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Posted December 21, 2011
The Third Grace by Deb Elkink
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The Third Grace is an amazing piece of writing with twists and turns intertwined with Mennonite heritage, language nuances, fabrics and sewing. At the beginning I thought I must like it because of its many references to fine fabrics and designs. Then I realized I loved The Third Grace it for its plot and depths of meaning.
After all, it revolves around an ancient love affair, a return to roots and faith and an intriguingly evil co-worker. I spotted her right off and wanted Mary Grace to see her wickedness¿but then there would have been no story.
I was surprised to discover that this novel is Deb¿s very first. Bring on more please, Miss Deb. One small suggestion? I would like a page of translations for words like nietlijch.
Posted November 20, 2011
A Woman's Interior Journey
G. K. Chesterton recounted the tale of a man who ventured forth only to arrive at home again and know it for the first time. Such is the remarkable pilgrimage of Aglaia Klassen in Deb Elkink¿s book THE THIRD GRACE. Aglaia¿s journey takes her through the labyrinth of Greek mythology and to the heights of Parisian costume design. But in the end the interior journey of self-discovery is the greater distance travelled. Beautifully written, THE THIRD GRACE takes the reader on every step of Aglaia¿s intimate journey to arrive at true peace.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Donna Fletcher Crow A DARKLY HIDDEN TRUTH, The Monastery Murders 2
Posted November 19, 2011
Amazing debut novel; well worth the read.
She has even changed her name, yet Aglaia cannot escape the past she despises or the memories that haunt and beckon her. Instead of finding comfort and solace in the faith of her youth, Aglaia seeks fulfillment in her work and fascination in the sensual Greek mythology Francois introduced her to before the dark days came.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Professor Lou Chapman compounds Aglaia¿s confusion and discomfort by playing on her weaknesses while childhood friend Naomi Enns tries to protect her from herself.
Author Deb Elkink skillfully weaves mythology and faith through plot and theme, emphasizing the stark contrast between Aglaia¿s old-fashioned farm upbringing and her new life in the city. The settings, from familiar to foreign, are vivid with sound, sight, taste and texture. Suspense tightens the weave until several unexpected revelations snap the thread of lies Aglaia has so long believed.