Throne of Grace
by Cecily Wolfe
Series: Cliff Walk Courtships #1
Publication Date October 25, 2016
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Rhode Island Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: Adult
Newport, Rhode Island in the last decades of the nineteenth century was a stunningly beautiful and glamorous playground for the rich during the summer months, and a perfect setting for a romance between a rich young man from New York City and a local girl who works for his family. The two couldn't possibly expect to have anything in common, as he is expected to follow his father in a financial career and she is merely a maid with a mother who takes care of local children while their parents work.
Arthur Davenport, spoiled and bored, unsure of his place in his family and in the eyes of God, truly meets his match in Josie Warren, who is often just a bit hard on herself for not being the perfect Christian in thought as well as deed.
The two meet on the famous Cliff Walk, and neither of them can imagine where or how their instant attraction will take them as he struggles to makes his parents understand that his calling is the same as hers, to help those less fortunate. He has no money of his own, and if they disinherit him out of disapproval, how can he help Josie, who has spent her life working hard to help support herself and her mother? More importantly, how can he convince her that he would gladly give up his life of luxury just to be with her?
I would like to thank Cecily Wolfe for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
There is Christian Fiction and there is Christian Fiction. The first has a reference or two to prayer or attending church, and the other has the message of the Gospel woven throughout the story (hopefully in a non-preachy manner). Throne of Grace most certainly falls into the second category as it follows the story of Josie and Arthur who are Christians and longing to live their lives in a way that honors the Lord. The author did such a beautiful and natural job of sharing their journey as they draw closer to the Lord and seek His will for their lives. Her love for the Lord shone through this book quite clearly.
I was captivated with the story from the first line:
Josie stopped once again to watch the seagulls circle above her, smiling as they cried together in a symphony of praise.
Josie had to deal with both prejudice and nasty gossip. And through the process found things about herself that had her seeking to change for the better. And as Arthur sought to follow God’s leading to open a shelter for the homeless against his parent’s wishes, he learned to seek the Lord in prayer.
I did find that I was a little distracted by the very long sentences with lots of prepositional phrases (it did remind me of the way the apostle Paul wrote his letters in the Bible!) There were a few paragraphs where it seemed like every sentence had a “but” in it as well. Other than that, I enjoyed the story very much and am looking forward to the next book.