Sometimes we all like a bit of mindless fluff, a girlie story that brings us fantastical happy-ever-afters. But then sometimes the truth is more reassuring and ‘Saving Grace' is nothing if not realistic.
Ciara Geraghty's natural style of writing pulls you in from the off. It's conversational, complete with catty asides, and it kind of reminds you of having a chat with one of your mates. Her characters are real. There the sort of people that you can pick out amongst your own group of friends and you very quickly identify with them without very much effort.
This tale revolves around Grace O'Brien and her drama-filled life. Grace is a pretty normal Irish girl, struggling to cope with her own demons. She struggles with her weight, is fond of a few drinks, does things that she shouldn't do after said drinks and has lost her way a bit after a tragedy in her family changed her outlook on life.
She stays with a man who doesn't really love her out of habit because the alternative, being alone, is just too scary. Her mother thinks she's a walking disaster. Her workmates think she's the life-and-soul but don't really take her all that seriously. And Grace just seems to be drifting all the time, feeling a bit lost and misunderstood.
What's great about ‘Saving Grace' is that it paints the complete picture of our protagonist's life a twenty-something year-old-woman trying to fit into society's ideals and failing miserably. There are happy moments and sad moments, confusion, heartbreak and all the emotions that we all go through from time to time. It's addictive reading because you want to laugh along with her dilemmas as you remember being in a similar situation yourself.
Sometimes we want complete escapism from fiction. But sometimes it's more comforting to relate to the story you're reading. And Geraghty's witty dialogue generally serves to make you feel better about your own life, while still entertaining you - never a bad thing.