Jan Brown Reviews Act of Grace By Karen Simpson

Title: Act of Grace
Author: Karen Simpson
Publisher: Plenary Publishing
Publication Date: April 2011
Pages: 320

Rating: 5 Stars

Act of Grace deals with racism in a very different way, a town in Michigan with huge secrets about it and how a 18 year old girl with a “gift” made it all come out. The story is written in such a way that you could feel the confusion of how she was dealing with it all including the “gift” which related to African ancestors which her mother tried to beat out of her when she was very young and seeing people. It was very good and interesting reading and the author had some very interesting descriptions of things from this girl’s thoughts about some things like “rain tap dancing on the window” and “the soft strand of her voice snagged like wool thread across splintery wood” and “The sky was peeling back the darkness to reveal a watery blue” and some others that were different metaphors and simlies I’ve never heard anyone use before yet they felt like normal thoughts of an intelligent girl. It was interesting how the secrets all came out and why she saved someone who was a member of the Klu Klux Klan. Imagine finding out you have this gift and how weird it seems as it develops, the author brings you into that amazingly well. And the visions cause you to be very hungry afterwards and sometimes very stressed out by what is seen or told to you… I could relate a bit to the story since I have premonitions which can cause others to think your a bit crazy if you mention it and my Dad never talked about his being able to have them too. Would love to read more by this author!

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Misty graduated from Capital University in 2005 with a degree in English Literature. She is an avid reader and is the owner of The Top Shelf

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