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Grace is an amazing inspirational story about 16 year old Madeline Grace Webb, a runaway with big problems and her relationship with 14 year old Eric.In 1962, people minded their own business What happened behind closed doors was considered priveledged Children were their parent s possessions and no one could say anything about the treatment of those children For Grace, life wascomplicated than most 16 year old girls have to deal with Eric finds her digging in a dumpster behind his w Grace is an amazing inspirational story about 16 year old Madeline Grace Webb, a runaway with big problems and her relationship with 14 year old Eric.In 1962, people minded their own business What happened behind closed doors was considered priveledged Children were their parent s possessions and no one could say anything about the treatment of those children For Grace, life wascomplicated than most 16 year old girls have to deal with Eric finds her digging in a dumpster behind his workplace, and takes her home with him Eric and Grace bond in a world too big for their years, and this touching story reflects how one girl and her story could change lives forever I can t tell you how much this book moved me, inspired me, angered me, and enlightened me When a book can cause you to feel those emotions, it s truly worth reading Mr Evans is eloquent, and even though this is a fairly fast read, it s emotional, and touches you I found myself crying and feeling real pain reading this story I believe that Mr Evans is a child advocate, someone who spreads the word of God, allowing people to believe in faith, hope, and love This is the story of a 15 yr old runaway girl who is befrieneded and cared for by a 14 yr old boy and how their lives are changed forever because of their relationship This is really a great book to read at this time of year too Very profound and thought provoking message about child abuse as well I highly recommend this book This is one of those books that just pains you to have to put it down It was a very emotional, intense and sad tale The characters are charming Important issues are addressed in a delicate manner I felt the ending was a bit rushed but it definitely pulled at the heartstrings of course, making me shed a tear or two This is my first Richard Paul Evans book, but now I am intrigued by his much talked about The Christmas Box I was happy to hear how RPE is using his income to help out abused c This is one of those books that just pains you to have to put it down It was a very emotional, intense and sad tale The characters are charming Important issues are addressed in a delicate manner I felt the ending was a bit rushed but it definitely pulled at the heartstrings of course, making me shed a tear or two This is my first Richard Paul Evans book, but now I am intrigued by his much talked about The Christmas Box I was happy to hear how RPE is using his income to help out abused children through various charities You can sign up for his mailing list at RichardPaulEvans.com before December 31,2009 and 1 is donated by Operation Kids to The Christmas Box International to help abused and neglected children.Grace is a must read Have your tissues ready Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.comIf one were to look up the definition of grace, this is what one would find a virtue coming from God or disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency among others But either of these definitions could apply to the beautiful story written by Mr Evans GRACE is another amazing story written by the author of THE CHRISTMAS BOX For those who have never read anything by Mr Evans, GRACE will not disappoint, and will most likely lea Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.comIf one were to look up the definition of grace, this is what one would find a virtue coming from God or disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency among others But either of these definitions could apply to the beautiful story written by Mr Evans GRACE is another amazing story written by the author of THE CHRISTMAS BOX For those who have never read anything by Mr Evans, GRACE will not disappoint, and will most likely lead you to read the rest of his works For those that are already fans such as myself , this is another wonderful novel Many of Mr Evans stories celebrate the Christmas season Though not completely revolving around the holiday, GRACE reaches into the heart and touches all that is special with the Christmas spirit Eric s life is far from wonderful After his father hurt his back, the family packed up everything they owned and moved from California to Utah Money has dried up in the summer of 1962 and, to survive, his family moves into the house left vacant by the death of his maternal grandmother The house is falling apart, but they are together and have family nearby to help them To help with finances, Eric works at McBurger Queen after school It s there, while cleaning up after closing, that he discovers a girl dumpster diving sorting through the Dumpster for food He recognizes the girl from one of his classes, but doesn t want to embarrass her Instead, he invites her inside and offers her the food that would otherwise be discarded While she is eating, he learns her name is Grace She admits she is running away Eric can t fathom what a girl his age will do to survive Without thinking of the consequences, he offers up the only place he can think of, the clubhouse in the far corner of his backyard that he built with his younger brother, Joel He sets Grace up in the clubhouse with a heating pad for warmth, a flashlight, a transistor radio, and a supply of sleeping bags As time goes by, the two become friends He sneaks her food when he can She sneaks out when it seems safe, and passes her time in the clubhouse with a collection of books from the library But her family starts a frantic search for Grace Announcements are made at school Flyers are put up around town And eventually it makes the evening news Eric is terrified he will be found out and that they will find Grace He vows to keep her secret His resolve growsso when she reveals the reason for running away Eric is only fourteen, and the pressure from all sides start to mount He knows Grace can never be turned over to her