A Girl Named Grace by Janna LaFrance is a new book by a newly published author. It came across my blog reading, and I was excited to read this new book.
I have a little disclaimer before I write this review: I am not a published author. I love to write and as a child wrote "books" all the time. I fully intended to be a published author as an adult. There are two reasons I haven't written a published book: (1) Time- mothering, homemaking, and homeschooling keep me too busy. Maybe at another season of life I won't feel like I'm flying by the skin of my teeth, and I will feel like I have time. (2) I would be terrified to put my heart and soul on paper and then have people not like it. That is the truth. An author takes pieces of herself and commits them to print and shows the world. Some people love it. Some people hate it. And that would be hard for me.
So it is hard for me to write a negative review- especially for a new writer. I don't know Janna personally, but she has more guts than me because she put her soul in print for us all to read.
With that preface, here are my thoughts about A Girl Named Grace.
Grace is a sensitive woman that has always struggled with fear and doubt. Even from a young age, she's been "different." She was the victim of abuse. She senses things. And her teachers were concerned about her "imaginary friend" when she was young. Now as a grown woman, she is still sensitive and reflective. Her marriage struggles because she never feels completely sure of her husband's love and commitment. When Grace faces tragedy and then discovery of an overwhelming secret, her life is really falling apart. And then she begins to have the visitations from the friend of her youth again. And she begins to realize that only Christ can fill the emptiness in her life even as she finds that she must deal with yet one more terrible revelation.
What I liked: I liked the theme of the book. As women, I believe we often seek to find fulfillment in our husbands. Truthfully we can only find fulfillment in Christ.
What I didn't like: There was some bad language. I am not offended by this unless it is the Lord's name taken in vain, but I know some people would be very offended at bad language in a Christian fiction book.
The book was very reflective. This was done purposefully and suited the character of Grace because she is supposed to be sensitive to the supernatural. It is just not my preference in reading. There were pages and pages of just Grace and her thoughts. It is just a different style.
Some of the supernatural encounters that Grace experiences were just strange to me. Again, this is more of a preference on my part (and this may reflect different doctrinal views), but it was a little different.
One of my most difficult tasks as a reviewer is sorting through my personal feelings based on style and preferences and making judgments about the quality of a book. My thought about A Girl Named Grace- read it. I think it is a bold and different book. It might resonate with you. It might speak to you. Or you might find the style difficult as I did.
***Now for the Giveaway information.***
You can visit the author's site, and you can enter to win your own copy of A Girl Named Grace.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.