Title: Illuminating Gracie
Author: Lisa C. Temple
Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural
Publish Date: June 8, 2013
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Length: 312 pages
Format: paperback, ebook (Amazon, B&N)
Description (from Amazon): As an old woman's lifeless body lies on a cold stone floor, her soul stands before an angel who offers her a miraculous opportunity: the chance to do it all again. But that is easier said than done. In order to change the path her life has taken, she must put aside years of self-loathing and pain, so she can help the young girl she once was become the woman she should have been.
At 17 years old, Grace Bennet is a bitter young woman. Though blessed with a loving family, looks, and brains to spare, she hides her light under a bushel, spending most of her time in the darkness of her mind with little more than sarcasm and self-pity to keep her company. But things are about to change for Grace. While delivering food for her family's bed and breakfast, she turns onto a desolate dirt road and drives straight into her destiny. It's on this isolated country lane that the damaged girl meets a strangely familiar old couple and two mysterious young men. Together the group fights the demons that surround Grace, and they teach her what it means to let her light shine.
Illuminating Gracie is, at once, a metaphorical tale of the fight between good and evil and a spiritual saga of one girl's journey from darkness into the light. If you liked Twilight and The Hunger Games, you will love the story of Gracie.
Review: Illuminating Gracie is an amazing novel that is relatable and exciting. As a teenager myself I loved Grace because I have felt every insecurity that she has, possibly five times more. I was a little apprehensive when she arrived at Mrs. B's house although I knew that this would be a turning point in the novel and somehow work out for her in the end. Due to the relationship and behavior between Willem and Mrs. B I knew that something was a little strange and that Grace was not being told the entire truth about many things. I think meeting Merc and Locke did a lot for Grace's confidence and I was extremely happy for her even though I sensed something off about them. Through out the novel I felt as if something was not right about many of the characters and that they were hiding something from Grace. The resolution and conclusion of this novel helped a great deal in solving the billions of questions firing in my head while reading this book. In the end I was incredibly happy for Grace and Merc. The epilogue devastated me, although I am hoping that due to the way it ended there will be a sequel.
Overall: Overall I enjoyed Illuminating Gracie because it is thought provoking and captivating. I would and will recommend this novel to anyone who loves romance and fantasy. I happily give Illuminating Gracie 5 stakes and will definitely read this again.
About the Author (from Amazon): Lisa Temple is a lifetime resident of Montgomery, Alabama, where she lives with her husband, Dana, with whom she has one son, Temp. She also has to stepchildren, Candice and Chad. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Huntingdon College and a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. Lisa also shares her life with her beloved animals: Phebe, Flash, and Minx.
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