Ray of Hope

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In Griggs's sassy inspirational tale, a feisty, smalltown 75-year-old grandmother takes in her two city-raised grandkids for a memorable summer. Things get off to a nutty start when Ma Ray pulls a gun on a foolish boy who breaks into her house to hang out with her 17-year-old granddaughter, Sahara. It's all good, though, as Griggs (The Truth Is the Light) shows how a strong kinship develops between Ma Ray, Sahara, and 15-year-old Crystal. With spotty cellphone reception and no high-speed Internet, the girls shell peas, can food, and meet some nice Christian boys, though Sahara's tempted by the local bad boy. There are enough tears, hugs, and lessons learned before summer's over to appease readers, young and adult, who like a good dose of faith with their fiction. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410435972
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 5/18/2011
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 461
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted August 22, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Review: "Ray of Hope" by Vanessa Davis Griggs was

    Review: "Ray of Hope" by Vanessa Davis Griggs was another
    wonderful novel.This beautiful story of a seventy-five year old
    grandmother who kept her two granddaughters during the summer who had
    some major issues she had to deal with. This grandmother who was called
    Ma Ray was deeply rooted in memories of her own past and common sense
    and with all of this she was there to help her two granddaughters. This
    novel was definitely one of those that once I started reading "Ray
    of Hope" I could not put it down until I finished...so 4 and 1/2
    hours later...I finished a truly wonderful, beautiful well written book.
    This was truly a read that you you will see in the end that the
    granddaughters maturing and seeing things in life quite differently.
    The characters are something...from Ma Ray, Sahara, Crystal, Lenora,
    Andre, June Bug, Erin and a few others... making this novel simply off
    the chart a good read. If you have never read any of Ms. Vanessa Davis
    Griggs reads...be sure to pick this one up. You will not be sorry. Ray
    of Hope is about a grandmother trying to give advice to her out of
    control granddaughters. "Each time the girls were in a predicament,
    Ma Ray always had a solution." Ma Ray wanted the girls to have a
    positive outlook on life and not move on only impulse and most of all
    the granddaughters learned that their grandmother was not a push
    over...being unable to pull crazy stuff with her. YES! What a
    grandmother.. that always had a good solution. Now, this is where I say
    you must pick up this read "Ray of Hope." "Ray of
    Hope" is a story definitely that will benefit today's youth(teens)
    and I would highly recommend this for a excellent read for all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    This book is amazing iDont have it on my nook but i got it from the library .. iThink that everyone should read this between the ages of 13-19
    Hope you enjoy

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    It Takes One to Know One

    When Lenora Nichols realizes that she can't handle her rambunctious teen daughters, she turns to her mother for help.

    A no-nonsense woman of faith Ma Ray's tough-loving ways, are deeply rooted in the memories of her own past and common sense. What Crystal and Sahara will come to realize is that their 75-year-old grandmother is more than they can handle. In fact, they will come to find that there is nothing they try that she doesn't have a solution for. Unfortunately those solutions don't often sit well with the determined girls.

    Situations presented are those that many can identify with; some serious, others hilariously refreshing. A Ray of Hope is a delightful story with generational bonds not often displayed in contemporary works.

    Dr. Linda Beed / Reviewer
    On Assignment Reviews for Let Us Bear Fruit

    Book provided courtesy of author.

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