4.5 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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Grace, a Sherrif’s Deputy, is a confident woman, seemingly fearless and comfortable in her role.  Being shot at a call-out changes her, makes her scared, unsure.  She has to work through her fears and the new Chaplain, Amya, appears calm and sympathetic but ultimately unsuitable for the role of counsellor.  A flicker of attraction between them means Grace will have to find another way through her problems.  It would be a professional no-no to counsel a romantic interest.
The relationship between Grace and Amya is slow to develop and were Grace not so stubborn it could have gone much deeper.  Neither of them are ‘out’ at work so are a bit cautious to begin with. Also Grace is her own worst enemy and pushes Amya away once too often for my liking.  I wanted more of their relationship, more detail and much more romance.
I enjoyed the story various threads weaving through it.  There were interesting minor characters that I hope to find out more about in the next two books in the series.  I found the narrative realistic and believable and designed to put the reader exactly in the moment.  The pace is just right and teases out the tale of cop shootings.
I left the book wanting more and am so glad that Adrian J Smith has continued the series with ‘Fallen from Grace’ and ‘Grace through Redemption’.  I want to find out what happens to Grace and Amya, how Peter gets on and of course the lovely Harold.  I can’t wait to get started on the next one.
Kitty Kat


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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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