College juniors Jessie, Isabel and Sara are linked in an unlikely friendship by visits to hidden places only they can see. Together on a trip to Hearst Castle in California an earth-shaking encounter with a stunning statue in the gardens binds them to the spirits of the Three Graces; Brilliance, Joy and Bloom.
Under the weight of school and family problems; Sara, Jessie and Isabel grow to be fast friends as they struggle with who they are and what will become of them. Until the fateful trip where they are gifted three magical pendants. Through these gifts the girls must find a way to unlock a centuries old curse and free the graces from their stone grave.
Will Brilliance, Joy and Bloom find freedom through the girls or will they forever be entombed in the statue of The Three Graces?
The Three Graces is a deep and beautiful story of discovery, of admitting to truths that have been buried, and of letting go of a past that hinders the present.
I want to start off by saying this is one of the best covers I have ever seen. It is beautiful and eye catching!
I really enjoyed this story. Each character is written so well that they form easily and become concrete in your mind. I love when that happens.
Michele Wolfe does a fantastic job with character description in this novel. We as the reader get right inside the minds and feelings of each person as we read from their perspective. I like alternating narrative’s. There are always different sides to every story and I enjoy getting to see each person’s unique experience.
The premise is interesting. Who hasn’t read about the myriad of Greek goddesses and handmaidens and wondered about them at length. The statue was a brilliant way to mix fact with fiction and cultivate an adoration for art in the reader.
I love that even though Isabel, Sara and Jesse are very different people they find companionship and deep love from each other. I am a firm believer that having relationships with people far different from yourself helps to grow and expand your understanding of the world. Their friendship is beautiful and I enjoyed watching it mature and deeper.
There are some heady topics in this novel. One being a woman coming out to the world and herself as gay. That is no easy task and it is made more difficult by the taboos society pushes on us. I think the author did a great job of taking the reader through these complex and difficult emotions. It felt very realistic.
The pacing is a bit slow in this novel but I think the character building in this novel makes up for that.
In conclusion, I enjoyed the novel. It was expertly written. It has a great ending and I felt completely satisfied after finishing it.
I give this novel 5 stars.
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The Technical Data:
Title: The Three Graces | Author(s): Michele Wolfe |
Publisher: The Three Graces / Publication Date: 6-6-2014 |Pages: 280 (Print) | ISBN: 978-1941668023 | Genre(s): Science Fiction |Language:English | Rating: 5 out of 5 | Date Read: 1-25-2016 |Source: Copy from Author