Title: Oh, Gracious!
Author: Chautona Havig
Major Themes: Romance, Homemaking, Christian Fiction
Synopsis: Grace loves her life and has given her whole heart to Jesus; Nolan wants a wife who is feminine and doesn’t throw herself at him—can they somehow come together?
One of the few books by Chautona Havig that I hadn’t yet read was Noble Pursuits. I believe it was the first book she published, and she has just now finished rewriting it as Oh, Gracious! I enjoyed reading it as she finished sections—I could hardly wait for the next installment to come along. Now, the entire book is available for your enjoyment and inspiration.
Nolan was fed up with women flirting with him and doing their best to get him to take them out—but yet he wanted to get married. He wanted a godly woman who wanted to be a homemaker; was such a person in existence anywhere near Rockland? Did he really have to move to a different area in order to find her?
Grace canned fruit to sell to friends, babysat children, and made handcrafts for her living. She had a degree in physics—but she wanted to be a homemaker. For a year now, she had proved that she could stay at home and make a living for herself, even if money was tight at times. She had given her whole heart to Jesus, she loved her life, and she wasn’t interested in changing.
And then, Nolan moved into the house across the road from Grace and they met in a rather dramatic way. Nolan was intrigued by this woman who seemed to be everything he wanted in a woman, and who wasn’t throwing herself at him. Could she learn to share her heart with a man, when Jesus already had all of it?
I love Oh, Gracious! It is delightfully sweet, but not mushy. I loved Grace; her focus on doing traditional woman’s work is something I really like. Her heart for God is wonderful to see, as well. Nolan was a great hero, too. He was loving, strong and sensitive—and real. There were times when both of them lost their cool, and then we got to see them calm down and make things right. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys Christian women’s fiction.
I received a free copy of this book from the author, and these are my honest thoughts about it.
I got to chatting with the author a bit while she was working on revamping this book—changing it from Noble Pursuits, the title it was originally published under, to Oh, Gracious!. She showed me a picture of the former cover, and I was surprised—it looked like my kind of a job (aka, pretty terrible)! Still, she was excited about the changes—no, improvements—she was making to the original, and I was excited to get to see it when she was finished. I forgot about it then for a while, but just recently came across the story—and decided I really ought to take time to read it. What a sweet story it turned out to be—and isn’t the new cover beautiful?!
Grace has decided to try out an experiment—to see if it’s possible, as a single woman, to make a living for herself as a homemaker. Life seems to be going well, and she is content. Then, Nolan Burke moves into the neighborhood. He respects her, and they discover a mutual love of checkers—but she’s not really interested in anything else. Nolan, on the other hand, thinks he’s found the woman he’s always wanted to meet—determined, yet not pushing herself on him, as so many others have done. But how can he know if Grace is the one for him or not? And will Grace even accept his advances?
I think the biggest thing I loved about this story was how Grace was utterly content with where she was. Even though her life was difficult, she loved doing what she did, so that made it all worthwhile for her. She worked hard, but that—along with her family’s support—was all she needed. It was an example to me of how it is worthwhile to put our whole heart and soul into what we do, because choosing contentment brings contentment. She was the kind of person who would take the extra time to make something beautiful, and I really appreciate examples like that in stories—because I believe that’s important for us to do, too. I also appreciated Grace’s question when Nolan asked to get to know her better—“Do I even want this, when I’ve got such a good relationship with Jesus already?” As a single woman, that was a good thought for me to ponder—but I also appreciated her realization later on.
Oh, Gracious! made me think, and it was also a very sweet story. It wasn’t the kind of book that is super deep, but the romance was also very gentle, which I enjoyed. If you’re looking for a clean, lovely read with a loving family, this might just be the book for you. I enjoyed it!
I requested a free review copy of this book, and this is my honest opinion of it.
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