Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Simple Choices by Nancy Mehl. Great Ending!!

Well, this is the third book in a series I have come to really enjoy. I was sent this book for review and I have to say, this is one of my favorite Mennonite series! Simple Choices by Nancy Mehl is about a young lady, Grace, who is engaged to Sam. There is mystery along with a beautiful story line. This is a set of books that has made it through my reviewing and onto my bookshelf:) This doesn't often happen so you know they are special!
Set your GPS for the small town of Harmony, Kansas, where a city girl becomes embroiled in mystery and romance. Graphic designer Gracie Temple is engaged to Sam Goodrich. As she returns from chaperoning her protégé, Hannah Mueller, during summer art classes in the city, Gracie is eager to finish her wedding plans and marry the man of her dreams. But unexpected events threaten to disrupt the peaceful lives of those in Harmony—and Gracie’s wedding. Hannah goes missing, and Gracie’s happy plans become a mess of suspicion and fear. Will Gracie ever find contentment and marital bliss in Harmony?

I have read the two previous books in this series and so I knew exactly what had led up to this point. But even if you are stepping into the middle of the story, you will definitely be able to figure out what has been going on. There is a lot of mystery and excitement of an upcoming wedding. I have to say, one of my favorite parts in this book are the ones dealing with Gracie and Papa. This is her grandfather, not her father. He is dealing with Alzheimer's and is sometimes lucid and at other times he is back with his wife. But the points where him and Gracie are interacting were wonderful. But the part at the end was beautiful! I cried a little over it so make sure you have tissues handy!

The mystery part was pretty interesting. I had a good idea who the bad guy was but I wasn't positive. My favorite character is Gracie. Sam is my close second. His difficulty over coming to terms with his father, Pat, kept me urging and encouraging him. In a way I felt bad for Pat. And I wanted to slap Gracie a couple times for him:) Goes to show how well these characters crept into my life.

The young Mennonite girl who was thought to be kidnapped, Hannah, was a person I felt for. She wanted to be out on her own and she viewed Harmony as a little, backwards town. I have heard many young people who have grown up in this lifestyle say they felt oppressed. But at the same time, it was all in their view. Others from outside the small town, like Gracie, thought that Harmony was a great place and wonderful to settle down in. I guess it is all in the thinking:)

I read this book through in two days and had a hard time putting it down. I think the picture on the front is not a real good representation of what is inside. I loved the first two covers but this one just didn't have the pull for me that the other ones did. Sam looks pretty much like what I imagine him looking but Gracie does not look like what I imagine from the books. It was just me, but I didn't care for this cover.

This book was a well-written novel. Great ending to this series and I can't wait to see what Nancy has up her sleeve next! This is a series I will keep on my shelf. And for those of you who don't care for Amish books, this one is not like that! I don't care for Amish books myself but this is more Mennonite and it is not a lot of the book. I like the way the characters are shown as human and even the Mennonite pastor shows this! Great book and even greater series! This book can be found from the publisher, Barbour Publishing, or on Amazon. You won't want to miss this series!

I was sent a copy of this book for review purposes. I did not receive any monetary compensation. All thoughts are 100% mine.


Pam K. said...

Thanks for reviewing Nancy's latest book. I've read the first two in the series and agree they were very good. Our book club met with Nancy to discuss the first book. She's a very nice lady. I hope to be able to read "Simple Choices."


Nancy Mehl said...

Thanks for the wonderful review. I really appreciate it. (S)

Josiah said...

Sounds interesting although I don't really care for the Mennonite Amish type books, this one sounds good
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