Everything That Came Before Grace by Bill See

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Pub date December 1, 2020

ASIN B08MSMP6DW

Price $3.01 (USD) Kindle edition, $12.99 Paperback

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Set against the iconic streets of Los Angeles, See’s deeply evocative novel dramatizes the inner turmoil of a single dad who is trying to take care of his daughter while struggling with mental disorder. Haunted by his mother’s death and a failed relationship of the past, veterinary technician Benjamin Bradford tries to deal with his mental illness while raising his only daughter Sofia. When he receives an invitation to the wedding of his former love, Anna Robertson and his best friend, Keith Ramsey, painful memories of the past come rushing, threatening to shatter his carefully constructed life. Alternating between past and present, See skillfully interweaves his characters’ backstories into the affecting narrative. In Bradford, who occasionally seem a little more unforgiving of his own faults than he has the right to be, See has created a protagonist who is truly in need of a hug. Readers won’t be able to fault See for Bradford’s over-the-top self-deprecation. While the narrative runs at a leisurely pace, it’s easy to get swept up in the poignant story of father-daughter bond. Music, the longing of love, and searing emotions meld together to create a thrilling storyline. Readers will be hooked from the beginning to the heartening end. This is a deeply poignant novel.

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