Julie Houston comes to the blog with a Yorkshire-based slice of life that is part woman’s fiction, part romance and often funny in
Goodness, Grace and Me
Hat and Nick have three children, a granny flat with Nick’s mum in residence, a hectic life with constantly balancing money in and money out after Nick’s textile business went toes up. Hat has been teaching again, and Nick has, unbeknownst to her decided to venture off in a new business start-up, leaving her the only breadwinner with ever increasing bills as their son is a voracious teen, the eldest daughter will be heading to university soon, and the new job will mean Nick will be traveling for extended periods of time. When you mix in Hat’s best friend Grace’s husband moving on with his side piece, the old head girl and nemesis from their school days also being all too involved in Nick’s new business venture and Grace finding consolation and entertainment in the arms of her nemesis’ son, a twenty four year old young man in a situation that could prove disastrous for Nick’s new business, things are just about at total overload. Until Hat comes up pregnant, and her mother’s increasing confusion seems to be leading to signs of dementia.
This is one of those stories, and lives, that shows with perseverance, friendship and humor, and a willingness to overlook the detritus collecting when late starts and quick exits push cleaning to the end of the to do list. With Harriet’s frequent mood-swings from pregnancy and a certain propensity to over-think EVERYTHING, are frequently offset by her rather wacky and scattered behavior, often quite funny, and her genuine good-nature and inability to sulk for more than a handful of moments at a time. With ridiculous moments offset with true family time, a husband who is genuinely in love with her, and her own ability to overreact for England and forget it the next moment, this is a story of a family, through good and bad, making their way through as best they can.
Clever insets of interactions between friends, the unearthing of a long-buried mystery, some truly quick recoveries and plenty of moments that every couple has seen and endured, the story is quick to read and clever for the honesty, even in ridiculously twisted situations that seem to work out – at least at the moment.
Title: Goodness, Grace and Me
Author: Julie Houston
Genre: British, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Setting: Britain
Published by: Aria
Published on: 19 February, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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When Harriet's husband, Nick, throws in his safe, but boring job in order to set up a new business during a recession, Harriet is distraught. More so when she realises Amanda, her old enemy from school, is back.
Amanda, it turns out, is Nick's new boss's wife and will be accompanying Nick on his business trips to Italy. How will Nick not succumb to the ruthless charms of the utterly gorgeous Amanda once he's away in glamorous Milan?
Knowing Nick is at risk of being seduced is bad enough, but when Harriet's best friend Grace falls madly in love with Sebastian, Amanda's much younger son, it can only mean trouble ahead.
Determined to fight for her man, Harriet's seduction techniques go into overdrive. Unfortunately she is hampered in her attempts by two bolshy teenagers, an increasingly eccentric mother and a job teaching cantankerous children. Not to mention there seems to be something very strange going on at the bottom of her garden! Can Harriet save her marriage, as well as her friendship with Grace? And what will happen if Nick's new venture fails, especially now that the one thing Harriet has not even considered in all this mess appears to be staring her right in the face...?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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