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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

review: Searching for Grace by Juliann Rich (Crossfire Trilogy 2)

"He that maketh many friends doeth it to his own destruction; But there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother." - Proverbs 18:24 American Standard Version (ASV)

Searching for Grace
summer is over. Ian McGuire returns to his foster parents' farm and Jonathan Cooper goes back to school at East Bay Christian Academy. rumors of what transpired at Spirit Lake Bible Camp wends its way inside the private school. Jonathan faces the scorn and disgust of his soccer teammates. if that was not enough, he must contend with his mother who retreats into silence more and more whenever the subject of being gay is raised. Jonathan also worries about his father who is on tour of duty in Afghanistan; what to do and how to face him when he returns home. with Ian miles away from him, Jonathan feels so alone. Frances "Sketch" Mallory and Mason Kellerman from art class enter the picture and provide support and friendship. on the night of the homecoming dance, Ian is in town and Jonathan brings him to the event. things turn for the worse and blood is spilled...
this is the second book in the Crossfire Trilogy and things get more intense not only for Jonathan but for everyone within his circle. author Juliann Rich further explores and expands the issues and events that took place after Jonathan's coming out including bullying. the reader is also introduced to new characters and would be pleased to know the return of a few good ones - Simon, Dawn and Bear, her Great Pyrenees.
again, the writing is perfect. the characterization and dialogs are spot on. the emotions are as raw and honest as ever. Ms. Rich also employs flashbacks and she handles them very well. i think only a few writers could manage that. the transition from past to present or present to past is so smooth that readers will not get confused - only enlightened as the story unfolds.
the struggle between the emotional and the spiritual is still addressed and the author continues to present different views on homosexuality via realistic situations and through her characters.
if i loved the first book Caught in the Crossfire, i loved this second part even more because it demonstrated Juliann Rich's consistency in her writing and her adeptness in storytelling.

*Searching for Grace is available in print and digital formats at Amazon and from its publisher Bold Strokes Books. for more information about Juliann Rich and her work, please visit her website at www.juliannrich.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter

my personal rating is:
Searching for Grace contains material suitable for  readers 16 and above only. 


Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a copy for review. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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