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Days of Grace: A Novel Hardcover – May 27, 2010

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Nora Lynch is at the end of her life, and she intends to die alone. When she takes in a young, unwed mother, however, her plan is interrupted, and she begins to relive the time she spent with the Rivers family during WWII. Among the many London children evacuated from the city during the Blitz, Nora landed in Kent, where Reverend Rivers, his wife, and daughter, Grace, gave her a life she never dreamed of and, in the end, never wanted. Hall's debut captures the stagnation of the Rivers family, hiding behind the seeming tranquility of their lives to shield themselves from painful memories. Even the war feels far away. Planes flying overhead are muffled by the stifling calm of the English countryside. When Nora falls for Grace, she is tormented by loving someone she can't have, and her descent into isolation and bitterness is intensely evoked. The prose, flitting between the present and wartime Kent, is as crisp, efficient, and quietly moving as Nora herself. Her attempt to find redemption and her struggle to forgive herself will engage readers to the end. --Courtney Jones


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; 1 edition (May 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670021768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670021765
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,863,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Steve Benner VINE VOICE on December 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
Catherine Hall's début novel, "Days of Grace" is, quite simply, an amazing achievement. Complex and emotionally charged throughout, it spans some 50 years in two alternating but converging narratives of a single life -- that of Nora, now an old woman, living alone and dying of cancer; consumed by a guilty secret that has haunted her for much of her adult life. The tale tells of love, loss, and abandonment but really, above all, the fatality of impossible relationships, the anguish they create, the guilt they engender and the tragic outcomes that inevitably ensue. And yet, this book follows by no means any standard pattern of tragedy; there is no formulaic element to this book at all. Ms Hall keeps her reader both engrossed from the outset as well as guessing right to the very end, maintaining a high standard of writing throughout. If the book has a flaw it is that some of the pivotal characters are a little thinly developed and their actions do not always sit right upon them. That said, the story remains mostly credible; it strikes me that it would dramatise well and I would not be at all surprised to see this as a two- or three-parter on (British) TV some time. I would urge you to read the book before that happens, as much of its beauty and complexity will inevitably be lost in that process and it would be a shame to miss out on that.

Highly recommended.
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Format: Paperback
Catherine Hall shows a maturity in her writing far beyond her years. Not only does she have insight into the inner most thoughts of two young girls with whom, no doubt, she can relate, but she has an uncanny knack of getting inside the heads of characters far older than herself. Her powers of observation and psycho-analysis are extraordinary. The story takes us winging back, at one moment, to our own precious, innocent childhoods and then, in the next moment, plonks us firmly back in the present - with all the intricate dilemmas created by our own maturation.
On the one hand there is a familiarity about the story and, on the other hand, there is a mystery which keeps one reading, with baited breath, until the very last page. Poignant, sad, inevitable, thought-provoking; call the story what you will. Talented,remarkable, destined for fame - that, in my humble opinion, is Catherine Hall.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a touching and beautifully written story of a young girl/old woman telling her past and speculating on the future as she lies dying of cancer. What makes this book so fascinating is that there are two subplots - one about the experiences of her youth and the second with her realizing that she can still do some good before her life slips away. The tales are told in alternating chapters, and both are compelling, holding the reader's attention from the first paragraph to the very last. In fact, the last page of this book is the best and most movingly written ending of any novel I have ever read.

I agree with other reviewers that the secondary characters could use some more development. However, this one minor flaw is not enough to detract from the telling of a painfully exquisite love born in childhood and framed within the horrendous realities of war. Read this book and you will be transported from the war-torn streets of London to the innocence of youth in an English countryside and back again. Very highly recommended.
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A simple premise, truthfully told of WWII London evacuees, reluctant children taken from grieving, yet unfaltering mothers and fathers to a safer haven in the English countryside. Thus, we meet Nora and her devoted mother as they part, forever lost in that innocent moment, never to physically reclaim that indestructible bond of mother and child.

Catherine Hall immaculately weaves the evocative narratives of Nora's ostensibly carefree and guileless countryside life with beautiful, charming Grace and her presumably conventional parents, Vicar and Mrs. Rivers. As secrets unfold, Nora and Grace clandestinely embark upon a haunting and gripping sequence of events in London, which culminate, in a perilous journey from innocence to guilt that will tragically consume Nora until her final days.

Finely embellished with past and present narratives, Nora Lynch's unexpected evolvement from lonely window peeper within her limited narrow world to an intrepid leap in her reluctant reaching out to another young woman in need, ultimately compels Nora not only to face, but to acknowledge and forgive her youthful transgressions and to find comforting release.

Discomforting at times, yet undeniably forceful, Grace and Nora suffer unexpected hardships too soon, as Shakespeare reminds us: "...My salad days, /When I was green in judgment, cold in blood..." Unquestionably, a most provocative read, not to be forgotten as I considered how many post-WWII young women faced overwhelming circumstances, and how each confronted resulting personal demons through vastly diverse paths.
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By A Customer on May 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As the Germans bomb London, many children are evacuated to the countryside. Twelve years old Nora Lynch is one such 12 year old. In Kent Vicar and Mrs. Rivers takes Nora into their home. Over the next few years she relishes living with the Lynch family and dreads going back to London as their daughter, Grace, who is her age, becomes like a sister to her; even as she begins to the notice the cracks in the idyllic family.

Five decades later, Nora is dying from cancer. She brings into her home a single teenage mom Rose and her newborn daughter whom she helped bring into the world as a midwife. Rose allows Nora to name her baby and the grateful elderly woman calls her Grace.

This is a fascinating tale with two subplots fifty years apart that ultimately converge in a terrific climax. Nora, Grace, and Rose are wonderful fully developed protagonists who make the duality entertaining to follow. Although the key support cast is not as solid as needed to further flesh out the tale, fans will relish the fabulous Days of Grace.

Harriet Klausner
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