Saturday, April 2, 2016

Gracie's Song by Michelle Schlicher: My Thoughts


Gracie's Song

Gracie's Song by Michelle Schlicher
Paperback and e-book, 209 pages
Published March 11, 2016 by Michelle Schlicher

"Everything can be undone." That's what someone tells Gracie Brannen, but she's doubtful. After graduation, she walked away from everyone she knew with barely a word. Ten years later, she's back. Even as familiar places and faces bring back old pain, Gracie finds hope in rebuilding old ties and forging new ones. Maybe everything can't be undone, but perhaps everything can be overcome.

My thoughts about Gracie's Song ~~ 

(I am going to start noting here the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First line—"You're in room 381." Grace Brannen smiled politely as she reached out for the key. "Thank you."

Michelle has written another wonderful story with great characters and a storyline that some of us may be able to relate to; things in our past that we are trying to forget.

Something happened 10 years ago that made Gracie run. She ran away from her hometown and from everyone who loved her. She ran away from her boyfriend and from her family. What on earth could have been so bad that she had to shut everything and everyone out of her life?

When her mother passes away, she is forced to go back and face everyone again. It'll only be for a couple of days, right? And then she can go back to her old life. But is that really what she wants? Or needs?

Gracie is a very likeable character and I immediately needed to know what could have been so bad that she felt she needed to turn away from everyone. She is a good person caught in an overwhelming situation.

Gracie's Song is an emotional journey that captured my heart from the first line and I loved it to the end. Thank you, Michelle for another fantastic story!

About the author

Michelle Schlicher is the author of the novels The Blue Jay and Gracie's Song. A graduate of Iowa State University, she subsequently worked for six years in communications and marketing. 

She lives in a suburb of Des Moines with her husband and two children.

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