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Finding Grace Paperback – July 27, 2012
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The characters are fully developed, easy to relate to, and real. Grace's relationships with her parents, her many brothers, and her friends, are genuine. Readers will become invested in Grace's fate, and yearn for her to win her true love in the end. "Finding Grace" is a moral read, without being bland or boring. I laughed out loud. I shared in the heartaches as Grace learned who she is, and who she can be, with the grace of God. I really do miss the characters and I'm sad to be done with the novel, even though it has a beautiful ending!
RECIPIENT OF THE PRESTIGIOUS CATHOLIC WRITERS GUILD SEAL OF APPROVAL.
About the Author
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Laura H. Pearl grew up in Plattsburgh, New York and studied at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she earned a BA in English. She married her high school sweetheart, with whom she raised five sons, and currently resides with him in Southern New Hampshire. This is her first novel.
Laura blogs at: mumsie2five.blogspot.com/
Follow Laura on Twitter @Finding_Grace_
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Many young people deplore their parents' choice for their names, and Grace Kelly (she of the horn-rimmed glasses, braces, and frizzy hair) is no exception! But living up to a glamorous namesake is nothing compared to the subtle challenge Grace detects from her loving father--to become a saint!
As the story of Grace's teen years unfold, American society during the turbulent '60s and '70s with its radical ideas becomes Grace's biggest opponent to her goal of becoming a saint. I, for one, strongly identified with her and her desire for true love, especially in a world that seems to find traditional mores impossible to live with and personal sanctity an impossible ideal to live up to. Yet through it all, Grace perseveres in her faith and love of family, and despite her myriad setbacks, she discoveres that true saintliness is achieved by discerning God's will for one's life and accepting it whole-heartedly.
I have recommended this book to my nieces and nephews and I'm sure they will see themselves in it as surely as I have seen myself!
A great read that shows the power of prayer, the benefits of a close loving family, and the importance of strong friendships with others who truly have your best interest at heart. Oh, and it's also a fun love story. The only problem was that I became so attached to the characters that I didn't want the book to end.
This book does a terrific job of blending simple uplift with real tension, and squarely confronts issues that confronted society, and by extension the Catholic Church in the early-to-mid 1970s, the fallout with which we live with today. And even if you're not Catholic, it's just a good story.