Throne of Grace

Throne of Grace

by Cecily Wolfe

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Five Star Readers' Favorite Award

She had me RIVETED from page one. Interviews and Reviews

This book does an excellent job of grounding the reader in the SPIRITUAL lives of the characters, intimating their spiritual discoveries in such a way as the reader can pick them up and apply them one's personal life, and telling a story that leaves you wanting more. What else can one ask of Christian fiction? author Brett Armstrong

Readers who love a HAPPY ENDING will not be disappointed. author Stacie Eirich

I am not a terribly religious person and yet the prose here and the charm it possesses - it really is of no matter. This is a LOVELY STORY. author J.P. Willson

BEAUTIFUL WRITING. Similar to GRACE LIVINGSTON HILL. Rebellious Writing

Newport, Rhode Island in the last decades of the nineteenth century was a stunningly beautiful and glamorous playground for the rich during the summer months, and a perfect setting for a romance between a rich young man from New York City and a local girl who works for his family. The two couldn't possibly expect to have anything in common, as he is expected to follow his father in a financial career and she is merely a maid with a mother who takes care of local children while their parents work. Arthur Davenport, spoiled and bored, unsure of his place in his family and in the eyes of God, truly meets his match in Josie Warren, who is often just a bit hard on herself for not being the perfect Christian in thought as well as deed. The two meet on the famous Cliff Walk, and neither of them can imagine where or how their instant attraction will take them as he struggles to make his parents understand that his calling is the same as hers, to help those less fortunate. He has no money of his own, and if they disinherit him out of disapproval, how can he help Josie, who has spent her life working hard to help support herself and her mother? More importantly, how can he convince her that he would gladly give up his life of luxury just to be with her?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940153686677
Publisher: Cecily Wolfe
Publication date: 10/25/2016
Series: Cliff Walk Courtships
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 22,055
File size: 269 KB

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bluestocking & wordsmith

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Throne of Grace 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ChristianKid More than 1 year ago
Recently, I decided to read outside my normal genres and historical romance is certainly among the newer samplings I've tried. As a fan of historical fiction and history generally, I had some preconceived notions going into reading Throne of Grace. More potent, I had expectations of the book as Christian reading Christian fiction. The short of it is, I found Throne of Grace to be an enjoyable look at Victorian-era New England filled with potent spiritual lessons. What I enjoyed most about Throne of Grace was its unashamed faith. Sometimes in writing Christian characters or Christian themes, an author will pull back trying to avoid being overt. Ms. Wolfe pulls no punches in that regard and it really works. The story really hinges on the main characters being believably devoted to God as the linchpin of the whole story. The two protagonists, Josie and Arthur, are first drawn to one another because of their mutual faith. It is through this commonality that they are able to see past social stratification, which is an important topic of the book, to regard one another as equals in God's sight and consider exploring a relationship beyond professional partnership. Note I said consider just now, because the focus of the book isn't so much on the budding romance between a man and woman, but their concerted effort to pursue a task God has drawn them both to accomplish. At times, Ms. Wolfe had the option of trying to rationalize away some events, but chose to not do so and turned the reader directly to God as the source. I think that is as bold and needed in literature as life and really works well for Throne of Grace, underscoring the title's significance and the themes of the book. The characters were likable, particularly Josie and Arthur. Which is good, because one of the few issues I had with the book was the number of perspectives it presents. There are several characters who take the reins at one point or another and give the reader their take on events. With the amount of introspection present in the novel, it gives the reader a pretty good grasp of who each character is inside and fleshes them out nicely, but at the same time I personally really just wanted Josie’s and/or Arthur's perspective. It would have heightened the suspense in a few places. That being said, I moved through the book quite readily and at the end wanted to know what happened next for the characters. I saw there is a sequel and from the description, though it shifts the focus from Josie and Arthur, I’d be willing to read it just to see if they appear again. Overall, the book does an excellent job of grounding the reader in the spiritual lives of the characters, intimating their spiritual discoveries in such a way as the reader can pick them up and apply them one's personal life, and telling a story that leaves you wanting more. What else can one ask of Christian fiction?
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Deborah Stone for Readers' Favorite Throne of Grace by Cecily Wolfe is a story of love and trials between a man of wealth and a girl of servitude, a pairing that just was not done in 1893 between the different classes. Josie, a house maid in the Davenport mansion, falls in love with Arthur, the only Davenport son. Their faith and desire to serve God initially draws them together while his family and the community itself try to end this ridiculous union. Arthur is supposed to follow his father into business and marry whomever his parents, especially his mother, deem a good match. This, of course, means money, name, social standing and such things. Josie, well, she will marry whoever will have a girl like her. As Josie and Arthur’s friendship grows stronger, their bond and commitment grow as well. Love is the inevitable outcome, but to stay together will come at a cost. Not just for them, but for Josie’s mother, Lucy, as well. Is this really what God wants or are Josie and Arthur both caught up in the excitement of helping others or a need to defend each other as good friends? Could a couple from such different backgrounds and stations in life ever be happy together, and will they have to choose which world they live in? They will need to rely on each other as they wait for God to show them what He wants. Cecily Wolfe tells a familiar story with the added benefits of knowing the spiritual and emotional aspects of the characters as well. This is a well written, smart, tender and engaging story that draws the reader in and makes it hard to put the book down. Wolfe has captured the essence of young love and the torment of prejudice due to old ideas of an upper and lower class being able to define the value of individuals. Wolfe’s descriptive writing and command of language make this an interesting and thoroughly enjoyable read. Wolfe has given us Josie, a servant girl trying to “discern the difference between romantic love and the love of friendship,” an issue still relevant today. Wolfe touches on many topics that are dealt with daily, and offers words of wisdom and encouragement to inspire wise decisions. Prayer is a constant theme that supports her characters and shows us the depth of their commitment to God, even before their commitment to each other. Cecily Wolfe delivers a lovely, well written, well thought out love story with much deeper life lessons sprinkled throughout.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice story and characters. The characters agonized a lot about their "failures" to live up to their Christian values and standards. It was too much and made the story drag on and on.
NeenReads More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book! At first I was a little put off since I have not read this type of Christian romance before, but as I read on I was hooked! I became totally invested in the story! I began to care about Josie and Arthur, the main characters. From their chance meeting their lives and the lives of those around them are forever changed. I enjoyed seeing the shifts in the character's perspectives and how each person grew from their experience. Most importantly, through it all Josie remained faithful to God and trusted in His promises. It was so refreshing to read such a sweet romance and I am looking forward to reading the next book! I received a complimentary copy of this book and voluntarily posted an honest review.