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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Of Grace and Chocolate...Review

About the book:
If someone told Jillian Parish moving on is easy, she would argue that it depends on what someone is leaving behind, and how much chocolate is available.

Jill has worked hard to build up a life far different than the one scarred by her mother's alcohol abuse. She works at a busy publishing house, is writing the novel of a lifetime, and goes home alone every day to a little dog, a spotless apartment, and a piece of 70% cacao and sugar. But in one day, Jill’s phone is stolen, she is tackled by a childhood love who has no idea who she is, and finds her long-lost sister on her front doorstep. In two days, Jill’s carefully controlled world is turned upside-down. In three days, she wonders if chocolate will ever be enough again.

When Scott Gentry moves to the city of Portland, Oregon and spots Jillian at church, he learns her reputation as a lost cause. But something compels him to get Sister Parish's attention, no matter how difficult that may prove. As Scott stumbles, crashes, and falls into Jill's guarded world, he finds himself with more attention than he bargained for, and more willing to do anything he can for the woman who is not made of stone, but of strength. Grace brings Jill and Scott together, but can grace erase the past, or save the abandoned hearts left in its wake?

It's not often you see a book written from an LDS perspective that covers addiction and abuse in such an authentic yet thoughtful manner.  I loved Scott and Jillian.  They had some cringe worthy, laugh out loud moments, but Scott's love and affection for Jillian was sweet and believable.  Their characters were well developed and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them.

I appreciated Jillian's love for her sister and niece and her desire to do all she could to free her sister from the drugs and abuse in her life was beautiful. The novel is full of twists and turns and suspense and is a wonderful story of faith, forgiveness and redemption.

Thanks to the publisher for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Krista Lynne Jensen here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 3/13

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4/5 Stars

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