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Finding Grace

4.35  ·  Rating Details ·  23 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
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 early 1970's-in the wake of the 60's "sexual revolution" and the historic Roe v. Wade decision-presents ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published July 27th 2012 by Bezalel Books
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Jan 04, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
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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
Therese Heckenkamp
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
Jan 08, 2014 Barb rated it really liked it
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 and more obscure--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, ...more
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Feb 11, 2014 Rini Green rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
May 21, 2014 Kia rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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Jul 06, 2015 Kari Burke rated it it was amazing
From the moment I got my hands on Laura Pearl’s novel, Finding Grace it surprised me by being so much more than 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 afte
Sep 15, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
The only thing I had a problem with was when Grace tried to lose weight. I got the impression that it was supposed to be a good thing, which might promote eating disorders.

I might be reading too much into it and getting paranoid. I am a paranoid person by nature.

This was a very touching story that addresses sex, drinking, abortion, and many other topics that is relevant to our society today.
Apr 14, 2014 Renee rated it it was amazing
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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
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Nov 18, 2016 Julia Mandeville rated it liked it
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Hard to get into the story at first. Very choppy story line. Smoothed out in part
2 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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I am the author of FINDING GRACE, a 2012 recipient of the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval (available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon) and ERIN'S RING (currently available in paperback). ERIN'S RING was awarded two prizes in 2015 from the Catholic Press Association: 2nd place in Books for Teens & Young Adults, and 3rd place in Catholic Novels.

I was born in NJ, grew up in Upstate NY, a
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