This book gave me a much-needed smile the night before an important job interview. For most of that week I had been stressing about this ninety minute interview, which included a half-hour quick-fire round of technical questions, and so I had a facial expression similar to that of a bulldog chewing on a thistle.
Locked away in my hotel room with a twelve-hour job interview countdown I decided to put my studying away and….fall into the comforting arms of a good book!
This fabulous book, Amazing Grace, whisked me away to the beautiful fictional village of Little Ollington and let me live out the life of single mum, Grace. She’s picking up the pieces of her life after discovering her husband’s affair with his secretary and she’s still hurting from her mum’s death many years ago.
Let’s just say…I never went back to my interview notes once I dived into this adorable and captivating tale.
In that Brighton hotel room I went through a variety of emotions while reading Grace’s story; laughter, sadness, excitement, worry and hope. I worked my way through the free hotel biscuits and had to order room service as going down to the restaurant would have meant putting Amazing Grace down.
What I loved most about this book was that it was so realistic and relatable. Grace’s life is messy, chaotic, emotional, funny at times and full of self-doubt. While juggling the demands of motherhood and an ex-husband, Grace finds herself embarking on this wonderful journey of self-discovery. She also sets out to find someone to repair her heart.
You don’t need to look very far for real life examples of people doing what I now call a ‘Grace.’
Here’s the blurb:
Grace thought she had it all. Living in the beautiful village of Little Ollington, along with head teacher husband Mark and gorgeous son, Archie.
Until that fateful day when she walked in on Mark kissing his secretary – and her perfect life fell apart.
Grace’s life needs a shake up – fast. So when gorgeous gardener Vinnie turns up, she might just have found the answer to her prayers. But as Grace falls deeper for Vinnie, ten-year-old Archie fears that his mum finding love means she’ll never reconcile with the dad he loves.
So when ex-husband Mark begs her for another chance, Grace finds herself with an impossible dilemma. Should she take back Mark and reunite the family that Archie loves? Or risk it all for a new chance of happiness?
Here’s my review:
It was brilliant. Kim is a fantastic storyteller and she’s got a wicked sense of humour which comes through in the book. The laugh out loud dating scenes are a lot of fun. As well as wanting to go for a drink with the character, Grace, I also quite fancy meeting up with Kim, the author, too.
The crater-sized hole in Grace’s life that her mum’s death created is felt by the reader. I gave up counting the number of times I wanted to hug Grace but I thought it was really clever how the spirit of her mother acts as a guide on Grace’s journey of self-discovery. These little snippets of wisdom from her late mother made me love this book even more.
I thought the character of Mark, her ex-husband, was really well written. He annoyed me so much I was shouting from my hotel bed.
Vinnie, Grace’s new love interest, has to be one of the sweetest male characters I’ve read about. I won’t say anything but the ending made me cry out with joy…seconds before the interview door opened. LOL! I hurried into my job interview feeling elated.
One of the stars of the book is Grace’s young son, Archie. He’s so cute and lovable. His relationship with Grace is heartwarming.
I can’t believe this is a debut, it really is fantastic.
Kim – thank you – I got the job 😍
3 Things About This Author I Like:
- She’s a mum and she’s a dog mummy too like me.
- She’s blonde like me.
- She’s crazy about books…like me!
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