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Beyond Grace’s Rainbow: An absolutely gripping emotional page-turner with a heartbreaking twist! Kindle Edition
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About the Author
She lives with her husband Roger and two small children in Co. Wexford, Ireland, where she credits the rural idyll as a constant source of inspiration for her stories.
Her latest book, Every Time A Bell Rings is on sale now in bookshops throughout Ireland and UK and has been described by best-selling novelist Claudia Carroll as 'Beautiful and uplifting...Written with such heart it warms the soul.' Her other bestsellers include The Life You Left and Kindle Book of The Year & Romantic eBook of the Year, Beyond Grace's Rainbow. Her page-turning contemporary stories are to be published worldwide, translated into nine different languages and are regular chart-toppers.
Carmel writes realistic life stories with incredible compassion and warmth
about characters so authentic, they could be sitting in the room with you.
The Things I Should Have Told You, her fourth novel, will be published 30th June 2016.
Follow Carmel on Twitter @HappyMrsH, or become friends with Carmel on Facebook/happymrsh. For more information on Carmel, visit carmelharrington.com
‘It will pull you in, make you laugh and break your heart – in a good way!’ – USA Today Bestselling Author Abby Green
‘A bittersweet, quietly brilliant novel that will make you cry, laugh and cry all over again.’ – Female First
‘Funny, poignant and bursting with heartfelt humour.’ – I Heart… Chick Lit
‘You will laugh, you will cry, you might even get angry. One thing is for sure – this, thanks to the warmth of writing and the level of feeling Harrington obviously has for her characters, is a story you will never forget.’ – AfterTheFinalChapters.com
‘I can hand on my heart honestly say that this book has blown me away. Treat yourself to it. It's not just for us chick-lit ladies. It's for everyone who enjoys a good read and a brilliant book. It's Sensational.’ – PajamaBookGirl
Praise for ‘The Life You Left’:
‘Engaging from the first page, at times emotional, at others thoughtful, The Life You Left will make you see life in a different way.’ – Women’s Way
‘Heartwrenching and heartwarming’ – The Evening Herald
“Guaranteed to brighten your day – once you have dried your tears!” – Novelicious
‘Carmel Harrington has done it again! Brilliantly written and as a second novel for this author, it surpasses all expectations.’ -Chicklit Club
‘Not only proves what an amazing book this is, but what a discovery Carmel Harrington is to the literary world.’ – BookGeekWearsPajams
‘A perfect summer read, grab the sun hat, a glass of wine, get out into the garden and enjoy!’ – BleachHouseLibrary
- ASIN : B00EH18VHC
- Publisher : One More Chapter (September 12, 2013)
- Publication date : September 12, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 3581 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 286 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #194,500 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I don't think there was one character I disliked, actually.....I loved all the friends' interactions throughout, whether in good times or bad. You have to feel so bad for Grace, she certainly had some bloody tragedies to live through, though of course in many way, she's also blessed. And of course, so many people live through this terrible way of life with chemo, etc...on a daily basis, sometimes working and sometimes unsuccessful. It has to be pretty bloody horrendous.
I loved the author's mention of Mr H in her dedication. Thought that was so nice.
Now those missed commas....read these aloud and you'll see how they make a sentence read totally differently without them-"But there's no doubt I'm afraid," "Don't you feel guilty about how you feel ever," "Don't give her a choice, insist on meeting her Grace," "Because it's hard to say Gerry," "Don't say no Grace," "If I started Catherine, I don't think I'd stop" and "She is Tom." There are more, throughout, but I can't write the lot out here. It's a massive problem, though. To cap it all, we had one added later on where it WASN'T needed-"Relieved, she suggested it to be honest, babe."
She also wrote "as they'd grown up as cousins" as opposed to so, friends the TV series needed capitalising, was was used and not were and this sentence didn't need to used twice-"I didn't want to promise to never to see my baby." There were also some missed apostrophes and speechmarks for variation. I didn't understand this line, either, and Google couldn't help, "It makes me feel under a compliment." It did recognise a Baby Guinness, though, which sounds delicious !! Delph and ornaments are mentioned and I've heard of Delft but not delph, then at one point Jack had chicken nugget and chips. I doubt anybody ever has only one !
