Author Laura Pearl and I have a lot in common. As she says on her blog, “I wanted to write a book that shows that the Catholic Church’s teachings on pre-marital sex are not only good for one’s immortal soul, but also just make sense and make life simpler and happier.” That sounds a lot like me when asked why I wrote my first novel. As well, we both know the joys of raising five sons. It was my pleasure to meet Laura (and her husband, Tim) recently at the Catholic Writers Conference Live in New Jersey.
Laura’s novel, Finding Grace, is a coming-of-age story of a girl named Grace Kelly and her journey as a teenager of the 70’s in small town America. This novel deals with some mature themes (Roe v. Wade, abortion, pre-marital sex) but it does so with sensitivity and without explicit details so teens regardless of faith background will enjoy it.
For those of us who grew up in the 70’s, I related to much of what Grace went through and the author captures the atmosphere of that decade well. In fact, I knew a Grace Kelly during my high school years. (I also knew a Rudy Valentino and an Elizabeth Taylor and marveled at how parents could do such a thing to their kids…)
The characters and story line were believable and well-defined. If I were to use one word to describe this book, it would be “Epic.” Epic (a word teens use to describe something cool) but it is also epic in size. As other reviewers have mentioned, this is not a short read. Special thanks to the author, who gifted me with a Kindle edition. I was able to read this book in a larger font (I struggled with the print book’s tiny font) and I must say, it was a much more enjoyable experience!
Check out Laura’s blog too!
Copyright 2013 Ellen Gable Hrkach