family, but what can a teenager do to help her in the end Eric berates himself as a grown man that he couldn t help GraceHe continues to search for the grace he doesn t feel he deserves Reminiscent of the ending of Saving Private Ryan, the main character searches for the goodness that he hopes he has lived up to in the eyes of those that have gone before him Mr Evans has a way of bringing forth buried feelings GRACE touches you deep in the spirit and makes you want to be a better person With the upcoming Christmas season, may we all show a bit of grace to those around us Grace is a bittersweet coming of age story of a teenage boy in the 60 s amidst the Cuba missile crisis This was definitely a 5 star book, and I loved it but when I chose it for my Christmas pick for our book club I was expecting something different I don t feel it was a Christmas themed book, and was led astrayed by the description heartwarming While Christmas does appear in it, it is a book I would have read at any other time of the year The book brought back childhood memories both good Grace is a bittersweet coming of age story of a teenage boy in the 60 s amidst the Cuba missile crisis This was definitely a 5 star book, and I loved it but when I chose it for my Christmas pick for our book club I was expecting something different I don t feel it was a Christmas themed book, and was led astrayed by the description heartwarming While Christmas does appear in it, it is a book I would have read at any other time of the year The book brought back childhood memories both good and bad visions of running away, but also of asimpler time with no internet, playing outside for hours on end The book talks about the darker side of childhood where child abuse had no name The characters were all real to me, the ending and epilogue were great I have always seemed to enjoy Richard Evans holiday books, and this years book, Grace, was no exception It was just a wonderful story, beautifully narrated, a story that deals with family dysfunction, and mature subject matter.The narrator recalls his first love in 1962 at the age of fourteen My memory, like my eyesight, has waned with age and I pray I can get the story right Still, there are things that become clearer to me as I grow older This much I know too many things were ke I have always seemed to enjoy Richard Evans holiday books, and this years book, Grace, was no exception It was just a wonderful story, beautifully narrated, a story that deals with family dysfunction, and mature subject matter.The narrator recalls his first love in 1962 at the age of fourteen My memory, like my eyesight, has waned with age and I pray I can get the story right Still, there are things that become clearer to me as I grow older This much I know too many things were kept secret in those days Things that never should have been hidden And things that should have.Who was she She was my first love My first kiss She was a little match girl who could see the future in the flame of a candle She was a runaway who taught meabout life than anyone has before or since And when she was gone my innocence left with her.This is one book that you will want to start and finish in one sitting Also, if certain books tend to bring a tear to your eyes, I recommend you have the tissues handy This was the first time i have read anything by Evans, and i was impressed with the strong voice he carried throughout the book I loved that it was written in first person, thats always been a personal favorite of mine, but this book was sad, very sad If you are looking for an emotional driven, dramatic plot line, then you might like this book, but if you are looking for a warm, cozy christmas book that makes you all cheerful inside, please keep looking Would i readby this author Absol This was the first time i have read anything by Evans, and i was impressed with the strong voice he carried throughout the book I loved that it was written in first person, thats always been a personal favorite of mine, but this book was sad, very sad If you are looking for an emotional driven, dramatic plot line, then you might like this book, but if you are looking for a warm, cozy christmas book that makes you all cheerful inside, please keep looking Would i readby this author Absolutely, but hopefully they aren t all this sad Note originally titled Grace If only I could stay with you forever I wouldEric is having a hard time adjusting to his family s move from California to Utah Then one night he discovers a girl Dumpster diving behind the burger joint where he works Her name is Grace She s a classmate and a runaway Eric and his younger brother, Joel, decide to hide her in their backyard clubhouseWhile the adults are concerned about the looming Cuban Missile Crisis, and the boys father recovers from illness, Eric grows closer to Grace but can their new relationship survive the harsh realities of life Not everyone can get a happy ending, but maybe Grace and Eric can create their own My heart is still torn in two after completing this It began as an innocent enough story told by an older man looking back at an event that took place when he was fifteen and found his first love After rescuing Grace and hiding her in his club house the book became sweet and innocent with an undercurrent of somethingevil lurking close to the surface, and while I wasn t surprised by the revelation the ending left me gasping and near actual tears It is a wonderfully written book and I can My heart is still torn in two after completing this It began as an innocent enough story told by an older man looking back at an event that took place when he was fifteen and found his first love After rescuing Grace and hiding her in his club house the book became sweet and innocent with an undercurrent of somethingevil lurking close to the surface, and while I wasn t surprised by the revelation the ending left me gasping and near actual tears It is a wonderfully written book and I can t recommend it enough Although I warn you not to actually throw the book after coming to the end No, really, don t throw the book despite the very real and strong urge to do so Love this book It is not predictable yet the story builds up emotionally as the characters become vulnerable and relatable Love the way the writer brought out the way life unfolds in reality sometimes.