I have bought another by her which was written 5 years after this one, so I have high hopes that she has a new editor or proofreader by now.
I was expecting some lighthearted chicklit novel but it was far from it! If I had known that the heart of the story was about the Big 'C' and Grace's battle with Leukaemia I probably wouldn't have purchased this book. Probably like many readers having experienced heartbreak from losing loved ones to Cancer the last thing I wanted to do was read about it and have lots of painful memories resurface. So that was very remiss of me but in a way I am glad that I did download the book because if I hadn't I would have missed reading a really wonderful book. It was fate!
The story is about Grace and her group of close knit friends - Tom and Gerry, Tara and Sean, Abby - and Liam her boyfriend, Catherine her birth mother and Jack her three year old son. At the heart of the story is Grace's battle to survive Leukaemia which in the process leads to her meeting her birth mother and learning the story of her birth with some help from her friends. Her ex-boyfriend, Liam who is a reformed alcoholic and Jack's father also resurfaces and takes up with Grace while her treatment is going on. The fight to find a bone marrow match and the journey that results was like solving a mystery and the result surprising particularly when we find out who the birth father is.
Each of Grace's friends have their own mini subplots which lightens the story somewhat and gives the reader a break from Grace's own personal battle. The characters were all very interesting and some of them could easily have had books written about them on their own seperately. I loved the deep bond of friendship that was there between the group and how they cared deeply and would do almost anything for each other, like a family.
This is a very brave book written by a brave new author and I am so glad I picked this up although I did have a lump in my throat at the end. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.
Grace is our main character, she is a single mum to her adorable son Jack and she has a large group of close friends who are all about to become her support network as she has just received the devastating news that she has cancer. It is as she is preparing to undergo treatment that her ex Liam has returned and wants to be back in her life and to be a father to his son who he has never met.
This book was breath-taking, although I have read many books that have brought a lump to my throat, this book went one step further, the emotion was so raw and unexpected that I had tears streaming down my face ( not a good look on your break at work!) I believe that because I connected so well with all of the characters I felt like I was part of their group so everything that happened to Grace felt like it was happening to a friend so I think this was why I felt so emotional.
The writing style was perfect and flawless, there were no slow points or parts that felt the need to skim read, it flowed at a continual gentle pace that enveloped you in the storyline. At times I felt the storyline was predictable but then all of a sudden there was a shift in the way things looked and so I got a shock of my life.
The characters were a fabulous mix, I particularly loved the quirky, gay friend Gerry! Having a character like him in this book was really needed as he kept the fun and light-hearted side to an emotional and deep storyline. Grace was such a strong, caring and loveable character who I loved from the start.
The friendship between the group is a major part of the storyline and each of the friends have their own little story going on too. As well as the friendship and Grace’s illness there is also a lovely touch of romance but also some past history to uncover.
This book is easily a 5* read and I will be recommending this book for a long time yet. I wouldn’t hesitate to read more books by this author.
Grace is an ordinary woman who finds hidden strength to cope with the lightning bolts life throws at her. A single mother, she has a close-knit, eclectic group of friends and family who love and support her through the difficult times. Liam, her son's father a recovering alcoholic reappears in Grace's life when she diagnosed with Leukaemia. He wants to try again and has been alcohol free for over a year but can Grace trust him with her son's happiness and in the circumstances does she have a choice?
The quality of the characters ground this story; give it a realistic edge which stops it being overly sentimental. That said it is a poignant read with characters that are easy to empathise with. It will melt even the hardest heart as Grace fights to survive for her son.
'Beyond Grace's Rainbow' is a well paced read with lots of humorous scenes to temper the drama and a well thought out plot with unexpected twists. It's a feel good, memorable read. Well worth the tears.