A Little Bit of Grace, by Phoebe Fox


Place: Sugarberry, Missouri and Cyress Key, Florida

People: Grace McAdams, an attorney specializing in estate planning. Brian – Grace’s best friend, business partner, and ex-husband. Millie – the great aunt Grace never knew.

Plot: Grace has always placed the highest priority on family. After her father left her and her mother, Grace was even more dedicated to the only family she had left. For years, Grace was in love with Brian in secret; when he proposed, the thought her dreams had come true. But the life of that dream was very short. After learning that they couldn’t have children, Grace and Brian’s marriage crumbled and fell apart. Shortly after that, Grace’s mother gets ill and Grace dedicates herself to her care. When her mother dies, Grace feels as though she has lost everything. And then a postcard arrives addressed to her mother from a stranger claiming to be family and seeming to have answers to the questions Grace never even realized she had.

Pacing: Steady

Predictability: n/a

Perspective: This book means a lot to me. I see a lot of myself in the character of Grace – and it was an emotional read for me in a lot of ways. There is so much heart in the book – there’s a lot of pain and heartbreak, but so much warmth and truth and healing, too. It’s hard for me to express my full appreciation of A Little Bit of Grace without gushing and sharing too much. So I won’t go on and try. Suffice it to say that this will be a book that will remain close to my heart for a long time to come.

About the Book
Family is everything—Grace McAdams’s mom must have said it to her a thousand times before she died. Before Grace’s dad ran off with an aspiring actress half his age. Before only-child Grace found out she was unable to have children of her own. Before Brian—her childhood best friend, business partner, and finally her husband—dropped a “bombshell” on her in the form of her stunning new replacement.

Which means Grace now has…nothing.

Until a letter from a woman claiming to be a relative Grace never knew she had sends her on a journey—from the childhood home she had to move back into (three doors down from the happy couple) to a tropical paradise island to meet a total stranger who claims to be family. And Grace starts to uncover answers about the eccentric woman her family never mentioned: an octogenarian who writes a viral relationship-advice blog, a compulsive (and highly successful) matchmaker…and the keeper of an unimaginable family secret held for more than fifty years.

A heartfelt, funny story about family and forgiveness, starting over when the happy ending ends, and handling it all with a little bit of grace.


About the Author
Phoebe Fox has been a contributor and regular columnist for a number of national, regional, and local publications–currently for the Huffington Post as a relationship writer. She’s been a movie, theater, and book reviewer; a screenwriter; and has even been known to help with homework revisions for nieces and nephews. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two excellent dogs.

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