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Finding Grace ❮PDF❯ ✬ Finding Grace ✪ Author Laura H. Pearl – Thomashillier.co.uk At the age of thirteen, Grace Kelly who has been saddled with the name of a world renowned beauty, but is far from one herself is inspired by an offhand comment from her father to become a saint But c At the age of thirteen, Grace Kelly who has been saddled with the name of a world renowned beauty, but is far from one herself is inspired by an offhand comment from her father to become a saint But coming of age and falling deeply in love for the first time in the earlys in the wake of thes sexual revolution and the historic Roe v Wade decision presents true challenges for young people who are trying to live chastely Grace realizes that without the help of God, the Blessed Mother, and all the saints in Heaven, navigating the thorny path to sainthood would be an almost insurmountable task.

  • Paperback
  • 332 pages
  • Finding Grace
  • Laura H. Pearl
  • English
  • 10 October 2019
  • 1936453118

About the Author: Laura H. Pearl

I am the author of FINDING GRACE, a recipient of the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval available in paperback and Kindle onand ERIN S RING currently available in paperback ERIN S RING was awarded two Book Awards in from the Catholic Press Association nd place in Books for Teens Young Adults, and rd place in Catholic NovelsI was born in NJ, grew up in Upstate NY, and studied at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where I earned a BA in English I am married to my high school sweetheart, with whom I raised sons, now all grown, in Southern NH These days, I m also Grammy to darling grandchildren and counting My husband and I recently moved to northern VA to be closer to our kids and grandkidsAs a young girl, I always dreamed of one day writing a novel After happily spending my entire adult life as a stay at home mom, I finally fulfilled that dream in , when my first novel, FINDING GRACE, was published by Bezalel Books My second Catholic YA novel, ERIN S RING, was released by Bezalel in I write fiction that I hope will give glory to God while inspiring young readers to fight the good fight, in a world that often seems to have forgotten Him.



10 thoughts on “Finding Grace

  1. Sarah Sarah says:

    I won t lie this book was long That said, it was REALLY well written and the character development was stellar It s set in the 1970s and early 80s, and the story is Catholic in a way that s both cultural and ingrained It gave me a sense of what it s like to be raised Catholic and to have it be part of everything you do.Did that make you feel like it s shoved down your throat Because it s not not at ALL One of the things I appreciated about this book is that it doesn t seem to talk down to I won t lie this book was long That said, it was REALLY well written and the character development was stellar It s set in the 1970s and early 80s, and the story is Catholic in a way that s both cultural and ingrained It gave me a sense of what it s like to be raised Catholic and to have it be part of everything you do.Did that make you feel like it s shoved down your throat Because it s not not at ALL One of the things I appreciated about this book is that it doesn t seem to talk down to its audience, which is the young adult market It s written like literature and it seems to assume that its reader has a brain I like that It s a book I highly recommend and one I ll be sharing

  2. Therese Heckenkamp Therese Heckenkamp says:

    Laura H Pearl s first novel, Finding Grace, was a pure delight to read The story is absorbing on so many levels.The main character, Grace, is thirteen at the beginning of the book, but her story spans the years of 1972 1980 as she becomes a young woman in a world fraught with challenges She strives to live as a good Catholic so that she may one day become a saint but goodness doesn t come easily, and as she struggles to live her faith, she encounters life in all its many facets of good and e Laura H Pearl s first novel, Finding Grace, was a pure delight to read The story is absorbing on so many levels.The main character, Grace, is thirteen at the beginning of the book, but her story spans the years of 1972 1980 as she becomes a young woman in a world fraught with challenges She strives to live as a good Catholic so that she may one day become a saint but goodness doesn t come easily, and as she struggles to live her faith, she encounters life in all its many facets of good and evil, joy and disappointments Add to this the pain of falling deeply in love with a young man who sees her only as a friend, and I had to keep turning pages, staying up late, to find out how everything turns out.The characters are fully developed, easy to relate to, and real Grace s relationships with her parents, her many brothers, and her friends, are genuine Readers will become invested in Grace s fate, and yearn for her to win her true love in the end While this book is a wonderful coming of age story for teens, it is also great for adults looking for a romantic story that is deep and meaningful Not a shallow romance, Finding Grace has all the hallmarks readers could want romance, conflict, humor, life, love, laughter, and tears.Parents can feel confident in buying this for their teens Finding Grace is a moral read, without being bland or boring The importance of family and faith is highlighted Yes, there are lessons to be learned, but readers will be highly entertained along the way.I laughed out loud I shared in the heartaches as Grace learned who she is, and who she can be, with the grace of God I really do miss the characters and I m sad to be done with the novel, even though it has a beautiful ending This is a book that I will definitely recommend to my own daughter someday.Reviewed by Therese HeckenkampCatholic novelist

