Grace Like Rain
Reviewed by Bonnie Roof
From the pen of award-winning author Julie Lessman comes the beautiful novella sequel to The Heart of San Francisco series of the McClare family: "Grace Like Rain". The story that many readers have been waiting for, that of son Blake, "the Rake", McClare - Jr. Associate Counsel in his uncle Logan McClare's law firm, and Blake's assistant, Patience Grace "Gracie" Peabody.
Set in 1905 San Francisco, "Grace Like Rain" begins with a literal bang - of thunder - prompting Patience's spill of hot coffee on Blake, who is attired in a white shirt. The recurring episodes of spilled coffee, between the two, are but one touch of humor in this delightful story: you'll laugh at the antics of Miss Behave, the parrot; the articulate manner and bottle-thick glasses of 7 year old Eugene Horatio Templeton - a blind "old soul in a child's body" - will make you smile and steal your heart. All of your favorite McClare family members are back: Uncle Logan and wife Caitlyn (Blake's mother), sisters Alli and Meg with their mates, Nick and Bram, cousin Cassie and mate, Jamie, baby sis Maddy and housekeeper Rosie.
While Blake becomes more aware of the beauty and wonderful qualities of his assistant, of 2 years, in "Grace Like Rain", Patience has carried a "hidden" torch for him for some time - yet not letting herself think in terms of a romance due to his lack of faith in God. His playboy reputation is another deterrent to a romantic relationship, especially in the eyes of her grandfather/guardian, Arthur Peabody, retired judge and Logan's former Board of Supervisor peer.
Julie's trademark writing style with it's beautiful family scenes and endearing flawed characters - redeemed by a loving God, abundant passion, heart-throbbing twists, humor and romance, are each present in "Grace Like Rain". It will entertain and inspire, prompt laughter and tears, an unexpected story twist will have you on the edge of your seat - the novella's only downside: I didn't want it to end. Another winner for Julie - with a touching connection to it's title, in the ending - "Grace Like Rain" receives much more than a 5 star rating from me!!
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This lovely novella may be purchased through Amazon.
In addition to an ebook giveaway of With This Kiss collection from OWG, Julie Lessman has generously offered a choice of any ONE of her books (choice of format) to one blessed commenter this week!