I don't normally read a lot of "chick lit", but this is definitely chick lit. Parading as something smarter. And it is smarter. Grace is smart. A 30 something Australian (and on disability) school teacher, Grace has a problem, although it isn't a problem for her...counting. Grace is OCD and likes to count. Everything. It gives her control of her life. Until she meets Seamus.
Grace speaks to her mother and sister at a prescribed hour and day every week. She measures her food, she measures the minutes it takes to do things. She measures every bite she eats. And every step she takes. When she starts an affair with an Irish guy named Seamus, her life begins to change.
This is a very quick read. A two hour airplane read. While Grace obviously has a high IQ, is an ardent admirer (ie obsessed) with Nikola Tesla, and loves numbers and their permanency in the world, she is still, ultimately, a beautiful but lonely woman with a ticking biological clock. Jordan does a good job of dancing around this fact, but any woman reading this book (and this book is geared towards female readers) will "get that" with Grace's intense and loving relationship with her mother and her beloved niece. Not to mention the great (and overly described) sex she has with Seamus.
Not a bad book, but cleverly disguised as NOT chick lit when IT IS. But still, not terrible! Very fast reading. Fun and light hearted, even with heavy underlying themes, Grace is a great character, and so are Larry/Hilary (beloved niece), Violet, (annoying and happily married sister) Mother (ditzy but sweet) and Seamus (sexy and helpful). Just don't expect anything too deep here...