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G
RACE
C
ONNOR
, a military nurse formerly stationed in Afghanistan, hopes that moving to a farm in rural Ohio will help her recover from the ravages of war.

Levi Troyer finds his pacifist beliefs challenged when he discovers his stepfather has been killed and his mother wounded by an unknown intruder. Levi and Grace are thrown together when she comes to his family’s rescue and saves his mother’s life. A deep attraction develops—even though a relationship between them is strictly forbidden.

Levi belongs to the most conservative and isolated of all Amish sects—the Swartzentruber Amish. Even before meeting Grace, Levi had begun to question some of their teachings. He has considered leaving, but knows he will be banned forever from contact with his younger siblings and widowed mother—who need him to survive. He is torn between his love for Grace and his responsibility to his family.

Grace considers leaving her beloved farm and reenlisting rather than continuing to live near the man she loves but cannot have. Levi must confront the
Bann
if he pursues Grace. And a murderer must be caught. When lifelong allegiances are tested, can love and justice prevail?

Prior to writing books,
SERENA B. MILLER
wrote for many periodicals, including
Woman’s World, Guideposts, Decision, Reader’s Digest,
and
Focus on the Family.
She is also the author
Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio and The Measure of Katie Calloway.
Serena has spent many years partnering with her husband in full-time ministry and presently lives on a farm in southern Ohio near a thriving Amish community.

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Praise for
An Uncommon Grace

“A truly riveting read from first to last! Serena Miller immerses readers in the world of the most conservative Amish sect, the Swartzentrubers, with authenticity and depth.
An Uncommon Grace
is aptly named as it showcases the chasm between two cultures that can be bridged only by God’s grace and truth. If you pick up this book, prepare to not put it down till the last page!”

—Laura Frantz, author of
Courting Morrow Little
and
The Colonel’s Lady

“Set in the heart of Amish country,
An Uncommon Grace
is the perfect mix of page-turning suspense and poignant love story. I was so captivated by the characters that I stayed up way too late reading their story. I couldn’t put this novel down!”

—Melanie Dobson, author of
The Silent Order

“Miller takes you from war-torn Afghanistan to the Shetlers’ farm in Amish country Ohio in
An Uncommon Grace
. This story will make your heart pound in fear for a community terrorized by a killer and cause your heart to beat with hope for two lives in turmoil. I guarantee you will love these characters along with a story that will keep you turning pages and rooting for love despite the strict laws of the Swartzentruber Amish.”

—Jillian Kent, author of
Secrets of the Heart
, The Ravensmoore Chronicles, Book I

“Serena Miller’s latest offering,
An Uncommon Grace
, is a captivating story populated with fascinating characters, an unpredictable plot, and a memorable setting. Miller’s attention to cultural detail sets this book apart. With gentleness and respect she invites readers into a unique and rarely viewed world. I became so involved in the characters and emotionally invested in their story, I was truly reluctant to reach the last pages of the book. Definitely a recommended read.”

—Annette Smith, author of
A Town Called Ruby Prairie

“Serena Miller breathes such life into her characters they almost leap off the page into your imagination. From the first paragraph of
An Uncommon Grace
to the final page, you are caught up in the story of Levi and Grace. Miller paints their very different worlds in wonderful, eye-opening detail. A great read.”

—Ann H. Gabhart, author of
Words Spoken True
and the Shaker series

 

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This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

Copyright © 2012 by Serena Miller

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Miller, Serena.

An uncommon grace : a novel / Serena B. Miller.

      p. cm.

I. Title.

PS3613.I55295U53 2012

813'.6—dc23 2011035334

ISBN 978-1-4516-6030-2
ISBN 978-1-4516-6034-0 (eBook)

To my lionhearted husband, Steve.
Thank you for fighting your way back to us.
Now . . .
“The winter is past. The rains are over
and gone. Flowers appear on the earth.
The season of singing has come.”

SONG OF SOLOMON 2:11–12 NIV

Contents

Acknowledgments

Author’s Note

Prologue

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

Chapter Eleven

Chapter Twelve

Chapter Thirteen

Chapter Fourteen

Chapter Fifteen

Chapter Sixteen

Chapter Seventeen

Chapter Eighteen

Chapter Nineteen

Chapter Twenty

Chapter Twenty-One

Chapter Twenty-Two

Chapter Twenty-Three

Chapter Twenty-Four

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