Review and Giveaway: SAVING GRACE by Jane Green
Jan 11th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

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SAVING GRACE by Jane Green

Hardcover, 352 pages

Pub. Date: December 30, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

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“Green spins a dark romance, recalling All About Eve, where intimacy masks betrayal.”

Kirkus Reviews“Green tackles serious issues such as emotional abuse and over-prescribing of drugs while

still managing to keep the pages turning at a rapid rate.”
“Fans of Green get everything they have come to expect and love in this
psychological domestic drama: it’s fast paced and emotionally satisfying.”
Library Journal 


From the number one bestselling author of Tempting Fate and The Beach House comes Jane Green’s stunning new novel about a shattered marriage and a devastating betrayalA perfect stranger wants her perfect life.

Grace Chapman has the perfect life, living comfortably with her husband, bestselling author Ted, in a picture-perfect farmhouse on the Hudson River in New York State.

Then Ted advertises for a new assistant, and Beth walks into their lives. Organized, passionate and eager to learn, Beth quickly makes herself indispensable to Ted and his family. But Grace soon begins to feel sidelined in her home–and her marriage–by this ambitious younger woman.

Is Grace just paranoid, as her husband tells her, or is there more to Beth than first thought?

Filled with Jane’s own recipes–she trained as a chef at the French Culinary Institute–SAVING GRACE also explores the misdiagnosis of mental illnesses, and the dangers of handing out drugs which are supposed to cure, but end up causing more harm.


Jane Green’s sixteenth novel, Saving Grace, will be published on December 30th, 2014; she is the author of fifteen previous New York Times bestselling novels. Initially known for writing about single thirty-somethings, she has gone on to write mature stories about real women dealing with all the things life throws at them, with her trademark wisdom, wit and warmth.A former feature writer for the Daily Express in the UK, Green took a leap in faith when she left, in 1996, to freelance and work on a novel. Seven months later, there was a bidding war for her first book, Straight Talking, the saga of a single career girl looking for the right man. The novel was an immediate top-ten bestseller in England, and Green was an overnight success.

Now in her forties, Green has graduated to more complex, character-driven novels that explore the concerns of real women’s lives, from marriage (The Other Woman) to motherhood (Another Piece of My Heart) to divorce, stepchildren, affairs, and most recently, midlife crises (Family Pictures and Tempting Fate).

She joined the ABC News team to write A Modern Fairytale – their first enhanced digital book – about the history of Royal marriages, then joined ABC News Radio as a live correspondent covering Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton. She has written a micro-series for Dove starring Alicia Keyes, many short stories, and has contributed to various anthologies, as well as regularly appearing on television shows including Good Morning America, The Martha Stewart show, and The Today Show.

Together with writing books and blogs, she contributes to various publications, both online and print, including Huffington Post, The Sunday Times, Cosmopolitan, and Self, has taught at writers conferences, and does regular keynote speaking.

A foodie and passionate cook, Green filled one of her books, Promises to Keep, with recipes culled from her own collection. She says she only cooks food that is “incredibly easy, but has to look as if you have slaved over a hot stove for hours.” This is because she has six children, and has realized that “when you have six children, nobody ever invites you anywhere.”

Most weekends see her cooking for a minimum of twenty people in her home in Westport, Connecticut, where she lives with her husband and their blended family. When she is not writing, cooking, gardening, filling her house with friends and herding chickens, she is usually thanking the Lord for caffeine-filled energy drinks.

 My Review:

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Grace leads a wonderful, sheltered life with her best selling author husband Ted Chapman. He’s a bit of a handful, but his assistant makes all the difference in smoothing out the rough edges of his life and keeping everything on track. When she leaves for family reasons, Beth steps into the scene.

Everything about Beth seems like a perfect match. She changes Grace’s life for the better and is a fabulous assistant to Ted. Until Grace realizes that what Beth really wants is Grace’s life.

SAVING GRACE will keep readers on their toes. You never know what Beth is going to do next on her quest to take over Grace’s life. Grace has a fight on her hands, and it’s for her sanity.

I love how things turn out for Grace. I have nothing but pity and distain for the weak Ted. This is done so perfectly!

Oh and Beth. Pure evil. A conniving, manipulative, deranged woman, who destroys lives. Very much reminded me of similarities to the movie Fatal Attraction. Anyone who has seen it, knows it’s unforgettable. This novel has the same type of impact.

I love Grace’s family history. I love Grace’s adopted family back in England. I love the choices she makes with them. I love Grace’s daughter. I love Grace’s quiet strength.

The book ending is really great.

Final verdict: If you want a psychological thriller that’s a captivating read and a mind-bender with fascinating characters, then I definitely recommend SAVING GRACE.

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