Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Review - A Family for Gracie

Author:  Amy Lillard
Series:  Amish of Pontotoc #3
Genre:   Inspirational Romance
Publisher:  Zebra
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   304
Date of Publication:  July 30, 2019
My Rating:  4.5 Stars


For the Amish of Pontotoc, Mississippi, faith and family are everything--even when they pose the greatest challenge . . . 

Gracie Glick is known for being the helpful one, always available for a relative in need. But now that she's longing for a home and family of her own, it's time to help herself. With few eligible men in Pontotoc, Gracie's choices, and her time, are limited. So she takes a bold leap of faith: she proposes to Matthew Byler, a handsome, recently widowed, father of five. It's not until after they're married that Gracie learns Matthew doesn't want more children . . .

With his grief still fresh, and his children needing care while he tends to his farm, Gracie is the answer to Matthew's prayers. But a marriage in name only suits him fine. And when he finally tells Gracie the dismaying reason why, they must decide whether to continue

together--or apart. It's a choice that will force them both to look deeper into their hearts than ever before . . .


Gracie Glick is everybody's everything. She goes over and above to make everyone happy. She realizes that she wants her own happiness. Her own life. Her own family. However, in her Amish community, there just are not a lot of men available, at least none that could possibly offer what Gracie needs.

Grace does something very impulsive. She proposes to Matthew Byler. He is a recent widower with five young children. Not only can Gracie get the family she's dreamed of, she can have a child of her very own.

While Matthew cannot believe he will have help with his children - a new mother for them - he has no intention of ever having another child. All he wants is for his children and farm to be cared for, even though he is unaware that he will soon be breaking Gracie's heart.

This is the third book in Amy Lillard's series, and it is just as touching, just as compelling as the first two. This story is more about children and family than the other two books were. It was very sweet to see how Gracie connected with the children, and also how the children bonded with her and with the rest of her family.

Matthew's story and reasons were indeed heartbreaking and I shed more than a few tears. This story, in fact, touched on a very serious issue. Even so, it became a story of hope, and of course, faith.

For an incredible experience, be sure to grab the first two books in this series, A Home for Hannah and A Love for Leah. Each story is a delight. This is a strong family series and readers of this genre will be more than happy to have indulged.

Many thanks to Zebra and to NetGalley for this ARC to review. This is my honest opinion.


I’m a wife, mother, and bona fide Southern belle. Published author, expert corn bread maker, Fibro Warrior, and Squirrel Princess.

I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I’ve retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I’m from Texas. (?)  Rob and I have been married for over twenty-five years and have a son–a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!

I love homemade tacos, nail polish, and romance novels–not necessarily in that order. I’m a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I’m shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.

I dislike people trying to convince me to read the Twlight series (I’ll get to it or I won’t, either way I’m good with it), gratuitous violence, and strawberry ice cream. (I know I’m alone on this last one, and again, I’m good with it.)

Favorite movies–(besides HP) French Kiss, Maid of Honor, A Lot Like Love, Just Married, and Sweet Home Alabama. Oh, and Miss Congeniality, Sabrina (both versions) and a 1940’s movie called Dear Ruth. If you haven’t seen it, you should! A-dorable. Anything with Doris Day and most all of Marilyn’s and Audrey’s. 


  1. Sounds heart wrenching thanks for sharing your review.
    Gemma @ Gemma's Book Nook

  2. Great review Robin, I am really glad you are fully enjoying this book series so far in. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.