Jane Green is one of my all time favourite authors. She's my Queen of Chick-Lit (or whatever you want to call it...). She is the author who made me want to write. So, I was very excited when I got the chance to review her new novel, Saving Grace (Thanks, Netgalley!).
SAVING GRACE IS OUT TODAY!
What They Say:
Grace Chapman has an enviable set-up, living comfortably with her husband, bestselling author Ted, in a picture-perfect farmhouse on the Hudson River in New York state.
Then Ted advertises for a new assistant, and Beth walks into their lives. Organized, passionate and eager to learn, Beth quickly makes herself indispensable to Ted and his family. But Grace soon begins to feel sidelined in her home - and her marriage - by this ambitious younger woman.
Is Grace just paranoid, as her husband tells her, or is there more to Beth than there first appears?
What I Say:
Saving Grace is so different to Jane's other books. It's darker. Kind of like Girl Friday, in that it's got more of a gritty feel to it. It explores heavy subjects and some tricky issues. And I like it!
Don't get me wrong, this is still identifiable as a Jane Green book. It's just a bit more grown up and a bit edgier than normal. It's fantastically well paced, brilliantly written, sexy, funny, sad and sweet. I was captivated from the fist chapter and didn't want to put it down. Grace is a brilliant character, so strong but also full of self-doubt, at times. This makes her incredibly easy to identify with.
When Graces' world falls apart, she crumbles like any woman would do. She loses herself and it takes an old friend to help her find what she lost. The characters in this book are just amazing. I'd love to find myself in Lydia's kitchen one day. Ted is a bit of an ass. Sorry, but he is. Stupid man, taking in by a young, blonde girl who is so impressed by his talents... I wanted to shake him and tell him to get a grip.
Plot twists, great characters, gripping and hopeful. Jane Green at her finest! 9.5/10
I received an e-copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.