FOR THE LOVE OF GRACE by Andy Blackman #Blog Tour #Extract @AuthorightUKPR #Author Andy Blackman #Blogival

Firstly I wish to thank Rachel Gilbey of Authoright for inviting me to be part of the Blogival Second Anniversary Celebrations. I have the pleasure of featuring an extract from Andy Blackmans FOR THE LOVE OF GRACE

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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.


Grace wakes up in hospital after being pulled from the rubble of the air raid, and the realisation she had lost her baby, although she feels devastated by her lost she stills feels the loss of her mother-in-law, as well, as she knows her Tom was so close to his mother, and would feel bitter pain over her loss.   she feels guilty about the lost, of her baby that she was unable to protect from harm, she hoped Tom would forgive her and that their joint loss would not come between them and drive them apart.

When Grace awoke she was in a well-lit room, Grace tried to speak but no words would come, as Grace tried to sit, a strong hand pushed her back down, it was a few seconds before she focused on a familiar face, that of her Ward Matron, Grace then realised she was in her own hospital.
The Matron took a cup of water and slowly allowed Grace to drink her fill, once Grace laid back down she felt better, and then Grace, realised she could not feel anything from the chest down.
Grace felt tears weld into her eyes as she understood the baby was gone, this pain bit deep into her heart, and finally Grace sobbed openly for her loss.
The Matron left for a few minutes and was followed back in by a tall Doctor in a white coat who Grace recognised, at least Grace was going to be told bad news by someone she knew.
The Doctor sat on Graces bed and took her hand, he started by telling Grace how extremely lucky to be alive she was.  Grace smiled she did not feel lucky, the Doctor said “although you don’t believe it now in time you will do Grace”.  The Doctor then went on to explain, that there had been a direct hit on the opposite house and the adjoining garden this had caused a gas explosion which ripped the house opposite to bits and the Anderson Shelter she was in to lift and flip and Grace had landed upside down with a pile of dirt and rubble on top of her.
The doctor said “I am sorry we could not save the baby”.  Grace had gone into premature labour but the size of the baby and shock was too much for the baby.  Grace asked what the baby was, and the Doctor said” it had been a girl”, just as Grace had predicted.  Grace had also sustained a broken leg and a broken ankle, the ankle was still a concern said the Doctor.
The doctor also told Grace about her mother in law she apparently was in the house opposite visiting, so when the siren went off they decided to go under the stairs but the whole house had been take out by the direct hit and subsequence gas explosion.
The Doctor said, the miracle was her own house was un-touched apart from a few broken window pains and a hole where the garden used to be, as most of the explosion was focused the other way, the house had got off pretty light all things considering.   The Doctor patted Grace’s hand and said “I am very sorry for your double loss”, “we will leave you to it, and pop back later to see how you are getting on”, then the doctor and Matron left


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.





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