Ok, guys, I know you are all kind of stepping back in amazement here, this is most definitely not a crime book nor is it a psychological thriller. So what on earth am I reviewing a #RomCom #Chicklit read for? Well, I’ll let you into a little secret…many moons ago I used to mix up my genres a little and wasn’t adverse to a Marian Keyes or even a Catherine Cookson! While those days have long gone in favour of a darker read, I could not refuse the opportunity to offer my support to one of the kindest and most supportive people I know in the book world. Kim Nash, as many of you know, is Publicity Manager for Bookouture. She was one of the first people to offer me opportunity and support as a new blogger many years ago. So when she published her debut novel, I decided the time was right to step outside of my genre and offer back some of that support!
So before I share my thoughts on the book, here’s what the official blurb says:
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.
I was actually really anxious about writing a review for Amazing Grace as I wasn’t really sure what words to use for this genre, my usual dark and murderous language is clearly not appropriate, and didn’t want to do the book a disservice. So forgive me if I stumble and fall a little as I try to convey my feelings about Amazing Grace.
The book cover is indicative of what to expect, it’s bright, it’s eye-catching and shouts out a welcome to step inside. And boy did I step inside the life of Grace and those who inhabit her life. A much brighter life than I am used to in my reading, it provided a magical and engaging break from death. Grace had me snorting – with laughter and with tears. Her internet dating disasters had me howling; the letters from her mum had me weeping and the rest of her life had me a mixture of them both!
Grace’s story as a single mum really resonated with me, I could absolutely relate to the Saturday nights in my PJs with my dog for company! Her angst over finding a new love and re-entering the dating world, was both poignant and hilarious. We meet Grace’s ex, Mark and when he begs her for another chance my heart was screaming N0000000000000000! Choose Vinnie, please choose Vinnie…does Grace make the right choice, well you will just need to read it and see!
I stepped inside of Little Ollington with some beautiful descriptions it was easy to picture inside of my head, and,oh please can Grace come and sort out my house for me too! The Swish Shops – are these a thing? Really, I want this in my life! What a fab idea…am I rambling yet? Sorry folks, pick up the book and you will see what I mean.
Amazing Grace provided a cast of characters so real that by the end of the book I was beginning to think I was going to bump into them in Sainsbury’s! Exploring a mother’s love through the eyes of Grace and the letters from her own mum in heaven (yes I was blubbering at this point) it was heartwarming and totally realistic. Grace’s relationship with her son and her own feelings of guilt at thinking of her own happiness was completely relatable. Aw Archie, bless that boy, when he interrogated Vinnie I was howling! And Vinnie! Well what can I say, other than if I find him in real life, he’s mine guys, ok!
A brilliantly funny, refreshing, heartwarming and tear-jerking book, what a fabulous debut from Kim Nash!
Amazing Grace is available to purchase from:
About the author:
Kim Nash lives in Staffordshire with son Ollie and English Setter Roni, is PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture and is a book blogger at http://www.kimthebookworm.co.uk.
Kim won the Romantic Novelists Association’s Media Star of the Year in 2016, which she still can’t quite believe. She is now quite delighted to be a member of the RNA.
When she’s not working or writing, Kim can be found walking her dog, reading, standing on the sidelines of a football pitch cheering on Ollie and binge watching box sets on the TV. She’s also quite partial to a spa day and a gin and tonic (not at the same time!) Kim also runs a book club in Cannock, Staffs.
Amazing Grace is her debut novel with Hera Books and will be out on 10th April 2019