Today Mandie has a review of Amazing Grace, the debut novel from Kim Nash that was released earlier this year. Before we take a look at Mandie’s thoughts, here’s what the book is all about:
About the Book
She’s taking her life back , one step at a time…Available from: Amazon | Kobo
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?
A funny, feel good romance about finding your own path and changing your life for the better – readers of Cathy Bramley, Jill Mansell and Josie Silver will love this uplifting read.
Amazing Grace is the debut novel by Kim Nash, and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Grace is a single mother trying to juggle the demands of a job, bringing up her son and looking after Becks the dog whilst struggling with the dilemma of deciding if she made the right decision to leave her husband despite him being the one who was unfaithful.
To be honest as the book progressed, I wanted to yell at her at times over her indecision… only because her ex was a total git and she was better off without him. Some of the funniest moments are when she is forced onto the dating scene by her friend Monica who also thinks that Grace needs a total image overhaul. Her experiences make me really glad that I don’t have to go through any of that. Thankfully I don’t have any friends brave enough to even contemplate setting me up in that way (not if they knew what was good for them). Grace is clearly too nice to really take her friend to task over it though and instead decides to laugh about it with her.
When she meets handsome gardener Vinnie her luck seems to change. He really seems to bring Grace out of herself but is also hiding a bit of his own heartbreak that makes him wary of relationships. The book is not all laughs though as it also explores the grief over losing a parent/sibling and the ways people learn to cope and protect themselves. Amazing Grace is a great holiday read for lovers of romcom/chic lit and I look forward to reading Kim’s next book.
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