Friday, September 16, 2011

The Edge of Grace

Author: Christa Allan
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Purchase link: The Edge of Grace
Source: Pump Up Your Book Blog Tour

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.


I loved this book.  Though controversial in nature, due to the topics discussed, Edge of Grace captivated me from the moment I picked it up.  Ms. Allan has a wonderful writing style that engages the reader in a battle of emotion and understanding.  I loved the main character in this book.  Caryn, a recent widow and now single mother has been struggling since her husband’s death.  Her catering business is taking off, but the bills are stacked high.  Caryn is thrilled for her brother’s upcoming nuptials but is thrown for a loop when she receives a call early one morning that ends the wedding plans and changes her brother’s life forever.  While Caryn deals with her feelings regarding the truth about her brother, she is led down an emotional path that questions everything in her life.  When her brother almost dies, Caryn is forced to make some hard choices and face things she has been avoiding.

This book grabbed my attention on so many levels.  It takes a different approach and look at the issues of homosexuality and faith, family, grief, friendship, forgiveness and more.   Keeping my personal thoughts, feelings and beliefs out of this review, I can say that I was challenged, frustrated, reminded and encouraged in many ways by reading this book.  While I struggled at times and wanted to scream, I also sympathized, understood and felt for the characters in this book.  I can certainly say this book is written in a similar style to Jodi Picoult and will be enjoyable to read for many.  I will read more by this author, based on this book.  I’d love for you to read it and come back to discuss the novel!  This is a great pick for book clubs.

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.comYou can connect with Christa at Facebook at


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