*I received a free copy of this book, with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: Angela keeps a roof over her head, albeit a leaking one, by writing romance novels. But, Angela’s never really believed in the traditional happily ever after ending. So, she begins writing the story of Grace, who has recently been diagnosed with cancer shortly after finding out her husband Rick is having an affair. Again.
As she writes the story to dispel the myth of happily ever after, Angela begins a relationship with Mark, the contractor who comes to fix her leaking roof, and ironically, it looks like she may be on the way to her own happy ending. But Angela’s had a difficult past and has a cynical outlook, while Mark’s life has just gotten messy. Angela wonders if this is all going to work out.
Grace lies in bed at night, wondering if what Rick wants to give her, and what he is capable of giving her, are two different things. She asks Rick to move out temporarily, while they try to assess their marriage. She wonders how she can get such comfort and security from a man who cheated on her.
Full of Grace is the story of author Angela writing about a woman called Grace who is looking for happiness amidst a weight of troubles. Or maybe it is the story of cancer-stricken Grace, written by Angela who is looking for happiness amidst troubles of her own.
To be honest, with the stories weaving in and out of each other, with parallel incidents and emotions, and similar voices for both characters, I frequently forgot who was writing who and just got swept up in rooting for both women to pull through their struggles and come out the other side stronger and happier for it.
Both stories feature some romance: Angela with a new man in her life, and Grace trying to rekindle a faltering marriage. What the author clearly shows is that whilst these relationships are important to the women, they are not the sole focus and in order to find their way in life, each woman has to find the right balance for her: friendships, work, charity, health, and love, but all balanced in the correct proportions.
The storylines deal with some difficult and emotive subjects, especially around Grace’s cancer diagnosis, but these issues are explored with kindness and sensitivity, and despite the suffering we see on the page, the reader is left with an overwhelming impression of love, hope and warmth.
Recommended for those who enjoy a story that explores family life, with strong female characters, some heartbreak, but plenty of love.
This time her protagonist would not have emerald eyes and a long mane of golden hair. Her name would not be Augusta, and she would have cancer. And sometimes life was not going to be kind to her. She would fight overwhelming fear, worried it would gush out of her like an overflowing cup of boiled water poured from a kettle. Her name would be Grace and her story would be one of truth.
– Elizabeth Crocket, Full of Grace
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