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Eleven-year-old Grace Carter has a talent for hiding things. She's had plenty of practice, burying thoughts and feelings that might anger her strict evangelical pastor father, and concealing the deep intuition she carries inside. The Knowing, as Grace calls it, offers glimpses of people's pasts and futures. It enables her to see into the depth of her mother's sadness, and even allows Grace to talk to Isaac, her twin brother who died at birth. To her wise, loving Aunt Pearl, the Knowing is a family gift; to her daddy, it's close to witchcraft.

Grace can't see into someone's thoughts without their permission. But it doesn't take her special talent to know that her small community is harboring its share of secrets. A young girl has gone missing. Within Grace's own family too, the cracks are widening, as her sisters Hope, Joy, and Chastity enjoy the normal life that eludes Grace. It's Grace's kinship with other outsiders that keeps her afloat - Lyle, a gentle, homeless man, and Lola, a free-spirited new girl at school. But when her mother lapses into deep depression after bringing home a new baby, Grace will face a life-changing choice - ignore her gift and become the obedient daughter her father demands, or find the courage to make herself heard, even if it means standing apart....

©2018 Eldonna Edwards (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Beautiful!

I loved the sparkling, flowing prose of this book. I was captivated from the beginning, and was transported into Grace’s world, where she battled with very difficult, and sometimes, adult situations.
The narrator was perfect for this book!

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  • Shirl
  • 23-05-18

Beautiful Story

This is a beautiful story about a young girl and the struggles she faces as she grows. She struggles to fit into a world where her gifts are not celebrated like they should be. If you have ever felt different or misunderstood, this is a good book to read & listen to.

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  • Rhoda
  • 23-05-18

interesting and well done

enjoyed this book. really makes one think about things and the possibilities of humans. provides familiar and relatable characters. the descriptions can make your minds eye see the town and some of the people.

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  • Paula Tomy
  • 06-04-19

Fabulous

One of the best I’ve read in a long, long time! I can’t read because of increasing loss of sight. This was a delight to listen to.

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  • Libby
  • 24-09-18

Incredible new author

I will be waiting for Eldonna Edwards next book !Well written,great characters and another great audible. I was immediately drawn into the life of a family that felt like my own ;I ( at age 60 something😀)ate with them ,went outside to play, went to school, and to church. This one will stay with me quiet a while. Here's to growing up, and three cheers for Eldonna Edwards taking us home again.#comingofage #feelgood #tagsgiving#Sweepstakes!

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  • Viktorya
  • 31-03-21

Beautiful

This is one of my favorites. It's beautifully written with just enough "knowing" to make it believable. As a Medium and growing up with a overzealous religious mother I can definitely related to Grace. I look forward to revisiting this family.

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  • Gypsydogs
  • 01-09-19

Sweet story

A wonderful story told in Bailey Carr excellent voice. Grace is born with the gift of "Knowing". Sometimes it comes in the form of a premonition; sometimes a glimpse into the past. She proves, over & over, that she's not making up stories. Most people are afraid, or nervous, to be around her. Her father is a bible-thumping preacher who believes her ability is not a gift but a curse. Being tightly wrapped in his religion & his convictions, he doesn't see the hypocrisy in which he treats his daughter. Beautiful story, well written & well narrated, about a gifted girl trying to do the best she can in the face of fear & doubt. Thankfully, she has love & friendships, & her brother, Isaac, to help her along the way. This story will have you laughing & crying & cheering for Grace!

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  • Susan
  • 04-08-19

Best Ever

I am an audible book addict! Daily, non stop...... but this one totally sucked me in! Beautiful storyline, memory evoking and overall entertaining!!!! A definite add to my library, and should be to yours too!

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  • Janet M. Bartlett
  • 07-10-18

Wonderful story. Makes one feel comfort and joy to think about what God has in store for those that follow Jesus.

Wonderful story. Makes one feel comfort and joy to think about what God has in store for those that follow Jesus. Also the hope that we will see or loved ones that have gone on before us. Good Story!

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  • Julienne W.
  • 27-08-18

Warm and Resonant

The gentle pulse of this story touched my heart, as it weaves through sensitive topics as Grace grows up in home simmering in tyrannical religious ideology. Overbearing father, grief and loss, shame, guilt, repression, mothers depression, sibling rivalry, friendship, unconditional love, and Graces insights, the author masterfully handles with reverence and respect, tempered with deep love, humor and joy.
Graces story resonated in parallels with my own up bringing, as a young girl, trying to make sense of all that was happening around me, while having a deeper “knowing” and perspective different than that my parents.
This book for me read not like a rollercoaster ride but like a pendulum swing, finally coming into life’s true balance.

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  • CO Mom
  • 25-07-18

Get the volume right please

This book was the latest that continually blew my eardrums out whenever the reader got excited or started yelling, especially when reading for the dad. You don't have to scream to portray these emotions. Whether I had earphones on or listening in my car I really hurt my ears multiple times. And once I turned the volume down and the screaming ended, I had to turn it back up or I couldn't hear anything and the cycle began again. This isn't a new issue for audile, but it seemed extra bad in this book. I didn't enjoy the book very much either.

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