The Spirit of Grace by Terry Lynn Thomas
Publication Date: November 26, 2017
Series: Sarah Bennett Mysteries, Book One
Genre: Historical Mystery
Source: This book was given to me by Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
My Review: Sarah Bennett is sent to live in an asylum under the suspicion of murdering her mother. A year later, Sarah returns home to find that her father is a famous novelist and has a new wife. These new changes make Sarah feel like a stranger in her own home. Just as Sarah tries to settle into her new routine, she learns that her grandmother has been murdered. As Sarah tries to find her grandmother’s murderer, Sarah is thrust into the secrets of her family and of her past.
When we first meet Sarah, she is emotionally scarred from her mother’s death. She clings onto her fierce determination that she was innocent of her mother’s murder. Throughout the novel, Sarah is trying to find peace with herself and her past. Sarah suffers from depression, but she eventually overcomes it. As a sleuth, Sarah does very little investigation and most of the answers come to her very easily. Still, I was immediately drawn to Sarah’s mysterious past and eagerly awaited for Sarah to heal from her trauma.
Overall, this novel is about loss, secrets, and recovery. There were a few flaws in the novel. I found the romance to be very underwhelming and lacked development. The mystery was very predictable. I already knew who the murderer was as soon as the character entered the page. I also wished that there would be paranormal scenes in the novel because it was the most intriguing aspect of the book. Despite these flaws, it was a very entertaining cozy mystery to read on a cold stormy night! I recommend this for fans of Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark, Silent on the Moor, and Girl at the Grave.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
About the Author
Terry Lynn writes the Sarah Bennett Mysteries, set on the California coast during the 1940s, which feature a misunderstood medium in love with a spy. The Drowned Woman is a recipient of the IndieBRAG Medallion. She also writes the Cat Carlisle Mysteries, set in Britain during World War II. The first book in this series, The Silent Woman, came out in April 2018 and has since become a USA TODAY bestseller. The Family Secret was released in March 2019. When she’s not writing, you can find Terry Lynn riding her horse, walking in the woods with her dogs, or visiting old cemeteries in search of story ideas.
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