Monday, 8 January 2018

A Little Bit of Grace - by Phoebe Fox

My own copy
Original Cover

The blurb:

Family is everything—Grace McAdams’s mom must have said it to her a thousand times before she died. Before Grace’s dad ran off with an aspiring actress half his age. Before only-child Grace found out she was unable to have children of her own. Before Brian—her childhood best friend, business partner, and finally her husband—dropped a “bombshell” on her in the form of her stunning new replacement. 

Which means Grace now has…nothing.

Until a letter from a woman claiming to be a relative Grace never knew she had sends her on a journey—from the childhood home she had to move back into (three doors down from the happy couple) to a tropical paradise island to meet a total stranger who claims to be family. And Grace starts to uncover answers about the eccentric woman her family never mentioned: an octogenarian who writes a viral relationship-advice blog, a compulsive (and highly successful) matchmaker…and the keeper of an unimaginable family secret held for more than fifty years. 

A heartfelt, funny story about family and forgiveness, starting over when the happy ending ends, and handling it all with a little bit of grace.

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My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

I have wanted to read a book by this author for a while, but I have never gotten round to it. When I spotted this on NetGalley, I immediately grabbed the chance.

This story follows Grace, she works at an estate planning law firm, together with Brian, her ex hsuband/best friend. Things are not easy between them, especially when his new girlfriend comes to town, things get complicated. Throughout the book we learn about their past and the life they had together.

Grace then receives a letter from her a woman, claiming to be her relative. Or should I say her mother got the letter. Garce's mum is dead though. Out if the blue Grace decides to call that woman and it turns out, Millie is her great aunt. She takes a step more and flys to Florida and visits her. Millie is a very interesting woman, especially when you look at her job. Let's just say, she is kind of a dating and relationship expert. Garce discovers a lot about her family there and it also changes her way of thinking, especially about her mum. Her mum always said "family is everything", well is it?!

And then there is still Brian and her feelings for him. She also meets Jason in Florida, so there might be a chance for a change, a good change in her life.

Phoebe Fox did a marvellous job with Grace. The character has a lit of depth and is very well lined out. The book is very much about family and it's captured beautifully in the writing. I was hooked from the start. The descriptions are vivid and fresh and colourful. It's emitional too and I can say that I now am a big fan of Phoebe Fox, what a talented author.


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