A charming story about love and the power of forgiveness.
For everything that life had seemingly done to distance him from the truth of love, through grace and time, October met his match in fate and was destined to be shown otherwise. Surrounded by a small community of loving hearts, all of which who were no strangers to struggle and heartache, October and his mother, June, were reminded daily what the power of love was able to accomplish through open hands, acceptance and conversations lined with hope.
"I wanted to write a story that would only expand in love; I had this vision of a dot or a circle that would start off small and at whatever rate it chose to grow, it would do so, but only grow, only evolve, it was quite clear that it didn’t have any interest in forming a line and simply going up and down; and so that’s what I did. 'Grace in October' is, for me, a story about the power of forgiveness, and how much the will of life opens up to us once we allow the breeze of love to brush our heart." – Author note
"This gifted author delivers his writing with strength and passion, giving life to this compulsively readable story of a young man's journey.....of love, pain and renewal. At times heart wrenching....an experience shared in soul-baring storytelling."
- Barbara, on 'Grace in October'
"Excellent read. Very detailed."
- Tanya, on 'Grace in October'
"This is one of the most extraordinary books I have read. It was a delightful and deeply touching read; it teaches you all about love and hope. I would recommend this book to anyone; an excellent read!"
- Christine, on 'Grace in October'
"Kevin is a fantastic author who understands the art of character building. All of Kevin's books contain a spirituality to them that I haven't see anywhere else and Grace in October is no different. The sense of style in this book starts with one of the most unique covers I have seen on a book and dovetails into Kevin's writing masterfully.
I like it so much I bought 3 copies just to share. Give it a shot and I find it hard to believe you will leave disappointed."
- John, on 'Grace in October'
"I couldn't put it down! A must read if you love Love. Truly heartwarming and patently different than any feel-good book I've ever read - Bravo!"
- Scott, on 'Grace in October'
"Amazing book, Kevin is a genius!"
- Johnny, on 'Grace in October'
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About the Author
Kevin Semeniuk is a Canadian storyteller, and the founder of Fifteen for Hope Publishing and Apparel. Born in a small Alberta town, Kevin comes from a large family of 8 siblings, all raised by a single mother who emotionally and financially took care of their big family on her own. No stranger to the curveballs that life can throw, before even the age of seven his parents had separated, moving him and his siblings to Edmonton with his mother, from where she would drive the family across provinces to visit his oldest brother in prison for what would go on to become years. The family had also started to take in foster children, which opened up the home to a near revolving door for much of what would be at risk youth, however, it would also lead to the forming of some of the most important and impactful relationships of his life. This sudden changing way of life inside and out of the home forced Kevin and his young siblings to quickly adapt to whatever circumstance their environment might provide. As Kevin was growing older in a chaotic setting he began to spend his time away from home skipping school in search of trouble. During his teenage years, out of shear fear for him following down the wrong path, his mother sent him to live with his alcoholic father where he would then have to adapt to living with a cold, hardened man who could go on for weeks without speaking a word to Kevin. Surely his father loved him, however, it was never uttered or displayed in all the years they lived with one another, leading up to his death; his body discovered by Kevin. Kevin thereafter spent years distancing himself from his friends and family, often to work in isolation, alone with his thoughts and heartache, learning how to cope with a near broken heart. It was through these traumatic experiences that he was able to see how possible it was to pursue change by way of the heart, and coupled with the love he already had for storytelling through poetry - (a love that was sparked at a young age by movies like ‘Stand by Me’) - Kevin opened the floodgates and turned pain into passion, beginning with what would be his first full length novel, ‘Sweeping with God’. Kevin has since published several collections of poetry and novels through his company, Fifteen for Hope Publishing. His stories are all written under the umbrella of love and harness the ability to touch the heart and speak to the mind of his audience, regardless of gender or race. In Kevin’s novels, his words on paper have formed beautiful, heartfelt stories of forgiveness, second chances, the resilience of the human spirit, and beautiful conversations lined with hope. However, not all of Kevin’s literature is sunshine and rainbows as he also shares his passion through stories about the darker side of life in his poetry, touching on important topics such as human-trafficking, starvation, war, disease, and the over one-thousand Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women here in Canada; the country Kevin calls home. Though his journey through life has led him down paths that at times he would’ve done anything to change, Kevin has still somehow managed to find a true balance and to stay as close to life as possible, which is showcased throughout his literature.