  3. Barb Barb says:

    Finding Grace is a well told coming of age story about a young Catholic girl whose faith surrounds her at home, at school and among friends It is also an introduction to the lives of quite a few saints both well known andobscure as it drives home the message that everyone is called to be a saint The author does a good job describing the interior struggles of an adolescent girl who wants to be a saint AND to have a family AND to fall in love I particularly enjoyed the main character, G Finding Grace is a well told coming of age story about a young Catholic girl whose faith surrounds her at home, at school and among friends It is also an introduction to the lives of quite a few saints both well known andobscure as it drives home the message that everyone is called to be a saint The author does a good job describing the interior struggles of an adolescent girl who wants to be a saint AND to have a family AND to fall in love I particularly enjoyed the main character, Grace, as well as her parents, and her friends Tom and Sully

  4. Rini Green Rini Green says:

    Finding Grace is a heartwwarming story of a young girl who grows up in small town, Plattsburgh, New York I grew up in small town, Plattsburgh, New York and Laura Pearl brought back such wonderful memories.memories I had long forgotten of the wonderful place Plattsburgh was to grow up The writing is wonderful and brings you into the story so completely that you don t want to put down the book I loved Grace Kelly and all of her friends I wish the book were longer so it didn t have to end A Finding Grace is a heartwwarming story of a young girl who grows up in small town, Plattsburgh, New York I grew up in small town, Plattsburgh, New York and Laura Pearl brought back such wonderful memories.memories I had long forgotten of the wonderful place Plattsburgh was to grow up The writing is wonderful and brings you into the story so completely that you don t want to put down the book I loved Grace Kelly and all of her friends I wish the book were longer so it didn t have to end Anyone no matter what age would enjoy this book I believe

  5. Sarah Sarah says:

    Finding Grace is one of those cozy books that give you a self conscious hero that reminds you of yourself The book was very sweet and touching, especially Grace s interactions with the world around her It covers premarital sex, drinking, teenage pregnancy, and abortion.

  6. Kia Kia says:

    It was just a semi serious conversation with her father one morning before school, but it set 13 year old Grace Kelly s course for the rest of young adulthood Suddenly, the goal of attaining sainthood was her guiding principle, informing all her decisions about behavior, friendship, and love But as I read deeper into the book and got to know Grace better, her ambition seemed simply an extension of her personality In short, Grace is a dear, thoughtful girl She strives constantly to do the rig It was just a semi serious conversation with her father one morning before school, but it set 13 year old Grace Kelly s course for the rest of young adulthood Suddenly, the goal of attaining sainthood was her guiding principle, informing all her decisions about behavior, friendship, and love But as I read deeper into the book and got to know Grace better, her ambition seemed simply an extension of her personality In short, Grace is a dear, thoughtful girl She strives constantly to do the right thing, to put the feelings of others ahead of her own, and to find the grace to accept God s plan for her life Being an awkward, self deprecating adolescent, however, she can t imagine that the plan might actually be a happy one, so she grimly resigns herself to accepting her fate of heartbreak and loneliness But Grace is no emo, angsty teen bent on self destruction In fact, the opposite is true her path of self denial and right living actually keeps her physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthier than the kids around her This is the 70 s, after all, when all the cool kids are embracing the new culture of intoxication and free love Even the Catholic Church itself, of which Grace, her family, and friends are all members, is going through changes I could relate powerfully while Grace struggled to keep her footing as the bedrock of moral certainty itself shifted beneath her feet But Grace has her head on straight and her heart in the right place, even if she is sometimes deferential to a fault Luckily, the author does indeed have a plan for her, as well as the other people who populate her world.Finding Grace is set in upstate New York, in Plattsburg, on the shores of Lake Champlain Laura Pearl lovingly details the setting, its inhabitants, and its culture No character is insignificant and every one is thoroughly introduced and developed If you are in a hurry and looking for an action packed thrill ride, this isn t your book If you want to take the time to immerse yourself in the protagonist s world and know the story of everyone you meet, you will love Finding Grace all theso because and this is so important to me as a reader the characters are all good people human and flawed, of course, but good folk Personally, if I start reading a book and there isn t one character I can relate to or care about, or who can make an intelligent choice, I stop reading Finding Grace is the antidote to such books Every person is thoroughly introduced and his or her motives made clear so that even someone who seems objectionable on the surface can be understood As in real life, there is good in everyone While Grace struggles to find her path toward sainthood, she treats everyone in her life with mercy and love As it turns out, everyone is deserving of it in his own way a very Christian and true message.I will not discuss the whole plot but as for Grace, she struggles between placing others ahead of herself and the desires of her own heart She spends her high school years in the company of other nice kids like herself They all attend the same Catholic school, come from similar backgrounds, and wrestle with making the right choices while coming of age in a society that is falling for the progressive siren song of guiltless, libertine pleasures It s a story that s just as relevant today as kids fumble towards adulthood in a world of negative influences And spun throughout the narrative are multiple tales of love familial, friendly, and romantic Finding Grace is a delightful, good, long read I recommend you join Grace Kelly for her formative years in her richly detailed world as she discovers that God has a very rewarding plan in mind for her after all

