Cracking Grace questions the very basic concepts of spirituality through the eyes of Audrey, a young girl in the midst of a tragedy - and through the eyes of Mary, a seemingly lifeless cemetery statue.
As her father slips into madness, Audrey is left to explore a secret world for answers to her loss. Aided by her faithful companion, a bluebird named Bluebell, Mary sets out on her own mission of discovery - despite chiding from the other residents of the cemetery: The cynical Jesus; two wisecracking gargoyles; and the eccentric ghost Mrs. Grant, a curmudgeonly old woman trapped among the graves.
Part fable, part dark fantasy, Cracking Grace is the story of loss and of newfound friendships for a young, wounded girl. It’s the story of a father bound to the flesh, unable to accept death. It’s the story of a woman trapped in stone, determined to understand her existence.
©2006, 2012 Stephen Stromp (P)2014 Stephen Stromp
This book is read very well. I thought I liked where the story was going, then it seemed to morph into something very different. It is not that it is a bad story. It just was not my kind of story. It does portray an interesting take on life and death. I am sure some readers with a different perspective from mine would enjoy it. Disclosure: I received this audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.
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