Published by St. Martin's Griffin on June 9th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Chick Lit, Suspense
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Grace and Ted Chapman are widely regarded as the perfect literary power couple. Ted is a successful novelist and Grace, his wife of twenty years, is beautiful, stylish, carefree, and a wonderful homemaker. But what no one sees, what is churning under the surface, is Ted's rages. His mood swings. And the precarious house of cards that their lifestyle is built upon. When Ted's longtime assistant and mainstay leaves, the house of cards begins to crumble and Grace, with dark secrets in her past, is most vulnerable. She finds herself in need of help but with no one to turn to…until the perfect new assistant shows up out of the blue. To the rescue comes Beth, a competent young woman who can handle Ted and has the calm efficiency to weather the storms that threaten to engulf the Chapman household. Soon, though, it's clear to Grace that Beth might be too good to be true. This new interloper might be the biggest threat of all, one that could cost Grace her marriage, her reputation, and even her sanity. With everything at stake and no one to confide in, Grace must find a way to save herself before it is too late.
Powerful and riveting, Jane Green's Saving Grace will have you on the edge of your seat as you follow Grace on her harrowing journey to rock bottom and back.
You guys …
I believe you believe it to be true. – Frank, Saving Grace
Like full on snowing and it doesn’t look as though it’s going to stop any time soon! YESSSS! Remember a couple of weeks ago, I was going on and on about how badly I wanted a snow day … the snow gods have answered my prayers! Seriously though … isn’t it just beautiful. While babysitting last night, the girls and I did everything to ensure it would snow. They put on their favorite pajamas, stuck a spoon under their pillow, put a white crayon in the freezer and another on the windowsill, and – to top it off – we each threw 2 pieces of ice into the toilet. Just for good measure. I’d like to say that our efforts weren’t for nothing.
So .. lucky me gets to sit by the window, watching it snow – believe me, I’m watching – and read.
The. Perfect. Day.
I couldn’t be happier.
Let’s begin shall we?
This is like being stuck in a horrifying movie, one so dramatic, so terrible, you are sitting on the edge of your seat dreading the next awful thing you know is coming. – Grace
Lies. Deceit. Adultery.
It’s sickening to watch things spiral out of control. Especially as those Grace loves and trusts submerge her underwater, keeping her from speaking. Medicating her to the point that only a shell remains, nothing like who she was before. As you read Saving Grace by Jane Green, you may feel all to compelled to reflect on your own life and hopefully see that what you have isn’t so bad after all.
Grace lives a life of luxury. Never having to worry about a thing – well, except for her husbands temper and a past that continues to haunt her. Walking on egg shells, unsure of whether Ted will be in a good mood or not, is quickly overshadowed after Beth’s employment.
My job, as far as I see it, is to make your life easy, and I will do whatever it takes to make that happen. That’s what gives me pleasure. – Beth
Everything seems great.
And it is … until Beth’s true colors show and Grace’s past threatens to take control of Grace’s life. How can it be that the very words every employer wants to hear – those words that carry so much meaning – can leave you cringing even after the book ends?
But enough about Beth.
I’m warning you now. The build up of this book is slow. It is, however, an easy read that allows you to place the book down and pick up where you left off without a hitch. But again, it’s slow. I dedicated an entire afternoon to read Saving Grace, which allowed me to fully immerse myself into the life and drama of Ted and Grace Chapman. Had I not, I would have continued to read snippets every couple of days, with only the hope of finishing. I love Jane Green, and I love that love itself is the central theme in most – if not all – of her books.
Love conquers all …
in some shape or form. I also enjoy the fact that Green’s books are not predictable. Having a knack for guessing the ending to most stories that I read, and although I had two scenarios in mind, Green kept me wondering. With nearly 75% of the book finished, I gave up and continued reading with an open mind. I was happy with the result.
is the theme that both rears it’s ugly head and smothers you with kisses, all at the same time. With an added dose of mental health. Green’s writing, excellently conveys Grace’s struggle with her love of motherhood and her fear of manic depression (or bipolar disorder). Grace makes references to being a child forced to grow up too fast, succumbing to her mother’s love, but also enduring her mother’s wrath. Grace finds a home with the Propper family, and Lydia who encompasses everything Grace believes a mother should be.
[Grace] wanted…a mother who was comfortable in her skin, in her beauty, she could let her hair go grey, safe in the knowledge it didn’t reduce her charm, or grace, or power.
When I was a younger, I would imagine becoming that I was the main character(s) in the books I read. In some cases I was heading off to college, falling love, snagging the perfect job, and – of course – looking dynamite. Now that I have lived and am living through that part of my life, I find that I’m growing more and more fond of the mother figures in books. And now, I’m daydreaming of the mother I will be one day…
… I digress.
Green puts a spotlight on overmedication in America. Although I don’t know that I agree entirely with this theme, I did enjoy Green’s spin on the misuse of medication.
Surely, taking medication is supposed to make you more yourself? Make you better? Bring you back to your best self? What is the point of taking medication that makes you feel nothing? That has turned you into twice the woman you once were? That, if anything, has stolen your life? – Sybil
What are your thoughts on this matter? Would you say that it’s an issue? I’m not going to say that it doesn’t help, because I’ve been there, it’s a struggle. I’ll even go as far as to say that it’s necessary at times – but that’s just me. To feel as though your life is in balance, even for a moment, is exhilarating. To be free from worry, a racing heart, the knot that never seems to loosen. To breathe…
I’m going to stop there.
You don’t have to worry about a thing. I’m here to change your life. – Liz, Saving Grace