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- Print Length: 231 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: AM Books (November 18, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 18, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MXEN4LM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,047 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Presence of Grace (Love and Loss Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Devon and Grace met under unusually emotional circumstances, though they never exchanged names. Grace, an elementary school teacher, is leaving the building after parent-teacher conferences and notices a man in the midst of a heartbreaking struggle. She learns he's finished a conference regarding his daughter, Ruby, and it's the first one since losing his wife a few months ago. Grace offers condolences and support as much as she can, knowing nothing can ease the man's pain. They part ways shortly afterward, but she still thinks of him from time to time, wondering how he's coping.
Three years later, Devon needs to attend a meeting with his son, Jax’s, teacher regarding his admittance into a program for gifted students. Both he and the teacher are shocked, and feeling a little awkward, as they remember why there's a feeling of familiarity. But as they get to know each other, that is quickly replaced with attraction.
As they spend time together, there are some adjustments as Devon still struggles with losing his wife and raising their children without her and Grace still has some emotional scares from her previous marriage, but they work through them and build a relationship together. But things aren't always easy and uncomplicated, even in books, and they each need time to decide what they truly want and if that's each other.
Will Devon and Grace work through everything and build a future together? Will Devon's children accept Grace's role in their Dad's life and theirs? Will Grace open herself up to love again after what her ex, Jeff, put her through? Is there a HEA for them?
One-click now to follow along as these two, both hesitant to love again for different reasons, realize that the heart wants what it wants and you can't fight fate. Please keep in mind this is book two in the series and book one, The Absence of Olivia, essentially focuses on Devon shortly after losing his wife and the pain he feels. It also includes Evie, his wife's best friend.
Brief summary of Devon and Evie from book one and what bothered me about book two: A week before he met Olivia in college, the woman he would marry, he bumped into Evie. Both were attracted but walked away after exchanging pleasantries. Olivia later introduces him to her best friend...Evie. The whole span of Devon and Olivia's relationship, it was never acted upon, but honestly it still seemed skeevy to me, there was an unresolved attraction between Devon and Evie. (This is how Devon explains it to Grace, though the blurb for book one made it seem as so much more to Evie.) After Olivia passed away, Evie stepped in and helped Devon as he struggled with his grief and being a single dad. One day they kissed. That's it. (If you look at the timeline, I feel it happened after he met Grace the first time.) They realized they were better off as friends and Evie went on to meet the love of her life, Nate. Uncle Nate and Aunt Evie are still a part of the kids' lives, therefore Devon's too. I just think the "romantic" history between Devon and Evie was unnecessary, especially considering, according to one review, he essentially told Evie she was second best compared to Olivia. Ouch! I understand being completely in love with your wife, death won't change that, but again, this all leads me to think it wasn't needed. I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt that he was just waiting for Grace and at no point in this book did I feel as if he was viewing her as inferior to Olivia, but the inclusion of Evie, for some reason, lessened my connection to Devon, both as an individual and as part of a couple with Grace. At one point in The Presence of Grace, he even thinks how Evie is a connection to Olivia. No, your kids are a connection to your deceased wife. Evie is Evie.
Maybe if I had read this on another day it wouldn't have bothered me as much, but it did. This in no way detracts from the author's talent, and I did enjoy the story, but I couldn't get as involved as I prefer to be. But please, give this story a chance, maybe you'll feel completely different.
Devon never thought he would find love again, until he met Grace.
Grace never thought she could trust again, until she met Devon.
The Presence of Grace is a beautiful story about second chances, about being brave enough to try.
Thank you Anie for another great read.I loved Devon and Graces stroy, it really moved me.
This book comes on the heels of one of my all time favorite reads. Having loved The Absence of Olivia I opened this book with equal parts excitement and trepidation. Would it meet my high expectations? Could I possibly love it as much? The answer was a resounding, heart mending YES! Devon was maybe not my favorite person after reading the first book, but that wasn't through any large faults of his own. That wasn't his story, and he took a side part to Evie and her story. When he finally got his turn to star, it was everything it should be.
There is no real easy for this couple. They both have baggage and heartbreak, they are both broken souls. Anie Michaels has this depth to her dealings with grief, and the process of moving on. It hit me so hard that I was lying in bed crying by the light of my kindle. The plight of a single dad, from not knowing his teenage daughter would want the privacy of a bathroom trashcan, to how to deal with carpools, sick kids, and girl troubles on his own. Grace inserted herself in the family, and became such a vital part of it. I loved the reality of dealing with the children's response to her. There was a scene where they decide as a family to pack up some of the pictures of her, and it ripped my heart.
"Sometimes, surviving came with the heaviest guilt and it came out of nowhere. You were just living your life, trying to move on, and suddenly you realized your wife would no longer be able to sit in the school pickup line and you crumble under a wave of guilt."
It was all so accurate, so poignant that it left me breathless. From grief, pain, and this shining hope that there really is life after, and that these people deserve the chance to live it. This could easily be read as a standalone, but you're tragically missing out if you don't have the experience of reading The Absence of Olivia . These tales make for such a beautiful rendering of life moving on, and love being lasting but the heart ever growing and adapting. ~ George GMB