Join Christa Allan, author of the contemporary fiction novel, The Edge of Grace (Abingdon Press), as she virtually tours the blogosphere September 5 – 30 2011 on her second virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!
About the book…
When Caryn Becker answers the telephone on most Saturday morning, it’s generally not a prelude to disaster. Except this time, her brother David’s call shifts her universe. Her emotional reserves are already depleted being a single parent to six-year-old Ben after the unexpected death of her husband Harrison. But when David is the target of a brutal hate crime, Caryn has to decide what she’s willing to risk, including revealing her own secrets, to help her brother. A family ultimately explores the struggle of acceptance, the grace of forgiveness, and moving from prejudice to love others as they are, not as we’d like them to be.
About the author…
A true Southern woman who knows that any cook worth her gumbo always starts with a roux and who never wears white after Labor Day, The Edge of Grace is Christa’s second novel. Her debut women’s fiction, Walking on Broken Glass, released in February from Abingdon Press. She is under contract for three more novels that will release in 2012 and 2013. She has been teaching high school English for over twenty years, earning her National Board Certification in 2007. The mother of five adult children and the totally smitten Grammy of two granddaughters, Christa and her veterinarian husband, Ken, live in Abita Springs, Louisiana.
Visit her website at www.christaallan.com.
You can connect with Christa at Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ChristaAllan.Author.
The Edge of Grace sounded like a book I would really enjoy—an edgy fiction tackling the hot button issue of homosexuality. Unfortunately, I found this book difficult to read, not because of the plot line, but because of the first-person narrative, in which the protagonist often interrupts her own storyline with meandering thoughts. While this works well in the world of blogging or even in memoirs, it was frustrating in the context of this story. Told from the first-person perspective of Caryn, a skeptical widow, who is devastated when her only brother announces his homosexuality. I found Caryn irritationg and failed to sympathize with her feelings about her brother and the death of her husband.
The only person worse than Caryn is her best friend and neighbor, Julie. When Caryn shares with Julie that her brother is gay, Julie reacts by telling Caryn that it’s not a big deal. I mean, the law of female friendship states that if your friend is terribly upset—no matter what it is and if even she is wrong—then you have a reaction of equal or greater turmoil.
Besides disliking the shallow characters, I was also put-off by the over-familiarized writing. I felt like a serious piece of fiction was shoved into a fluffy chick lit. It was difficult for me to read because there seemed to be unnecessary words, which I felt interfered with not only the flow of thought, but also with the overall flow of the story.
Conceptually, The Edge of Grace sounds great and has a beautiful cover. In fact, the cover was my favorite part of the book.
Even though it wasn’t for me, maybe this book is just what you’re looking for! Visit Pump Up Your Book! to read an excerpt from The Edge of Grace.
*With thanks to Pump Up Your Book!, Christa Allan, and Abingdon Press for the review copy of this book.*