Haley Bradfield, a Grace College graduate and former writer for GraceConnect.us, has published her first novel. (She is also a member of Southview Grace Brethren Church in Ashland, Ohio, Mark Abel, pastor.) Final Truth was recently released by Redemption Press. Haley will be sharing about the story on Saturday during a book launch party at the Ashland, Ohio, Public Library. A portion of a story from yesterday’s Ashland Times-Gazette is included below. Click here to read the complete article.
Ashland High School grad Haley Bradfield releases first novel
How do you define your identity when your formative years have been shaped by a life on the run?
That’s what author Haley Bradfield’s main character has to discover in her first novel, “Final Truth.”
A 2009 Ashland High School grad and 2013 graduate of Grace College, Bradfield is excited to share her novel with the Ashland community.
Bradfield will be speaking at Ashland Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 4 for her book launch party. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. she will read a chapter from her book following a question and answer segment and opportunity to buy a copy of her book. Snacks will be provided.
Bradfield describes her book as an inspirational suspense novel for young adults.
“Think of it as a Jason Borne novel through the eyes of a teenager,” Bradfield said.
Set in Baghdad, Iraq, the story starts when 7-year-old Marta Highland wakes to find her mother dead and her father on the run. Falsely accused of selling U.S. contraband to Al-Quada, her father, a U.S. Marine, takes them on a journey across the world as they hide from both the U.S. and Iraqi governments.
The story is told through the perspective of 17-year-old Marta who retells the last 10 years of her life as she and her father go into hiding in Egypt, Greece, Italy, Senegal and Chile as they both search for the truth.
“A lot of themes in the book are her trying to discover her own identity because a lot of people grow up and their culture and their ethnicity is a huge part of their identity,” Bradfield said. “In Marta’s case it’s been taken away. She’s not able to identify herself with one specific culture because of where she grows up.”
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