Friday, February 14, 2014

Book Tour - Stolen Grace (V)

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Stolen Grace
Arianne Richmond

A marriage on the rocks.
Their little daughter caught in between.
And a woman who will stop at nothing.
Sylvia and Tommy Garland and their five-year-old daughter Grace have moved from the bright lights of New York City to the peaceful wilderness of the Wyoming countryside. But with the recession on their heels, Tommy leaves for LA for a job interview, and Ruth, an old friend of Sylvia's comes to stay.
In an unexpected turn of events, a family tragedy forces Sylvia to leave Ruth in charge of little Grace for just one day.
A decision that will tear their lives apart.
Stolen Grace is a roller coaster of emotions with twists and turns, a tale of lies and deception, of redemption and forgiveness.
And ultimately, a love story.

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Review—Stolen Grace by Arianne Richmonde

“Sylvia used to feel so graceful, so elegant, but now it was as if that grace had been stolen from her, snatched from inside her like the Devil taking someone’s soul.”

Life isn’t what it used to be for Sylvia and Tommy.  Sure they still loved one another but the communication has gone out the window…and mistrust has taken place of what used to be passion and all-consuming need.  Neither want to admit that things aren’t working; Sylvia is punishing Tommy for a probability (untrue as it is) and Tommy is resentful of his wife shutting down and freezing him out.

“She wondered if he sensed that she still had faith, that he still made her stomach flip-flop.  She knew she was repelling him—frost on a winter lawn.  Yet she needed him, wanted him close.  Her head was telling her that the only reason she desired him was because they were a family, but even if Grace wasn’t there, the truth was that Sylvia was still in love with Tommy. Painfully in love. But there was that niggling feeling inside that one day, he would just get up and leave her for good. The only thing keeping him here for the moment, she feared, was his love for Grace.”

But can a child really keep two people together when everything else screams they should be apart? Or should they? 

With the rough patch that their marriage seems to be going through, the fact that neither one has a good job to sustain the lifestyle they have chosen (which is crazy in itself), and that isolation and resentment grows with each passing winter; their little girl seems to be the only glue holding them together.  Grace, their saving grace…

Until tragedy strikes, plans are changed, secrets are uncovered, and trust is given freely to someone whom Sylvia thought was a true changes in the most drastic of ways.
Gone.  Tommy and Sylvia’s reason for living has just disappeared…and so has this “friend” along with all of the money left to their family.

“One split-second decision could ruin your life and the life of the person you made that decision for.  Grace. LeRoy…Both victims of one fatal choice.”

Talk about a ROLLERCOASTER of emotions!!  I don’t know if I did this book justice with my review but I just have to say, it was a hard book to read and even harder to put down.  As a parent, one of my biggest fears is exactly what happened in this book…like keeps me up at night, with anxiety over the “what-ifs”. I felt everything that Sylvia and Tommy were going through. EVERYTHING. And because I’m an emotional reader, of course I cried. More than once.  For a multitude of reasons.  And as I continued to turn the pages, I became more engrossed…wanting to know how one situation blended with the other…where it all ties together…and ultimately if everything was going to be okay.  I can’t tell you the answers, you just have to read it, but I will say that Arianne Richmonde has done a superb job of taking a situation that no one thinks “can happen to them” and making it very real…thank you for that.  I hugged my kids just a little tighter after finishing this book and am truly grateful that I have not suffered what so many parents have gone through…

**4 Saving Grace Stars**

Arianne Richmonde is an American writer and artist who spent her formative years in both Britain and the US. She has also lived in Spain and France.
She has traveled to many corners of the globe and meeting people from all walks of life and different countries is a passion of hers. She speaks fluent Spanish and French. She lives in France in an old stone farmhouse amidst sunflower fields and vineyards, with her husband and coterie of animals.

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