Tuesday, January 3, 2023

A MARK OF GRACE by Kimberley Woodhouse, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise, #ReleaseDay

Trouble upon trouble chases Ruth and Frank and the other workers at El Tovar, the flagship resort of the Fred Harvey chain.

Ms. Woodhouse took a real instance and crafted an interesting story about someone seeking revenge on Fred Harvey through his most famous jewel: El Tovar. The descriptions put me right on the edge of the beautiful canyon. “The canyon below deepened into a dark rusty color in the shadows and lit up like gold where the sun still caressed its ridges and folds.”

The villains were crafty and tested the protagonists to the limit. But Ruth, Frank and manager, Mr. Owens are not ones to let problems stop them. Not only are they dealing with evil, but Ruth is healing from a mountain lion attack that left her with scars, real and internal.

Frank, her best friend, tries to help her heal. He is a long suffering suitor who hesitates to tell her how he really feels. But as usual God’s timing is perfect. Ruth has many friends who help her see that God and His grace alone are what she needs to take to heart, to look beyond the superficial. I loved the idea portrayed that Jesus was perfect but He still bears scars as a Mark of Grace.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*5 stars and a strong faith thread.

BackCover Blurb:
Ruth Anniston survived an injury that left her physically scarred, broken, and angry at God. Now, she finds herself working behind the scenes as a kitchen and dining room supervisor at the El Tovar Hotel, hidden away from curious eyes and with little hope of finding love. When money begins to disappear from the hotel, Ruth's entire livelihood is put at risk when she lands on the list of suspects.

Frank Henderson has at last succeeded in obtaining his dream job as head chef at the El Tovar. But competition in the kitchen is fierce, and one mistake could cost him his future. As the thefts at the hotel continue, and his affection for Ruth grows, Frank's career--and his heart--are in jeopardy.

As tensions run high, Ruth and Frank must work together to save the El Tovar. They find themselves growing closer . . . but can their combined ingenuity overcome the odds against them? 

Bethany House Publishers, January 3, 2023
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