Abandoned on the steps of a Belgian convent as a baby, thirteen-year-old Grace has grown up among the nuns. But her days as a caretaker and companion for her older sister, Dotty, have come to a sad end with Dotty’s death, and now Grace is living among the girls who attend the convent’s boarding school—the very same girls who taunted and bullied her sister for having Down syndrome.
Grace desperately wants to know who left her at the convent; she wants a family and to not feel alone in the world. When Grace finds a three-decades-old diary from the 1940s in the convent library, her interest in the history of the convent is also piqued. Terrible things happened in the little village of Tildonk, Belgium, when the Nazis arrived, and terrible things happened to the mysterious girl who wrote the diary. Unravelling the mystery of the diary ultimately means unravelling the secrets of Grace’s life, which are more complicated than she ever imagined.
Based on the author’s own experiences at this very convent school, Finding Grace, Ann Connor Brimer Finalist in 2019, is an emotional look into the lives of girls in the strict world of convents, both in the 1940s and the 1970s, from the author of Silver Birch-shortlisted Jacob’s Landing.
Daphne Greer graduated from Mount St Vincent University with a Bachelor of Child Study. She has worked with individuals with special needs for many years and often draws on her experiences for characters in her stories. Prior to having children, Daphne volunteered on the Adult Help Phone in Halifax which provided her with the ability to use the Kids Help Phone in Maxed Out; a 2013 nominee for best quick read by the American Library Association. She loves spreading the word about this amazing service that they provide for kids in Canada. Jacob’s Landing was a finalist for the Silver Birch and Hackmatack awards 2016-2017 and appeared in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best books for kids and teens in 2015. Camped Out (Hacmatack winner 2019), a sequel to Maxed Out is a Hackmatack finalist for 2018 – 2019 and received a starred review in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best books for kids and teens 2018. Finding Grace was published in the fall of 2018. Daphne enjoys doing school visits with the WITS program and lives in Newport Landing with her family. She has four daughters and a loving husband.
Visit her at daphnegreer.com