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Grace Triumphant: A Tale of the Slave Trade

4.59  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Profligate London, 1788. Slave ships haunt the seas, bearing human cargos to further the wealth of the rich and destroy the souls of the slave traffickers.

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
Kindle Edition, 419 pages
Published November 23rd 2015 by Seasons of His Story Publishing (first published November 1st 2015)
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Alicia Willis
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Grace Triumphant, like From the Dark to the Dawn, is my heart's cry for believers. The Transatlantic Slave Trade has always fascinated me, particularly the work of John Newton and William Wilberforce. Grace changed their lives...and they made a difference for Christ. Such is my goal for this book. May this tale inspire you to live by faith and fulfill our duty as believers to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to a hurting world. To God be the glory!
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
Age Appropriate For: 12 and up for mild violence and mentions of immoral behavior.
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
Kelsey Bryant
This is one powerful book. It totally immersed me in the lives of Russell, the young slave ship captain who denies God; Jack, the Christian cabin boy abducted from a life on the London streets and impressed into service; and Elizabeth, the young Christian abolitionist who must marry a heartless man of the world. Scenes alternate between their points of view. I pondered and learned and worried along with them. Their fates kept me guessing to the very end! How God shone in their lives is something ...more
John Horn
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A novel centered around the 18th-century slave trade may not sound like a cheerful read, but Grace Triumphant delivers a solid message of hope intertwined with an exciting historical tale.

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
Amanda Tero
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a good book to have as my "last-of-2015" read! I am somewhat familiar with the story of John Newton and William Wilberforce, and I was thrilled to read a fictional book in that setting and era. "Grace Triumphant" is definitely action-packed, though-provoking, and Christian.

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
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alicia A. Willis has woven another fantastic tale of adventure, peril, and the grace of God. This book was very well written and by the first paragraph I was hooked into this story of a grace triumphant! I received this book as a Christmas present and was definitely not disappointed.

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
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. That was really good.
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
Janell R.
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a story of three lives, and how God manifested His grace in each of them.
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
Hailey Rose
Apr 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I downloaded Grace Triumphant on a whim, mostly because the cover was just so beautiful and I love Alicia’s writing. While not as gripping as From the Dark to the Dawn, this book was far from terrible.

Plot/Storyline: 2/5
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
Sarah Brown
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All
I began reading Alicia's manuscript for Grace Triumphant feeling great disappointment that it was not a civil war era book about slavery like I had been expecting. I usually find it hard to relate to and understand books that are set in a pre-Civil War era. However, my disappointment was quickly replaced with absolute enthrallment in the exciting storyline. I soon found myself unable to put the manuscript down! The message is so stirring, the book is so well-researched, the characters are ...more
Woowwww!!! I thought From the Dark to the Dawn A Tale of Ancient Rome by Alicia A. Willis was amazing, but this was even better (if that's possible)! I can't wait until I read it again...the characters, story-line/setting, and Christian theme was all fabulous!

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
Samuel Jones
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grace Triumphant is a fast-paced story of God's grace. While revealing the matchless grace of God, Miss Willis very tactfully portrays the evils of the slave trade in particular and the historical era in general. The historical depth is a remarkable example of the author's vast historical research. Every page reveals meticulous effort to maintain historical accuracy while still conveying the poor state of society at the time.

Morality itself is not sufficient for a fulfilled and peaceful life.
Esther Filbrun
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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

Liberty Baehr
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Woohoo! I'm finally finished this LONG, amazing, frustrating, tremendous book!!! Throughout the 2 main characters' intertwining stories, I couldn't understand why the author didn't just write 2 different (shorter) books (or a sequel) ...But they finally merged in the very last chapter. The details of the slave trade were cruel & grotesque (but that was reality), & there were frightening scenes with Cedrick that I didn't care for, but all in all, it was a wonderful book. Great ending! I ...more
Penelope A May
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Grace Triumphant

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
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Grace Triumphant: A Tale of the Slave Trade" is a book I would wholeheartedly recommend. Ever since I first heard of it months ago, I have been eagerly anticipating its arrival. I was not disappointed. It gave me a wonderful glimpse into the "behind the scenes", so to speak, of the slave trade and those who participated in it, as well as the abolition movement. The story is filled with cliffhangers and suspense. Just when I thought I was through one suspenseful scene, another would be on its ...more
Ron Winkler
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love this book!!!

This is a great book! Definitely one you should read. It is one of my favorite books now. Thank you!!!
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This started off a little slow but then I couldn't put it down! Wonderful story with several plot twists that keep you guessing. A very clear gospel presentation as well.
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Alicia Willis is a homeschool graduate and avid historian. When not writing or doing endless historical research, she enjoys being a church pianist, teaching music, singing, and playing volleyball. Her other passions include working in her church and spreading the love of Jesus Christ. She also manages a monthly e-newsletter entitled "Little Corners". Be sure to like her FB page for updates: ...more
“No.” Elizabeth shook her head. Resolution seeped through her, as powerful as adrenaline. “No one can command my convictions. They are mine, given to me by God and meant for my life’s journey. You can destroy my possessions, but you cannot take what is in my heart.” 7 likes
“God is my authority. He saved me from sin. And I live my life rightly, not to earn my way to His heaven, but to please Him.” Jack spoke softly. His heart swelled, and he could have teared up.” 4 likes
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