A Subtle Grace
Publisher: Full Quiver Publishing
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
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1896, Philadelphia. In this stand alone sequel to "In Name Only" (2009, FQP), "A Subtle Grace" continues the story of the wealthy and unconventional O’Donovan Family as they approach the dawn of a new century. At 19, Kathleen (oldest daughter) is unmarried with no prospects. Fearing the lonely fate of an old maid, her impatience leads to an infatuation with the first man who shows interest. The suave, handsome son of the local police chief seems a perfect match. But will her impulsive manner prevent her from recognizing her true love? A disturbing turn of events brings a dark shadow that threatens the life-long happiness she desires.
Dr. Luke Peterson (the family’s new physician) also makes quite an impression on Kathleen. His affection for her leads him to startling revelations: about Kathleen, about his practice and, most importantly, about himself.
Will (oldest son) believes God may be calling him to a religious vocation. Eventually, he discovers the hidden circumstances of his humble beginnings compelling him to embark on a pilgrimage to Rome.
(Note: Although "A Subtle Grace" is a sequel, it can be read as a stand alone book, independently of the first book in the series.)
"'A Subtle Grace' is a masterfully written illustration of the difference between lust and love, between rashness and fortitude, between mere existence and truly living." -- AnnMarie Creedon, author, 'Angela's Song'
“A Subtle Grace is a novel to stir your heart, your emotions, and your soul. I highly recommend it!” -- Therese Heckenkamp, award-winning author, Frozen Footprints
“Beyond mere lust there is a healing hope which can bear not only joy, but a wonderful story - ‘A Subtle Grace’ was very engaging and certainly kept me turning the pages.” -- A.K. Frailey, author, the Deliverance Trilogy (www.akfrailey.com)
Ellen Gable is an award-winning, Amazon best-selling author of eight books including "Stealing Jenny," a contemporary thriller about a pregnant woman who is kidnapped, "In Name Only," (Gold Medal, 2010 IPPY Awards) and "A Subtle Grace,"(finalist, 2015 IAN awards). She is a contributor to numerous other books. Ellen blogs at "Plot Line & Sinker" http://ellengable.wordpress.com and is also self-publishing book consultant, editor, NFP teacher, Marriage Preparation instructor, and Theology of the Body teacher. Her new book is "Julia's Gifts," the first in a series of three WW 1 novels. She and her husband, James Hrkach, are the parents of five adult sons ages 19 to 31 and live in Pakenham, Ontario. In her spare time, Ellen enjoys playing trivia games, genealogy, watching classic movies and reading on her Kindle.
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