Circle of Grace Author:Penelope J. Stokes All her adult life, Grace Benedict has been living a lie. Now that deception is about to catch up with her. — Thirty years ago, Grace and her college roommates--Liz, Tess, and Lovey--made a solemn vow: to hold onto their friendship, to support one another, to keep in touch through a circle journal that would make the rounds among them. And they p... more »romised always to tell each other the truth.
For three decades that journal has been circulating, carrying stories of Liz?s social justice activism in Atlanta and D.C.; of Tess?s fulfilling career and perfect home life; of Lovey?s dream marriage to a wealthy and powerful former pro football player.
But what is Grace to say? Her friends seem so happy and successful. She can?t bear to tell them how her life has spiraled downward since college, and she can?t bring herself to be honest about the dismal realities and bitter memories she faces every day.
She never intends to deceive them--not initially, anyway. She simply embellishes the truth a little, presents her life as a bit more respectable than it really is. But over the years one exaggeration leads to another, and the fiction grows. . . .
Until she discovers that she?s going to die.
Alone and desolate and with little left to lose, Grace determines to take the risk of a lifetime, to reach out to Liz and Tess and Lovey again. And when they reunite, her final battle becomes their struggle as well--a quest for trust, honesty, and enduring emotional connection.« less
This is such a good heartwarming book! Have a box of kleenex handy! These gals met in
college and agreed to write in a journal and send it to one another about their lives.
We get to read what really happened in their lives compared to what they write. They
later get together to share their stories - a wonderful book, I thought. One of my
Through the years the circle journal kept Grace and her friends connected, though the stories they wrote didn't always line up exactly with the lives they were living. In one last reunion they learn true friendship.
A fast easy read that touches the heart and leaves you with a renewed faith in love.
This was a surprising read in many ways, with the focus on a group of college friends who reconnect in their early 50's, after having had very little contact except through a "circle" journal. In this journal, each of them lied about some important aspect of their lives to their others, and they "fess up" on a weekend trip back to their college town. Not the stereotypical "friendship" novel, but it shares common themes of friendship and being open and honest in relationships. Some surprising twists in each of the character's lives keeps it a fast and enjoyable read.