I always felt a bit geeky telling people that when I grew up I wanted to be a writer.
But over the last few years I’ve stepped out of my own circles of friendship and found myself amongst those who are writers. Storytellers, introverts, and those who find inspiration in the written word – just like me.
One such writer-friend is Elaine Fraser. Elaine is a fellow Kin Women blogger, full-time writer and author. She is about to release another novel Amazing Grace, and was kind enough to send me a copy to review.
The story follows Grace, and I loved her the minute I became privy to her thoughts. She’s unsure – of who she is, who God is, and if she’s worthy of love. Grace’s biggest struggle is her sexuality. She feels “too gay to be straight, and too straight to be gay” and her biggest fear is not being accepted, regardless of what she decides about who she might love.
Maybe it’s because I know Elaine, or it’s her talent at stringing words together – or both – but this soft literary voice gently asks the big questions, and tackles the real issues facing teenagers without being confronting or pretending there are any easy answers. In fact, one of the things I love the most about the book is that it doesn’t give any answers. Elaine refuses to reduce anything to mere black and white and instead weaves through the reality of our humanity – the messy struggles, the colour of our lives and the complexity of our inner voice is unveiled through Grace’s journey.
As a Christian, it further cemented my core belief that everyone is worthy of love and acceptance from God and from others. That on this side of heaven there is both brokenness and beauty, shades of grey and vivid colour and that we can embrace every ounce of it all, without judgement.
Elaine has written a beautiful and thought-provoking novel, aimed at young adults – I devoured it in less than 24 hours! The official launch date is 12 October, you can find it here http://www.elainefraser.co/bookstore/amazing-grace-beautiful-lives-series-book-three/