Redeeming Grace: Book 2 of The Grace Sextet
"A well-told tale of an early-20th century woman's quest for liberation." Kirkus Reviews
Tides of Grace: Book 1 of The Grace Sextet
The novel is both moving and entertaining. The author does a magnificent job of transporting the reader back to the life of a girl in St. Louis a hundred years ago. The novel begins with a literal bang, the shotgun blast with which Grace’s father takes his own life. It’s typical of the novel’s strategy of intensification that Grace discovers her father’s body and gets his blood on herself on the same day she has her first period. Sexuality is the engine of this machine, and the author depicts various scenes of Grace’s erotic awakening (and it’s no accident that she reads Kate Chopin’s The Awakening): spying on her friend Dottie and Willy through an open window as they’re about to have intercourse, masturbating outdoors, having sex with her teacher in a closet at school, and taking Aunt Lydia’s “oily, green liquid” to induce an abortion. The novel applies a contemporary sense of values (including how white people should refer to black people) to American life in 1907. I think this revisionist approach is refreshing, a way of both righting some wrongs and making the novel more accessible to readers today. The dialogue is brilliantly rendered, with each character speaking in a distinctive, identifiable way. It’s a wonderful novel by a gifted author who clearly has more in mind for Grace, her brother Damien, and her friends Dottie and Cornelia in the planned sextet. Anonymous Reviewer #45, The Writers Digest
Abundant Grace: Book 5 of The Grace Sextet
I absolutely loved this book. I was a little nervous when I sat down to read it because it was Book 5 of the Grace Sextet and I hadn't read any of the others. However, you managed to weave in enough information that (a) didn't overwhelm the pacing at all and (b) gave me enough information that I had no trouble following the story. I instantly felt an affinity for Grace. She's smart, incredibly brave and resourceful. And I LOVE the fact that she's psychic. You don't often see that in novels like this. You created a compelling character in Dirk as well. Despite being a German officer in the war, I found myself rooting for him. He's a man of integrity and he genuinely loves Grace. The historical background was terrific. I had no idea German prisoners were kept working in France after the war ended. Operation Paper Clip was handled very well too. You have a way of bringing these historical facts into your story in such a way that I didn't feel as though I was reading a history book. The action, intrigue and espionage, especially with the Russians, kept me on the edge of my seat. Overall, a satisfying read. I'll definitely be reading the rest of this series. Judge #73, 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.