Review: Where Grace Appears by Heidi Chiavaroli

Whenever I would set this book down to do something else, I would find myself thinking of the various characters in this story and what they were going through. If I wasn’t reading this book, I was thinking about them and wondering what was going to happen in lives of each one!

Josie returned home feeling like a fool. She made some bad decisions while she was away at graduate school and did things that were out of character for her because she was in a haze of grief after her father’s death. It was apparent that as Josie returned home, she was beginning to come out of the fog that she had been in and she regretted quite a few things, including the way she had reacted to her best friend, Tripp Colton’s, profession of love before she left home months earlier.

This story contained all the messy emotions that can come about as family members walk through life together. There were hurt feelings, missed opportunities, unrequited love, stubbornness, confusion about the future, and so much more. Josie and Tripp were likable characters who had a lot to work through before there could be a chance for a future for them together. I liked the steadfast nature of Tripp’s love for Josie. Even when he stumbled or reacted out of hurt, his love remained strong.

I am looking very forward to the next book in the series, which will feature Josie’s married sister, Maggie, and her new family. It was clear in this book that Maggie and her husband were struggling some in their relationship and it will be nice to return to the bed and breakfast and see how things work out for them, too.

(4.5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


Ashamed of being duped by her handsome psychology professor, Josie Martin returns to Maine too proud to admit her foolishness to those closest to her. As the one-year anniversary of her father’s death approaches, she seeks solace in an old friend, Tripp Colton, and a new business venture that will prove to herself and her loved ones that she is still capable of success despite her overwhelming failure.

When Josie announces she will not return to school to finish her graduate degree but wishes to remain in Camden to help her mother achieve a lifelong dream, the entire family gets behind her idea to open and run a bed and breakfast inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House. Even Tripp gets excited about restoring Josie’s great-aunt’s Victorian home for the purpose, but when Josie’s unexpected news is revealed, their friendship and the new feelings blooming between them are threatened.

As summer gives way to fall, Josie struggles with decisions regarding her family’s future, dealing with past mistakes she cannot run from, and her feelings for Tripp. When the opportunity for grace comes along, will she take it? Or will she continue to allow her failures to define her worth?

A contemporary twist on the well-loved classic, Little Women, readers will fall in love with the Martin family—Maggie, Josie, Lizzie, Bronson, Amie, and their mother Hannah—each trying to find their own way in the world and each discovering that love, home, and hope are closer than they appear.

Purchase your own copy here.


Heidi Chiavaroli (pronounced shev-uh-roli…sort of like Chevrolet and ravioli mushed together!) wrote her first story in third grade, titled I’d Cross the Desert for Milk. It wasn’t until years later that she revisited writing, using her two small boys’ nap times to pursue what she thought at the time was a foolish dream. Despite a long road to publication, she hasn’t stopped writing since!

Heidi writes women’s fiction, combining her love of history and literature to write split time stories. Her debut novel, Freedom’s Ring, was a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist, a Romantic Times Top Pick and a Booklist Top Ten Romance Debut. Heidi loves exploring places that whisper of historical secrets, especially with her family. She loves running, hiking, baking, and dates with her husband. Her latest dual timeline novel, The Orchard House, is inspired by the lesser-known events in Louisa May Alcott’s life. Heidi makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.

Heidi is represented by the Natasha Kern Literary Agency.

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About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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