Dec 3, 2011

Saving Grace by Annie Jones

Every year on the night of New Bethany's annual Splendor Belle Gala, reclusive Sera Grayson appears on the porch of her aging antebellum home dressed in a tattered ball gown. Legend holds she is reliving the greatest disappointment of her life: waiting endlessly for the man who stood her up more than fifty years ago. Rosemary, Naomi, Gayle, and Lucy, first introduced in Jones's Prayer Tree, together decide to help out the eccentric old woman-partly to strengthen their own special bond, threatened by time and the demands of everyday life. Will their joint project instead tear them apart forever?

Annie Jones is the best-selling author of traditional (sweet) romances and the Palisades romances Irish Eyes and Irish Rogue. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and two children.

Saving Grace is book two in The Prayer Tree Series. At first, I really struggled with trying to figure out who all the characters were, and wishing that I had started with book one. This story focuses primarily on four best friends ... Rosemary, Naomi, Gayle, and Lucy. Each of the women have their own personal struggles with family, friends and their faith.

The lives of these women are complicated at times, yet they have a bond of friendship that any woman would envy. The humor, love and support that they show each other is heart warming. Their lives are so busy, and they wonder if their friendship will last. One of the women decides that they need to take on a new project, that of the reclusive Grace Grayson.

When I first heard about this story, I expected that it would revolve around Miss Grace, but only the last few chapters include much about her. Miss Grace was quite a character, and she was definitely the highlight of the story. This book was enjoyable, but I am sure I would have enjoyed it more if I started out with the first book.

Disclosure: Ebook received courtesy of Blogging for Books/WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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