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The Mystery of Grace | [Charles de Lint]

The Mystery of Grace

Grace, as her friends call her, has a Ford Motor Company tattoo running down her leg and grease worked deep into her hands. She works at Sanchez Motorworks customizing hot rods. Finding the line in a classic car is her calling. Now Grace has to find the line in her own life. Grace loves John, and John loves her, and that would be wonderful, except that John, like Grace, has unfinished business: he's haunted by the childhood death of his younger brother. He's never stopped feeling responsible.
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Publisher's Summary

On the Day of the Dead, at the Solona Music Hall, Altagracia Quintero meets John Burns - just two weeks too late.

Grace, as her friends call her, has a Ford Motor Company tattoo running down her leg and grease worked deep into her hands. She works at Sanchez Motorworks customizing hot rods. Finding the line in a classic car is her calling. Now Grace has to find the line in her own life. Grace loves John, and John loves her, and that would be wonderful, except that John, like Grace, has unfinished business: he's haunted by the childhood death of his younger brother. He's never stopped feeling responsible. Before their relationship can find its resolution, the two of them will have to teach each other about life and love, about hot rods and Elvis Presley, and about why it's necessary to let some things go.

©2009 Charles de Lint; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

Charles de Lint, multiple winner of the Yalsa Best Book for Young Adult Award, "believes in the power of magic - or at least the magic of fiction - to open our eyes to a larger world." (Edmonton Journal)
"Charles de Lint is the modern master of urban fantasy. Folktale, myth, fairy tale, dreams, urban legend - all of it adds up to pure magic in de Lint's vivid, original world. No one does it better." (Alice Hoffman)
"The story develops through comforting, warm compassion to reach the inevitable, mostly satisfying solution." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Yuriko Fairfield, CA, United States 08-23-10
    Yuriko Fairfield, CA, United States 08-23-10 Member Since 2010
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    "interesting love story"

    I think I was expecting something more "adventure" like urban fantasy but what I got was a love story with an interesting twist. I think some people might find the story too quite, thus boring. I however found it interesting and likable. I liked Grace, the girl who never gives up and finds her courage and John, the boy/man who finally found what he was looking for life in Grace. When I finished listening to the book, it left me with hope and a smile.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn APO, AE, United States 08-29-10
    Carolyn APO, AE, United States 08-29-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Interesting Listen"

    The book starts strong with believable characters and well read narrators. There is a good twist and the book stays faithful to the concept. Not an epic mystery by any means, but enjoyable and interesting- good for an ethics book club question.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy 08-26-10
    Kathy 08-26-10 Member Since 2010
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    "The mystery of grace"

    Charles De Lint has done it again, i loved this book and was avidly listening the whole way through to the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Greenaway Sydney, Australia 12-15-12
    Greenaway Sydney, Australia 12-15-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Ghost story for Grown-ups"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I thought initially this would be a Young Adult story,(Not that thereshould really be a distinction when a story is this good) it is however, a fabulous ghost story for grown ups. It deals with unfinished business, a life (or lives) in limbo and an evil witch, but somehow it all is very believable, not fanciful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mystery of Grace?

    Two moments, The first being when Grace re-enters the real world for the second time and meets up with her lover. The other is the very last words


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are lots, the very first scene when Grace and John are in the bedroom, Grace going back to her workplace and meeting up with the native American, and the last few seconds.


    Any additional comments?

    I had never read any of Charles de Lint's work before and have now visited his website several times. I will be reading (listening) to more of his work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John NJ, United States 02-25-12
    John NJ, United States 02-25-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Ok, but not my cup of tea"

    When i picked this book, i somehow didn't realize it would be so focused on "other worldly" things... Probably my fault, but that's just not to my tastes, so i was disappointed. I did listen to the entire book and found it ok, but i generally select crime fiction and thrillers that deal with real world issues. If you're the same, you should probably skip this one. Narration was good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia Wylie, TX, United States 08-26-10
    Virginia Wylie, TX, United States 08-26-10
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    "Interesting entertainment"

    This was an interesting concept regarding death and existance on the other side. While the book was sad with the happenings of the main characters, their decisions of what is right or not for themselves and others can be altered with a little help from sources unknown. It was not the best book I have listened to, but it held my attention and the ending was enjoyable.

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  • colin
    London, United Kingdom
    1/21/13
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    "highly recommended"

    I urge you to read this book and anything else by Charles de Lint who is a uniquely talented writer. Urban myth, legends, folklore, supernatural and pure magic combine with the contemporary landscape and the day to day world seamlessly, believably and sometimes disturbingly. we are awakened and alerted to the mystical as de Lint weaves his spell.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paul D
    Halland, United Kingdom
    2/19/14
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    "Original tale"
    Where does The Mystery of Grace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well on par. No criticism - an original and interesting tale well crafted.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The concept of the story and characterization


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    No preference, I do prefer to see/listen to books as a whole.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Not my job. I just read them.


    Any additional comments?

    It is many years since I have read De Lint and I was not disappointed by this listen. Too often revisting an old favourite is disappointing, it is amazing how niaive and simple some old modern aurthors can apeear now. Not this one and I will keep a watch for further books by the aurthor. The characters were well constructed and it was easy to become involved in their lives no matter how strange.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah
    Chipping Norton, United Kingdom
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    "Thought provoking and considered..."

    First things first - this is brilliantly read, especially by Tai Sammons, who, to be fair, reads the lion's share, but her accents, and her voicing of the various characters is great. Don't get me wrong, the male narrator does an ok job, but he's reading a lot of women, and doesn't do so well.
    This starts with alternate chapters, which are quite long from a listening perspective, read by either Grace or John, ending with all Grace, and underneath the love story, underneath the mystery of Grace, and Conchita, and Henry, and all the others, lies a moral tale about coping with grief and loss, about learning who we are, about moving on, and on the importance of friends.
    I spent the first third or so wondering how de Lint was going to resolve the love story, reckoning I had it sussed. I was wrong, oh so very wrong, and I spent the final third wondering how this could end, and again, thought I saw how things might go, and was again wrong!
    This builds both a credible love affair, and a very credible friendship, despite the whole thing hinging on the fairly incredible premise that Grace is dead, and yet able to meet, engage with and fall for John - who falls equally hard for Grace.
    I loved the ending, loved the resolution of some issues and the fact that other issues didn't need resolution by that stage...
    Why not 5 stars? Well, there are some longish internal monologues that I found I wanted over - if I'd been reading I'd have skipped a few pages!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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