Book Review: Seasoned with Grace

I first discovered author Nigeria Lockley during a blog tour for her debut novel Born at Dawn. God was all in that thang, because she’s since gone on to become one of my top cyber buddies. So it is with great pleasure that I share with you Nigeria’s sophomore effort: Seasoned with Grace!


Seasoned with GraceTitle: Seasoned with Grace

Author: Nigeria Lockley

Genres: Christian Fiction, Urban Fiction, Inspirational Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Description: Sentenced to probation, thirty-year-old, supermodel Grace King must put her plans of transitioning into acting to extend the longevity of her career on hold. Desperate to keep a close eye on Grace and his job Grace’s ambitious lawyer, Ethan Summerville has her complete community service in the last place Grace wants to be. His church.

Instead of God, Grace finds a “chocolate drop” of a man–Brother Horace Brown. However, Horace isn’t looking for a supermodel. He wants his woman saved and sanctified, but Grace has never met a man who has been able to resist her. Will Horace compromise his faith for a taste of fortune, fame, and Grace?While Grace focuses on the pursuit of passion Ethan finds one director willing to take a risk and cast Grace in his debut film, but this role fits Grace all too well. Will this film revive Grace’s relationship with God and her career or bring her closer to destruction?

My Review: Grace is one of those characters that you love to hate. At least in the beginning. She’s vain, selfish, abrasive and a real piece of work. Grace is the type of woman you wouldn’t want to leave your man around. But once you find out why she’s the way she is, you find yourself rooting for her to come out on top, despite her obnoxious attitude.

Like the main character’s name and the title of the book, grace is a paramount theme in this novel. Grace is surrounded by supportive characters that show her exactly what her name means, whether it be through tough love, protecting her reputation (what she has left of it) or standing with her once her full story comes to light. All of the characters are flawed in some way, which in my opinion makes them more believable. I’m a sucker to Christian Fiction that dares to tell the ugly truth, and Seasoned with Grace does not disappoint!

Pre-order Seasoned with Grace here! It officially drops July 28th.

What’s the name of the last book you read with a character that rubbed you the wrong way? Did you eventually grow to care/understand him or her? Do you think books always have to have main characters that readers can relate to?

***I was provided an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review, which I freely give.***

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10 thoughts on “Book Review: Seasoned with Grace

  1. I’m currently reading, A Lover’s Vow by Brenda Jackson and Dalton the youngest Granger brother is getting on my nerves. He’s the youngest Granger and a spoiled arrogant brat. Hopefully by the end of the book he’ll grow out of it. I don’t find it necessary for me to relate to the characters. That’s one of the joys of reading–experiencing feelings and emotions or circumstances that I have never felt before or been placed in.
    On another note, thank you for reviewing Seasoned with Grace.

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    • I’ll have to check out A Lover’s Vow. Like you, I don’t have to necessarily relate to the characters in a book to enjoy it and be entertained. In fact, that’s sometimes part of the draw for me. When I read She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb, the MC was a truly terrible person. I mean, she did and said some things that blew my mind. But, she’s one character that really came across as beautifully flawed.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I LOVE that book: She’s Come Undone. And I agree, she is flawed but as you begin to understand her…you end up rooting for her.

    I’m also reading Ruby by Cynthia Bond…wheh it is heavy, tragic, and a bit steamier than I’m used to. (It is also super scary, and I can’t read it at night) But as you read her story, you realize her entire life has been one tragedy after another and I began to wonder: how many women have been through similar situations and end up being judged whether than loved?

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us on Seasoned with Grace!

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    • She’s Come Undone is one of my faves! Ruby sounds like a page turner. I’m a little afraid to add it to my TBR list because I’m a total scaredy-cat when it comes stuff like that.

      You are so right about women, (and men too!) who have been put through it and wear their pain like armor. Love is the only thing that can penetrate it, and Nigeria does a great job of illustrating that with her character Grace.

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      • I loved Lucy. She was in an awkward situation. I need to reread it with adult eyes. I read it when I was in high school. I’ll get back to you on that.

        Faith, she definitely is a beautiful mess.

        Quanie, I hope you’ll give her a try.

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  3. One book where a character rubbed me the wrong way was Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid. Have you read it? Lucy is a complicated character, not always likable, but interesting. Thinking back, I don’t think I ever grew to like her as the story progressed. Maybe I need to go back and reread it and see if I get a different perspective since it’s been almost ten years since I read it. I think I’ll do that. Okay, enough of me thinking out loud, lol. Great review of Nigeria’s book. Grace sounds like quite the character, that’s for sure.

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    • I haven’t read Lucy, but I’m going to add it to my TBR. I love a good throwback book! Isn’t it funny how books read differently as we grow and mature?

      Grace was a beautiful mess, but she does evolve over time with love!

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