Herb of Grace by Adina Senft #review

Adina Senft creates a powerful story of grace, forgiveness, faith and friendship in her novel Herb of Grace.

Herb of Grace is the story of Amish widow, Sarah Yoder. Sarah has been struggling to raise her two teenage sons along with providing a home where family and members of her Old Order Amish church can find fellowship. Sarah feels like her relationship with her boys is beginning to fall apart. Her stepson wants desperately to move away and try to make it on his own while her youngest son spends his time with their neighbour who left their Church years ago. Not only does Sarah struggle with her relationship with her children she is also struggling financially and relies on her eldest son to help provide for the family.

Sarah’s friend and the local Dokterfraa, Ruth, believes that Sarah can and should be using her gift of growing plants to become a herbal healer just like her. Sarah is reluctant to take this step unsure on whether this would take her away from her family – the place where she feels God wants her to be. She begins to search her heart and decides to help those in her community including a stubborn man who made a harsh decision and is suffering from those consequences.

An incredibly touching and moving book – I loved every moment of Herb of Grace. I did not want it to end! The only saving grace for me at the end is knowing the book will continue. Even if I am a bit impatient and would love to get my hands on the next book now!

Sarah is an incredibly strong woman and mother. She bears great pressure on her young shoulders alone while raising two young men. As the mother to two boys myself I can’t even begin to imagine the difficulties she must face. Sarah cares so much about the people around her. She wants them to be whole, happy and at peace but finds it hard to trust in herself. Her character is so real and easy to relate to. I felt like that could have been myself – so many times I doubt myself and my own strength and calling. Sometimes it feels hard to hear what God is trying to show us.

I loved watching Sarah grow as a person, as a woman and as a mother. You can see her growth in her garden, her herbs and even in her relationships with others around her. 

Herb of Grace by Adina Senft is a definite must read – she will not disappoint you! You can check out the full blog tour here.

Rating: 5/5

About the Author

Adina Senft is a transplanted Canadian who grew up in a plain house church where she made her own clothes and perfected the French braid. She holds an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania where she teaches as adjunct faculty. Writing as Shelley Bates, she was the winner of RWA’s RITA Award for Best Inspirational Novel in 2005, finalist for the award in 2006 and writing as Shelley Adina was a Christy Award finalist in 2009. Three of her books have been shortlisted for the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Carol Award for book of the year. 

Disclosure: I received a digital copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.


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Adina Senft
7 years ago

Thanks so much for the lovely review, and for letting me visit your blog! I spend a week every summer down in Lancaster County, walking the roads, smelling the flowers, and talking to the Amish ladies. My hope is that the flavor of Amish life seeps into the books like an herbal infusion 🙂

7 years ago

this sounds like a really good book. will add to my reading list for the future.

Kristen Campbell
7 years ago

This looks like a good one! It seems to me I've read a book with a character named Sarah Yoder in it…maybe I have read this one before?!

Frugal and Fun Mom
7 years ago

Sounds like this book will tug at the heartstrings. Based on your review, I think we could all relate to the main character at least one point in all of our lives.

Theresa Mahoney
7 years ago

This sounds like a good, wholesome read. We live close to Amish country where I am at. I don't know about their herbs, but they sure do know how to make a killer donut!

Susanna Barbee
7 years ago

Sounds like a beautiful story. I love learning about the Amish community/culture.

7 years ago

I like that the book parallels growth in so many different ways. It does sound like a good book.

Kendall Rayburn
7 years ago

I am the momma of two boys as well – Sarah sounds like such an amazing character! Thank you for sharing the book!