Hands of Grace by Brenda S. Anderson – Book Review, Preview

Posted February 18, 2020 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Hands of Grace by Brenda S. Anderson – Book Review, Preview

Hands of Grace

by Brenda S. Anderson

Published by Vivant Press
Publication Date February 18, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance, Suspense
Setting: Minnesota Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 217


She's always looked for love in the wrong places.He wants nothing to do with love.
Rita Dunlap has a history of looking for love in the wrong places, but this time, she's got it right. Her heart surgeon boyfriend has hinted at proposing, along with letting her sickly mother live with them once they're married.
But then she learns her boyfriend isn't a doctor at all, but a drug trafficker who's involved her in his scheme. Not only did she get love wrong, but she's unwittingly placed both her and her mother's lives in danger.
Love is the last thing on Officer Daniel Winter's mind. Twice-burned, he's locked up his heart for good. But when he goes undercover as a handyman to protect the cute and quirky Rita Dunlap, he discovers he's not only guarding her and her mother, but his heart as well.
Rita wants to trust Daniel, wants to believe his work around her house doesn't come with a price, but she'll need to let go of her past mistakes to open her heart to the future.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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Hands of Grace is a lovely story, full of hope and redemption.

Rita shows such a beautiful example of grace to her mother and didn’t even seem to realize it. The care she gave her and her patience were very admirable. Caring for a loved one full time, especially when they have dementia can’t be an easy thing!

Rita had been redeemed and yet she still carried guilt and shame for the choices she had made. I loved Daniel’s response when she finally confessed her secrets – the way he turned it from “how terrible you were” to “how wonderful you have been redeemed from that”! I often need to remind myself to have this attitude about my own life. It isn’t about the things I did – it is about how Jesus has forgiven me and how I’ve moved forward. Sigh. I appreciate that reminder!

The way the police got Daniel into Rita’s life undercover was intriguing. And even more so, the way he went so far above and beyond his duties (and ruse) to help Rita and her mother. His kindness and compassion were so much a part of who he was.

While not heavy suspense, Hands of Grace had enough to add an element of danger. If you enjoy romantic suspense with a strong Christian message of hope, I encourage you to grab a copy for yourself.

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About Brenda S. Anderson

Brenda S. Anderson writes gritty and authentic, life-affirming fiction. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and is Past-President of the ACFW Minnesota chapter, MN-NICE, the 2016 ACFW Chapter of the Year. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, theater, roller coasters, and baseball (Go Twins!), and she loves watching movies with her family. She resides in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area with her husband of 30-plus years and one sassy cat.

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