Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Review: A Little Bit of Grace by Phoebe Fox

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

Family is everything--Grace Adams McHale'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 she receives a letter from a woman claiming to be a relative Grace never knew she had, sending her on a journey from the childhood home she had to move back into, to a Florida island to meet a total stranger who embraces her as family. There, Grace starts to uncover answers about the eccentric woman her family never mentioned: an octogenarian who is the keeper of a secret held for more than fifty years.

My Review:  

A delightful read with characters you will wish were your own family.

Predictable Grace McAdams’ world stopped the day Brian, her best friend/business partner/ex-husband, showed up at her house with his former college girlfriend saying she was moving in with him and dropping the bomb about her being pregnant.  Grace was still in love with Brian and did not take the news well.  Let’s just say Grace lost it.  Brian saw a side of her that he had never seen. 

Grace’s life gets a pick up when she finds out she has a great aunt who lives in Cypress Key, Florida, and she goes to meet her.  Grace is hoping the much needed vacation and a change of scenery will help her get her life back on track.  Grace also wanted to find out why her family kept Millie a secret.  When Grave finds out the truth, it only brings the two women even closer.  Spending time with Millie teaches Grace to live life to its fullest and to be a strong positive woman.  But when Grace meets Jason and gets to know him, he just might be the one who changes Grace’s world for good.

I was not ready for this book to end.  The characters really grew on me and I was always anxious to see what Grace and Millie would end up doing next.  Some of my favorite scenes were the wedding, shopping and makeover session.  The entire book was easy to read and visualize each scene.  I think we can all use an Aunt Millie in our lives to help us learn to live again.

Author Bio:

Author Phoebe Fox has been a contributor and regular columnist for a number of national, regional, and local publications, including the Huffington Post, Elite Daily, and She Knows. A former actor on stage and screen, Phoebe has been suspended from wires as a mall fairy; was accidentally concussed by a blank gun; and hosted a short-lived game show. She has been a relationship columnist; a movie, theater, and book reviewer; and a radio personality, and is a close observer of relationships in the wild. She currently lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two excellent dogs.

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