A Matter of Time

The Story of Grace

Fiction - Womens
236 Pages
Reviewed on 09/22/2018
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Reviewed by Amanda Rofe for Readers' Favorite

A Matter of Time: The Story of Grace by Claude L. Chafin is a novel based on actual events that happened to the author's family. The story revolves around the lives of his maternal grandparents, Taylor and Grace Hammond. It is divided into three parts and deals with the early years of each of the grandparents and their subsequent marriage. The Hammonds become involved in the infamous mine wars of southern West Virginia and Grace is forced into widowhood. She struggles to raise her children under the most difficult of circumstances and did what she had to do to survive. This involved breaking the law or starving. She chose the former and suffered immeasurably because of it. Extensively researched for more than four years, A Matter of Time also includes real life images of the family.

Claude L. Chafin writes a compelling novel which is all the more fascinating since it is based on true events that occurred within his own family. A Matter of Time is a realistic reconstruction of a series of tragedies that befell the author's grandparents during one of the darkest periods in American history. It is a slice of history that is both dramatic and exciting. Some people write about their family and, quite often, these books are only of interest to the family involved. This book is so very different. It is very well written, thoroughly absorbing, and is an absolutely gripping read. Having been written by the grandson of one of the main protagonists makes it even more special. This is a great book to pass down to future generations.

Tay Chafin

I did not know Grace Hammond but I knew her daughter, Eva Lou, very well. She was my mother-in-law. A kinder, more gentle person you would never meet. I can only imagine the strength it took for her to become the person she did based upon the life she had when she was younger. That is a great tribute to Grace. Thank you, Claude, for writing this book.

Lee Brewster Kuhn

Grace’s daughter Eva Lou was my Aunt and I loved her very much. I read this book in one day. Could not put it down. It told me a part of Aunt Micki’s (as we called her) life that I never knew and it broke my heart. My mom told me that Micki was a very kind soul but very fierce when it came to protecting her babies. After learning Grace’s story I see where she got it from. What a remarkable woman Grace was. I have always cherished my Aunt but this story makes her that much more special. Thank you Claude. This book really tugs at your heartstrings.