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Eleven-year-old Grace Carter has a talent for hiding things. She's had plenty of practice, burying thoughts and feelings that might anger her strict evangelical pastor father, and concealing the deep intuition she carries inside. The Knowing, as Grace calls it, offers glimpses of people's pasts and futures. It enables her to see into the depth of her mother's sadness, and even allows Grace to talk to Isaac, her twin brother who died at birth. To her wise, loving Aunt Pearl, the Knowing is a family gift; to her daddy, it's close to witchcraft.

Grace can't see into someone's thoughts without their permission. But it doesn't take her special talent to know that her small community is harboring its share of secrets. A young girl has gone missing. Within Grace's own family too, the cracks are widening, as her sisters Hope, Joy, and Chastity enjoy the normal life that eludes Grace. It's Grace's kinship with other outsiders that keeps her afloat - Lyle, a gentle, homeless man, and Lola, a free-spirited new girl at school. But when her mother lapses into deep depression after bringing home a new baby, Grace will face a life-changing choice - ignore her gift and become the obedient daughter her father demands, or find the courage to make herself heard, even if it means standing apart....

©2018 Eldonna Edwards (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Beautiful Story

This is a beautiful story about a young girl and the struggles she faces as she grows. She struggles to fit into a world where her gifts are not celebrated like they should be. If you have ever felt different or misunderstood, this is a good book to read & listen to.

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  • Rhoda
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  • 05-23-18

interesting and well done

enjoyed this book. really makes one think about things and the possibilities of humans. provides familiar and relatable characters. the descriptions can make your minds eye see the town and some of the people.

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Wonderful story. Makes one feel comfort and joy to think about what God has in store for those that follow Jesus.

Wonderful story. Makes one feel comfort and joy to think about what God has in store for those that follow Jesus. Also the hope that we will see or loved ones that have gone on before us. Good Story!

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Incredible new author

I will be waiting for Eldonna Edwards next book !Well written,great characters and another great audible. I was immediately drawn into the life of a family that felt like my own ;I ( at age 60 something😀)ate with them ,went outside to play, went to school, and to church. This one will stay with me quiet a while. Here's to growing up, and three cheers for Eldonna Edwards taking us home again.

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Warm and Resonant

The gentle pulse of this story touched my heart, as it weaves through sensitive topics as Grace grows up in home simmering in tyrannical religious ideology. Overbearing father, grief and loss, shame, guilt, repression, mothers depression, sibling rivalry, friendship, unconditional love, and Graces insights, the author masterfully handles with reverence and respect, tempered with deep love, humor and joy.
Graces story resonated in parallels with my own up bringing, as a young girl, trying to make sense of all that was happening around me, while having a deeper “knowing” and perspective different than that my parents.
This book for me read not like a rollercoaster ride but like a pendulum swing, finally coming into life’s true balance.

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Attention Keeper

This story grabbed my attention and kept me entertained while guessing at the plot. The characters were lifelike- so much so that I wanted to choke the dad! Without giving away too much, I believe the author has a deep insight to things most people cannot see nor understand. She did an excellent job of presenting The Knowing. The reader was outstanding.

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Get the volume right please

This book was the latest that continually blew my eardrums out whenever the reader got excited or started yelling, especially when reading for the dad. You don't have to scream to portray these emotions. Whether I had earphones on or listening in my car I really hurt my ears multiple times. And once I turned the volume down and the screaming ended, I had to turn it back up or I couldn't hear anything and the cycle began again. This isn't a new issue for audile, but it seemed extra bad in this book. I didn't enjoy the book very much either.

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Very predictable

First off, the book was predictable and corny. The narrator really got on my nerves after the first chapter. Her enunciation was all wrong for the characters. Sorry, when you try to add a southern drawl to words, you just don’t pronounce every syllable clearly.
This read like a young reader’s book.

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Loved this book!

This book resonated with me due to religious background and growing up feeling like a misfit. Bailey Carr’s performance was spot on and I could listen to her rendition of Grace’s voice all day and never tire of it.i will definitely look to see if she has other narrations out there!