The Road Chosen By T.A. Bratcher
Author T.A. Bratcher introduces “The Road Chosen”:
The road a person has chosen can turn in mysterious and mournful ways. So how can one woman be sure that her path is promising? The Road Chosen is the deeply felt novel that shares the heartrending journey of Grace, a woman who must weather many painful twists of fate before she finally finds fulfillment. From her earliest days, Grace's road is marked by turmoil. A baby born to a drug addict in England, she was swept up in an orphanage with grim prospects and developmental issues. When an older couple, Charles and Elaine, adopt her, it seems she will get a fresh start after all. However, life presents even more challenges for Grace, who finds her new sense of normalcy upended with a move to the United States. Settling in New Hampshire, she soon endures bullying, the unraveling of her family, and her own destructive actions, which work to ravage her sense of self that she worked so hard to establish. When Grace ultimately reconnects with loved ones and takes an honest look at her own actions, she discovers that the road she has chosen might not be smooth, but it can be deeply meaningful.
I was quite startled by this book. It is not written in the same way as most books. It is written almost entirely in first person. This provides an intense intimacy rarely found anywhere. While the story might seem slow at times, hang in there because it is well worth the wait.
I grew to care deeply about Grace, she could have been a member of my family or a close friend. Some of the events in her life shook me to the core, my eyes teared up more than once, and anger coursed through my veins several times. I wanted to go all Hulk on Grace’s tormentors!
This is a book to relish slowly and savor for a long time after the last page!
I give The Road Chosen 4.9 of 5 Stars!
Good news, the sequel, “The Road Taken” is already available!
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