Manhattan Grace

Reviewed by:

Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long-time book discussion leader


Manhattan Grace


Clarice G. James


Elk Lake






394 pages


This is a charming story with a lot of scenarios going on at the same time yet all coming full circle and meeting in the end. Our main character, Manhattan Grace herself, is headed for an acting career, her lifetime goal, yet always being guided by her godly grandmother, Tempie. Her best friend is Ian and it seems everyone except Ian and Gracie know they are meant for each other. Throw in a Jewish mohel (circumciser, yes, that is his profession) who has a crush on Polina Zelenka, a Metropolitan Opera Star. Polina has a much more subdued, yet very nice and widowed cousin. She complicates Seymour’s life some. A mystery is going on at the same time, an international jewel thief to be exact. Now where does he fit in? All will be revealed in a delightful story filled with God’s truths as well.


Rating (1 to 5):


Suggested Audience:

Fans of Christian fiction

Christian Impact:

God has plans for each of us and His plans may not be our personal plans. Always ask His direction in every decision and endeavor.

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Manhattan Grace

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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