Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Review: On Grace by Susie Schnall

On Grace by Susie Schnall

Publisher: SparkPress
Pages: 274
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Grace May is actually excited about turning forty in a few months. Now that her boys are both in school and she has a stimulating new writing job, the next chapter in her life can finally begin. She can't wait to rediscover the intelligent woman buried under the layers of mother and wife. But when Grace suddenly loses her job and receives unexpected news, she stands to lose everything: her marriage, her best friend, and her sense of self. By her fortieth birthday party, Grace will realize who and what matter most. With laughter. With tears. With grace.

Kritters Thoughts:  Grace is about to turn 40 and is feeling the effects of the big birthday.  She is trying to find herself and her new role as her children are leaving for their first years in school and don't necessary need her as much anymore.  I loved having a different age character trying to find her place in this new set of circumstances.

Although this book deals with some hard topics, I think the author did a fantastic job of keeping it authentic and real, but not too much of a downer!  I fell in love with this character and it was easy to want to follow her journey through it all.  The minor characters were full and just as enjoyable as Grace; which I think is key when they have such an impact on the journey of the main character.

So I have decided to put this book into a new sub genre of women's fiction that I am calling Coming of Age Later in Life!  I wish there were more books that took this approach with this age group of main characters because I felt it was a good view of how life can throw you a curve ball at any age.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2014 Challenge: 20 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Booksparks PR.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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