by Lisa C. Temple
Release date: June 8th 2013
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 Bennett 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.
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In the beginning of the book Grace has very low self esteem and seems a little depressed. I imagine Grace to be very similar to Bella from Twilight. By the end of the book Grace is like a whole different person. She is more confident, happy and appreciates all the people that love her. It takes a lot for her to get there though. First she meets an old woman and man that want to hire her and then two men that want to date her all in one day. They all seem to be keeping secrets from her though and when Gracie finds out that there are angels and demons on earth she doesn't know who to trust. It is up to Grace to figure out what is good and what is evil and make her life better. I wasn't a big fan of Gracie but I really liked the story because it's about getting a second chance to do your life over again and make better choices. I give this book 4 stars.
Here is a short playlist of songs I think go well with the story. They all make me think of either one of the characters or the story.
- Katy Perry - Roar this song is how I imagine Grace feels by the end of the story especially the line "I went from zero to my own hero"
- Evanescence - Bring Me To Life "All this time I can't believe I couldn't see
Kept in the dark but you were there in front of me"
- Evanescence - Tourniquet "I tried to kill my pain
But only brought more
So much more
I lay dying
And I'm pouring crimson regret and betrayal
I'm dying, praying, bleeding and screaming
Am I too lost to be saved?
Am I too lost?"
- Goo Goo Dolls - Iris "And I'd give up forever to touch you
'Cause I know that you feel me somehow"
- Enya - Only Time
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lisa C. Temple is a lifetime resident of Montgomery, Alabama where she lives with her husband Dana, with whom she has a 21-year-old son, Temp. She is a graduate of Huntingdon College and Jones School of Law. Illuminating Gracie is her debut novel.
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