Grace, Grit and Gumption

Fiction - Historical - Personage
600 Pages
Reviewed on 06/17/2019
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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite

In Adelicia: Grace, Grit and Gumption by Joyce Blaylock, it's the end of the 1830s and twenty-one-year-old Adelicia makes her entrance into Nashville society, winning the heart of an older man by the name of Isaac Hayes, a wealthy slave trader and planter. He is also a man with a second life and a secret. We follow Adelicia through the 1840s and 1850s with the ups and downs, losses, and new loves that life often gives a person. With the Civil War, changes come to the South but Adelicia tackles them head-on to keep what is hers.

It’s hard stepping into the shoes of a person who actually lived and breathed in a period before our own. You want so much to do them justice but have to put a spin on things in order to draw the reader in. I believe that Joyce Blaylock achieved this. I’ll admit I did research on the main character in Joyce Blaylock’s historical fiction novel, Adelicia: Grace, Grit, and Gumption, about a hundred pages into the book to get a better sense of this woman whom Blaylock was writing about. She was truly a remarkable woman who I did not know was actually the wealthiest woman in Tennessee after the death of her first husband.

I think the book is beautifully written though there were many times when I disliked Adelicia’s character. With that said, after actually reading up on the real person, these feelings began to subside. I think it's a really good dramatic story for those readers that love old southern stories like Gone With The Wind. I've already recommended Adelicia: Grace, Grit, and Gumption!

Steve Wood

As with all real people, Adelicia has some admirable qualities; and some not so admirable. She was, after all, a real person whose accomplishments are extraordinary, albeit controversial.