Set against a backdrop of World War II, the Grace family and friends live in and operate out of Gracestone, a Miami Beach luxury estate. Most of them are "Graced", meaning they have special powers: Navigators can get anywhere without a map and are never lost; Incapacitators are never bested in a fight and can turn any item into a weapon; Knowers can learn all there is to know about any topic just by concentrating on it for a few moments. There is no finite number of Graces, and a person can be Graced in more than one way.
In Graced 1943, the first book in The Grace Family Chronicles, the characters are focused on protecting the children of Gracestone. Kidnapping is always an issue, mainly because its patriarch, Henri Grace, is a Midasian Multiplyer, meaning he can multiply wealth, and he has passed this rare Grace onto one of his grandsons. Greedy people and even the US government target Midasian Multiplyers, hoping to exploit their ability to make money.
Like most Americans in the mid-1940s, the Grace family and friends are enmeshed in World War II, and the action moves to the atomic weaponry lab in Los Alamos, NM, and to Europe and South America, and then back again to Gracestone for Henri's wife's ill-advised Christmas Ball in December of 1943. Be warned: The ending is a cliffhanger, and it leads into the second book in the series, The Atherlings 1944.
This series has the feel of an old-fashioned radio soap opera crossed with a comic book and a war drama. The cast is large, and their lives intermingle, sometimes in surprising ways. Graced 1943 is for anyone who enjoys actions tinged with humor in a setting that features real history and larger than life characters.
Graced 1943 by Courtney Williamson Milford is set in World War 2 and the story revolves around the Grace family who are 'graced' with special abilities such as healers, locators, seekers etc The story is told through different generations of the same family.
I will admit that I did put Grace 1943 down a few times, I found it confusing when the story would tell the in-depth backstory of another family member which made me less interested about the original story and more interested in the backstory. But I think the author has a great imagation.
If I didn't have Roberto Scarlato narration keeping me engaged and intested with his unique character voices I might not have finished Graced 1943. He keeps the reader engaged and wanting to know how the story conutines.
I would give this book 4 stars even though I found parts of it hard to read it is well worth the read.
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