Gypsy Grace is an emotional story by Joan Bannan. Grace’s family are members of the Irish Travelers, who are often wrongly called Gypsies. They had strict traditions and family rules and harsh punishments. Grace’s father and his friend had arranged for their children Grace and Collen to marry. After Collen’s death, Grace spent a lot of time with his brother Zane. But is was Collen’s father that she was promised to instead of Zane. When she finds this out, she gets help from her mother for her and her sister to mysteriously leave and go to their cousin Shelta’s in California. On their way there, they fall asleep and all of their belongings are stolen.
When they finally get to Shelta’s, they are given jobs to help at her hotel. They quickly find out Shelta’s life is not what they expected, she lives with an abusive husband with a dark secret.
I enjoyed reading this book. It is a story of love and loyalty between Grace, her mother, sister and Zane. As well as murder and betrayal. Some parts of the story are harder to read, such as Grace’s sister being raped and finding out Collen’s death was not an accident. I enjoyed reading how Zane figured out a way to connect with Grace from a distance and how far her mother would go to save her daughters.
I really like the recipes the author included at the end of the story. I also appreciate how the author is able to write inspirational stories, with hard stories likes and does not use profanity.
I received a copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a review.
Story pages: 211
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