Welcome to the book tour for Waiting for Grace by Caroline E. Zani! Today I am sharing an excerpt from this book for you to enjoy before you download your own copy. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for reviews and more, including an interview I'm hosting over at Candrel's Crafts, Cooks, and Characters. Plus there's a great giveaway at the end!
Waiting for Grace: a novel of redemptionEli Cranston, Esq. has fled his Los Angeles law practice after the loss of his wife and daughter. Thirty-four hundred miles away a new life was waiting; one in which Eli could find redemption, forgiveness, and a purpose, if only he would allow it.
In a small cottage by the sea, Eli launches a new career in Forward Life Progression--a practice which pushes patients past their traumas and addictions to build a new resilient existence, one they can work toward simply by knowing it exists. But what happens when a client sees a future that includes Eli?
Life on a farm in Bar Harbor, Maine, holds the promise of a long winter haunting Eli with unopened boxes and letters. But here, where the light is surreal, transformation can take place. Eli finds Hope; caring for two miniature horses, Ink and Smudge, a pregnant cat, and a handyman named Clem, he sees his own new future. He finds comfort at the market, not in the mysterious fire cider, but in the owner of Full Circle Farm, Rebecca. Can he keep his secrets and move forward? Is anyone ever really allowed to leave their past behind completely?
Eli's monthly visits to his idol, Dr. Otto Gunther, an eighty-six-year-old holocaust survivor, reveals a past life from this future-life expert that Eli was not expecting. As it turns out, everyone is looking for second chances, and waiting for redemption in whatever form, and however long, it takes.
Read an excerpt:
“So she was still under anesthesia? And you just checked her vitals and left. Where did you go after that? You said she is claiming to remember the event, ’scuse me, alleged event.”
“Listen, I can’t have this—out there. I mean, these women, they blow things out of proportion and because they know you have money, they’ll try anything, you know?”
“I’m just not getting the feeling you’re telling me everything, Doctor—I’m sorry, I didn’t get your name—would you mind telling me, again, what you remember of that day?”
“I told you, I did her breast augmentation, then her lipo and sent her to recovery. Normal day, normal procedures, nothing out of the ordinary. When I went in to check on her, she was beginning to come up out of it and—”
“Hold on, you said that she was under anesthesia still. This is where I need you to be really specific. I can’t help you unless you are 100 percent honest and tell me everything that happened. I mean everything.”
“Look, Cranston. This is a stupid woman and she’s trying to frame me. I will not be ruined by a bitch who cares more about her breast size than her kids, career, and husband, all of whom will suffer if this becomes a thing.”
“So has she pressed charges? Police involvement? Have you gotten anything in the mail?”
“No! I told you, I just wanted a consultation. I don’t know if she is going forward with anything. She just called screaming and threatening me. I just need her to shut up. And I need you to be sure she does.”
Advance Praise"Caroline Zani's WAITING FOR GRACE is old-fashioned storytelling—sweet, sad, filled with head and heart—about the longing we carry to do the right thing." — Jacquelyn Mitchard, NYT bestselling author of THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN
"Author Caroline E. Zani has produced a fascinating and highly thought-provoking drama. [T]he 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. WAITING FOR GRACE is a complex but highly worthwhile read that is definitely recommended to fans of metaphysical and high concept drama." — K.C. Finn, Reader's Favorite 5-STARS
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