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- Print Length: 298 pages
- Publication Date: May 18, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06Y1QJNBR
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,286 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Every time Juliette Duncan releases another book I can't wait to read it. Her latest book about Grace did not disappoint and I read it every spare moment I got. Grace's secret was not what I expected and the story had interesting turns that kept me captivated. I love the way that Juliette brings the word of God into her stories. This is another book you must read but once you start don't be surprised if you can't put it down!" Ann
"Powerful story. Intense. Excellent. A glimpse into the brokenness of Brianna who needs drugs to forget and Grace who is so strong she can't understand why Brianna can't get over their tragic pasts. Well written and engrossing from the beginning. Juliette is a fantastic author who just keeps getting better and better." Robin
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"What a wonderful book! From pain, suffering, fear, drugs to true freedom you can only find in Christ!!!!! Filled with love and hope after letting go all your baggage. Add the Word of God and hymns my heart was filled with joy."
"Excellent book. I loved the development of the characters, but mostly how the book showed how God can truly transform our lives, if we let him. Great read."
"This book is fabulous. I could not put it down. I highly recommend this book and the others in the series that precede this book. I have never been disappointed in any of Juliette Duncan's books"
"Juliette Duncan has done it again. She always surprised us with the many twists in her plots and her characters are so developed. I have read most of her books but she still surpasses with each one."
"The story was so gripping that I couldn't put it down!"
"Great read with a great message of the power of God's redemption and forgiveness."
"This is another beautiful book by Juliette Duncan. Each one seems to get better. The twists and turns kept you interested to the very end."
"Another emotional story with a strong, engaging story line about relatable characters who undergo significant spiritual growth."
"Powerful story. Intense. Excellent. Juliette is a fantastic author who just keeps getting better and better."
"This book will have you searching your heart and your relationship with God. A family of 8 young children are torn apart after the death of their mother. They each faced their own demons as adults. A book of hope and redemption."
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I did not like the way the main character’s first love interest was treated. I felt like he didn’t have a chance and that was really frustrating. I’m ok with people changing their minds about love, but the logic of her rejection was so skewed it made me take a star away in the rating.
I felt that the book was a little long, and the resolution was a little abrupt.
The story mainly focuses on Grace O'Connor but there's a side plot involving Grace's sister Brianna and her brother, David. The fourth O'Connor sibling, Caleb, also shows up a few times.
While Caleb and David are Christians, Grace and Brianna are broken people. Brianna was raped by her cousins as a teen which resulted in a pregnancy, but the baby only lived a few months. Brianna turns to drugs to cope. On the same day Brianna was raped, Grace (also a teen) was tasked by a terrorist group to place a bomb. Grace thought it wouldn't go off but a bomb did go off and Grace has blamed herself ever since, but she's also kept it a secret. Grace channels her hurt into her work as a prosecutor.
Grace seems to feel that Brianna should be able to "just get over" her addiction and "just stop wanting drugs". She seems to feel that recovery is a matter of will power. This frustrated me, because obviously, if it were so, Brianna would have already been "in recovery".
In a last ditch effort, Grace takes Brianna to Scotland where their brother David and his family live and run a center. Though the information on Christianity is good--it can seem to get a bit preachy at times. I'm also glad that Ryan wasn't thrown off by Grace's revelation and stood by her through the uncertainty. I'm also glad he suggested to her that they look into the events surrounding her secret--for some reason, it never occurred to her to do so . . . even though she's a lawyer.
Grace seems to do a lot of vomiting. She vomits on her way to drop off the bomb. I think she vomits after the bomb blast that she didn't expect to happen. She vomits during her night in a jail cell. There may be other times as well--but I almost felt like the author didn't know any other way to convey whatever emotion she wanted to convey so she just kept repeating this method.
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A sweet, clean interesting story of a divided family finally getting reconnected with each other and with the Lord. I am not off for a reread of Book 5 to refresh my memory.