Gray’s latest embodies the meaning of Christmas. It is a reminder that all situations — good, bad or inconvenient — happen for a reason: It is God’s plan. The topic of rape, not commonly addressed in Amish fiction, is handled in a delicate manner.
The extended Breneman family is looking forward to spending the holiday together. When two unexpected guests arrive at their B&B, Katie is vocal about the imposition on their plans. Levi Bender is trying to forget the tragic events of his past. He is bitter and guilty and wants to be left alone. Melody Gingerich is nine months’ pregnant, as the result of a rape. She is feeling distant from her family and believes the time away will be beneficial. Did God bring this random group together for a reason — perhaps a Christmas miracle? (AVON INSPIRE, Nov., 304 pp., $12.99)
Leslie L. McKee