Genre: General Fiction, Literary Fictional, Historical Fiction, Cultural Fiction
Format: Kindle / Paperback / Hardback
Length: 344 pages
Publication Date: January 8, 2016
BOOK REVIEW by MC Simon
My two grown children are the best people I know. I hope to be like them someday.
Those words succeeded to fire up my mind. Whatever I simply love, will instantly hook me. Talya Tate Boerner, the architect of the above words, was also the author next in line on my shelf. It’s not that I lock up people, especially authors on my shelves. 🙂 You got it, the book I intended to read after doing some research on the author, belonged to Talya.
When my curiosity was fully satisfied, I opened up the book. What did I find inside its pages?
Well… I found Gracie Lee Eudora Abbot, a ten-year-old girl who plans to liberate people on her path. The magic of combining struggles, coming of age, solitude and salvation with good humor, is sure to totally embrace the reader.
Inside the book, a mysterious music can be heard. Music combined with nature’s call, which ears cannot detect. You have to read it to fully sense what I am speaking about.
On the surface is a southern story set near the banks of the Mississippi River. In fact, it is much more. A distinctive fragrance touches your soul while the girl saves someone unexpectedly. Vibrant details written in a very personal way by Talya Tate Boerner, give a delicious taste to one of the most important steps each human must take; leaving the childhood behind while tiptoeing into adolescence.
You will not even believe that what you have in your hands is a debut novel. If this is Talya’s first published fictional book, her heart whispers that she has already written many other novels inside her soul.
The Accidental Salvation of Grace Lee is the book you should not miss in this lifetime.
Five+ Star from M.C. Simon, the WritersPayItForward’s reviewer.
Ten-year-old Gracie Lee knows a few things. She knows which trees are best for climbing. She knows how to walk through the hallway without making a sound on the hardwood floor. She knows if Daddy’s crop gets one more drop of rain, the whole family will pay the price.
There are plenty of things Gracie doesn’t know. These things keep her awake at night.
Gracie longs for something bigger and grander and truer, and feels certain there is more to life beyond school and dull church sermons. She worries about the soldiers in Vietnam and wonders what it must be like to have been born Lisa Marie Presley from Tennessee instead of Gracie Lee Abbott from Arkansas. Mostly, she wishes her Daddy wasn’t so mean.
Gracie’s unchecked imagination leads to adventure, and adventure leads to trouble. She confides in unexpected characters and seeks solace in a mysterious gray house beyond the cotton field. When Gracie faces a difficult family situation, she must make a life-altering decision, one that will test the very essence of her character.
About The Author
Talya is a Delta girl who grew up making mud pies on her family’s cotton farm in Northeast Arkansas. After thirty years as a commercial banker in Dallas, she returned to the state she loves and now lives in Fayetteville with her husband, John, and two miniature schnauzers, Lucy and Annabelle. Talya is a regular contributor to Delta Crossroads and Front Porch Magazine. Her work has been published in Arkansas Review, Postcard Shorts, and The Write Life. Talya’s love of food, farming, and nature is evident on her personal lifestyle blog, Grace Grits and Gardening. She loves to cook and believes most any dish can be improved with a side of collard greens. The Accidental Salvation of Gracie Lee is her debut novel.
M.C. Simon is an author, blogger, project manager and researcher. She loves to study different subjects and different domains. This passion helped her succeed in her first year of becoming a blogger and a published author, starting from the ground level. [Learn More]