The Spirit of Grace

The Spirit of Grace

by Terry Lynn Thomas



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ISBN-13: 9781626943964
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Publication date: 01/12/2016
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.57(d)

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The Spirit of Grace 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book but it is a little weird. It has subject content that I didn't see coming. I'm not into ghost and goblin stories. Unfortunately this book dabbled in it. The remainder of the series goes further into it. I will not be reading the rest of the series. The author is good at her craft. I will try other books by her as long as they have nothing to do with the supernatural. Simone24
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
Sarah is released from the asylum after a year at her father's request. She needs to remember what happened the night her mother died. Danger stalks her; people die; she sees spirits. All keep the story moving along with twists to keep you turning the pages. As the truth came out, I did not see it coming. I received a copy of this story through the JGBS Review Library, and this is my unsolicited review.
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed The Spirit of Grace. It was not what I was expecting, but sometimes that can be a good thing. Sarah is sent to an asylum after her mother dies. People in her home town think she is to blame. Her father brings her home and once there so many crazy things begin happening. She finds herself wrapped up in quite a disturbing chain of events. I can definitely say I was not expecting the ending. This book was full of mystery, action, and intrigue. I thought it would be more of a ghost story, but it wasn't. It was really good and written very well....Stormi
Bookworm2Bookworm More than 1 year ago
San Francisco - Bennett House - 1942 Sarah Bennett spent time in an insane asylum after the death of her mother, Jessica, caused by a fall down the stairs. Unable to remember what happened to cause her mother to fall, it was thought that Sarah had murdered her which resulted in her being sent to the asylum. When she returns after a year, she finds that her father has married, Grace, a young woman her own age. In addition, he has hired an assistant named Zeke. Grace is cool to Sarah and is quite verbal in thinking Sarah is guilty. Grace has taken over running the house and has changed many things which upsets Sarah. In addition, Sarah’s maternal grandmother does not trust Grace and neither does their long-time housekeeper, Anca. Grace’s money spending has gotten out of hand and her father does not seem to know how to stop her even though he says he is in love with her. Her father has become a well-known mystery writer who appears to be very happy that Sarah is home even though he never visited her in the year she was away. Zeke is an efficient young man who keeps tracks of Mr. Bennett’s travel, book signings and such. As it is wartime, there are many soldiers around town and there is worry that there may be spies lurking around as well. Even though Zeke is friendly to Sarah, there are things that occur to make her think he may be a spy. When a dream that Sarah has results in an injury to herself, some shocking truths begin to reveal themselves. She also learns that she may be in danger and should leave Bennett Hall and start a new life elsewhere. But she does not want to leave until she can find out what or who caused her mother’s death. When unexplained events begin to occur that are very frightening, suspicions arise about everyone. This is a fabulous gothic type mystery book like the ones I loved by Victoria Holt, Mary Stewart, and Barbara Michaels. I hope others will read this novel and I bet that like me, you will be on the edge of your seat until the last page when all is revealed. I certainly look forward to reading more by this author. Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
TheHungryMonster More than 1 year ago
The Spirit of Grace by Terry Lynn Thomas is set in the 1940’s against the backdrop of WWII-era California. Sarah Bennett has been living at The Laurels, an asylum, for the past year. When her mother fell to her death in the family home, Sarah was the only witness and prime suspect, but amnesia has erased her memory. Her father gets her released to come home on the one-year anniversary of his wife’s death, hoping that her memory will return so the truth might come out. But home doesn’t seem to be a safe place. Her new stepmother, Grace, is threatened by Sarah’s presence, the townspeople are still suspicious, and her small town is full of billeted soldiers and rumors of spies. Sarah just wants to clear her name, if only she could remember that night. Sarah is a young woman, privately educated and raised in a wealthy household. Though she was sheltered, her free-spirited mother raised her with a sense of independence that helps her deal with the suspicious townspeople and invading reporters. Her father is distant, her stepmother is clearly up to no good, but the longtime family housekeeper, Anca is her ally. Her father’s handsome writing assistant, Zeke, seems nice, but there’s something suspicious about him. Despite her attraction to Zeke, she fears he may be a spy. Zeke has a habit of conveniently popping up whenever Sarah needs him that’s almost too often. He’s also a delightful romantic interest, and the tension gives Sarah and Zeke’s scenes together a lot of life. Both characters develop and grow throughout the story, fighting a battle between distrust and genuine attraction. The story has roots deep in the Gothic romance tradition, all the way down to the old family house that has its own secrets. The author does a fine job of providing details that bring 1940’s California to life. Little touches like the women wearing hats and gloves in public, blackout curtains at night to hide houses from Japanese bombing, and food rationing are all reminders that this isn’t the modern era. Even the descriptions of the military structures built along the coast are spot on. Ms. Thomas has certainly done her research, and it shows in these important details. We don’t get to spend a lot of time in San Francisco, but its proximity and military history is crucial to the story. I was disappointed in the paranormal aspect of the story. Strange things do happen, but it’s mentioned in an offhand manner that minimizes a plot point that turns out to be important. It’s dropped in without very little backstory or support, other than a few characters speaking to Sarah about it, but they don’t give her any further information. I feel the story would be just as mysterious and thrilling without it. If you like classic Gothic romance, this is the book for you. Fans of mystery books and thrillers will also find something to like in this book. The plot is simple, but there are some interesting twists and mysterious encounters that will make you question your assumptions. Review at The Hungry Monster Book Review