3 Stars For By Grace (Spirit of Grace #1) by Adrian J. Smith #FF #Police @adrianajsmith


Title: For By Grace (Spirit of Grace #1)
Author Name: Adrian J. Smith
Publication Date & Length: June 1, 2014 – 256 pgs


Being a Sheriff’s Deputy is not all about saving lives and arresting criminals, and each day Grace wonders if she’ll make it home.

While kids at the schools Deputy Grace Halling visits see her as the knight in blue-cotton armor, people involved in the cases she is dispatched to have a different opinion. She has every confidence in her ability to do her job and arrest criminals. She easily takes down a knife-wielding woman and a drunken combatant teenager without hesitation. Everyone—victim, suspect, or witness—has a story to tell or to lie about, and Grace is never perturbed by their tales.

That all changes when she looks down the barrel of a gun. She loses confidence in her ability as a deputy, she loses trust in herself and fellow officers, and she struggles to stay afloat as shift after shift passes. Grace cannot find her rhythm of being a deputy again. And when the Police Chaplain unexpectedly barges into her life, her personal and professional lives are flipped upside down. Grace struggles to find even ground, worrying that the next time she stares a murderer in the face will be the last.

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This is a well written book with very strong characters. Written more in the style of a documentary showing the difficulties faced by Police Officers in their line of duty.
There was a hint of conspiracy theory hidden in the plot but this seems to be secondary to that of describing life on the police force.
Then there was the dichotomy that is Grace, a strong by the book Officer who never shows fear when on duty, in her private life however she has great trepidation about her lesbianism being public knowledge. This I found difficult to come to terms with, as I did with her prosecution of her best friend but letting a bible quoting transgressor not be prosecuted. These abnormalities left me confused and unsure if the novel was  a religious novel, a documentary about the police or a crime novel.
On the whole the author planted enough interest to entice the reader into hoping for a further novel to be written to see how the unanswered questions raised by Grace re the murders would be resolved.


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Adrian J. Smith, or “AJ” as she is often called, is a part-time writer with an epic imagination, sharp wit, and kind heart that gets her into a bit of trouble when it comes to taking in all the neighborhood stray cats. Being obsessed with science fiction, Smith often goes off on tangents about the space-time continuum. She is also a part-time lunatic with a secretive past. It’s been rumored that she was once a spy for the government, but anyone who has gotten close enough to know the truth has never lived to tell the tale. When traveling around the world on various classified tasks, Smith requires the following be provided: buffalo jerky, mimosas, and eighty-six pennies. This is all we know about the reclusive woman.


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