I received an ARC of Jane Green’s Saving Grace during my baby moon and it was a bit of much needed indulgent reading. This is the story of Grace Chapman, she of the perfect life living comfortably with her husband, bestselling author Ted, in their picture-perfect restored farmhouse on the Hudson River in New York.
Grace has what she believes to be a dark secret in her past and had a volatile childhood. As of late, her marriage to Ted has left her feeling unsettled. In a conversation with Jane Green about Grace and what intrigued her about the character she said:
” … we have a propensity to repeat the patterns of our childhood; we recreate situations that are somehow familiar to us, and I loved the idea of Grace growing up in a difficult, volatile household, and how the would explain why she would remain married to a man like Ted. Many people reading the book would urge her to leave, but when you understand how walking on eggshells is entirely familiar to Grace, I think it helps you understand why she stays.”
As Grace’s life starts to unravel following the arrival of her husband’s new assistant, Grace ignores her uneasiness with the new assistant while everyone else is enchanted by her. Things soon take a sinister turn and Grace finds herself fighting for both her marriage and her sanity.
When asked what she hoped readers would take away from Saving Grace, Green replied:
“Grace’s lessons were ones I had to learn the hard way, primarily that we should always trust our intuition; that when that little voice tells us something is wrong, we must listen to it, and that we have to be our own advocates when it comes to our health…”
And for the aspiring writers out there, Jane Green has written fifteen New York Times bestselling novels. Asked what advice she offer to an aspiring writer:
“That writing is your job, and has to be done every day, whether you feel like it or not. That the most important requirement is discipline; that you will be hit with writer’s block over and over, and the only way to break it is to keep writing anyway. I would also add, write the story you need to tell rather than the one you think will be a bestseller.”
Saving Grace will be released on December 30, 2014, and will be a great reading choice for those last days of winter vacation! I have one copy of to give away. Sorry, US residents only. Leave a comment below, a winner will be selected at random on Wednesday, January 7.
ETA: The winner of the giveaway is Andi — congrats!