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Goodness, Grace, and Me–it’s complicated

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Goodness, Grace, and Me

by Julie Houston

Goodness, Grace, and MeComplicated relationships are at the center of Julie Houston’s Goodness, Grace, and Me. Harriet (Hat) has been best friends with Grace since they were eleven, and they both idolized Amanda who along the way picked up the title “Little Miss Goodness.” Twenty years later, Grace and Harriet  assume they are rid of her influence when she suddenly re-enters their lives. Despite all warnings, Harriet’s husband Nick becomes involved in business with Amanda’s husband and thus Amanda. Grace’s brother continues to be under Amanda’s spell.

Life is not easy for Harriet, mother of three, who had to return to teaching because of economic problems. Also Nick’s mother has come to live with them. Although her situation is complicated, Harriet pushes hard for stability for her family.

This is my second Julie Houston book to read and I like it much better than the first. The main character is strong, likable, and has moral character. There is a subplot involving Harriet’s mother, possible dementia, and a secret. I wasn’t sure how the plot would sort itself out, but it did and I enjoyed watching it happen.

I would like to extend my thanks to netgalley.com and to Aria for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4.5/5

Category: General Fiction (Adult), Women’s Fiction

Notes: Includes some British vulgarisms but they are not terribly offensive compared to those found in Julie Houston’s Coming Home to Holly Close Farm.

Publication:   February 19, 2019—Aria

Memorable Lines:

I can only ever sulk for a maximum of five minutes, by which time I’ve usually had enough of giving the cold shoulder treatment and need to start talking again. Life is just too short to spend it in silence.

Admittedly, I did most of the hard graft but I lightened the proceedings by blasting out T.Rex’s “I Love to Boogie”, so that even Kit forgot he was a fully paid up member of the moody brigade and jitterbugged round the furniture with the Hoover.

…wrapping a duvet around her against the almost damp cold which had settled in the sitting room like a melancholic maiden aunt who has outstayed her welcome, I went back through the hall to ring the doctor’s surgery.

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7 Comments

  1. Shalini says:

    I am glad this was better.. I didn’t really like my first one. Lovely review 😍

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  2. I haven’t read this author.The cover in intriguing. 🌹👵💕

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  3. carhicks says:

    Good review Linda. I have not read this author and I might give this one a try if I get the time. Glad this one was better.

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    • lghiggins says:

      If you do read it, I’ll be interested in your take on the vulgarisms. I don’t appreciate them in American English and I felt the British ones were overused in the other book I read by this author. I’m curious if I didn’t find them as offensive in this book because they are terms I am not as familiar with. I also wonder if “bad words” in Canada are more similar to those in the U.S. or in Britain.

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      • carhicks says:

        Interesting. I find that vulgarisms offend me more now than in the past, not sure if it is age, or the fact that they are used so often now. I will have to watch for this now.

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