Gift of Grace
Series: Gifts of Christmas #1
Publication Date December 12, 2019
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christmas, Clean Romance
Setting: Oregon Reconstruction Era – US – 1863 – 1877
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
Sometimes the best gifts
Are those freely given from the heart . . .
Ready to begin a new life far away from the sad memories of the Civil War, J.B. and Nora Nash head west on the Oregon Trail. They settle into the small community of Pendleton, Oregon, on a piece of land where they’re excited to build a future and their dreams together.
A devastating tragedy leaves them both reeling as they draw further and further apart. Nora blames J.B. for her unhappiness while he struggles through his own challenges. Only a miracle can bring them through their trials and reunite them for Christmas.
Together, will they discover the gift of grace in this sweet holiday romance brimming with hope, history, and abiding love?
Gift of Grace is the first book in the Gifts of Christmas series, a collection of heartwarming, wholesome romances, featuring precious gifts given straight from the heart.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
J.B. and Nora Nash had already overcome their grief over the death of their families. Moving to Pendleton, Oregon allowed them to have a fresh start. With their wonderful neighbors and the community they helped establish, things were looking up.
When tragedy hit, Nora was inconsolable. Her grief was debilitating and I felt so bad for her. J.B. was such a rock and though he grieved as well, instead of hiding from life as Nora did, he threw himself into the chores and upkeep of their ranch.
I greatly admired J.B. and the way he handled his pain. And how he continued to put up with Nora. I loved the courage he showed and how he finally got her to leave her bed of sorrow!! While I understood Nora’s grief and empathized with her, I disliked the way she treated her husband during that time. Yet she did grow past it by learning to look beyond herself to the needs of others.
While the story could have been bogged down by the sadness and lashing out, it didn’t. Shanna Hatfield added just enough detail about Nora’s pain to make it clear yet infused the story with hope. The secondary characters, such as little Erik and his caring mother, kept the tone light.
There is a lot of backstory here and as it unfolded, some of it felt like an information dump. The story awas not like this in general but there were a few pages worth.
Overall, this was a sweet story of sacrifice in the midst of pain that ended with hope and forgiveness.
If you have read the Pendleton Petticoats series, you will enjoy getting this introduction to the Nash family from before the time that series begins.
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