Grace & Serenity - Annalisa Crawford

4.5 STARS!

Living on the streets is terrifying and exhausting. Grace’s only comforts are a steady stream of vodka, and a strange little boy who’s following her around.

At nineteen, Grace has already had a child and endured an abusive marriage. But she’s also had her baby abducted by her vengeful husband and been framed as a neglectful mother. Even her own parents doubted her version of the story. So she did the only thing that made sense to her—runaway.

The streets are unforgiving. Winter is drawing in. And Grace isn’t prepared for the harsh realities of survival. At her very bleakest, a Good Samaritan swoops into her life and rescues her. With a roof over her head and food in her stomach, she longs to see her baby again.

But nothing ever comes for free.

Annalisa Crawford lives in Cornwall UK, with a good supply of moorland and beaches to keep her inspired. She lives with her husband, two sons, and dog. Crawford writes dark contemporary, character-driven stories, with a hint of the paranormal. Over the years, she has won several competitions, and had many short stories published in small press journals and online. Highlights include being placed 3rd in the Costa Short Story Award 2015 and being long listed for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and Bath Short Story Award in 2018.

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The kind of book you dive right into and don't stop reading until the very end.

This is a "girl down on her luck turned hero" kind of book! Only down on her luck doesn't even start to describe her life. 

Excellent character development. I was living every moment with Grace, and my heart was breaking right along with her. I was sad when she was sad, I was hurting when she was hurting, I was brave when she was brave and I was cheering her on.

An extremely roller coaster type book that will have you on the very tip of your chair.
Well done and beautifully written.

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I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Rachel's Random Resources -  Thank You!!


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