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