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Absence of Grace [Kindle Edition]

Ann Warner
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The memory of an act committed when she was nineteen weaves a dark thread through Clen McClendon's life. It is a darkness Clen ignores until the discovery of her husband's infidelity propels her on a quest for redemption and forgiveness. Her journeying is providing few answers and peace remains elusive, even during the time she spends in an abbey. But when Clen makes a decision that is both desperate and random to go to Wrangell, Alaska, where she meets Gerrum Kirsey and learns choices are never truly random and they always have consequences.

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Absence of Grace is a riveting read of personal struggle, very much recommended reading. The Midwest Book Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 724 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Silky Stone Press (July 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008PF62YA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,922 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absence of Grace by Ann Warner October 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I usually read biographies or True Crime stories, but have been drawn back into novels since reading Ann Warner's books, and I especially enjoyed Absence of Grace. It is another marvelous work by Ann Warner. I've read all of her books and every one of them keeps you spellbound. Ann has that way of drawing the reader in to her stories, making you feel as if you are a part of the story or at least witnessing what is going on. Absence of Grace had a completely unexpected, surprise ending. Ann has the ability to set the stage at Resurrection Abbey, and Wrangell, Alaska making you feel you are really there. She's a wonderful author and I highly recommend this book as well as her others.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Novel !!! September 20, 2012
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I found "Absence of Grace" very engaging. I started reading it under the hairdryer at my local salon, and after coming home and having dinner, I felt compelled to continue reading Ann Warner's latest novel until I completed the book around 2 a.m. the next morning. Part of the appeal was the realization that Clen,the protagonist,attended Marymead College in Mead,Kansas. I, as well as the author, attended Marymount College in Salina,Kansas during the same years as the protagonist. So I was keen to know if I might recognize some of the novel's characters or events that might have been a throwback to my memory of personal events experienced while at Marymount.
The subject matter of a divorced woman searching for a new life does not hold particular interest for me, as I am quite settled in with my life now. However, the universal appeal of the novel is found in observing Clen's growth in self-acceptance and the redemption that comes at the end of the book. As Clen came across as aloof and hard to reach throughout the first half of the book, I did not have much sympathy for her until her secret was revealed. The reader, knowing Clen's secret, rejoices when she is able to forgive herself and be open to a new level of truth and shared intimacy with another human being, namely Gerrum. Ann is skilled at descriptive writing; and I encourage her to do more of it. I enjoyed her descriptive visuals of the setting at Marymead and the characters in the book. I would encourage Ann to use even more description or occasionally a simple descriptive summary, in place of extended dialogues or the direct quotes,( such as in the chapter with the trial transcipt), to describe Hailey's childhood trauma and explain her relationship with Gerrum. Overall,I strongly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it to others!!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absence of Grace September 7, 2012
By Kay
I enjoyed the book very much. Like Ann's other books, she presents her characters with interesting problems and by working through doubts, misunderstandings and stress, her characters find love, acceptance and happiness. A small town in Alaska was a colorful and interesting setting for most of the book. It was a good read!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Irrelevant Title December 3, 2012
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A well-written story describing many current aspects of American life, from love and hate, to guilt and redemption, to racism and intolerance. The time-bouncing of the chapters is easily enough followed, though slightly disconcerting. The role of religion, while more prominent than I care for is, nonetheless, realistic and treated fairly. Altogether an easy read with no surprised, realistic characters and predicaments.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read. January 6, 2013
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There have been a number of other reviews written about this book that give descriptions of the content so I will not go into that again. It was a really good and interesting read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I really am an avid reader so if something doesn't grab my attention and hold it, I'm not going to bother forcing myself to finish any book. This one pulled me in immediately and was one of those that you hate to see end. I will certainly look for more books by Ann Warner. This was the first but certainly will not be the last.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Literature, for a change. December 30, 2012
By Elence
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This book was a very pleasant surprise for me. I am a
voracious reader, but too often find myself disappointed
with the offerings in today's market.
Not so with this book. It was very well written, with
thought-provoking scenarios and believable characters
who have discovered what is really important in life.
Keep up the good work, Ann Warner.
You've given me something to look forward to!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, complex characters January 26, 2013
By conniek
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I got this book thinking it was a light, easy read. It wasn't and I am so glad. The characters were complex with understandable joy, sorrows, regrets and triumpths. They were easy to relate to and understand. They weren't perfect and were driven by their pasts. I loved the story and the intermixing of past and present. It really helped me to understand motivation. The author is very talented and I look forward to more from her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Read January 21, 2013
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A story with interweaving of lives, I found it especially enjoyable due to good,believable characters struggling to make the right judgements. I liked the unexpected twist found in Clen's life that so influenced the choices she made for most of her life. I was left with a "feel good" response and would definitely read more of Warner's books.
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Very touching book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed this book very much.
Published 11 days ago by prw
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really loved this book. I would recommend it to anyone.
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Published 2 months ago by Shirley A. Strait
5.0 out of 5 stars This story is one if many that we are caIn ...
This story is one if many that we are caIn our daily struggle between faith (or taught faith) and feelings.
Published 2 months ago by Agnes Perez
4.0 out of 5 stars Never had a story capture my attention like this one.
I chose this book like I do all the stories I read. I make sure it has my attention by the 4th page; and this one certainly did.
Published 2 months ago by Janice Pittman
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Story
This book really grabbed me in the first chapter. This is the first book I have read by Ann Warner. I am sure I will enjoy other books by this author. Read more
Published 3 months ago by star
3.0 out of 5 stars a nice light read
Better than a romance novel, but not quite a deep literary work, this is a perfect " between books" read to cleanse the brain before starting a rich complicated novel.
Published 5 months ago by F. Nightengale
5.0 out of 5 stars A clear path
Absence of Grace was an excellent read. It captivated my attention from the first page, and made it had to put down. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dee Davis Pruitt
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A former clinical chemist, toxicologist and university professor, I took a turn down a different road when I began writing fiction. In 2008, my debut novel, Dreams for Stones, was a finalist for the Indie Next Generation Book Award.

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