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  • By katherine frances schetz
    Apr 15, 2013
    How many people, either within their own family or those of others they know, have to regularly deal with family turmoil? Gra Im Thu is a lovely story from a new author, Joan Claire Gordon, about two families- the O'Gradys and the Gwynns-that provides insight into ways families can find accommodation though political viewpoints and religion are constant stumbling blocks. It has application to families in general, regardless of a families' diverse dynamics and gives hope that families can eventually come together.
  • By Guy Ridley
    Apr 15, 2013
    There's a lot to offer here - the historical settings, themes of tolerance and love, inter-family dynamics, and glimpses into both Irish and Mormon cultures. It's an easy read and the characters are clearly drawn and sympathetic. It took me to places and times I hadn't known much about. I think it would make a great mini-series!
    Mar 17, 2013
    This book is a charming history of the harmonious blending of two religions through marriage when the partners are of different faiths. In an addendum to the book, the author admits to being a great believer in “breeding harmony through societal tolerance.” Indeed, this is a story of just that! She tells a tale of two families whose heritage springs from Ireland They meet in Utah with two very different religious perspectives. The pleasure of this book is the author’s ability to tell a straightforward story with clarity and poignant observations. The two Irish families come from very diverse backgrounds—one a definite contender for the lifestyle of Downton Abbey aristocrats. But in spite of some serious religious and political issues the two families are able to put together an existence infused with kindness. The characters in this story are focused on moving ahead by getting things done and they do so using a social entrepreneurship that is a touchstone today but was definitely not... More > in the 1920’s when this story takes place. There is most certainly a very romantic storyline here but also one of hardline politics, religious uncertainties, childhood adoption, and the fear of leaving behind all that is familiar to try and build something new. It is a wonderful story that recommends itself particularly to young people who may themselves be struggling with conflicting points-of-view.< Less
  • By Sarah Heil
    Jan 28, 2013
    “Gra Im Thu! I Love You!” was a fun read! I really looked forward to jumping into bed and reading this sweet story every night! It is a story of a young couple who fall in love and overcome the disapproval of certain traditional and religious family members. Many of the characters are great role models! But, in particular, I really liked that Regina and Roderick kept on track with their personal goals, their goals as a couple, their separate and merged religious beliefs and with their love for each other. They both displayed good, positive self-esteem never doubting what they wanted. It’s nice to see heroes being so young. It is a good lesson for all of us, to just plain lighten up, and to try just a little harder to get along. I can’t wait for the next story! Great job with your first novel!
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Product Details

First Edition
November 25, 2012
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.78 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
4.25 wide x 6.88 tall
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