Publisher's Note:  

All of her life, Grace Bidwell has longed for a loving husband and children, but now the chances of her dreams coming true are looking slim. Widowed and caring for her elderly father, she struggles to maintain her late husband's ranch, until she places an ad for a hired hand.

Robert Frasier arrives in town with three pitiful, bedraggled children who have nothing but the tattered clothes on their backs and a load of hurt, pride, and anger. Believing this is divine intervention in her life, Grace welcomes them with open arms. As feelings grow between her and Robert, Grace will have to convince him that she is a woman who can be trusted with his heart.

Readers will be swept away into 1860s Montana's lush Gallatin Valley, nestled among towering mountains and proud pines, in this emotional conclusion to the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Revell

Trusting Grace

by Maggie Brendan

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Overall Review:  

The Virtues and Vices of the Old West series by Maggie Brendan concludes with Trusting Grace.  This a a post-Civil War era story, but because it takes place in Montana territory, the story has little to do with what one might consider traditional reconstruction sentiments.  It is more a tale of the old west.

The main point of the novel is to write a historical romance, but the author includes many other interesting characters.  In fact, there are a few that would make for great story telling.  As it is, the author leaves it up to the reader's imagination to finish the peripheral stories.

The whole premise behind the leading male character's life is really sad, but at the same time goes a long way towards endearing him to the reader.  Grace, the leading female character has a great relationship with her father. The developments in this relationship are heartwarming.

Readers who enjoy a story about a man and a woman truly falling in love and not immediately jumping into a relationship will enjoy the romance.  Those hoping for a quick romantic relationship will be a bit disappointed.  As a whole, the pacing of the story is somewhat slow, but also enjoyable. 

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Profanity/Language:   None

Violence/Gore:  Man grabs a woman and ties her up and attempts to rape her, but it is interrupted before he gets past a kiss; man is shot, but not killed.

Sex/Nudity:   Man attempts to rape a woman, but doesn't get past a kiss; it is assumed by character that a non-married man gets around, but this is not actually true; non-married characters kiss and embrace.

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Death of a spouse, thievery, dishonesty, death of a parent.

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