Grace After Henry by Eithne Shortall
3rd May | Paperback £12.99 & ebook
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A poignant, funny and moving exploration of love and loss from the bestselling author of Love in Row 27, Eithne Shortall.
Grace sees her boyfriend Henry everywhere. In the supermarket, on the street, at the graveyard.
Only Henry is dead. He died two months earlier, leaving a huge hole in Grace's life and in her heart. But then Henry turns up to fix the boiler one evening, and Grace can't decide if she's hallucinating or has suddenly developed psychic powers. Grace isn't going mad - the man in front of her is not Henry at all, but someone else who looks uncannily like him. The hole in Grace's heart grows ever larger.
Grace becomes captivated by this stranger, Andy - to her, he is Henry, and yet he is not. Reminded of everything she once had, can Grace recreate that lost love with Andy, resurrecting Henry in the process, or does loving Andy mean letting go of Henry?
I was kindly sent the arc copy of this book from Corvus books for an honest review also I read along with my friend Christine she as wrote up her for the Blog Tour/ Book Review her blog is A Little Piece Of My Mind click on here.
I hate to write a bad review about Grace After Henry but it didn't seem to grab me. I understand that when the author added the parts about Henry as that showed how she remembers him but it seems it was randomly added to the story and it confused me.
But I didn't hate it all way through as I felt Grace was trying to cope without Henry being there and she's a strong character.
I love how she added the down to earth but nosy neighbour Betty she made me laugh at things she came out with and she helped Grace through her grieving.
I felt this story was heartfelt but I feel I wanted more in the plot as I felt there should have been more to be done.
I felt the epilogue confusing as I didn't know why Andy was there and I felt I needed more information.
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About the Author
Eithne Shortall studied journalism at Dublin City University and had lived in London, France and America. Now based in Dublin, she's chief arts writer for the Sunday Times Ireland. She enjoys sea swimming, cycling and eating scones.
Grace After Henry is her second novel. Shortall's bestselling debut novel, Love in Row 27, has been optioned for a TV series by NBC Universal International, the production company behind Downton Abbey.