Grace Willow is on the brink of suicide. She is widowed, raising a young son, struggling with mental illness and a prescription drug addiction. Her desperate world is turned upside down after an encounter with a mysterious stranger claiming to be a family member, who also happens to be dead, gives her a gift that changes her forever. Grace discovers the family secret that leads her into a world she cannot possibly imagine where her greatest nightmares become reality. A world where terrifying and deadly creatures are real. When her hometown, the picturesque southern town of Chattanooga, Tennessee is threatened to be taken over by vampires, Grace unwittingly discovers she the only person in the world who can fight them. She grapples with her mental illness and how to keep safe the new family that has come into her life who knows her secret. A secret that dates back a thousand years. She must fight to survive while secretly wishing she was dead. Her problems become much larger than her mental illness. In her frantic battle to save others she must find the hero inside herself.
“Surprises layered in intrigue and suspense!”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Belinda Simmons
Depression, addiction, coping with life as a single parent. Each of these topics are hard to tackle individually. Becky Bookout Byrns takes each and weaves them into an intriguing tale of good and evil.
The main character, Grace Willow, has many obstacles. Can she overcome any of them? Seriously, what good could Grace do?
As the story unfolds, Grace’s support comes from some very unlikely sources. Interesting conversations, casual meetings, and the death of a distant relative lead her down an unforeseen road. But are the conversations with the mysterious man that “knew her parents before he died” real or conjured by her depressed pill fueled mind. What does the gentlemen that owns the antique store really know or want? How does her cousin dying and a mysterious gift affect her world? What is this gift you ask? The unveiling is too well scripted to reveal here. Grace’s realization of the actual details of her world and what she could lose is a page turning, can’t put it down adventure.
My reaction to the subtlety unexpected details was, “Wait, What!” and “Wow! That was awesome and unexpected”. All the surprises added to the suspense and layers of the story.
I can see Grace Rising being made into a movie. I am unsure when the next installment of Grace’s adventures will be released, but I will be one the first to purchase.
I originally wanted to read Grace Rising because the author, Becky Bookout Byrns, is a cousin of a childhood friend, Johnnie Kazy. I was also intrigued by the concept of a book taking place in my hometown, Chattanooga, Tennessee. As each area of town is described, I feel drawn back to a city I have not visited in years.
Thank you for bringing the beauty and mystery of Chattanooga to the pages of Grace Rising! Great job, Becky Bookout Byrns!
About the Author
Becky Bookout Byrns was born in the beautiful southern town of Chattanooga, Tennessee. She wrote her first 30 page novella at the tender age of eight. She is a yoga instructor, wellness coach, Reiki master and a mom. After a lifelong struggle with anxiety and depression she founded the Yoga for Mental Health Initiative non-profit with the goal of spreading the benefits of yoga and meditation for management of mental health. She loves all things paranormal and supernatural, as well as creating strong but flawed female protagonists. She is currently writing the second novel in the “Grace” series, following the success of her first novel “Grace Rising”.