SAVING GRACE by Jane GreenSaving Grace by Jane Green
Published by St. Martin's Press on December 30th 2014
Pages: 352
Genres: Contemporary Women, Fiction, Women's Fiction
Also by this author: Summer Secrets
ARC provided by Reading Group Gold


Grace and Ted Chapman are widely regarded as the perfect literary power couple. Ted is a successful novelist and Grace, his wife of twenty years, is beautiful, stylish, carefree, and a wonderful homemaker. But what no one sees, what is churning under the surface, is Ted’s rages. His mood swings. And the precarious house of cards that their lifestyle is built upon. When Ted’s longtime assistant and mainstay leaves, the house of cards begins to crumble and Grace, with dark secrets in her past, is most vulnerable. She finds herself in need of help but with no one to turn to…until the perfect new assistant shows up out of the blue.  To the rescue comes Beth, a competent young woman who can handle Ted and has the calm efficiency to weather the storms that threaten to engulf the Chapman household. Soon, though, it’s clear to Grace that Beth might be too good to be true. This new interloper might be the biggest threat of all, one that could cost Grace her marriage, her reputation, and even her sanity.  With everything at stake and no one to confide in, Grace must find a way to save herself before it is too late.Powerful and riveting, Jane Green's Saving Grace will have you on the edge of your seat as you follow Grace on her harrowing journey to rock bottom and back.

Reading time 2 mins

What a great tale. I completely forgot my life while I consumed this story. For two days, I wanted nothing more than to find out more about Grace and Ted. This isn’t a romance. Grace and Ted are a power couple who aren’t really living the fantasy that everyone thinks. Saving Grace was the story of Grace losing everything and then coming to find she is stronger than she thinks.

Ted is a famous fiction author whose moods have kept Grace like a captive. She is on egg shells one moment, swooning as his muse the next. The public only sees the perfect act they put on. Grace is a professional cook who does charity work at Harmont House, a shelter for abused families and those recovering from addiction. Ted’s assistant of the last fifteen years is leaving them. With Ellen leaving Grace finds Beth at the perfect time to fill the void and handle all the details. Unfortunately, Beth isn’t everything she seems. Grace may be the only one who sees it and it may be too late.

The book was flawlessly written in third person. I loved how much depth was written into the characters. Grace especially was someone who seemed absolutely real and completely relatable. Despite her wealth and the ease at which she throws a meal together, she is down to earth. She second guesses herself. She does charity to remember where she came from. She takes no pride in her station of life. Only that she is able to give back. Ted is charming and volatile. Everything a recluse with a ton of talent could become. In Grace we see that it is really amazing what you can get used to and call normal.

In Grace I see a mature woman who is afraid to turn into her mother. Her friends are adorable and I am almost jealous of people so willing to vouch for her character. Grace is someone worth saving, and worthy of love. We see in this tale that being good does not prevent bad things from happening to you. This story was fast paced, and very hard to put down. I really enjoyed this read and highly recommend it.

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About Jane Green

Jane Green’s seventeenth novel, Summer Secrets, will be released in the US on June 23rd and on July 2nd in the UK. She is the author of sixteen previous New York Times Bestselling novels, including The Beach House, Jemima J, and most recently Saving Grace which is due out in paperback in early June.

A former feature writer for the Daily Express in the UK, Green took a leap in faith when she left, in 1996, to freelance and work on a novel. Seven months later, there was a bidding war for her first book, Straight Talking, the saga of a single career girl looking for the right man. The novel was an immediate top-ten bestseller in England, and Green was an overnight success.

Now in her forties, Green has graduated to more complex, character-driven novels that explore the concerns of real women’s lives, from marriage (The Other Woman) to motherhood (Another Piece of My Heart) to divorce, stepchildren, affairs, and most recently, midlife crises (Family Pictures and Tempting Fate).

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