Updated and Renamed now as If OnlyA heartwarming and inspirational Christmas novel in the tradition of The Christmas Box, The Gift, and The Christmas List The New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Box and The Walk series returns with a holiday novel of hope, love, and redemption.She was my first kiss My first love She was a little match girl who could see tUpdated and Renamed now as If OnlyA heartwarming and inspirational Christmas novel in the tradition of The Christmas Box, The Gift, and The Christmas List The New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Box and The Walk series returns with a holiday novel of hope, love, and redemption.She was my first kiss My first love She was a little match girl who could see the future in the flame of a candle She was a runaway who taught me about life than anyone has before or since And when she was gone my innocence left with her As I begin to write, a part of me feels as if I am awakening something best left dead and buried, or at least buried We can bury the past, but it never really dies The experience of that winter has grown on my soul like ivy climbing the outside of a home, growing until it begins to tear and tug at the brick and mortar I pray I can still get the story right My memory, like my eyesight, has waned with age Still, there are things that become clearer to me as I grow older This much I know too many things were kept secret in those days Things that never should have been hidden And things that should have.
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Grace Updated and Renamed now as If OnlyA heartwarming and inspirational Christmas novel in the tradition of The Christmas Box The Gift and The Christmas List The New York Times bestselling author of The
Not a feel good Christmas tale AT ALL It is actually one of the depressing books I ve read this year Usually by the end of Richard Paul Evans books, I feel a peace wash over me, I felt very sad after reading this With that said, it is very good, well written and engaging, like the rest of his books.
Grace is an amazing inspirational story about 16 year old Madeline Grace Webb, a runaway with big problems and her relationship with 14 year old Eric.In 1962, people minded their own business What happened behind closed doors was considered priveledged Children were their parent s possessions and no one could say anything about the treatment of those children For Grace, life was complicated than most 16 year old girls have to deal with Eric finds her digging in a dumpster behind his workplace, [...]
Aufmerksam geworden bin ich auf das Buch durch Tanja auf ihrem Blog Der Duft von B chern und Kaffee Weder das Cover noch der Klappentext h tten mich angesprochen, aber ich probiere immer gerne auch mal etwas anderes aus Nach dem kurzen Vorwort war ich allerdings fast schon am berlegen, ob ich es wirklich lesen m chte Das Thema ist hier Kindesmissbrauch und obwohl ich nicht daf r bin, davor die Augen zu verschlie en, gehe ich diesen Themen in B chern aus dem Weg, da sie mir einfach zu nahe gehen [...]
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadTooIf one were to look up the definition of grace, this is what one would find a virtue coming from God or disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency among others But either of these definitions could apply to the beautiful story written by Mr Evans GRACE is another amazing story written by the author of THE CHRISTMAS BOX For those who have never read anything by Mr Evans, GRACE will not disappoint, and will most likely lead you to rea [...]
This is one of those books that just pains you to have to put it down It was a very emotional, intense and sad tale The characters are charming Important issues are addressed in a delicate manner I felt the ending was a bit rushed but it definitely pulled at the heartstrings of course, making me shed a tear or two This is my first Richard Paul Evans book, but now I am intrigued by his much talked about The Christmas Box I was happy to hear how RPE is using his income to help out abused children [...]
I have always seemed to enjoy Richard Evans holiday books, and this years book, Grace, was no exception It was just a wonderful story, beautifully narrated, a story that deals with family dysfunction, and mature subject matter.The narrator recalls his first love in 1962 at the age of fourteen My memory, like my eyesight, has waned with age and I pray I can get the story right Still, there are things that become clearer to me as I grow older This much I know too many things were kept secret in th [...]
This is the story of a 15 yr old runaway girl who is befrieneded and cared for by a 14 yr old boy and how their lives are changed forever because of their relationship This is really a great book to read at this time of year too Very profound and thought provoking message about child abuse as well I highly recommend this book
Grace is a bittersweet coming of age story of a teenage boy in the 60 s amidst the Cuba missile crisis This was definitely a 5 star book, and I loved it but when I chose it for my Christmas pick for our book club I was expecting something different I don t feel it was a Christmas themed book, and was led astrayed by the description heartwarming While Christmas does appear in it, it is a book I would have read at any other time of the year The book brought back childhood memories both good and ba [...]
This was the first time i have read anything by Evans, and i was impressed with the strong voice he carried throughout the book I loved that it was written in first person, thats always been a personal favorite of mine, but this book was sad, very sad If you are looking for an emotional driven, dramatic plot line, then you might like this book, but if you are looking for a warm, cozy christmas book that makes you all cheerful inside, please keep looking Would i read by this author Absolutely, b [...]
Love this book It is not predictable yet the story builds up emotionally as the characters become vulnerable and relatable Love the way the writer brought out the way life unfolds in reality sometimes.
