Outside of Grace

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Pub Date 17 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 02 Dec 2022

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Description

Ava Sanford longs to be known as more than the pastor's kid. When the opportunity arises to study abroad in Scotland, she jumps at the chance to leave the Texas coast and the pressures of Grace Church behind. But she never meant to leave God, too.

Her roommate's partying lifestyle promises the fun Ava has been missing out on—until a traumatic assault leaves her faith and pride in ruins. As her life in Scotland begins to crumble, rumors race back home, threatening her relationships with her family and friends, including Jack Shields.

A former athlete, Jack keeps his head down, working through college and coasting through life. After losing both his mother and his scholarships, he knows the things you love can disappear at any moment. But when his best friend seems to be next, the nonchalance and security he carefully guards are broken. Fighting for Ava will mean risking it all, and he can't do it alone. Only God can show them both how far grace can go.

With unflinching honesty, breakthrough author, Anna Daugherty, delicately balances realistic struggles with redemptive themes for a new generation of readers in a debut novel not to be missed.

Ava Sanford longs to be known as more than the pastor's kid. When the opportunity arises to study abroad in Scotland, she jumps at the chance to leave the Texas coast and the pressures of Grace...


A Note From the Publisher

Anna Daugherty graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a journalism degree and spent several years writing and editing for local and international publications before God reawakened a long-buried passion for fiction. Moonlighting as a novelist soon turned into a wholehearted pursuit, weaving together her faith, writing experience, and love of travel. A Texas-native, Anna lives in the hill country with her husband and two young daughters. When she isn't tapping away at the computer, she can be found planning trips, spending time outdoors, or running—either in a local 5K or chasing after half-dressed toddlers.

Anna Daugherty graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a journalism degree and spent several years writing and editing for local and international publications before God reawakened a...


Advance Praise

"Outside of Grace presents a delicate, but honest handling of a pervasive issue among young people, and others, who find themselves entangled in a situation they are not prepared to combat. As a first novel, Outside of Grace is exceptional." -Annette Geroy, Director of Mount Horeb House and author of Built with Stones of Turquoise

"Told with unflinching and sometimes heart-breaking honesty, Outside of Grace is a compelling story about dealing with the world around us with both its beautiful and ugly elements. It delicately tackles the reality of recovering from trauma, learning to live again, and hopefully even thriving." -Mary Ellen Bramwell, bestselling author of In Search of Sisters and When I Was Seven

"Author Anna Daugherty carefully weaves her way through this touching drama with vivid descriptions that allow readers to immerse themselves in the characters and their story. It's a story of faith, love, family and the harsh realities of life that you won't want to put down." -Barbara A. Luker, author of I Carry Your Heart

"Outside of Grace is a modern parable for anyone who has lost touch with their faith in the face of the world. This novel captures how emotional healing and spiritual healing, while not one and the same, can work together to create the space necessary to open your heart to God's grace." -Jefferson Blackburn-Smith, author of Forgiveness and Vice President of Enrollment Management at Otterbein University

"Outside of Grace presents a delicate, but honest handling of a pervasive issue among young people, and others, who find themselves entangled in a situation they are not prepared to combat. As a...


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This book was sent to me electronically by Netgalley for review. Romance…love…friendship…starting over…this is a quick fun read with quirky characters who find each other…enjoy

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This coming-of-age-story is quite on point in regard of how easy it is to leave the path you're on without even noticing at first. Christian parents often think it's enough to raise their children in a Christian way - but unfortunately it isn't, and it's not even necessary to go abroad. But God's forgiveness is limitless and we're never outside of grace.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was an excellent representation of what can happen when we change ourselves to fit into the places we are in or the people we are around instead of keeping God at the forefront of our minds and following our instincts in situations.

I do feel that trigger warnings are needed, especially when it comes to sexual assault. But that being said, the author was not graphic or gratuitous in the depiction. She didn't focus on the assault, but on the aftermath and how Ava responds to herself and others. Walking with Ava through her experience was real and honest. Following her struggle to learn to trust herself, her friends, and God was right on. Watching Ava remember and believe that God really did love her and was always with her was a beautiful thing to see.

Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

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This is an excellent read that is full of emotions. It's an inspirational story that is full hope, forgiveness of self and others and learning to trust again. Ava's story will stay with you long after you turn the last page.
I received a complimentary copy from Black Rose Writing via NetGalley and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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