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Freeing Grace [Paperback]

Charity Norman
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Book Description

1 Mar 2012
"A tender and thought-provoking story exploring the sacrifices we make for family and what it takes to be a good parent. Grace's teenage mother dies shortly after giving birth and the perfect adoptive parents are found for her: David, the curate of an inner-city parish, and his wife Leila, who are unable to have children of their own. What they don't count on is Matt Harrison, Grace's shell-shocked young father who falls in love with his daughter and fights to keep her. The Harrisons are an unconventional family who see in Grace a chance for redemption. To convince the courts of their suitability will require a commitment from Matt's mother to return from Africa to her unhappy marriage. The Harrisons enlist their friend, the feckless, charming Jake Kelly, to retrieve her and he sets off on a quest that will force a confrontation. Ultimately, there are terrible decisions to be made about Grace's fate. Everyone only wants what's best for her - but who can say exactly what that is?"

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (1 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742378714
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742378718
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charity Norman was born in Uganda, and brought up in successive draughty vicarages in Yorkshire and Birmingham. After several years' travel she became a barrister in the North-east of England, specialising in crime and family law. In 2002, realising that her three children had barely met her, she took a break from the law and moved with her family to New Zealand. Her debut novel Freeing Grace was published in 2011. After the Fall (Second Chances in Aus/NZ)followed in 2013 and was selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club. The Son-in-Law was also published in 2013.
Find Charity on Facebook at facebook.com/charitynormanauthor and on Twitter as @charitynorman1

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'An absorbing examination of fraught family dynamics and complex social issues, this book has been billed as one which will appeal to devotees of Joanna Trollope and Jodi Picoult - and although these two writers have set the bar in their literary genre almost impossibly high, Norman has put down the clearest of markers that she is hot on their heels.' --Daily Mail

'Easy to read, hard to put down, it'll move you to tears.' --Easy Living --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Charity Norman was born in Uganda and brought up in successive draughty vicarages in Yorkshire and Birmingham. After several years' travel she became a barrister, specialising in crime and family law in the northeast of England. In 2002, realising that her three children had barely met her, she took a break from the law and moved with her family to New Zealand.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Grace-ful read 30 Jun 2011
By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The book is told through two different narrative threads. On the one hand, we have a first person narrative from Jake, the friend of the Harrison family who is sent to Africa to bring back Deborah, Grace's biological grandmother. This narrative works really well for me because Jake is able to deliver an unbiased and poignant narrative that is interesting, and very thought-provoking. I like that Jake didn't always side with the Harrison's, seeing their bad side as well as their good and thought Jake was a really well rounded character. The other narrative is the third person story following David and Leila. Again this gives an unbiased view of David and Leila, and you can't help but like this couple, and feel so sorry for them in their quest for parenthood.

It's a very controversial subject, but Norman delivers a balanced story which focuses equally on each family, and shows us how hard the decision must be when the court system has to make a decision on one family over another in terms of adoption for a young child. As a reader, we can see the positives and negatives of Grace being placed with both, and as I read the book, I constantly found myself changing my mind about who I thought Grace should end up with. It's a very emotional book, and while I couldn't muster any sympathy for Deborah who I found to be a selfish and dislikeable woman, my heart bled for poor Leila who can't seem to carry her own child yet is desperate to love a child as her own. David, a vicar, is the perfect other half for Leila and I thought they came across so well, whereas the Harrison weren't ever really shown in a good light, the young drug-taking son, depression ridden father and absent mother being just a few of their issues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming story 30 Sep 2013
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Very enjoyable, a bit slow to start with but then the
Story just flew by, with believable characters and good plot
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Tear Jerker 14 Jun 2013
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Yes a really good story which raises some issues about how we go about adoption. Very well written and absorbing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Well-researched by a lawyer who knows the system; but with the warmth and empathy of an author who has got right inside the heads of her characters, and understood the nuances of the dilemma which faces them all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 18 Sep 2013
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Kept me wanting to keep reading, told from two characters perspectives, whose lives collide later. Sensitively written, gradually drawing the reader in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story 15 Sep 2013
By Libby F
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Good true to life story I recommend it for a good read try it out, only 4 more words left!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 9 Sep 2013
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this book was exactly what i expected it was a lovely book to add to my collection. i cant wait to finish reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating read 2 Sep 2013
By Lexy
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This is an excellent book, very cleverly crafted. The heartbreak of infertility comes across with real sensitivity. The roller coaster ride of walking the long road towards adoption is also dealt with in great detail. Then there is the parallel narrative of the other family and characters involved, all with their own significant issues to deal with - or evade. This is a story well worth reading, you won't be able to put it down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I've enjoyed all this author has written and this one doesn't disappoint.
Published 2 months ago by Sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
I loved this book. It's a very well written story told from 2 sides. I empathised with both sides to some extent and it wasn't until nearly the end of the book that the outcome... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rhona
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Definitely to be read, couldn't put book down.
Published 2 months ago by Louise Janeczko
5.0 out of 5 stars freeing grace
a very good book i enjoyed reading it
Published 2 months ago by joan
3.0 out of 5 stars a good read for the beach
I enjoyed the book. There are two stories going on at once which come together at the end.

I was expecting it to be a bit more of an emotional read than it was.
Published 3 months ago by Miss Fifi T
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
real characters with a few twists , enjoyable read .Love all of Charity Norman's books .Love a subject which can be tricky
Published 3 months ago by alexis wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good storyline
Published 3 months ago by ruth markham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
lovely read
Published 3 months ago by jran
3.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Not as good as her previous 2 books - gave up half way through, too predictable and boring.
Published 3 months ago by Lisa Downham
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and worthwhile
This book held my interest from the moment I started reading. The story unfolded slowly and I identified with most of the characters except Jake- and that was the reason that I... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Debbiebak
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