True friendship is a priceless commodity, one which can not be purchased,
only given freely.
struggles to be a survivor of cancer not once but twice. Lee is a
motherly daycare director who ironically craves but cannot have a child of
her very own. Rudy is the beauty whose life is so painfully ugly.
And Emma is the journalist whose longing to write the next great American
novel is eclipsed only by her desire for a man she loves but cannot have.
Together these four
loving, giving girlfriends see each other through some of the most
difficult times of their lives with humor, strength, and of course . .
worked for me:
This story was so warm and touching and the characters' circumstances were
so very real that I cried and laughed along with the ladies. I was so
sorry to come to the end of this book, and my first thought upon closing
its covers was, "I want my very own 'Graces'!"
really enter into this story except in the case of Emma, who sounded as
though she was pleasingly plump and unable to see herself as being
as attractive as others thought her to be. However, it was not a topic
that the author dwelled upon for very long.
What didn't work for me:
novel is written in first person point-of-view, a tricky thing since we
hear alternately from each of the four main characters. I found it
helpful to mentally assign each woman her own "voice" so that I could
better keep them separated in my mind as I was first getting to know them.
I did wish for a bit more
detail about scenery and character development seen through my own eyes
instead having it explained to me by the key players. Essentially,
the book reads like a 5-way phone-call between you and the Graces so you
may not quite feel you are there with them physically.
Saving Graces" is a wonderful read for those who savor bittersweet stories
about true friendship, and the dash of romance ought to satisfy fans of
Eros as well. (I'm definitely going to make more of an effort
in searching out "women's fiction" titles of this kind to read!)
there is some coarse language in this book.
If you liked
"The Saving Graces" you might also enjoy other stories about friendship
"Love at Large",
"The Fat Friend",
"Circle of Friends",
"Princess Charming", "Fast Women", and
"The Red Tent".
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