Historical Fiction

True Grace

Category:Historical Fiction

Author:Karen E. Osborne

  • Publisher: Black Rose Writing
  • Publication Date: September 7, 2023
  • Number of Pages: 325
  • ISBN-10: 1685132677
  • ISBN-13: 9781685132675

Karen E. Osborne’s True Grace: A Black Woman’s Journey to Save Her Family is a deeply moving exploration of resilience, courage, and the enduring strength one woman demonstrates in the face of insurmountable challenges. Set in New York in the 1920s during the Harlem Renaissance, the story follows Grace, a Black immigrant who must keep her family together against all odds — discrimination and connivance from the police. In the opening pages, the author offers a powerful premise and hook: Grace catches her husband sexually abusing their second daughter. But will anyone believe her? What else has he done to their first daughter? Grace will suffer humiliation during the hearing and far worse than that.

Osborne cleverly portrays the discrimination and oppression faced by women of color during the 1920s in New York, painting a vivid and haunting picture of the societal injustices that Grace must confront. The author’s skillful storytelling immerses readers in Grace’s world, capturing the stark realities of racism, misogyny, and poverty with unflinching honesty. From the indifference of law enforcement to the accusatory glances of society, every aspect of Grace’s struggle is rendered with raw emotion and authenticity.  The richly drawn characters will captivate readers while the exquisite prose will have them reading from page to page as though they were drinking from drippings of the honeycomb. From Grace’s resilient determination to her children’s unwavering support, every character feels lifelike and three-dimensional. Osborne’s use of flashbacks provides insights into Grace’s past, illuminating the events that have shaped her into the woman she has become. Through raw, emotive prose, the author captures Grace’s fears, anger, and ultimately, her courage and strength as she faces hardships head-on. The novel’s powerful themes of love, sacrifice, and hope resonate long after the final page is turned. This book is a poignant and unforgettable story that shines a light on the struggles faced by Black women in early 20th-century America. Through Grace’s journey, the novel offers a powerful exploration of racial divides. True Grace: A Black Woman’s Journey to Save Her Family explores resonant themes and presents characters that readers will adore. 

Reviewed By: Matthew Novak

Reviewed Date: March 30, 2024

Category: Historical Fiction