Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Redeeming Grace by Ward Tanneberg

Seven years ago, Grace Grafton died in a boating accident while partying on the Georgia, South Carolina coast. Was her death the result of alcohol and drugs or something more sinister? Nobody knows: her body was never recovered. Now years later, a woman reads in disbelief the note addressed to her:

"Hello Grace, did you think we wouldn't find you?"

Those nine chilling words end Grafton's self-imposed sanctuary of witness protection. Now she and everyone she loves are in grave danger. Long believed dead, she has a secret that can change the world. She knows the man running for president is guilty of a double murder! But who will believe her?

My Review:
What a terrific storyline! A young lady witnesses two horrible murders and flees for her life. Grace changes her name to Taylor and successfully hides for seven years. Then her world collapses when the killers locate her, placing her and those around her in danger. All alone, we watch as she struggles to survive.

That's the good part. Here comes the bad. Editing is desperately needed. The writing is wordy making the book a whopping 600 pages. On page 331, an entire paragraph is repeated--word for word. Another example on that same page: a sentence is left hanging, and then repeated in the following paragraph. Any editor would/should have caught this! Furthermore, every character uses standard English except for blacks. They speak in nonstandard English. Another glaring error that editing should have caught is when Taylor gratefully kisses "a man of color" (335) on his cheek. The description of that kiss is racist, even though the author works hard to prove it's not. What a shame that this otherwise good book published with such careless editing.

Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas for my copy.

If you would like to read the first chapter, click here.

If you would like to buy a copy, click here.

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