That was the time I became a man Disc 5, Chapter 34 This is my very first audiobook and I liked it No eye strain Gave me a break from listening to Goodtimes 89.9 s sometimes arrogant sometimes funny Mo Twister every morning of my life Made me less sentimental by not listening to old songs played in 774 A.M station on my way back home every afternoon or early evening The only downside was that if there was an agressive driver swerving into my lane, I got distracted and I lost what had been said i [...]
This book was one that I bought on impulse I wanted to buy a book because I had money, and what else would I spend money on I saw this cover and read the description and it seemed to be a cute light read I wasn t blown away I wasn t expecting to be , but I also wasn t disappointed.The thing that annoyed me most was this when Eric first invites Grace to live in his backyard clubhouse, he says this I suddenly remembered Grace and felt a strange excitement.During the summer Joel and I trapped anima [...]
I am not an emotional person but I will admit to shedding a few tears over this one A very touching story I have a hard time reading novels where I know who the bad guy is and what they are doing is so terrible s much easier for me to read a mystery Thankfully, this one wasn t very long so I could finish it, unlike the other book I m currently reading Edgar Sawtelle
This book is about Eric, a 14 year old boy who moves to Utah with his family during the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis When he is working at a burger place one day, he finds a girl named Grace He later finds out that she ran away from home, and has to make a decision about how to help her The two become great friends and must figure out how to survive in a world where money is scarce and people are in need Eric and Grace go through many struggles together with their families and financial situ [...]
The second sad, sappy Richard Paul Evans book I read this holiday season They do touch something in me that makes me keep reading them.
I loved, loved this book I have been telling everyone I know about it Why do authors do this to us Why do authors drag us along, get their readers emotionally invested then, decide to type out an ending that leaves their readers clutching the novel like it s a winning lottery ticket As I was retelling my mother about this novel, her words expressed exactly what I felt, that was it the author left you with that, after everything you read and I signed and replied, my thoughts, exactly The year is [...]
Didn t read it.
I liked this book, but it seemed a little contrived The fact that it was set in the early 1960s makes it a little believable I would have been about the same age then as Eric, the main character in the book, but my parents would have been aware of my comings and goings, food disappearing, etc than Eric s were It also bothered me that sometimes the things that Grace encouraged him to do didn t seem like really good choices.I do like very much the things that the author is trying to do with his [...]
I read this by accident, and am glad I did so The story was not comfortable, but it was compelling What I learned from this book is that those of us who stand by and do nothing to protect or protest the treatment of children and other disadvantaged members of our society as as guilty as those who torture, murder and abuse them We cannot remain silent in the face of such abuse of the helpless.
I was already in love with this Young Adult book when I read the entry in Grace s Diary which said, I don t know why we re celebrating my birthday when it would have been better that I d never been born For a 16 year old to write this is really sad This is the poignancy we read about in the book Eric s presence is the one bright light in Grace s life If only they could be together always
I love Richard Paul Evans books this one was about a runaway who fell in love with her fourteen year old rescuer She could see the future in the flame of a candle and taught him about life than anyone The boy grew up and told her story there were too many secrets kept in the old days Because of this book, Richard Paul Evans started a group called Operation Kids a group for children of child abuse What a wonderful story
Pull out the tissues for this one This book really made me think about the issue of children s rights It s a very sweet and sad story with a strong message I knew how it end and yet I still couldn t put it down I read it in one day It does deal with child abuse issues, so some people may not have a difficult time with it However, I have to say that these issues were dealt with very tactfully and without going into any detail.
Sweet sad read about a young abused girl and the young boy who tries to help her I thought the book truly captured not only the times it was set in but all the emotions of young teenagers caught in such an awful situation I felt Evans really expressed the feelings and thoughts of the boy in a very realistic way.
This was such a great book A very sweet story I had to try so hard not to cry while I finished reading the book at work I would read somethingt teary eyedd have to put it down because it was just too much I didn t want to break out crying in front of all my co workers I would definitely recommend this book.cially to read before Christmas
Of course this book was predictable, but what does it matter when it still gives a woman a good reason to cry The novel was easy to read, the characters changed and grew as the story progressed, and I shed several tears in the closing pages, so I would recommend it to others who like a touching story around the holidays.
I don t really associate this as a Christmas book It was goode setting was in Utah which gave it a familiarity to me since that is my home I don t know, it was ok I almost thought about having my daughter read it until the end and now I don t think I will.
I have always thought Richard Paul Evans is a great story teller Some of the quotes he puts at the beginning of his chapters, made by fictional characters, are worthy of placement for everyday reading on my refrigerator.
This is a poignantly sweet coming of age story where a young 14 year old boy discovers that cruelty truly exists in this world as he plays his role in protecting a young girl from the abuse of her home.This story had a slow start but the build towards the ending was excellent.
This book is a must read It has a lot to say Very emotional though Have plenty of Kleenex on hand.
I thought it was predictable, a little disturbing, but I liked how it opened the readers mind to what is going on out there in this big world.