Also the owner of: http://silversolara.blogspot.com I enjoy reading historical fiction and mystery. I live in Pennsylvania and am a retired business teacher.
Gracianna is a beautiful person and a beautiful story. I guess we can't really call it a story, though, because it is the life of a determined, strong, hardworking, and well-loved woman. The tribute her grandson gave to her in this book is wonderful.
Gracianna is an impressive woman and a woman who wanted to make something of herself and be proud of it for herself and her family. Halfway was not good enough or Gracianna. She had to do everything over and above. I felt her knowingly doing everything correct so she could fulfill her dream of making it to America.
You will fall in love with Gracianna by the end of the first five pages. You will also wonder what drove her besides her heritage. If the story doesn't grab you, and I don't see how it won't, the cover definitely will have you intrigued. The cover is what caught my eye to begin with.
Mr. Amador tells the story of his great grandmother very lovingly and with so much pride. His pride oozes through his descriptions of her life and all the situations she endured. I was fascinated at Gracianna's determination in good times and bad. The bad of course being her living in Paris during the Nazi occupation. The Paris she grew to love and fight for through the horrors of the Nazi occupation. There are some tense moments throughout the book, but that is expected for this time period in history. You will definitely fear for Gracianna as she is helping the French resistance.
Everyone should read GRACIANNA for the pure beauty of how her story is told and how her life shows that anything is possible no matter how awful circumstances are. The most wonderful part of GRACIANNA is that Trini sends out his love that fills the pages and gives the reader a cozy feeling.
I thoroughly recommend GRACIANNA for the historical aspect as well as the wonderful descriptions and lessons taught. Gracianna was a bit harsh on herself, but we all have a personality that was shaped in our childhood and Gracianna took her shaping to the highest point and made herself happy doing it.
You will want to read GRACIANNA so you can feel the power and the beauty of her story as well as feel her strength and determination. 5/5
This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the author in return for an honest review.