Hello, and welcome to my stop on the blog tour of Andy Blackman’s ‘For the Love of Grace’!
Here is a little about the book (and the blurb, of course);
Grace Backer had a life full of tragedy. But despite everything, she raised her son, Tom, with her secret intact. Tom is a prodigal child, destined to escape the slums of the East End of London for a better life; circumstances will make him flee his loving mother and their home much sooner than expected.
‘Tom starts a new life in Odessa, Russia, and with the help of new-found friends starts a business. At last, he is finally accepted into a new and loving family, but one which holds its own dark secrets. A chance meeting with the son of a duke of the realm leads to close friendship and a new business partnership. When Tom decides to move his company to London and have his regal new friend run it, the firm thrives. However, not everything is as it seems, and Tom’s business soon conceals dangerous secrets of its own.
Years later, when Tom finally decides to return to London, he is a wanted man, one hunted by the intelligence agencies. If he is finally to be reunited with his beloved mother and his best friend, he must fight to put the past behind him. But keeping secrets is never easy.’
I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though it wasn’t what I thought it would be. Let me explain…
When you start reading this book, it seems like a real slick thriller that is full of action, acronyms, and
alliteration pretty women. But this isn’t, it’s so much more. What I think the author has done well is he has given this story some heart, and this creates a foundation for the characters, and as a result of this, you start to really find yourself enveloped in their world.
The portrayal of mid-war London and of the ‘Motherland’ is just enticing. The scenes are set very well, and without the need for useless, endless description and with a sure hand. the streets of London are immediately vivid in your mind and the lives of the people living there feel so familiar. They are heavily affected by the war and they all suffer their loves, and their losses. The war is not lost within this book and provides a great backdrop for the story.
The characters are one of my favourite things about this book, and their respective journeys are winding and long. Grace is the adoptive mother of Tom, the story’s protagonist, and her story contains many losses, many through her devotion to her son. What i liked about Grace is her willingness to provide him with the best life possible, and her enduing faith in him. This love that is shown for Tom shapes him and his decisions, the continuity throughout the characters is perfect.
Tom is a character who I warmed to immensely. He is one who hasn’t yet realised his brilliance, but when he does, wow, he really does. With a brilliant mind and an eye for business, Tom is just fantastic. I also enjoyed how he was made to be shadowy, threatening character through the eyes of the authorities, but actually, you already know him, and you know how his experiences have shaped him.
I really enjoyed reading this book and you can count me in for Andy Blackman’s next story!
Where to buy ‘For the Love of Grace’: (click the image for the link)