on Oct. 13, 2013 :
Grace blends facts and fiction in thought provoking first novel “Take Her and Run”
When opportunity presents itself, Ungelica takes a child whom she suspects is being abused by her father and runs away with her. “While I’m throwing things into bags, my mind is racing. The past haunting me, but dreams of a future keeping me on track,” she says.
Ungelica leaves her business, friends, home, and some of her pets behind as she travels covertly and quickly with a cat, dog, and a bird east across Canada to keep Dani as far away from her father as possible. Dani’s older sister Teri joins them along the way.
“Usually, driving makes me very sleepy. But then I don’t normally have the adrenaline rush of a kidnapping to stimulate me, either.”
She fondly remembers the times that Dani and her sister were her foster children. Ungelica relishes every moment of spending time again with these children that she clearly loves so much.
Ungelica is asked “So, your love for these girls is so great that you will risk jail time for them?”
“Well, yeah,” she answers.
They take in the sites of Canada throughout their journey and meet many people who support their plight. By the time they reach Charlottetown, Ungelica has met two allies, Michael and his mother Nicole and then unexpectedly a third- Maria, the girls’ birth
Aniela Grace’s first shot at novel writing is successful. It is a story of love and trust intertwined with suspense and adventure. As Ungelica tries to stay one step ahead of the police, she must contend with an unexpected pregnancy, a sudden death, a blossoming friendship, a move across Canada and others pressures.
Grace portrays Ungelica as a compassionate human being who follows her instincts and faith to do what she feels is right. The reader roots for Ungelica even though you know that what she has done is not completely legal and moral. The reader wishes along with Ungelica for a happy ending for everyone.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on Aug. 10, 2013 :
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this intense story of the courage of an adult care-giver who kidnapped a young autistic girl who had previously been in her care. This young girl had been returned to the custody of her abusive father, and the caregiver knew that only by removing her could the abuse stop, since the authorities had done nothing to help the girl previously. There are many challenges and adventures for the caregiver and her charge as they make their way across Canada to the East coast. Through prayer and the favor of God, these two ( accompanied by several animals and joined by several people along the way) find amazing solutions to a very difficult situation. I recommend this book as an excellent human interest and adventure story.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)