Kim Nash is very special to me. She’s one of the very first book publicists I made contact with when I first became a reviewer!! I’m absolutely thrilled that she’s now become the published author of this absolutely lovely book – the first of what I hope will be many more!
I think I smiled from the beginning to the end of Amazing Grace. And I know I definitely want to find a Little Ollington of my own so I can go and live there. Kim’s descriptions make the place sound so welcoming and homey. Of course it would also be nice if there was a Vinnie thrown in for good measure too!
Grace is just getting her life back together and getting used to being a single mom to her little boy Archie. She adores her dog Becks, her gorgeous cottage and her kind neighbours. Her best friend Monica always has her back (often with hilarious results – especially when it comes to dating). She’s great at her job even if she doesn’t realise how good she really is, and how much she’s appreciated. Although she’s more or less content with her life, she does feel that something’s missing. She has dreams of opening up a book shop of her own one day but thinks that she could never do this on her own as she just doesn’t have the confidence in herself.
One of the biggest causes of all her self-doubt is her ex, Mark. Grace is practical enough not to romanticise what they had, but she does miss the man she’d fallen in love with and married all those years ago. And she does miss having a companion. It’s lonely when Archie’s at his dad. She hasn’t yet found a way to keep herself busy on those weekends and eating Chinese takeout and lounging around in tatty old pyjamas isn’t quite doing the job.
Until hunky landscaper Vinnie turns up on her doorstep and Grace’s romantic landscape starts to look a lot more positive! But does the course of true love every run smoothly? Hell no!! There are ups, downs, hiccups and hilarity aplenty in their path and who knows what the outcome will be?
Grace is just delightful, and readers will love her! Nash has created a character who so many will identify with: someone who just wants things to turn out ok for herself and people she cares about. She doesn’t expect too much, she tries her best, is sometimes funny and sometimes and epic fail – and that’s ok too! She’s just like all of us (especially those of us who adore our 4-legged children)!
There’s so much in this book to love. Especially touching are the occasional encouraging messages that come from Grace’s mom, who’s no longer with her, but whose presence Grace still feels so strongly. The people we lose are never really gone when we think of them so often and ‘talk’ to them, as Grace does with her mother. She feels her support and her love so strongly and this gets her through so many of her challenges. I adored these moving heart-to-hearts.
I just have to mention one little touch that I loved (among many, obviously). Towards the end of the book, Grace notices Archie settled in a corner, reading a book and she comments that he’s a bookworm, just like his mom. I loved this reference to Kim herself (intentional or not) and her own nickname that everyone on social media knows her as: Kim the Bookworm!
This book gets 5 heart-warming stars from me. Settle down and get comfortable with a cup of tea and your favourite biscuits, Amazing Grace is the type of book that will warm you up from the top of your head, right down to your toes.
Kim Nash lives in Staffordshire with son Ollie and English Setter Roni, is PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture and is a book blogger at www.kimthebookworm.co.uk.
Kim won the Romantic Novelists Association’s Media Star of the Year in 2016, which she still can’t quite believe. She is now quite delighted to be a member of the RNA.
When she’s not working or writing, Kim can be found walking her dog, reading, standing on the sidelines of a football pitch cheering on Ollie and binge watching box sets on the TV. She’s also quite partial to a spa day and a gin and tonic (not at the same time!) Kim also runs a book club in Cannock, Staffs.
Amazing Grace is her debut novel with Hera Books and will be out on 10th April 2019
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