Today it is my pleasure to be taking part in the blog tour for Amazing Grace, the debut novel from Kim Nash. My thanks go to publisher Hera Books for providing an advance copy of the book for review and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to join the tour. Here is what the book is all about:
About the Book
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, 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?
A funny, feel good romance about finding your own path and changing your life – readers of Cathy Bramley, Jill Mansell and Josie Silver will love this uplifting read.
I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for some time, so was chuffed when it finally made it to the top of my to be read pile. Amazing Grace is a fab debut novel from fellow blogger, Kim Nash, one that is sure to delight fans of chick-lit. Full of heart, humour and emotion, this book ticks all the boxes.
Amazing Grace is the story of single mum, Grace, whose son, Archie, is her world. Working part time for an estate agency, she is living a great life but there is still that sense of something being missing. She dreams of one day opening a book store but meanwhile makes do with her lot, trying to find ways to fill those evenings when Archie is with his father.
Enter stage left, or rather via the front door and into the back garden, Vinnie. You can tell from the start that there is a strong chemistry between the pair but will it ever amount to anything more than a contractor/customer relationship? Lord knows Grace could do with being lucky in love for a change as her ex husband can only politely be described as a bit of prat.
The book is laced with humorous scenes, particularly those where Grace’s well meaning friend sets her up on blind dates via an internet dating website. That kind of thing can never, ever, end well and the dates Grace ends up on range from the seemingly sublime to the down right ridiculous. I have to be honest, if one of my so called friends did that to me I’d a) no longer be their friend and b) would likely be up on a charge for GBH after flattening them. Thankfully Grace is far better humoured and forgiving than me or this would be a very different kind of read.
There are a lot of both romantic interludes and heart breaking emotional scenes in this book as you get a real sense of Grace’s kind nature and the closeness of her relationship with both Archie and her mother, sadly now deceased. That familial bond is strong and it’s an element of the story that will play with your emotions and perhaps even have a few readers reaching for a tissue as the touching moments between mother and daughter are played out on the page. Family is a very strong theme in this book, something which ties in to the author’s own experiences and is expressed in a very moving way through the narrative.
The characters in this book are great, very believable and well drawn. I think that there are many qualities that mean you can recognise a little of yourself in all of them. Grace is a great protagonist and a role model to her son. Stronger than she believes, she is intelligent and caring. She is prone to self doubt, something which has come as a result of life experience and which is explained carefully and knowingly in the story. It only makes her more relatable and allows the reader to fall further into her story. As for Vinnie … He almost makes me want to call in a Gardener, although knowing my luck they’d be more Alan Titchmarsh than athletic Adonis.
I’d not really call this a rom-com as such, even though there are some very funny moments throughout. It is more of an heart-warming and uplifting read than that would suggest, and one which will draw in and engage the reader, taking them on an emotional journey rather than necessarily have them rolling in the aisles. It is a beautiful story, one that a lot of people, especially single parents, will identify with as they struggle to carve out a place in life beyond simply being someone’s mother or father.
A fun and touching debut that is bound to be a big hit. I for one am looking forward to seeing what the author writes next.
About the Author
Kim Nash lives in Staffordshire with son Ollie and English Setter Roni, is PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture and is a book blogger at www.kimthebookworm.co.uk.
Kim won the Romantic Novelists Association’s Media Star of the Year in 2016, which she still can’t quite believe. She is now quite delighted to be a member of the RNA.
When she’s not working or writing, Kim can be found walking her dog, reading, standing on the sidelines of a football pitch cheering on Ollie and binge watching box sets on the TV. She’s also quite partial to a spa day and a gin and tonic (not at the same time!) Kim also runs a book club in Cannock, Staffs.
Amazing Grace is her debut novel with Hera Books and will be out on 10th April 2019