But his brother, Adam, had a way of creating havoc in Mark's life once he left the Amish way of life. Mark's dog, Dusty, was a nice addition to the story and seemed to understand everything going on around him.
Grace and Mark had many role models in their lives. The question became, could they live up to all that was expected of them? With many twists to the story, it didn't seem that Grace and Mark would get their happily ever after.
Once again, there are multiple storylines taking place, yet they are woven seamlessly together--just like the quilts Grace, Sarah, and some of the other Amish women in town make. The quilt shop and the wonderful pocket quilts that are made are an important part of the story, as is Mark's furniture store. I would love to get a message in a pocket quilt some day!
There are many emotions that surface in this story--laughter and tears, heartache and fear, sadness and happiness. There's also a wondeful dynamic of Amish belief surrounding reconciliations, deaths and births, romance and love. The story has nice closure, leaving nothing hanging. I liked the Pennsylvania Dutch/German glossary that was in the back of the book, since it made it easy to look up a word or two that confused me. I also enjoyed the excerpt from the next book in the series, TWO SUITORS FOR ANNA, which only whet my appetite for more.
Jebber is a fairly new author, reminiscent of Amy Lillard, who also writes Amish stories. I look forward to reading the next book in this series, TWO SUITORS FOR ANNA, as well as her story in the anthology, THE AMISH CHRISTMAS SLEIGH. The first two books have been such enjoyable reads that I can't wait to read more in this series!