Today I am delighted to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for Amazing Grace. My review is written with thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the tour and for my copy of the book via Netgalley.
She’s taking her life back, one step at a time…
Grace thought she had it all. Living in the beautiful village of Little Ollington, along with head teacher husband Mark and gorgeous son, Archie, she devoted herself to being the perfect mum and the perfect wife, her little family giving her everything she ever wanted.
Until that fateful day when she walked in on Mark kissing his secretary – and her perfect life fell apart.
Now she’s a single mum to Archie, trying to find her way in life and keep things together for his sake. Saturday nights consist of a Chinese takeaway eaten in front of the TV clad in greying pyjamas, and she can’t remember the last time she had a kiss from anyone aside from her dog, Becks…
Grace’s life needs a shake up – fast. So when gorgeous gardener Vinnie turns up on her doorstep, his twinkling eyes suggesting that he might be interested in more than just her conifers, 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, telling her he’s changed from the man that broke her heart, 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?
A funny, feel good romance about finding your own path and changing your life for the better – readers of Cathy Bramley, Jill Mansell and Josie Silver will love this uplifting read.
After going through a difficult time recently, I really needed to read a book that was lighthearted and uplifting and would make me smile. Amazing Grace ticks all those boxes. I related to Grace so well, and I felt that some of the scenes, such as Grace’s dates and the scene in the slimming club could have been lifted from my own life! I laughed and cried with Grace and I really hoped she would make the right decision!
The rest of the characters in Amazing Grace are also incredibly well developed. I loved Vinnie’s kindness and his relationship with both Grace and Archie is delightful to read. He also has a poignant back story which adds extra layers to the novel. Archie is a wonderfully perceptive and caring son, and I am so glad he didn’t inherit his dad’s genes! I particularly loved his list of questions for Vinnie Mark is manipulative and arrogant and I was seething at the way he treated Grace.
As with many chick lit novels, Amazing Grace also has some serious messages for the reader. I loved watching Grace’s self-esteem grow as the novel progressed and the importance of being happy in yourself and your relationships is something that I really took away from this Grace is also grieving for her mother throughout this novel. It took me a while to get used to her mum’s voice in Grace’s head, but I loved the originality of this and the confidence Grace took from it.
.Amazing Grace is available from Amazon
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