Thomas George Ford learned early that life is not easy, especially for a young black man growing up in 1920s West Virginia. Forced to be known as “George” rather than “Thomas” to avoid being associated with his fugitive father, George struggles to find his identity and make his way in the world. Eventually, searching for work, he moves south to live with his uncle Eli. There he learns what it means to live by faith, to rely on family, and to forgive those who’ve wronged him.
Though lighter skinned than her siblings, Grace White has never thought to question the circumstances of her birth—until a tragic act of violence brings her face to face with both her past and her now uncertain future. Grace, too, makes her way south in hopes of finding peace for her troubled heart and rest for her weary body and soul. 

When the lives of these two intersect, both Grace and George experience unexpected blessings including survival through faith, strength through family and wisdom through forgiveness.  

About the author...

Dr. Day Gardner made history when, as Miss Delaware, she became the first black woman to be named a semifinalist in the renowned Miss America Pageant, breaking through numerous racial and stereotypical roadblocks.  

Presently, Dr. Gardner is the founder and president of the National Black Pro-Life Union on Capitol Hill.  A wife and mother, If Not for Grace is her first novel.

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"Gardner does not wrap life in a neat little bow. If Not for Grace has some complex themes and she handles them with elegance and well, grace... overall, If Not for Grace is a solid read and a great effort for a first time novelist." 
Courtenay Roberts, the Christian

"Author Day Gardner writes with imagination, skill and suspense.  If Not For grace flows...Ms. Gardner knows how to write dialogue!" 
 Donn Gurney, The Book Review
"An absolute must read!" 
 Dr. Alveda King
Niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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