I am excited to share with you today an excerpt from what I have dubbed my slice of magic, Amazing Grace!
This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. .Amazing Grace by Kim Nash
Published by Hera
Also by this author: Escape to Giddywell Grange, Amazing Grace, Sunshine and Second Chances
She’s taking her life back, one step at a time…
Grace thought she had it all. Living in the beautiful village of Little Ollington, along with head teacher husband Mark and gorgeous son, Archie, she devoted herself to being the perfect mum and the perfect wife, her little family giving her everything she ever wanted.
Until that fateful day when she walked in on Mark kissing his secretary - and her perfect life fell apart.
Now she's a single mum to Archie, trying to find her way in life and keep things together for his sake. Saturday nights consist of a Chinese takeaway eaten in front of the TV clad in greying pyjamas, and she can’t remember the last time she had a kiss from anyone aside from her dog, Becks…
Grace’s life needs a shake up – fast. So when gorgeous gardener Vinnie turns up on her doorstep, his twinkling eyes suggesting that he might be interested in more than just her conifers, she might just have found the answer to her prayers. But as Grace falls deeper for Vinnie, ten-year-old Archie fears that his mum finding love means she’ll never reconcile with the dad he loves.
So when ex-husband Mark begs her for another chance, telling her he’s changed from the man that broke her heart, Grace finds herself with an impossible dilemma. Should she take back Mark and reunite the family that Archie loves? Or risk it all for a new chance of happiness?
A funny, feel good romance about finding your own path and changing your life for the better – readers of Cathy Bramley, Jill Mansell and Josie Silver will love this uplifting read.
Grace was woken from her slumber by the rattle of the letterbox and the thud of post hitting the doormat, followed by a grizzling, subdued woof. When she realised this was an Archie-free day, she sighed and then remembered that she’d offered to work today, just for something to occupy her.
She looked at the clock: 7.30 a.m. Much as she’d love to roll over and have a few more minutes, she’d better get a shimmy on. Grabbing her fleecy dressing gown from the hook on the back of her bedroom door, she trundled downstairs, still a bit bleary-eyed, to make her first coffee of the day. There at the bottom of the stairs, lying on the front doormat with a pile of post on his head, was Becks, her most handsome and faithful furry friend. Every single morning without fail, he greeted her with the biggest wiggle of his bum and a face that scrunched up in a lopsided doggy smile. What a perfect start to the day.
She sat on the bottom stair and he climbed onto her lap. Ecstatic with his early-morning fussing session, he couldn’t get any closer if he tried. As a labradoodle (or a ‘mongrel’ as her dad would say) he was quite a big dog and way too big for sitting on laps, but he was also the second love of her life, so she let him. After minutes of him trying to suffocate her with affection, Grace shooed him off and grabbed the pile of post, flinging it on the breakfast bar on her way through to the kitchen.
While the kettle boiled, she stretched and rolled her neck to relieve her aches and pains. Crikey, if she felt like this at thirty-seven, how would fifty feel? And then seventy… Didn’t bear thinking about.
Putting the milk back in the fridge, she sat on one of the bar stools and noticed that a gold envelope peeked out from the normal brown ones that she always tried to ignore.
‘Oooh Becks, what have we here?’ she asked him, wondering who she used to talk to before she had a dog. ‘Fancy-schmancy.’ Whatever was in the envelope felt stiff, like a card. She ripped it open carefully and then her heart hit the floor when she read the words imprinted on it.
Grace Carnegie and Guest
are cordially invited to the Lord Mayor’s Chambers to celebrate
The Stafford and District Business Awards Ceremony
At 7 p.m. on May 8th 2018
Dress Code: Black Tie
So many things ran through Grace’s mind as she re-read the invitation. What would she wear? Who would she take? Who would be there? Would she know anyone? Who else would be on her table? What did ‘Black Tie’ even mean? Did she even want to go?
This was her worst nightmare. She hated public events and she stressed so much about what to wear, she usually made herself ill. She hated making small talk with people she didn’t know, feeling awkward and totally out of her comfort zone. Normally, she avoided occasions like this at all costs.
Until next time xxx
What do other people think?
Dash Fan Reviews :- Amazing Grace…. Is Simply Amazing!
I can’t Recommend it Enough!
Amazing Grace is a beautifully Compelling and heart warming read about relationships, juggling motherhood, dating, starting over, grief, loss, discovery, love and Family.
Audio Killed the Bookmark:- Uplifting and heartwarming with just enough tension to make it authentic. This is just one of those stories that will make you smile and feel good about the human condition! Absolutely recommend!
Crime Book Junkie :- OMG! OMG! OH-MY-Goodness-Gracious-Amazing-Grace! I was immediately pulled into Grace’s life from the get go and that was it, I was hooked. I laughed, I cried, I was inspired and I related A LOT to Grace. The storyline was engrossing and I sat and read this in ONE sitting – that’s how GREAT this book is. I loved the narrative, it was believable and easy to read. And jaysus! The snippets from Grace’s mum had me UGLY CRYING – I’m not even going to try and pretend that this Ice Queen wasn’t moved by some of the chapters. An inspirational. emotive and at times seriously laugh-out-loud funny – I can’t tell you how absolutely awesome I found this debut novel – there are just NO WORDS.
Rachel’s Random Reads– I can’t believe that this is a debut novel..Kim Nash had written an accomplished debut that knocked my socks off! It is simply fabulous.
I adored reading this story and just hope i don’t have to wait too long for the next one.
By the Letter Book Reviews– By the end of the novel I felt like the characters were dear friends. I laughed, cried and had a whole array of emotions going on. The author touches on the subject of grief and boy do some things really hit home when reading this novel. Whilst you may be wrong in thinking it is going to be a bit morbid, it is far from it, as this really is a light hearted read that really packs a punch.