Waiting for Grace

A Novel of Redemption

Fiction - Suspense
272 Pages
Reviewed on 10/29/2019
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Waiting for Grace: A Novel of Redemption by Caroline E. Zani is the story of a man who was trying to find a new present where he can exist guilt-free, but he found something even better. Eli Cranston left his thriving practice in Los Angeles behind when he lost his daughter and wife. They were the light of his life, so when he lost them both, he just couldn’t stay behind and practice law as he did before. Moving to Bar Harbor, Maine was supposed to be an escape, but it turned out to be a new beginning. He not only learned to help people, but he learned to live once again. He starts a practice to help people find their new beginnings after letting go of their painful pasts. In doing so, he finds the missing piece in his life and realizes that he deserves to live too.

Waiting for Grace is such a hopeful and encouraging novel. We can all find a little part of ourselves in Eli because he is such a relatable character. The author did an amazing job at not only making him human but also making sure that the reader feels comforted while reading his story. I enjoyed the narrative; the author brought every page to life with her vivid descriptions and imagery. Her choice of words is so powerful that even a minor character such as Clem holds a bigger meaning in the grand scheme of things in the setting of the novel. This is an emotional, evocative and very entertaining novel by Caroline E. Zani.

Lit Amri

In Waiting for Grace by Caroline E. Zani, Eli Cranston left his old life in Los Angeles to build a new one in Bar Harbor, Maine. The ex-lawyer is now making a living through psychotherapy focusing on Forward Life Progression, FLP, where people push past their trauma and addictions by visualizing themselves forward in time on a possible and better life path. Ironically, Eli himself needs his own healing in order to see his own future. He finds friendship with the local handyman, Clem, as well as comfort and a special spark for Rebecca, the owner of Full Circle Farm. His paternal instinct goes out to the young but capable Hope, who helps take care of his ponies and the work around his barn. Will Eli be able to fully move on from his past and find happiness again?

Zani's Waiting for Grace is a poignant but powerful story of redemption and second chances. It's subtly spiritual in its own way and I loved the growth of the main characters. The character-driven plot is well-paced and delivered in a clear narrative. It was interesting to read how good daily life was for Eli in his new place until he saw several ‘cracks’ in an otherwise peaceful community. I easily gravitated towards young Hope and her struggles with her dysfunctional family. In the meantime, readers got to know Eli's intriguing past that was steadily revealed bit by bit as the story went on. The protagonist was helping other people but needed some guidance himself-86-year-old Dr. Otto Gunther's tale as a Holocaust survivor strongly reminded him that there was always a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. Simply put, this is a solid read.

K.C. Finn

Waiting for Grace is a work of suspenseful and dramatic fiction penned by author Caroline E. Zani. Deeply psychological in nature and metaphysical in its themes, this novel considers the possibilities of past and future lives as a central driving force in its plot. Our main protagonist is Eli Cranston, who gives up his high flying life as a lawyer when life takes everything away from him and moves out to the seaside. Here he engages with Forward Life Progression, trying to envision and move towards a new future. But the past is never far behind him, and Eli is about to learn how everything connects on the journey towards contentment and redemption.

Author Caroline E. Zani has produced a fascinating and highly thought-provoking drama that takes a little getting used to at first. Eli’s new beliefs and practices in his new life are slowly unraveled as the first half of the novel progresses, allowing readers to understand the beliefs at play and to get into the more metaphysical nature of the plot. With this concept in hand, the prose flows really well, and the characters are drawn as if they spring straight from real life, facing deeply emotional encounters in the past and present, with common themes about human nature and what we seek for ourselves in the future. Overall, Waiting for Grace is a complex but highly worthwhile read that is definitely recommended to fans of metaphysical and high concept drama.