Today I'm very excited to be part of Carey Heywood's Stages of Grace blog tour! I've known Carey for a while, and I remember how excited she was when she was struck by inspiration for this story last year. I thought the concept was brilliant (it is) and am therefore so happy to be able to share this new release with you. My post has some information about Carey and Stages of Grace, one of the characters (Kate), and my review. At the very end, you'll find a link to an awesome giveaway, so keep scrolling!
Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance...
When facing death a mourning period is to be expected. But what if it's
not a person but a relationship that dies? Grace and her boyfriend Jon have
been together for three years. They live together and have shared many
beautiful memories. Those memories are what keep Grace from admitting Jon
has changed and is no longer the man she fell in love with.
Afraid of being alone and holding on to something that no longer exists
Grace is a shadow of her former self. Her daily objective is to hide her
pain from the world. Then, an unexpected letter sets off a whirlwind of
potential life changes. In life sometimes the hardest thing to do is let go.
Character Bio: KATE
Short silver coif.
Medium height, plump bottomed, walks with a cane.
Lives in a three bedroom ranch-style home near Tampa, Florida.
Only living relative is Grace, who was not aware she was still alive.
Retired from her secretarial position at a local church
Estranged from her daughter Anne, Grace's mother, Kate was intent to leave the past alone. When she learned of the untimely death of Anne and Grace's dad she could not resist the desire to meet Grace and attempt to form a relationship with her. Kate is outspoken, and somewhat of a troublemaker. She does not hide from the mistakes she has made. She admits when she is wrong and tries to fix what she has done. She loves to knit and cook. She belongs to a local knitting group at the church she worked at before her retirement.
Facing up to to being in a tough life situation takes courage. And acting on it to make a big change in your life takes even more. Carey Heywood's Stages of Grace will take you through a journey that starts off with the main character, Grace, in one of those tough situations. I thought the concept of the book was unique and compelling as soon as I heard about it: a contemporary romance in which Grace journeys through the five classic stages of mourning as her relationship with her long-term boyfriend, Jon, begins to wilt and die. I was honestly tormented as I watched Grace struggle with her denial over this fact - yep, I wanted to yank her out of his controlling grasp, take her on a long walk, and tell her that Jon was no good for her and that she deserved better (and I wanted to punch Jon in the face, REALLY). But as she was truly in denial at that point, I doubt she would have listened to me. And THAT, I think, is the beauty of Carey's writing - she makes her characters so real by infusing them with details, emotions, and thoughts so that you feel like you know them, can relate to them, and as though you can feel for them. And as Grace progressed through the rest of her journey, I was very much ready to root for her and wish for her a happy ending. I won't include any spoilers as to what happens, but suffice it to say that I am totally on Team Ryan (adorable Kiwi, he is) and not because there was any sort of love triangle - anyone who knows me knows that I do NOT do well with love triangles. Oh, yes, and one last thing: Kate was yet another lovely character to add to the mix, and I'm proud to feature her bio on my site today. :)
I give this book 4.5/5 pretty stars!
Carey Heywood lives in Richmond Va with her husband, three children and nine pound attack Yorkie. Unabashedly silly, she spends her free time bonding with candy loving strangers on Twitter. Right now she is probably eating Swedish fish.
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