Finding Grace is a powerful novel, as the author deftly weaves a heart-felt story of young friendship, the struggles of family, and the challenges of social change in a small southern town during the early 1960s. Dunn-Fierstein brings the cast of characters to life in such a way that by the end of the novel, I was immersed in their lives, tears flowing as I turned the final pages, wishing the story wouldn't end so I could find out what happens next in life to each of them. I loved meeting Bibi, the grandmother who enthralls the girls with her ancient wisdom and lore of astrology and reincarnation. Bibi's big-picture, spiritual approach to life allows readers to walk through the suffering and small-mindedness of a historical time period with an overview of faith and hope for the future. While the story is set over fifty years in the past, the message of this book resonates as timely; discrimination and hate have not yet been stamped out. Through the eyes of everyone in this small town, we are asked to consider our role in these problems, both directly and indirectly. Through this fine story, perhaps we can cultivate some gentle hope and find grace within ourselves.
—Kay Taylor: Intuitive, Astrologer, Healer, and Yoga Instructor at
Evocative, enthralling and emotive. Patrica Dunn-Fierstein brings to life an era that changed the world for so many. Through this beautifully told story she explores the opening years of America's quest to accept and embrace racial equality. Full of real people living real lives against a backdrop of uncertainty and violence this book carries a strong message about the power of love and the strength to do what is right.
—Tim: Goodreads Librarian
I couldn't put it down and it kept me up until 1 or 2 a.m. several nights in a row, one of my best measures for a book. —Betty Jackson, LCSW
Suffice it to say, once you begin it will be difficult to put down!
—Roxanne Y., Avid reader, cat-lover, and cyclist
I can see and feel the novel’s distinctive environment. Charlie and Violet are so endearing. I loved the book. —Trieste Kelly Dunn, Professional Actor
I couldn't put it down. Then it made me cry. I'm a grown man. This story is not for women only. You will be amazed at the journey you take with Charlie. —First Reviewer on Amazon
Finding Grace brings to life the turbulent times of the Civil Rights era in a very personal and relatable way. Through the innocent eyes of Charlie, we get a glimpse of the moral dilemmas individuals faced and the ripple effects of their decisions. Dunn-Fierstein deftly weaves one adventure into the next, which keeps the story moving along at a brisk pace. The characters and their relationships are authentic; by the end of the book you'll feel as if you're reading about people you know. This is a thought-provoking and enjoyable read. I highly recommend it. —Amazon Reviewer
Is Finding Grace for me?
I believe you’ll enjoy Finding Grace if you appreciate an intriguing coming-of-age story, written in the genres of Historical fiction, Spiritual/Visionary, and Suspense/Thriller.
Finding Grace explores the following material and places:
Southern Life; Civil Rights Movement and race relations between whites, blacks, and American Indians; the natural world; spirituality; St. Francis; Catholicism; astrology; Magic-realism; Norfolk, VA; Chesapeake Bay; Weeki Wachee, Florida; family and friendship against all odds.
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