After her father’s accident, Corrie Lancaster moves back to the family farm just in time to help with the harvest. With a bumper crop of wheat waiting, the farm’s only hired hand quits, leaving Corrie with no choice but to accept the help of her old boyfriend’s older brother, Aaron Tuttle. It seems like the perfect plan until Corrie realizes ex-flame Luke isn’t over her. But even with Luke’s apologies and attempts to rekindle their romance, Corrie can’t forget his past betrayal.
Between harvesting, keeping tabs on her younger siblings, and watching her parents’ marriage crumble, Corrie leans on Aaron for emotional support. Wading through jealousy was never on Corrie’s to-do list, but as she navigates the choppy waters, she finds herself falling for Aaron’s good looks and charming wit.
Just when Corrie thinks she has everything under control, a stranger seeking shelter comes to the farm, and an old nemesis returns for revenge. As destructive forces align against her, Corrie must decide which man’s love will bring her back to life and restore her faith in herself, her family, and her purpose.
First off- Happy Book Birthday to Jessica Berg! This book comes out today and the lovely author sent me a review copy to read ahead of it's release. Initially I was unsure whether or not I was the right audience for this story. Let me explain... I could tell from the title and synopsis that this book would have some religious ties. This was confirmed when I started reading. I happen to be an athiest and I'm always aware how my personal biases might influence not just how I read a book, but how I review it. Still, I chose to read and review Amber Waves of Grace because a good story is a good story regardless, and reading a book from a different perspective then your own should help open your mind and understand the other side better, I'm happy to report that this one did! While it was certainly out of my normal wheel house, I really enjoyed the stories and the relationships that Berg presented in this story.
At it's heart this is a story about people trying to figure out who they are and what they want, which could get boring, however Berg sprinkles in just the right amount of mystery and intrigue to keep the story moving. The main character Corrie is a girl after my own heart, my grandparents owned a farm and I worked training horses for several years, and Corrie is definitely a farm girl right down to her "I can do it myself" attitude and penchant for a hard working farm boy to spend spend her time with. Without giving anything away, Corrie also comes with some baggage from years before and is forced to confront her past and her future when she has to take over the family farm and accept help from the one family she's tried to seperate herself from. Watching Corrie try to figure out what she wants and how to get it is a great story.
The b plot to this book revolves around a young lady, Violet, who ends up at the farm quite by accident, but who brings with her baggage of her own, namely a pregnancy and an ex-fiance that's bent on revenge. At points it was hard to follow the timeline, but ultimately the story of Violet also figuring out what she wants in life brings in a storyline that both parallels Corrie's and helps Corrie figure out what is really important in life.
In the end what I really appreciated about this story is what it has to say about family and what you can endure if you have family by your side. For Corrie it provides an anchor to build a life around, and for Violet, a second chance at happiness. Yes, there is also romance, but for me the heart of the story was about who you choose to make a family with and how that can help you become who you are truly meant to be.
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