After her brother, Patrick, dies in a tragic accident, Grace O'Brien finds that her life is spiralling out of control. Things come to a head when, after a night out, Grace wakes up the next morning besides Bernard O'Malley, the newewst member at the firm where Grace works. Matters are made worse because Grace is actually in a long-distance relationship with Shane. As Grace tries to forget about her one-night stand with Bernard, she finds herself more and more attracted to him. Grace also tries to forget about what happened in Spain, can she find the strength to move on?
As Grace deals with her guilt over her brother's death and her guilt over cheating on her boyfriend, Shane, I felt nothing but sympathy for her. It's clear that what happened to Patrick affected her deeply and it was as if she was just stuck in a rut. It didn't help that her mother quite clearly seems to blame her for what happened and her boyfriend, Shane, also avoids any mention of the incident. Jeremy Kyle would wholly recommend they see a counsellor, I'm sure! I could see that Grace wanted to talk about what happened but the people she wanted to talk about it with didn't want to reciprocate that. It means that when Grace and Bernard end up talking with each other I end up loving the interaction between them as they were both incredibly similar, both having lost someone close to them recently. Their interaction was so easy to read and there seemed to be no embarrassment after the incident right at the beginning of the book.
The writing in the book is truly fantastic. Ciara Geraghty definitely has her own unique style in the way she writes. The book, although it dealt with some serious issues, had warmth throughout and it regularly made me smile. Geraghty's writing style is quite quirky as Grace regularly makes numerous to-do lists and I thought that might hinder the book but it really didn't, it just made the book more unique. The book also features letters from Patrick which were sent to Grace and it really felt as if Patrick was a real, living character rather than someone who died a year earlier. We also flashback to that fateful holiday as Grace recalls conversations, and moments from that time. My only criticism of the book is that Grace, when talking to her sister Clare, references a conversation she and her mother had in Spain after the accident and we never actually learn what was said during that conversation. It seemed important when Grace mentioned it but obviously not important enough for Geraghty to tell us what was said during that conversation.
Saving Grace is an immensely enjoyable read and I'm sure I would have finished it sooner if I wasn't so busy this past week. I can absolutely see why everyone is raving about Geraghty and calling her the new Marian Keyes. I don't actually agree with that sentiment; not because Ciara Geraghty isn't as good as Marian but because Ciara has her own unique voice and doesn't really need to be compared to Marian Keyes. I look forward to Ciara Geraghty's next novel and hope it's just as fantastic as Saving Grace which I wholly recommend you read if you haven't already!
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Saving Grace Hardcover – Aug. 7 2008
- Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton (Aug. 7 2008)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0340976527
- ISBN-13 : 978-0340976524
- Item weight : 708 g
- Dimensions : 16.3 x 24.1 x 4 cm
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Saving GraceReviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on November 25, 2009
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Must not be MISSED!Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on October 15, 2012
I would recommend this book to everyone. Don't dismiss this book as 'chick-lit'. The characters have a Dickensian theatrical depth adapted to the 21st C. I felt an emotional connection to every character in the book. When I finished I felt bereft. Luckily there were Ms.Geraghty's other books to be feasted on. A great story-teller!
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An easy readReviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on November 4, 2013
I found this book a pleasant read, but it didn't grip me as much as Lifesavers for Beginners did. At first I was put off by the over use of metaphors and actually started to count how many on each page! I did warm to the characters though and enjoyed the story enough to read more by this author.
A funny story of loss and love. Get your tissues readyReviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on August 31, 2018
I've just read this book in a day. Really enjoyed it. I found Grace such a funny character. Loved the authors sense of humour. I cried lots at the end. Fantastic easy holiday read.
Funny and satisfyingReviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on February 6, 2013
If you're looking for a funny and satisfying read which isn't too taxing, this is the book for you. The heroine of the story was a well developed character whose exploits were plausible in a contemporary setting. Looking forward to trying more books from the same author.