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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Searching for Grace by Jackie Jordan is the story of a woman who struggles to find a place to belong. Neema Washington had no place to call her own, even though she tried hard. An accomplished woman with a fantastic career and equally stunning looks, Neema was the definition of beauty with brains. However, her personal life was nowhere near being perfect. She struggled to form a connection with her controlling mother, her father was loving yet unable to look beyond his past, and Neema’s love life was non-existent. Falling in love with Nigel was enough for her, but when he left her, Neema was never able to move on. Just when things started to look up in her personal life, Neema discovered family secrets that shook her to her core. Before she knew it, Neema was back to square one. Trying to salvage her life wasn’t enough. Neema needed to take control and let go of the past to move forward. Could Neema do it?
Empowering and entertaining, author Jackie Jordan weaved a realistic story that many women will relate to. It happens more often than we would like to admit. Women who accomplish more in their professional lives often lack in their personal lives. Perhaps the lack of a good personal life drives them to become the best professional version of themselves. Neema was the perfect example of a modern woman who has achieved a lot in her professional life, but her personal life was lacking. Jackie Jordan made Neema’s character convincing, relatable, and believable. The narrative was creative and written with a touch of suspense to keep readers wanting more. I loved the descriptions of Neema’s Howard days the most, but that was not the only thing great about Searching for Grace. The portrayal of a middle-class Black family, a woman of color making a place for herself in a professional capacity, and the troubles that the average Black woman faces were just some of the things that made this story magnificent for me. Loved everything about it!