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Saving Grace

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  621 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
When Grace O'Brien wakes up next to Bernard-from-IT, she blames the out-of-date bottle of Baileys for making her cheat on her boyfriend of one year, nine months, three weeks and six days. But then she finds she can't get Bernard - geeky dress sense, red hair and all - out of her mind. It gets worse when Grace's best friend falls in love with a blind date - Bernard. Somehow ...more
440 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2008)
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Leah
Oct 07, 2009 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2009
After her brother, Patrick, dies in a tragic accident, Grace O’Brien finds that her life is spiralling out of control. Things come to a head when, after a night out, Grace wakes up the next morning besides Bernard O’Malley, the newewst member at the firm where Grace works. Matters are made worse because Grace is actually in a long-distance relationship with Shane. As Grace tries to forget about her one-night stand with Bernard, she finds herself more and more attracted to him. Grace also tries t ...more
clinestar
Jul 17, 2011 clinestar rated it really liked it
After reading rather a lot of heavy stuff, I was in the mood for something light and picked this up in the library. I was expecting your standard chick lit fare - girl in problematic situation with a man who doesn't understand her or no man at all (even more problematic). You know the type. This was cleverer than that, the writing more crisp, more witty, more alive. When reading the book you became surrounded by the piles of clothing in Grace and Caroline's flat when they were getting ready for ...more
Ika Madera
Mar 15, 2015 Ika Madera rated it it was amazing
the kind of book that is hard to let go once you start on it. Although Grace does not say much of her guilt but reading to the end she definitely made me feel what she felt. beautifully written to the end ;)
Shanoe
Jun 16, 2017 Shanoe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Ich liebe dieses Buch und ich kann es immer wieder lesen. Obwohl einige Themen dabei sind, die ich eigentlich nicht so an Chick Lit mag, kann ich dieses Buch, wenn ich einmal anfange, gar nicht aus der Hand legen. Grace ist ein unglaublich toller, vielschichtiger Charakter, den man manchmal am liebsten schütteln würde, wenn sie von einem Fettnapf in den nächsten stolpert, mit der man aber auch einfach gern einen gemütlichen DVD-Abend machen und mit ihr über Gott und die Welt plaudern möchte. Auc ...more
Saniya
Jul 13, 2012 Saniya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my! Saving Grace was fantastic! But its so sad that this book is not really recognized and appreciated by readers around the world. From the story to the writing, everything was perfect. It was just like I am watching a chick flick movie but just in a book.
FILM ATTACK!
Just like Heaven, The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Going the Distance, 27 Dresses, Brigit Jones, Bride's maids.

Yupp, this is what I thought while reading this book.

Going on, I would like to divide this book i
...more
Erica
Apr 21, 2013 Erica rated it it was amazing
this book came to me through a friend and i am glad it did

i enjoyed reading this story. i liked how grace's character evolved throughout the story. her character is very relatable. i laughed st most parts of the story and almost cried at the end. i especially loved Patrick's character though he only came to the story through letters and their memories, he has been the most insightful of everyone i think. anyway i'd definitely recommend this one
Charmin
Jan 09, 2013 Charmin rated it liked it
ummm it's okay....
Mari
Dec 04, 2016 Mari rated it it was amazing
Wow! This was one of those books I picked off the library shelf, mostly because it was in English, and the back description seemed a fluffy, but I thought maybe it could be a cute, easy romance story.

Well yes? But also so much more?? The voice in this piece is absolutely fantastic. Really authentic... I think that isn't always easy to do. As in: many people aim for it, but so many also fall flat.

"What a bummer. To be beautiful and not even know it... If I were beautiful, I would stay home and g
...more
Alex
Mar 11, 2017 Alex rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017, adult
I picked this up thinking it would be a quick and easy fluffy read for me; how wrong I was!

I was definitely surprised by this book; I really enjoyed the writing and Geraghty made it so the characters and situations were so relatable and realistic and I really enjoyed the writing style - everything seemed to flow so smoothly.

