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This I Know

Pasts and futures It enables her to see into the depth of her mother's sadness and even allows Grace to talk to Isaac her twin brother who died at birth To her wise loving Aunt Pearl the Knowing is a family gift; to her daddy it's close to witchcraftGrace can't see into someone's thoughts without their permission But it doesn't take her special talent to know that her small community is harboring its share of secrets A young girl has gone missing Within Grace's own family too the cr One of my favorites of 2018 Genuinely told through the voice of a little girl named Grace this story literally melted my heart It contains a lot of religious undertones that really focus on what faith and belief really mean It s not preachy just a beautifully poignant novel that will leave you feeling warm inside Fans of Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger should place this at the top of TBR lists 5 stars

SUMMARY This I Know

Set in a small Midwest town in the late 1960s and helmed by an unforgettable young protagonist compassionate uncannily wise Grace This I Know is a luminous coming of age story from an astonishing new voiceEleven year old Grace Carter has a talent for hiding things She's had plenty of practice burying thoughts and feelings that might anger her strict Evangelical pastor father and concealing the deep intuition she carries inside The Knowing as Grace calls it offers glimpses of people's Grace decided that when she grew up she wanted to be the kind of mom who makes finger and toe paintings with her children while listening to records on a real stereo Hallelujah for Grace s first best friend Lola who introduced her to the wonderful world of art music dance creativity and full self expression For all the knowing the clairvoyance ability Grace had inside hershe could hear things see things know thingsGrace didn t know why her gift made her daddy so angry She didn t understand his coldness his punishments his slaps his strict rules about what was sinful She also didn t really know why she tried so hard to please her daddy Grace had the knowing but the blind spots about herself contributed to self doubts She was often very lonely trying to be what she would never be happy being Thank God not her daddy s God for a few diamonds in the dustHer Aunt mom and friend believed in who she was and loved her unconditionally As with all coming of age novels we hope to see growth with our protagonistAnd we do with Grace Not without sadness and a rigid religious upbringing but over time we see Grace developing a stronger inner sense of self The relationship Grace has with her dead twin brother Isaac also grows My favorite scene was when Grace was 11 years old playing at being the neighborhood fortuneteller Kids paid a uarter to ask a uestion Grace told themtheir knowing I loved the scene because it was such a KID THING TO DO I know it was to be serious and real but I enjoyed the kids being kids and all their anticipation The very cute towel Grace wore on her head was priceless and I found it adorable Sweet is a word that comes to me when thinking of this book Its not all sweet much to feel sorry about the other siblings a homeless man and mom but I found Grace sweet and the story tender to our hearts I liked Lola just as much as Grace Smart girl moving out to Berkeley my hometown Good fit for her I was thankful to Lola She was a wonderful friend to Grace a girl who needed a good friend A small critiue towards the beginning of the story there were many sentences that had descriptions that didn t make a lot of sense to me in relationship to the situation It felt like the author was looking for creative juicy ways to describe hair or a person s voice or an emotion Yet they were awkward to me Example Aunt Pearl her voice is like honey slow and dripping Howeveronce the story got going I didn t notice these type of sentences as much any longer And for a first novel there are many plus s than negatives HEART lots of HEART Thank You Kensington Books Netgalley and Eldonna Edwards