  7. Kari Burke Kari Burke says:

    From the moment I got my hands on Laura Pearl s novel, Finding Grace it surprised me by being so muchthan I expected Knowing only that it was the story of a 13 year old girl with a name that was a challenge to live up to, I expected a somewhat simple tale I was surprised to find that Finding Grace was anything but a short one dimensional story.Instead of the quick read of maybe 150 pages or so that I had envisioned, the book boasts well over 300 big pages This is book is no quick aft From the moment I got my hands on Laura Pearl s novel, Finding Grace it surprised me by being so muchthan I expected Knowing only that it was the story of a 13 year old girl with a name that was a challenge to live up to, I expected a somewhat simple tale I was surprised to find that Finding Grace was anything but a short one dimensional story.Instead of the quick read of maybe 150 pages or so that I had envisioned, the book boasts well over 300 big pages This is book is no quick afternoon read Instead of just introducing the reader to young Grace Kelly in her early teen years, the book follows her all the way through high school and college Instead of a sweet, light hearted glimpse into the ordinary struggles and innocent awkwardness of adolescence, the book delves deep into difficult and mature themes Pearl tackles issues that may have been relatively new and disturbing in the 1970 s but have become commonplace and normal in our day and age She confronts such difficult subjects as pre marital sex, underage drinking, contraception, the feminist movement, moral relativism, and muchall while staying true to the plotline and never losing sight of the story itself There was much I liked about Pearl s debut novel First, the book did not come across as overtly preachy yet the main characters never failed to stand up for what they believe in There are also a great variety of secondary characters with who Grace shares her life and her story Each of the secondary characters adds to the lessons of the book, some by the wise choices they make, others by their poor choices Amazingly with such a large cast of characters, Pearl does a wonderful job of developing each of them so thoroughly and making each one so unique and memorable that I had no trouble keeping them all straight in my mind Second, the relationships between characters were full of complexity and substance And amid those sometimes challenging, continually honest interactions in Grace s life, many of the most important messages in the book are revealed And lastly, the story promotes all the things I value as a Catholic Morality, truth, virtue, faith, it s all there The traditional, old fashioned ideals of Grace s close knit family become the lens through which she views the changing world around her Her family and her faith are what allow her to navigate the often thorny path of the narrow road Interwoven into the fabric of the story are compelling reasons for staying true to the precepts of the Catholic faith As a bonus, through Grace s always believable life experiences, is revealed beautiful examples of holiness from the lives of the saints All in all, Finding Grace was full of unexpected surprises that I found to be both enjoyable and insightful Grace is a character who sincerely strives to practice the virtues that lead to sainthood, never giving up even when the endeavor proves difficult I look forward to sharing her story with my own daughters

  8. Renee Renee says:

    This was one of those novels I didn t want to put down and didn t want to end I could really relate to the main character, Grace, a teenage girl trying to live a life for God while falling in love and encountering some of the harsher realities of our modern world I wish I had been able to read this book as a teenager myself, because I think it would have inspired me not be afraid to go against the grain and to strive for sainthood It certainly has done so for me as an adult.The book s various This was one of those novels I didn t want to put down and didn t want to end I could really relate to the main character, Grace, a teenage girl trying to live a life for God while falling in love and encountering some of the harsher realities of our modern world I wish I had been able to read this book as a teenager myself, because I think it would have inspired me not be afraid to go against the grain and to strive for sainthood It certainly has done so for me as an adult.The book s various characters all very well developed, and we see the humanity and dignity behind each one, despite any mistakes they make The Catholic Church, too, is beautifully represented I ve read the book twice now, and on the second time through I was just as eager to see how this well crafted plot would unfold

  9. Julia Mandeville Julia Mandeville says:

    Hard to get into the story at first Very choppy story line Smoothed out in part2 but still choppy throughout The actual size of the book oversized was a bit unwieldy Hard to put down at the end though the ending felt like there were still loose ends More beginnings of relationships happening without the finality of where they will ultimately end up It s alluded to but no final wedding bells

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