Grace Triumphant: A Tale of the Slave Trade
Russell Lawrence is an avid skeptic. Captain of the slave ship Barbados, wealthy, and a respected leader, he views religion as a crutch for the weak. But when the debauchery of the slave trade begins to destroy his good ...more
Best for Ages: 12 and up
There are two things I can always count on with Alicia Willis’ books. 1.) I won’t want to stop reading them; and 2.) The ending will satisfy me. However, I have to admit, sometimes the sheer size of her books makes me pause. After all, it is hard when you don’t want to put a book down but know that it will take you several days to get through it. That is the reason it took me so long to get ...more
Russell Lawrence captains a slave trader that makes the triangular voyage carrying goods from England to trade for slaves on Africa's Slave Coast, which are then traded for sugar from the tropics to sweeten English tea. The master of life and death aboard his ship, he leads his rough crew with a firm but fair ...more
I could not identify with Elizabeth, but I know that many girls will with the struggle she faced with desiring to be loved and allowing herself to continue a relationship that she knew was not right. I applauded ...more
What I Liked: As I said above, this story was very well written and researched. I learned a lot more about John Newton by this historical work of fiction and desire to study him a bit more in the future. What a ...more
I was hooked from the first page on. From the slow build of characters, to the realistic circumstances, to the masterful way delicate subjects were handled, this book was amazing.
There were a ton of plot lines in this book, but I never once got confused because of how well the author kept them all up.
I loved the characters, and the fact that this was not a romance book. Non romance books are so rare in this world that I just have to love them special.
I wouldn't ...more
Russell Lawrence: the captain of a slave trader and a self-proclaimed atheist who resists the God that his mother believed in and taught him about.
Jack Dunbar: cabin boy to Russell Lawrence and a believer who struggles to understand why God would place him in a position where he is forced to participate in activities that go against his conscience.
Elizabeth Gray: a young lady of high society, engaged to the most ...more
I felt like the plot was one thing that lacked a bit in this book. There are two main characters (well three, actually, but two main-main characters). Those two, while getting equal amounts of attention and time in the book, don’t meet each other until the very, very end of the ...more
While there were many similarities between this book and the above mentioned book there was enough differences in setting and characters that I didn't feel annoyed. That and how little Elizabeth's father was in the book were the only things I'd call "cons", but that does not sway anything with what I ...more
Morality itself is not sufficient for a fulfilled and peaceful life. ...more
Grace Triumphant brings the days of William Wilberforce and John Newton to life. Russell, captain of a slaver, has determined that there is no God. Jack, his cabin boy, believes there is a God—and furthermore believes he will one day be able to get home to help his needy family. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Gray—a young lady in London—is resolved to help the abolition movement as much as possible. Her controlling fiancé, however, hates even the word abolition—can she ever find true happiness and yet be...more
Grace Triumphant is a must read for Christians, and every reader who loves a great story! The book is filled with stories that will keep you turning the pages wanting to know what's coming next. There's three main character's that dominate the story, and many more that all have a special place. Alicia A. Willis has written five other books, but this is the best. I was unable to stop reading and finished it to soon. This is one of the best books I have had the privilege of ...more
Having read the story of William Wilberforce and John Newton, and learned about the effect both had upon the abolition of the slave trade, I assumed this story would be similar to other historical fiction works set in a certain time period and based around a fictional character taking part in a certain event in history. However, my expectations were greatly exceeded. Alicia Willis, in writing Grace Triumphant, has creatively and engagingly written a fast-paced, exhilarating story which clearly ...more