#BlogTour #Review ~ For The Love Of Grace by Andy Blackman


My turn to welcome Andy to the blog today .. I love the cover of this book, it was one of the first things that attracted me to it.andy-blackman-cover

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.

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Clink Street Publishing (27 Sept. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1911110535
  • ISBN-13: 978-1911110538



About Andy Blackman
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.



My Review

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book it’s tagged mystery/thriller but it’s a lot more than that. This is a story of love, loyalty, tragedy, secrets and underworld nastiness.

As soon as I ‘met’ Grace I was drawn to her, she lived a simple life in the east end of London during the 2nd war, she married her childhood sweetheart, found herself pregnant but loss would soon befall her.

She and her friend Julie were nursing, complete chalk and  cheese .. Julie eventually has a baby but circumstances mean she leaves him with Grace. 

Grace did her utmost to nurture and love Tom and he grew into a remarkable young man who adored his mother as much as she did him. Yet again trouble was at their door, Tom is accused of murder. As only a loving mother could do she called in a favour from a previous patient who she had tended with care, he agreed to keep Tom safe. This involved leaving the country .. an ordeal for mother and son.

Tom boards a ship to Russia with Ivor Sharapova, on this journey his life will change forever. 

Tom Sharapova as he becomes soon makes a successful life for himself, he is surrounded by friends, marries and has a baby but once again his luck runs out. Struggling with the secrets his ‘family’ hold forces him to seek revenge and go on a rampage before his life comes full circle .. but at what cost?

I really enjoyed getting immersed in this, the relationships are tangible, love and loyalty ring true but I did have a slight problem believing in Tom during the middle of the book. While he had a mission to complete it seemed to be on a loop. I don’t want to give any spoilers. It almost became too simple for him and he displays no guilt. 

There were moments that made me tear up, and even though Tom is like the terminator he still has a strong belief and love for his mother. Can he return to England, will she know him .. and why does MI5 want him. Some tense periods and many secrets.

This a great debut thriller and I look forward to another book from him hopefully. Thanks to the author and Clink Street Publishing/Authoright for my copy. stars-4-0._V192197091_

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