For the Love of Grace Book Blurb:
Grace Backer had a life full of tragedy. But despite everything, she raised her son, Tom, with her secret intact. Tom is a prodigal child, destined to escape the slums of the East End of London for a better life; circumstances will make him flee his loving mother and their home much sooner than expected. Tom starts a new life in Odessa, Russia, and with the help of new-found friends starts a business. At last, he is finally accepted into a new and loving family, but one which holds its own dark secrets. A chance meeting with the son of a duke of the realm leads to close friendship and a new business partnership. When Tom decides to move his company to London and have his regal new friend run it, the firm thrives. However, not everything is as it seems, and Tom?s business soon conceals dangerous secrets of its own. Years later, when Tom finally decides to return to London, he is a wanted man, one hunted by the intelligence agencies. If he is finally to be reunited with his beloved mother and his best friend, he must fight to put the past behind him. But keeping secrets is never easy.
Today on TheTattooedBookGeek I’m privileged to be taking part in the For the Love of Grace by Andy Blackman Blog Tour, bringing you an extract from the book.
This is where Tom meets Alice for the first time, after he has decided to go and see Grace for the first time in years:
Tom stopped outside the bungalow, and felt more nervous that he had done in years; will she recognise me, he thought, will she want to speak to me? All these questions were buzzing around his head; should he knock or just go in and surprise her? No, don’t want to give her an heart attack, or a stroke with the shock of seeing him standing there. Just as he was deciding what to do for the best, he heard behind him, “If you are going to rob this old lady, you picked the wrong one.”
Turning, Tom saw he was staring down the front of a pistol, held by a very attractive young woman. Tom said, “You must be Alice Mitchell; Duke said you often pop by and see my mother.”
Alice was now confused, this man knew her name, but was speaking in riddles, so she lowered the gun and said, “And who the hell are you?”
Tom held his hands up, and said, “Tom, Tom Sharapova.”
Just then the door opened and Grace emerged to see what the fuss was about. Looking from Tom to Alice, Grace said, “Tom, you always did have a way with the girls. Come here and give your old mother a hug.”
So there you have it, what do you think to this interesting extract? Has the extract piqued your interest in the book?
About the Author:
After serving in the British Army for over twenty-five years in the Parachute Regiment, Andy Blackman today lives in Bedworth, Warwickshire and works within in the IT sector. In his spare time he can be found visiting his three daughters and grandchildren.
Well, that concludes my stop on the For the Love of Grace Blog Tour, I’m Drew (TheTattooedBookGeek) and I have been your host.