Father, Son & Grace

Fiction - General
338 Pages
Reviewed on 10/10/2016
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Author Biography

Cindy Hiday got her break in publishing when she wrote about her first skydiving experience in a community college workshop. The Oregonian bought the essay, even though it was 200 words too long. She hasn't jumped out of anymore airplanes, but has gone on to publish and win awards in fiction, and contribute a monthly newsletter column, "Working the Web," for the local Romance Writers of America. When her Mt. Hood Community College mentor retired, she stepped forward as the part-time instructor for the Professional Novel & Memoir Writing Workshop program. She divides her time between mentoring the latest group of writing talent and working on the next novel. Currently a member of Willamette Writers, Cindy lives in Oregon with her husband and four-legged friends.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Patricia Day for Readers' Favorite

Father, Son & Grace by Cindy Hiday is the delightful, yet exciting story of Ray, Benny and Grace. Ray is grieving the loss of his wife. Benny has Downs Syndrome plus another very special quality. He sometimes reads minds. Grace, the wife of a pastor, needs to see a particular casino in Vegas one last time. It is scheduled for demolition, but has particular memories for her. When Ray takes Benny on a trip, he is not expecting events to turn out quite the way they do. Grace has to trust people she does not know, otherwise her dream of reaching Vegas will not materialize. Together they have an adventure they could all do without, yet it helps them in unexpected ways. When Johnny - a two-bit gangster, or so they think - comes into the picture, everything turns from chaotic to dangerous.

The story is unusual. The characters are colorful and mostly lovable. Benny won my heart early in the story. He is a delightful young man with a knack of winning, despite the odds. As the story unfolds, you’ll be taken on the trip of a lifetime, with unexpected, often hilarious results. Their relationship becomes close, and they learn more than they lose along the way. To say more would ruin the book for you, so I’ll stop here. Ray, Benny and Grace could be people you know, they are so credible. A good book with characters the reader can actually enjoy. I found myself surprised and smiling, often. This is a good story and fun to boot. Recommended.