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Acks are widening as her sisters Hope Joy and Chastity enjoy the normal life that eludes Grace It's Grace's kinship with other outsiders that keeps her afloat Lyle a gentle homeless man and Lola a free spirited new girl at school But when her mother lapses into deep depression after bringing home a new baby Grace will face a life changing choice ignore her gift and become the obedient daughter her father demands or find the courage to make herself heard even if it means standing apar Three and a half starsEleven year old Grace Carter has a gift or is it a gift Though Grace yearns for her father s approval she never seems to be able to please him The Knowing as Grace calls it allows her insights into some people s lives She sees things before they happen Other times she gets glimpses of their past and events that have deeply affected them Her preacher father is adamant Grace does not have a gift but that it comes from the devil So he tries his best to silence her Grace is also able to talk to her twin brother Isaac who died at birth But her father forbids it so she has to keep these conversations secret Unlike Grace s father Aunt Pearl believes Grace s Knowing is a rare gift Grace feels closer to Aunt Pearl but too often feels on the outer with her sisters Hope Joy and Chastity But it is the new baby that brings the most changes to the Carter household and especially to the children s mother Grace also makes friends with a hippie couple and their daughter Lola as well as Lyle a vagrant who sleeps in their loft When Lyle is accused of a crime she is uick to defend him But is she rightThe style of writing is easy to read Grace s voice comes across as clear and well defined She is an engaging character Aunt Pearl is also well developed Some of the other characters including Grace s father Hope and the other sisters struck me as rather one dimensional There are some moments of humour but many where Grace is misunderstood and marginalised by her family and others in the community Even what started out as an amusing story with the sisters urging Grace to raise money as a fortune teller ends up with conseuences the children did not expect I had heard a bit about this book before I bought it While I enjoyed the story and it kept my interest I didn t love it uite as much as I thought I expected to Maybe I should leave coming of age stories alone I often find they don t work that well with me I also thought some aspects of the ending felt rushed and too sudden a change given what had gone before Plus the epilogue just seemed like a tacked on unnecessary addition to me This is my first book by this author and I would be interested to try another So to sum up I found this an enjoyable read and Grace an interesting character but it never wholly engaged me as I expected it might have Still I know others have absolutely loved it So if it sounds like your kind of book give it a go and see what you think


About the Author: Eldonna Edwards

THIS I KNOW comes straight from the heart and has won over the hearts of readers everywhere In her second novel



10 thoughts on “This I Know

  1. says:

    “Grace decided that when she grew up she wanted to be the kind of mom who makes finger and toe paintings with her children while listening to records on a real stereo” Hallelujah for Grace’s first best friend Lola who introduced her to the wonderful world of art music dance creativity and full self expression For all ‘the kn

  2. says:

    What a wonderful story Young Grace just captured my heart She has the knowing she sometimes knows things before they happen Her prescher father

  3. says:

    NOW AVAILABLE 45 Stars ”Some days I look downAfraid I will fallAnd though the sun shinesI see nothing at allThen I hear your sweet voice ohOh come and then go come and then goTelling me softlyYou love me so” Up to the Mountain Songwriters Patricia J Griffin ”This isn’t a sad story It’s a love story” Set apart from her family by her red hair and green eyes like a foreigner in the land of blue eyed blondes Gr

  4. says:

    4 memorable stars to This I Know ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Grace is a well suited name for this strong resilient lovable daughter of a fundamentalist preacher father and an absent mother with significantly failing health She has a gift she calls “the Knowing” which adds to her difficulties because her father doesn

  5. says:

    Outstanding THIS I KNOW is a remarkable inspiring story about clairvoyance faith and opening your heart—and mind—to the truth I will not soon forget Grace Carter the young preacher’s daughter with a uniue interpretation of the world Her kindness her resilience her generosity and her acceptance of others filled me with hope I am sorry to

  6. says:

    One of my favorites of 2018 Genuinely told through the voice of a little girl named Grace this story literally melted my heart It contains a

  7. says:

    It takes a lot of energy to try to be what you aren't but even not to be what you areSet in the American Midwest from the mid sixties this coming of age story centers itself around Grace middle daughter of a past

  8. says:

    I have fallen in love with the heroine of This I Know by Eldonna Edwards I was so very lucky to receive an advanced copy Grace Carter will be with me maybe always I loved this book Everyone add it to your lists

  9. says:

    Three and a half starsEleven year old Grace Carter has a gift or is it a gift Though Grace yearns for her father’s approval she never seems to be able to please him The Knowing as Grace calls it allows her insights into

  10. says:

    Grace is an eleven year old girl with a gift for seeing events and hearing the thoughts of others She calls it The Knowing

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