THE WAYS OF GRACE
by Linda Francis Lee

September 2002
ISBN: 0-8041-1995-3
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Grace Colebrook was not having a very good day. She walked out of her own wedding after finding the groom in a very compromising position at the church... only to find herself in one later that night with her neighbor downstairs! Problem was she knew who he was but he didn’t know who Grace was. It doesn’t help that she left when he went to answer the phone.


Jack Berenger was Grace’s neighbor but he had no idea who she was, let alone that her name was Grace. He thought it was Holly! Jack is ruggedly handsome and made Grace’s heart go pitter-patter whenever they were near. Jack worked in the ER so he would not have to feel anything and not let anyone break his control over his emotions.


Jack and Grace both had something in common - both were running. Jack from a tragic accident that had happened over a year and a half ago and Grace is running from trying to be not like her mother and sister. Grace wanted an ordinary, orderly life, but that came crashing in on her when she walked out of her wedding. Grace’s emotions swing from one moment to the next leaving Jack to wonder about her.


It is interesting to see how Jack and Grace come to terms to each other as well as their past. They were attracted to one another; every time they were together you thought they would explode from sexual tension. Grace, along with trying to deal with Jack, she also had problems on her own, losing her job and taking on the responsibilities of her seven year old cousin. Ruth, Grace’s cousin, brings the life that Grace has always wanted to have, along with all the pain, sorrow and happiness that goes along with raising a seven year old.


The Ways of Grace was a very fast read that had me laughing and crying all through the story. The emotions that Jack and Grace carry around with them would be just like anyone would have with their past - what they have been through and what they want to be now. The secondary characters bring their own baggage, so to speak, to the story, which lightens and darkens the mood of the story depending on who it is. If you want to read a story that will have your emotions going like a rollercoaster from happy to sad and back to happy again, then this is the story for you.


Reviewed in February 2003 by Pam.

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