I am often asked where my stories come from. I'm not always sure. Sometimes a story just comes to me in waves (or trickles) of inspiration and oftentimes it's not until the very end of the book that I see where my characters are taking me. This is such a tale.
Grace is the story of a young runaway girl and the boy who hides her from a frightening world too large and unfathomable for him to comprehend. It is also about two brothers and the love that binds them together through difficult times.
In some ways this is the most autobiographical of all my novels. When I was eight years old my father lost his job, and we sold our home in beautiful and aptly named Arcadia, California, to move to a poor neighborhood in Utah and into a rundown home like the one I describe in the story. I have no fond memories of that time. Not one. I wanted to go home.
I've found my home now, and it has nothing to do with the place where I live, and everything to do with the family I love.
Richard Paul Evans
©2008 Richard Paul Evans; (P)2008 Simon & Schuster
I really enjoyed listening to this book. I actually saw that author discussing the book on TV, and thought it sounded interesting, even though I had never read or listened to his books before. This type of book was a considerable diversion from what I normally listen to, but it was very well done. And the reader was excellent. The story and the reading really evoked an emotional response.
I really liked this book. Both the story and narrator were excellent. This was the second book I have read by this author, and will definately order more.
Simple and interesting story, yet meaningful, very alive. The reader is truly amazing, this is actually my first audio book but it won't be the last one.
If you're not the lead dog, then the view from behind never changes
I read and listened to the book simultaneously, so it was the best of both worlds.
Eric first and foremost because the story is from his perspective, and of course Grace herself because the story is about her.
The audible version to me, brings the story to life. I gave the performance 4 stars instead of 5 because I occasionally couldn't tell which character was talking sometimes. But overall I found the whole experience to be pretty awesome, which is usually the case with a RPE book.
I cried like a baby at the end of the book. I mean, I actually feel to my knees and wept. And it wasn't what you would have expected that caused my reaction. It was because of Eric's conversation as a child with his sunday school teacher and her response back to him when he answered her question about what he would have done if he had been at Calvary?
RPE has such a gift. His words always seem to touch my heart in a way like no other author could do. For that I am grateful.
My husband and I were able to go on "The Walk" cruise in June 2014 to celebrate Alan Christoffersen's arrival to Key West with Richard and his family as well as at least 500 other "The Walk" cruiser's. We also met Kailamai Hansen who was a real live character in "The Walk series. She wrote a book "Out of the Darkness", so if you enjoyed reading this book "Grace", you will like reading her book.
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