Grace - Richard Paul Evans

Book Specifications:
Grace: A Novel
Richard Paul Evans
Simon and Schuster, October 2008
1416550038, 9781416550037
336 pages, Hardcover

I picked up Grace at the Sunderbhai Hall book festival where you get books for INR 100/kilo... I'm not kidding. From among this long table filled with books, mostly dark, broody and cynical, I got Grace...a lovely, promise-filled title. With the following premise:

In the winter of 1962, Eric and his younger brother, Joel, help a runaway teenager by hiding her in a den in their snow-filled back garden. The diminutive Grace, swamped by an over-large coat and huge, almond-shaped brown eyes, captivates the two boys. But she is vulnerable, and her arrival will change everything-not just the coming of Christmas, but Eric’s entire life.

And it didn't disappoint. No way. Grace was just as beautiful as it (and she) seemed. This is what I wrote immediately after reading the book:

I feel full and warm in my heart after a long time...something I associate with a beautiful book. These words seem too cold to describe the warmth and secret gladness tinged with tears I feel for Grace. 
And yep, that's how you're going to feel's too lovely for words...that bubbly feeling inside of wanting everybody to feel like you!

Eric narrates the story in 2006 after reading The Little Match Girl to his grand-kids brings him to tears...reminds him of a real match girl he knew. A girl who was...

My first kiss. My first love. She was a little match girl who could see the future in the flame of a candle. She was a runaway who taught me more about life than anyone has before or since. And when she was gone my innocence left with her.

Found in a dumpster trying to grab something to eat. Behind the McBurger Queen. Where Eric finds her. Learns about her running away from home. Offers their den (with the indoor tap and a pin-up girl in a red swimsuit) as a temporary place to live, (“I have a girl hidden in the den.”Joel shook his head, “You wish”).Unknowingly giving Grace a place in his heart as well, (“You’re my hero.”“ Anytime”, I said. Of course I wasn't about to win any award but when you’re a fourteen year-old boy with acne and a bad haircut, it felt good to be somebody’s hero.)Trying to escape his mother’s notice (How do you explain having a girl with you in the bathroom??!).Playing hooky from school. Placating his father, who is paralysed due to Guillain-Barre syndrome (but will recover).Learning how a good friend is someone you can lean on. And love (Is a birthday gift worth 27 dollars worth the kiss you get in return??Sure is!).And trust. And make sacrifices and take risks for. And even betray (Why DID Grace leave home?). And forgive.

Grace is like hot chocolate (and I'm hungry!) warms, delights, surprises, cheers and reassures. Especially when it's cold!
Grace is something you’d definitely want everyone to read...and feel.*moment of solitudinous silence*
A four-point-fiver I'll whole-heartedly recommend!


  1. if only i'd read this review earlier today, i would gotten my hands on it by now! thank you, thank you, talitha, for this heartfelt review. i so wish i could read it on christmas day, but i'll do what i can to get this as soon as i possibly can. <3

  2. wow! amazing review!!! loved the way you wrote this!! arpita is right. this is a must-have book

  3. Go go get family doesn't know how lucky they are to have the book in the house!

  4. All of this sounds beautiful. The book, the review, and especially you, Talitha.

  5. You just made this big grin appear on my face...I'm a praise junkie!
    Thanks Urmi!:)

  6. totally Grace-ful read and review !
    full points :D

  7. Nimmi,you're here!
    Was wondering where you'd gone...glad you liked it!:)


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