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Henry dies on page 11 in a dreadful cycling accident. Grace is waiting for him to join her viewing another house. Their life together stretching out in front of them is cut dead. Grace is forced to cope and it is that coping and healing that this highly accomplished author leaves us through. There has to be a buried secret, it is that sort of book, but the secret, when revealed, is totally unexpected by all parties except Henry’s parents. They have long buried it and are loathe to face it. Now, of course, the twist unwinds and Grace has a dilemma. Then another complication arises. As the story progresses and you run with it, you are forced to turn the pages faster and faster to an unexpected conclusion with a neat little twist on the penultimate page. Nice one.
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?
Closing date: 29/02/2020
'Fresh, fun and very charming. I really loved it.' - Marian Keyes on Love in Row 27
'This book is an emotional rollercoaster of the very best kind. Sad, funny, touching and ultimately uplifting, Grace After Henry is simply wonderful.' - Chrissie Manby
'I really enjoyed it - satisfying and warm, and written with humour and heart.' - Sheila O'Flanagan
'Grace After Henry made me WEEP... it was so moving - but also witty and well written. I loved it.' - Louise O'Neill
'Grace After Henry is an engrossing, surprising, and empowering story about the complexities of love, grief, and family. The characters were so beautifully developed that by the time I finished reading, I felt like I'd known them forever.' - Jill Santopolo, bestselling author of The Light We Lost
'A delightful, fresh debut novel that will keep you turning the pages. Hugely entertaining!' -- Patricia Scanlan on Love in Row 27
'Charming, thought-provoking, written with humour and levity, Love in Row 27 is an uplifting novel that wraps you in its clutches.' - Irish Times on Love in Row 27
'The perfect read for your holiday' - Chris Manby
'This is the perfect holiday romance read' - RED Magazine
'An emotional, charming read, written with heart and humour. And when you finish it, trust me, you will hold your loved ones that little bit tighter.' - Carmel Harrington
Publication date: 03/05/2018
Publisher: Atlantic Books
|Publication date:||3rd May 2018|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Relationship Stories, Sagas and Romance,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Adult & contemporary romance, Family & relationships,|
Eithne Shortall studied journalism at Dublin City University and has lived in London, France and America. Now based in Dublin, she is chief arts writer for the Sunday Times Ireland. She enjoys sea swimming, cycling and eating scones.More About Eithne Shortall