The memory of an act committed when she was nineteen has woven a dark thread through Clen McClendon’s life. It is a darkness Clen ignores until the discovery of her husband’s infidelity propels her into a quest for her own redemption and forgiveness. Leaving her old life, she begins a search for a place to call home and a new way to live, but her journeying provides few answers and peace remains elusive, even during the time she spends in an abbey. Clen then makes a decision that is both desperate and random to go to Wrangell, Alaska. There she will meet Gerrum Kirsey and learn that choices are never truly random and they always have consequences.

Former Seattle attorney, Gerrum Kirsey, is of the opinion that most people who end up in Alaska are running from something. Including him. And this appears to be true for the aloof woman who has come to Wrangell as the Bear Lodge’s summer cook. When Gerrum learns that Clen applied for the job from an abbey, and that the owner of the Lodge remembers her visiting years ago with a husband, he’s intrigued and determined to discover the woman behind the walls.

What Readers Are Saying

Over 1000  readers have awarded five-stars to Absence of Grace.

Absence of Grace is a riveting read of personal struggle, very much recommended reading.  Able Greenspan, Midwest Review July 2012

The writing is perfect. Absolutely smooth and divine. Like the best bar of chocolate in the world. Fran Macilvey, author of  Trapped

Love the way this book flowed back and forth like the tide bringing in new finds. Wonderful story of healing and forgiveness. Karen Daniel


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