This I Know by Eldonna Edwards
YA, Historical Fiction
Kensington Books| April 24th, 2018
Eleven-year-old Grace Carter has a talent for hiding things. She’s had plenty of practice, burying thoughts and feelings that might anger her strict Evangelical pastor father, and concealing the deep intuition she carries inside. The Knowing, as Grace calls it, offers glimpses of people’s pasts and futures. It enables her to see into the depth of her mother’s sadness, and even allows Grace to talk to Isaac, her twin brother who died at birth. To her wise, loving Aunt Pearl, the Knowing is a family gift; to her daddy, it’s close to witchcraft.
Grace can’t see into someone’s thoughts without their permission. But it doesn’t take her special talent to know that her small community is harboring its share of secrets. A young girl has gone missing. Within Grace’s own family too, the cracks are widening, as her sisters, Hope, Joy, and Chastity enjoy the normal life that eludes Grace. It’s Grace’s kinship with other outsiders that keeps her afloat–Lyle, a gentle, homeless man, and Lola, a free-spirited new girl at school. But when her mother lapses into a deep depression after bringing home a new baby, Grace will face a life-changing choice–ignore her gift and become the obedient daughter her father demands, or find the courage to make herself heard, even if it means standing apart.
Grace has always been able to talk to her twin brother Isaac, even while they were both in the womb. When Grace makes it through the birth and Isaac doesn’t, she is surprised that she can still communicate with him years later. Grace’s daddy is a preacher at the church across the street and thinks that Grace’s “gift” is not something she should be proud of. As Grace gets older throughout the book, Isaac and her friend Lola help her to realize that her gift is special and she should use it.
I almost didn’t finish this book. I started reading it and I was like, “Hmm, this is interesting,” (good interesting) then as I got a little further into the book, I found myself questioning whether or not I was going to keep reading it. Don’t get me wrong, this was a good story, I just wasn’t really into the Dad’s strict forced religion. As I kept reading though, I realized that it plays a big part in the story considering he thinks Grace’s gift is straight from the devil himself. Pressing on, I found that I really did enjoy reading this.
The book starts with Grace and Isaac in the womb so I was a little confused at first as to what was going on. I mean I kind of had an idea, but I had never read a book that started off like that before. Once you keep reading it totally makes sense. I liked the way this book was written. It was easy to understand and the characters were great. You can see how each of the characters change due to the events going on throughout the story. Most of the main characters are definitely relatable, but I can’t get into that without spoilers so… you should go read it for yourself.
Thank you NetGalley and Kensington Books for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.