#BlogTour #BookReview – Grace after Henry by Eithne Shortall @eithneshortall @CorvusBooks @annecater #GraceAfterHenry

I practically threw myself at the chance of being part of the Grace after Henry blog tour, so thank you to Anne Cater and Corvus Books for allowing me on it, and sending me my own perfect copy.

51pdK39heYL‘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?’

This is a superb tale of love and loss, and what I loved the most about it, are the chances of this happening in real life.  This is imaginative fiction; taking a topic that could happen to any of us – losing a loved one – and making a grand old story of it.  It is about taking something so completely negative and turning it into something positive.

You can really sense the magic in the writing, the love poured into creating these characters and the concentration in mastering the storyline; from the accident through to Grace finding her feet again.  Grace makes some real chums along the way, and I was routing for her to find herself, and some inner-peace, be it with Andy or not.

I adored Grace, I loved the ‘three wise men’, I laughed with Betty, Aiofe, and even ‘first name, first name’ was pretty ace.  There are some fantastic characters which make for such enjoyable reading.  I haven’t read anything as humorous, delightful, and thought-provoking as this, since Marian Keyes’ latest, so to say that this is perfect for fans of Marian, is completely correct.  If you love the Irish and their short, sharp humour as much as I do, then this is perfect for you.

Eithne really makes you feel those early days of grief, she captures the moments of near break-downs, of high hopes and thinking, what if?  She uses her thoughts and shows them through Grace so beautifully and poignant, with less of the maudlin and more of the passion.  I loved the flash-backs which showed that actually Grace and Henry weren’t as perfect as I first envisaged, but it didn’t mean that they didn’t love each other, they were just real.

Grace after Henry is a stark, humorous, loving novel, that makes you feel that perhaps things aren’t as bad as we sometimes seem.  And I loved it for it.

Why don’t you check on some of my other pal’s blogs to see what they thought?

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