Grace Backer had a life full of tragedy. But despite everything, she raised her son, Tom, with her secret intact. Tom is a prodigal child, destined to escape the slums of the East End of London for a better life; circumstances will make him flee his loving mother and their home much sooner than expected. Tom starts a new life in Odessa, Russia, and with the help of new-found friends starts a business. At last, he is finally accepted into a new and loving family, but one which holds its own dark secrets. A chance meeting with the son of a duke of the realm leads to close friendship and a new business partnership. When Tom decides to move his company to London and have his regal new friend run it, the firm thrives. However, not everything is as it seems, and Tom’s business soon conceals dangerous secrets of its own. Years later, when Tom finally decides to return to London, he is a wanted man, one hunted by the intelligence agencies. If he is finally to be reunited with his beloved mother and his best friend, he must fight to put the past behind him. But keeping secrets is never easy.
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For the Love of Grace based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Thank goodness I had a sixth sense about For the Love of Grace by Andy Blackman, because neither the cover or the blurb made me anticipate what was to come. I was quickly captured, wondering how Tom will unravel his complicated life and find a happy ending. Tom grew up poor and hungry, with a thirst for knowledge that was aided by a photographic memory. He is a gentle, loving boy, devoted to his mother, until… His entire life changed in the blink of an eye. Circumstances beyond our control can cause our lives to take a turn we never could have anticipated and this is just what happened to Tom. I feel so much sympathy for Grace, his mother, that deserves sainthood in my book. She is a selfless, loving person, giving to others just because of their need. How much pain is such a wonderful person supposed to endure? I feel *** is not doing right by her. I am halfway in and my heart is breaking for Tom. He is a good guy caught up in bad situations through no fault of his own, just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Life deals him some bad breaks, but this 30 minutes was the worst of his life and nothing would stop him from exacting his revenge. And I am with him! I want to pick up a gun and hunt them down like the brutal savages they are. I love when a man is bad and good at the same time. Know what I mean? Where do you draw the line? I sympathize with Tom, I feel his pain through Andy Blackman’s words. Andy does a fantastic job of taking me sky high only to drop me, splatting my feelings all over the ground. I knew from the beginning that something really bad, tragic, would have to happen to take him down the road of an assassin and I kept waiting for it to happen. The suspense never let me rest. The writing created a sense of impending doom. The peripheral characters are not written just for support. They all play an important part in his life, whether they are his friends or on the receiving end of his wrath, but this is Tom’s story. I don’t know why I didn’t see the ending coming. I should have seen it. I guess I was so wrapped up in Tom, that I really didn’t want it to end, because I just could not find a way for it to end the way I wanted. My only complaint…the book is too short. I would have loved to be with Tom through his training to become such a proficient killer. I would have loved a few other parts of the story to be fleshed out more, giving me more details. Maybe this is just because I didn’t want the story to end. BUT…it doesn’t. I definitely want to check out Book II, The Second Son!!!! I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of For The Love of Grace from Andy Blackman.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book it’s tagged mystery/thriller but it’s a lot more than that. This is a story of love, loyalty, tragedy, secrets and underworld nastiness. As soon as I ‘met’ Grace I was drawn to her, she lived a simple life in the east end of London during the 2nd war, she married her childhood sweetheart, found herself pregnant but loss would soon befall her. She and her friend Julie were nursing, complete chalk and cheese .. Julie eventually has a baby but circumstances mean she leaves him with Grace. Grace did her utmost to nurture and love Tom and he grew into a remarkable young man who adored his mother as much as she did him. Yet again trouble was at their door, Tom is accused of murder. As only a loving mother could do she called in a favour from a previous patient who she had tended with care, he agreed to keep Tom safe. This involved leaving the country .. an ordeal for mother and son. Tom boards a ship to Russia with Ivor Sharapova, on this journey his life will change forever. Tom Sharapova as he becomes soon makes a successful life for himself, he is surrounded by friends, marries and has a baby but once again his luck runs out. Struggling with the secrets his ‘family’ hold forces him to seek revenge and go on a rampage before his life comes full circle .. but at what cost? I really enjoyed getting immersed in this, the relationships are tangible, love and loyalty ring true but I did have a slight problem believing in Tom during the middle of the book. While he had a mission to complete it seemed to be on a loop. I don’t want to give any spoilers. It almost became too simple for him and he displays no guilt. There were moments that made me tear up, and even though Tom is like the terminator he still has a strong belief and love for his mother. Can he return to England, will she know him .. and why does MI5 want him. Some tense periods and many secrets. This a great debut thriller and I look forward to another book from him hopefully. Thanks to the author and Clink Street Publishing/Authoright for my copy.