Synopsis: She’s taking her life back, one step at a time…
Grace thought she had it all. Living in the beautiful village of Little Ollington, along with head teacher husband Mark and gorgeous son, Archie, she devoted herself to being the perfect mum and the perfect wife, her little family giving her everything she ever wanted.
Until that fateful day when she walked in on Mark kissing his secretary – and her perfect life fell apart.
Now she’s a single mum to Archie, trying to find her way in life and keep things together for his sake. Saturday nights consist of a Chinese takeaway eaten in front of the TV clad in greying pyjamas, and she can’t remember the last time she had a kiss from anyone aside from her dog, Becks…
Grace’s life needs a shake up – fast. So when gorgeous gardener Vinnie turns up on her doorstep, his twinkling eyes suggesting that he might be interested in more than just her conifers, she might just have found the answer to her prayers. But as Grace falls deeper for Vinnie, ten-year-old Archie fears that his mum finding love means she’ll never reconcile with the dad he loves.
So when ex-husband Mark begs her for another chance, telling her he’s changed from the man that broke her heart, Grace finds herself with an impossible dilemma. Should she take back Mark and reunite the family that Archie loves? Or risk it all for a new chance of happiness?
My Rating: 5/5
My Review: I have known Kim for a few years and had I known JUST how good a writer she was I would have been nagging in her ear a lot earlier. For a debut novel this book was absolutely amazing. Many people that know me are well aware I have no fear of criticising books even if the authors are people I consider friends. However, I am in absolutely NO position to criticise anything is this book as I absolutely loved it.
Grace is a great lead character and in truth I think thousands of women will identify with her. She is a single mother who is constantly juggling childcare with work as well as trying to appease her (frankly loathsome) ex-husband. Archie is a lovely boy who is growing into that awkward stage of still wanting cuddles from Mummy but questioning quite a lot of what she does. Grace is self-depreciating and warm character that you just want to do well no matter what.
Grace’s friend Monica was a brilliant addition and think every woman in the world could do with a friend like that! The book takes us on Grace’s journey as she tries to start taking control of her life and making decisions that will benefit her as well as Archie. One of the most poignant thing about this book is the exerts where Grace is talking to her Mum who she lost to Cancer many years before. I think this element of the book is done with such finesse that it’s sad and poignant, yet reads like a positive experience (if that makes sense).
I also had a slight girl crush on Vinnie, the man who makes an appearance in the book very early on. He and his family are amazing characters and they all play their part in this storyline. This was most definitely a positive and feelgood read. For a debut novel Kim has absolutely knocked it out of the park. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a new author in this genre.