Evidence of Grace

Candace Armstrong literarymatters@yahoo.com 5832879308954



Candace Armstrong

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Charlie Jericho rescues an infant from a blazing train wreck, and his wife, Mae, convinces him to keep the child as their own. The child's true aunt believes the child, named Grace, is still alive. White-collar crime, kidnapping, blackmail, arson & even murder weave through the action.



Short Summary

Charlie witnesses a horrific train crash and innocently rescues a baby, His wife convinces him to keep the child, thus beginning their journey of deceit which leads to discoveries of crimes long hidden in their small town.


Tillman, a small town in Tennessee

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements


Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Charlie Jericho

Age: early 30's

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Desperate,Empathetic,Engaging,Heroic,Strong Moral Code,Uneducated,Modest

Additional Character Details

Name: Sylvia Boggs

Age: early 30's

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Educated,Sophisticated

Additional Character Details

Name: Brian Boggs

Age: mid 30's

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Criminal,Power Hungry

Additional Character Details

Name: Grace Richards AKA Amy Jericho

Age: infant through college graduation day

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Charming,Confident,Empathetic,Naive

About The Author

Candace Armstrong writes in the beautiful woodlands of the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois. The poetry she writes sometimes becomes fiction as in this flowingly written first novel. The strong plot is engaging and heart-breaking all at once enticing the reader to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next. For other examples of both her poetry and prose, visit candacearmstrongwriter.com.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Female Leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Book Baby

Year Published: 2021

Hard Copy Available



978-1-09833-595-3 paperback 978-1-09833-596-0




A train wreck draws the attention of Charlie who finds a baby girl crying in the bushes. Charlie and his wife, Mae, raise Amy as their own until the girl's biological aunt, Sylvia, recognizes her and begins to investigate. When Amy is kidnapped, the truth comes out about who Amy is and her true parentage. Charlie and Amy are tried for felonies, her aunt learns that her husband, Brian, is actually the father with Amy torn between two families.

Overall Rating


Point of View


Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: FAIR

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

It is accurate.

Draw of Story

The story begins with the accident and Charlie finding a baby in the woods. He sees the authorities but takes the baby home and waits for his wife. She is convinced that the baby is a gift from God and implores her husband to keep the baby even though there is evidence that someone is looking for her. It sets up the intrigue that this couple has clearly done something wrong, but there is sympathy for the couple that has longed for a child but never got one.

Possible Drawbacks

The story doesn’t really consider Amy’s perspective considering the circumstances that affect her the most. There were a few storylines that didn’t enrich the story like Marsh or Jimmy and Nora. They were not essential to the story or give a greater understanding of the characters. The ending is lacking in closure. Amy is shown being found by Sylvia and then she is a teenager graduating from college. There are implications that the adults in her life came together to raise her but nothing is explained.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that Charlie and Mae have raised Amy as their own, knowing her family was looking for her. When Amy is kidnapped, the fight over her exposes the many people entangled in the secret of her life. I would watch the movie for the unraveling of the mystery surrounding Amy’s kidnapping and her connection to her biological family.

Fanbase Potential

This story would have a decent sized fanbase. It is unique enough to draw audience attention but it definitely is predictable. Many of the plot twists and characters’ choices are unoriginal.

Awards Potential

This does not have awards potential. The story is well written but not very original.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

The story is original because of the circumstances on how Amy comes to be taken and raised by strangers. The details of all the characters entwined into the story also sets it apart from other stories.

Lead Characters

This story has an ensemble cast of characters, each having individual attributes. The character that could be developed further is Amy. She is the child that all of the story revolves around but the audience doesn’t learn how she is, emotionally. It would create higher stakes for the most vulnerable person in the story.

Uniqueness of Story

This is not a rare gem, it is a solid story that is predictable and has an uplifting ending. It is not original but would be entertaining to audiences. It would be improved with more focus on Amy and her emotions which creates more perspective on the other characters actions and how they affect her.

Possible Formats

Film: Studio, Indie, Streaming TV Series: Cable, Limited Run / Mini-Series, Streaming

Analyst Recommendation



This is a consider because there isn’t anything overly unique about the story. It has some good twists and reveals. The audience will sympathize with many of the characters. More of a connection could be made between the audience and Amy. There is a long stretch of time where she is not seen. The ending needs to be developed more. It leaves some questions as to what happened with Amy and who ends up raising her. The epilogue does little to tie up loose ends.