today’s book: Christmas Grace
Happy day after Thanksgiving to my fellow American readers! We are continuing our annual blog series spotlighting (over 60 this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads! This is our largest year yet, with the most authors & books, and we’re back with an all-new look, too.
I have also officially broken out my Christmas playlist as of a few minutes ago. If you have Spotify and want to listen along you can do so HERE.
Christmas is only 29 days away, so… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes (see above lol) and continue your bookish Christmas list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
Today’s first featured book is a sweet story of second chances & grace, and author Mindy Steele shares some Amish Christmas traditions!
CHRISTMAS GRACE by Mindy Steele
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance / Amish
PUBLISHER: Entangled Amara
RELEASE DATE: October 26, 2021
Second chances and the Christmas spirit abound in Mindy Steele’s heartwarming novel, one of faith, love, and the power of community.
Grace Miller believed herself in love with the charming Englischer who eventually broke her heart. Now alone except for the secret life growing inside her, she arrives in the unfamiliar small village of Walnut Ridge, Kentucky, to hide and hopefully gain forgiveness.
She is pleasantly surprised, however, to find a tight-knit, welcoming group who help her heart grow right alongside her belly. And with the holidays around the corner, there’s plenty of preparations to occupy her mind. Also occupying her mind? Her strong, protective neighbor, Cullen Graber, the town’s blacksmith, who seems intent on not allowing her to ever suffer alone.
Cullen Graber gave up on love after too many losses early in life. He planned to live out his days focusing on his smithy business, yet the beautiful and mysterious Grace refuses to leave his thoughts. But can they open their hearts to God’s grace and create a new family together before Grace must return home?
by Mindy Steele, author of Christmas Grace
The turkey has been eaten, and the tree is going up. It’s a tradition here in the Steele household to decorate the day after Thanksgiving. There are cookies to bake, buckeyes to make, and gifts to wrap. Christmas is just around the corner!!!
Here in small town, Kentucky, we have many holiday traditions. I know it’s time to visit my favorite locally owned shops when all the light poles in town are suddenly wrapped in pine and twinkling the coming of holiday. There are carriage rides, a snowman building contest, and ice skating. I can’t wait to walk amongst neighbors, old friends, and catch up.
When I was asked to write Christmas Grace, I thought a lot about the season and how differently it’s celebrated from one house to the next. The Amish celebrate a bit different than we do. Their gifts are meager, mostly homemade, and not given in abundance. Their gatherings more pronounced, as the joy of fellowship is more important than chasing sales ads to save a few pennies. They hang pictures made by children on their walls, bring in pine cones and pine boughs to sit center of their table, and the only star to be found is usually cut with small scissors and drawn in marker or crayon.
We do share many similar traditions too. I love baking with our Amish friends and have traded a lot of recipes over the years. Their Christmas recitals are sweet and sometimes a funny skit is offered for laughs. They celebrate the joy of Jesus’ birth with family and community, no one is left out, and I touched on each of these aspects for you to see inside part of their lives.
I still remember pacing the floor for two days as Grace Miller’s story unfolded in my head. My process is a bit odd, but necessary for me to make friends with my characters. Grace Miller was alive for me and her plight was not so imaginary.
Not everyone has that perfect family, that perfect community, but God tends to find for us what he knows we need. He offers us grace when we are or feel unworthy of his mercies. Writing about a fallen Amish woman was important to me ever since I heard a story to which I never found out the ending. My writer brain has trouble with not knowing the final outcome.
Grace Miller fell in love and slipped over a line of her Christian upbringing. Despite accepting her mistakes and confessing them, her father could not look at her and see a forgiven woman. In a season where love and hope is more inspired, I hope you have a forgiving heart for those around you. Life is too short, too fleeting, to let something stand between you and others, especially family. I’m not saying forgiveness is easy. It took me a lot of years to reach a level where I could give it more freely, but it is essential to our overall joy.
So this season, be present, spread joy, and most of all…love others. You never know who might need you.
Raised in Kentucky timber country, Steele is a best-selling author who writes in favor of her rural surroundings. Her books are peppered with humor, and sprinkled with grace, charming all the senses to make you laugh, cry, hold your breath, and root for the happy ever after ending. A storyteller at heart, she enjoys coffee indulgences, week end road trips, and researching her next book. You can learn all about Mindy’s books and more at mindysteeleauthor.wordpress.com
Mindy Steele is offering a print copy of Christmas Grace to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What makes you want to read Christmas Grace by Mindy Steele?