Amazing Grace Adams, Fran Littlewood

Amazing Grace Adams opening lines: Grace is hot. There’s the sun, like boiled breath, on the roof of her car but it’s more than that.

Amazing Grace Adams

My blurb:

Grace is doing her best. Her best to save her child. And her best to save herself. She feels like she has failed at every turn. Her marriage has not succeeded. And she has lost her child. But she feels if she just does this one thing, all will be alright. She just needs to get a cake to Lotte to show her how much she matters.

Amazing Grace Adams
One hot summer day, stuck in traffic on her way to pick up the cake for her daughter’s sixteenth birthday party, Grace Adams snaps.
She doesn’t scream or break something or cry or curl into a ball. She simply abandons her car in traffic and walks away. But not from her life – towards it. Towards the daughter who has banned her from the party. Towards the husband divorcing her. Towards the terrible thing that has blown their family apart . . .
She’ll show her daughter that no matter how far we fall, we can always get back up. Because Grace Adams was amazing. The world and her family might have forgotten. But Grace is about to remind them …
My verdict:

When I started reading this book I really was not that convinced I would finish it. But I am so glad I did. Grace has been through so much, and it is only by reading through her story that you can really get a feel for her as a real character. Someone who has endured the worst day of her life, and is still managing to be there for her child. This is a great read, one that might have you in tears!

Read an extract of Amazing Grace Adams

Grace is hot. There’s the sun, like boiled breath, on the roof of her car but it’s more than that. This feeling that from nowhere she’s been set on fire from the inside out. Between her breasts a line of sweat is tracking a slow, itchy S, and she wants to jam a hand under the neck of her shirt and wipe it away. It’s gridlock, though, and she’s hemmed in on all sides, and there’s the man in the Audi, whose car window is level with hers. He’s staring at her like she’s the distraction he needs in this. Screw you, she thinks. Screw you, screw you, screw you.

‘If you’re feeling hot out there today,’ the woman on the radio is saying, ‘according to the latest report from climate think tank Autonomy, it’s only going to get hotter …’

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Publishing information:
ISBN 9780241548523
Format Trade Paperback
Published March 2023

Penguin Random House South Africa sent me this novel to review.

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6 thoughts on “Amazing Grace Adams, Fran Littlewood

  1. I always love a book with a message and a book about how people overcome their struggles. This book sounds interesting. Thanks for the review.

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