Yes this was a romance story but it had that little extra which just set it apart from the rest. You could understand why Grace ended up in bed with Bernard even though it wa
...more
Marleen
Apr 22, 2011 Marleen rated it really liked it
The combination of having read and really enjoyed Finding Mr. Flood by this author and Ciara Geraghty’s visit to Bailieborough library last Saturday meant that I couldn’t resist buying her first book and reading it immediately.
I’m really happy that I can say that this book didn’t disappoint me. Maybe I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as Finding Mr. Flood, but the difference wasn’t big. Saving Grace brings the reader another interesting and fun story. A story that deals with real issues but manages
...more
Josephine
Feb 23, 2017 Josephine added it
Shelves: dnf
I wasn't a fan of the writing style or the number of writing elements used. This was a DNF for me.
Chanpreet
Sep 13, 2011 Chanpreet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been doing things backwards lately. This is the second or third time in the past three months where I'll read books out of the order in which they were published. And I'm talking about books that aren't in a series. Usually what happens is that an author can be compared to a fine wine; getting better with age, because with each book, they gain confidence and write better. I was a little worried I was not going to enjoy or like this book as much as I did her second book, "Becoming Scarlett," ...more
Leen Van Den Eynde
Aug 23, 2015 Leen Van Den Eynde rated it liked it
Ciara Geraghty is writing the story of Grace, waking up in her colleagues bed when having a 1 year, 9 months and 3 weeks relationship. The story situates in Belfast in the year 2004. The weeks after her drunk night, Grace seems to finally get over a terrible loss of the year before and has a change of mind concerning her way of life.

Main character in this book is Grace, with her best friend Caroline besides her. Caroline is a stunning lady, winning every men's heart within 5 seconds. Throughout
...more
Bianca
Aug 07, 2016 Bianca rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
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Nadine
Jul 08, 2011 Nadine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Imagine Bridget Jones with red hair, transferred to Ireland, add a bit
of past drama overshadowing life and you have Grace, heroins of Saving
Grace.

She is involved with Shane, who as the reader soon learns is a self
absorbed, arrogant and superficial guy, who spends 6 months out of
town to push his career. Grace wakes up one morning in bed with her
colleague Bernhard, who is in IT, geeky looking, but warm and very
lovable.

Grace had lost her brother in an accident, they had been in Spain,
when Grace ran
...more
Pauline
Feb 10, 2017 Pauline rated it really liked it
First book read by this author. I found this a nice easy read . Characters well fleshed out and enjoyed the storyline. Will be looking out for others to read by this author.
Aileen
May 25, 2011 Aileen rated it it was amazing
Grace is struggling to come to terms with her brother’s death and what
happened in Spain, her mother blames Grace for the death.
Grace wakes up with a bad hangover and that’s not all, Bernard (new Guy
from IT) is in the same bed as her, she has a boyfriend Shane is she
going to reveal all? She shares a flat with Caroline (Shane’s sister)
so she decides to forget all about it, but is that easier said than
done?
Shane is always busy with work and hates being pinned down, however her
sister Clare is
...more
Danielle
May 31, 2009 Danielle rated it really liked it
Shelves: chic-lit
I really liked this book. It was a bit shallow at first with Grace's one-night-stand, her seductive friend, her boyfriend she can't get over, her drinking, partying and a job she doesn't care about. But what kept the story going and kept Grace likable was her grieving over her brother. Another flaw is that there is quite a number of characters so it was hard to keep track of. Some of the plot twists I could see a mile off. But I loved the Granny character. She brought out the best in Grace and s ...more
Georgina Hynd
Mar 08, 2014 Georgina Hynd rated it liked it
Light, easy to read and there are plenty of us out there, I'm sure, who can relate to Grace. Apologetic for being overweight, apologetic for smoking, apologetic for drinking too much, apologetic for spending wages as soon as it hits the bank... Apologetic for being the child who survived when the beloved son died. Grace's journey is one of acceptance - accepting herself, the inner her, the her not defined by her poor money management, inability to quit bad food, drink and cigarettes. The her tha ...more
Jacqueline
Jan 14, 2012 Jacqueline rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. Better than the average chick lit, it was realistic and had some depth. I couldn't leave it alone and found myself thinking about it when I wasn't reading it which is always a sign of a good book in my opinion.

