by Toni Shiloh
Series: Freedom Lake #2
Published by Toni Shiloh
Publication Date March 20, 2018
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Indiana Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Michelle Thomas has it all. Beautiful and successful, she’s just opened her own law firm in Freedom Lake. What more could she want? When her old flame rolls back into Freedom Lake, she’s intent on ignoring him. But how can she give the widower and his precious twin girls the cold shoulder?
Still reeling from the death of his wife, Guy Pierre returns to Freedom Lake to take over as town sheriff and raise his twin daughters. Alone. Yet, life keeps throwing Michelle in his path and sparks of interest began to rise.
Will old secrets tear them apart again or can they find the faith to let God’s grace restore what has been broken?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Returning Home, Finally Accepted
It’s interesting that I read a book a month ago with this same sensitive topic and it turned my stomach and I disliked the story, yet in Grace Restored, author Toni Shiloh handles the subject with grace and sensitivity. (I won’t say what that subject is, so I don’t give any spoilers.)
While this is just the second book I’ve read by this author, I can see her love for the Lord and for sharing spiritual truths come through in her stories. She seasons her stories with Scriptural promises in a way that is very natural and not forced and helps her readers to work through similar issues as her characters.
In the first book of this series, Returning Home, the Michelle and Guy are introduced. Michelle appears to have her act together, though, in Grace Restored, we learn her deep secret and hurts. Her journey is one where she needs to learn about God’s grace and forgiveness, to share her burdens with her friends, and to forgive herself.
Guy carries the burden of grief from losing his wife when she delivered their twins. He went from a man who loved the Lord to one who blamed God for taking her from him. He also needs to learn about God’s love and forgiveness.
This is a beautiful story of redemption. As the second book of the series, this story is a continuation of the first, but it could stand alone. I suggest you read Returning Home first, to get the full blessing of these stories.
1. How did you decide that you wanted to write Christian romance? What inspired this?
When I rededicated my life to Christ, I wanted to be used by Him. It wasn’t until I went back to school to get my Bachelor’s degree in English that the writing bug really called to me. Not that it hadn’t before, but that it could actually be a way to reach people. I went to my local library to see if they had any books like this. I had never heard of Christian fiction so once I found the section, I began devouring the books and the lessons found between the pages.
2. How often do you hear from your reader fans? Do you have any funny and/or awkward stories?
I hear from readers maybe once a month. Usually it’s because they’re sharing a review with me or they just want to share how the story touched their hearts.
3. What inspired the idea for Grace Restored?
When I wrote book one, I knew the characters for each series. It wasn’t until I was midway through book one, Returning Home, that I realized how much of a story Guy and Michelle had. As soon as I finished the first draft of RH, I dove into Grace Restored with anticipation. They did not disappointment me.
4. What do you want readers to take away from reading Grace Restored?
That no matter what skeletons you shoved in your closet, God’s grace is enough to restore You to the kingdom, to peace of mind, to faith.
5. What is your current WIP? What can you tell us about it?
Currently I’m working on finishing the fourth and final book in the Maple Run series. This book features Shorty and Nikki with characters from the first three books making an appearance. These two have really struggled to share their thoughts with me from the moment I tried to make them book 2, lol. Thankfully, they’re opening up but it’s still a struggle.
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