Sunday, April 13, 2014

Blog Tour - On Grace by Susie Orman Schnall


Grace May is truly excited about turning 40 in a few months. And 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 and interesting woman deeply buried under the layers of mother and wife. But when Grace loses her job and gets unexpected news from her husband and her best friend, life suddenly gets complicated. Grace stands to lose everything: her marriage, her best friend, and her sense of self. But by her 40th birthday party, Grace will realize who and what matter most. With laughter. With tears. With grace..

About Susie Orman Schnall

Originally from Los Angeles, Susie Orman Schnall graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. Schnall has written for national and local publications about parenting and health. She lives in New York with her husband and their three young boys. ON GRACE is her debut novel.  

My review

4.5 Stars

I really enjoyed this story, not least because I'm also careening towards the big four-oh,  a stay at home mother with boys of similar age, and am constantly questioning my role in life and family.    Grace was a relatable character, with a lot of inner conversation and it was nice to see she wasn't perfect.    The people in Grace's life and those she meets were familiar as everyday people, although I did feel as though I only got a glimpse into many of them.  No one was over the top or unrealistic.   It was easy to understand many of the challenges and decisions she had to make.    I felt like I was getting a peek into a neighbour or friend's personal life, behind closed doors.

I would definitely recommend this novel and look forward to reading Susie's next.

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