Book Review: Goodness, Grace and Me by Julie Houston

Goodness Grace and MeWhat’s it about?BBC 2014

When Harriet’s husband, Nick, throws in his safe, but boring job in order to set up a new business during the current recession, Harriet is distraught. More so when she realises Amanda, her and best friend Grace’s old enemy from school is back in their lives. Amanda, it turns out, is Nick’s new boss’s wife and, because of her legal and language skills, will be accompanying Nick on his business trips to Italy. How will Nick not succumb to the ruthless charms of the utterly gorgeous Amanda once he’s away from Yorkshire and in glamorous Milan? Knowing Nick is being seduced is bad enough, but when Grace falls madly in love with Sebastian, Amanda’s precious, much younger son, it can only mean trouble ahead. Determined to fight for her man, Harriet’s seduction techniques go into overdrive. Unfortunately she is hampered in her attempts by two bolshy teenagers, an increasingly eccentric mother and a job teaching horrible children. Not to mention something very strange going on at the bottom of her garden! Can Harriet save her marriage, and also her friendship with Grace? And what will happen if Nick’s new venture fails, especially now that the one thing Harriet has not even considered in all this mess appears to be staring her right in the face…?

My thoughts

Firstly, many thanks to the author, Julie Houston, for sending me a copy in exchange for a review.

When you see something billed as a “hilarious and laugh out loud rom-com”  it’s going to be seen as a bit of a challenge, yes there are lots of humerous scenes but it didn’t make me laugh out loud. I liked it but didn’t love it.

Don’t get me wrong, this is a well written debut novel with some well developed relatable good-looking sexy characters with a lovely protagonist in Harriet – battling every day life, work, kids, home, some elements we can all engage with but it just felt a but samey to me.

Keturah’s story was probably the most interesting to me. I think her revelation and the following events were a little rushed but still I would have liked to have learned more about her story. Have read 2 other books recently with a dementia theme it seems to becoming a popular plotline.

This is a quick easy pleasant read so please don’t let me put you off, you’ll probably love it 🙂

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