I would say that I enjoyed it more than the last couple of Marian Keys but this is an unfair comparison given that this is the first novel of hers I've read and so the author hasn't proven yet whether she will fall into the trap of repeating the same old formula and
...more
Lisa
Dec 01, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it
In a funny way, i wish i had never read this book. mainly because i am now heartbroken that its over.
Saving Grace is both chick lit and something more than that. Grace is such a stunning character that everyone can relate to: we've all worried about the size of our bottoms, all fretted that our parents are disappointed in us, all dated someone unsuitable and all fancied someone we really shouldn't..
Grace's story moves at a lovely pace and every moment you wonder when this beautiful woman will g
...more
Goddess Of Blah
Irish Charm? = Check
Funny? = check
Wonderful character? = check
Good plot? = check
Beautiful romance? = check

I loved this story, it defeated the clichés of what the standard chick-lit hero is meant to be (hilariously executed). I loved the first scene and the lunch-box comment. It's uproariously funny. There are also tearjerker moments and sizzling romance.

Right from the start it hooks you in with its wit and comedy.

Full of Irish charm, it has the right balance of comedy, emotion, drama and romant
...more
Aimee
Feb 16, 2016 Aimee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Natasja
Aug 06, 2014 Natasja rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chiklit, 2014
Deze beschrijving beloofd erg veel, maar eerlijk gezegd had ik het anders verwacht. Het verhaal is eigenlijk erg goed maar ik vond het zodra ik het boek instapte erg rommelig overkomen en druk, dat had van mij allemaal iets minder gemogen. Het kwam als een orkaan op me af, ik ben toch verder gaan lezen, en zoals ik al zei het verhaal is gewoon goed en je wil toch het einde weten. IK heb nog twee boeken liggen van haar en hoop dat ik me daar beter in voel anders geloof ik niet dat ik ze uit ga le ...more
Nathalie
Jan 07, 2012 Nathalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this in a blog competition a while ago, and was so excited to be able to read this.
I really really enjoyed this book, it was poignant, sad and funny and I really took the characters to heart. I have read Becoming Scarlett by Ciara Geraghty, and I really enjoyed that too. Will definitely be reading Ciara's third book.
I would highly recommend this book, and in fact Ciara as an author. A very good read.
Jill Robertson
Apr 19, 2016 Jill Robertson rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
'Saving Grace' by Clare Geraghty was a typical chick-lit story with girl struggling to find herself, rotten boyfriend, kindly guy who is possibly Mr Right, girlfriends, family.... I find pages of wedding preparations a cliche, though other readers may find descriptions of dress trying on, pre-wedding nerves, the actual wedding etc. enthralling. I tried to really like Grace, but was annoyed with her inability to shed the obviously rotten boyfriend.
Emma
Aug 05, 2009 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
A great first novel by Ciara Geraghty, it is Irish chicklit at its best - watch out Marian Keyes. I really enjoyed reading this book and did not want it to end.
Full of funny moments but also sad ones, the book is well written and entertaining.
The protagonist Grace is someone I could imagine being friends with or knowing, in reading the book you feel as if you are really there with her.
I hope Ciara has already started writing her second novel!
Nicki
Oct 10, 2013 Nicki rated it really liked it
Not bad chick lit. Very well written characters. Story okay, not as good as Finding Mr Flood, which I really enjoyed. Then again, I started Becoming Scarlett and couldn't finish it, so I do find this author a bit hit and miss. She writes wonderfully, but some of her themes aren't the most interesting. I do kind of feel like I've read the "dead brother" trauma storyline many times.
Sonja Mestrom
Apr 10, 2013 Sonja Mestrom rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I found this a little harder to get into then the other Ciara Geraghty books I've read, but once I did I couldn't put it down! Rich, warm, funny and with a lot more substance than your standard chick lit. I highly recommend it.. You come away feeling as if you have been on a journey with the characters... Always a sign of a good book ☺!!
Bev Taylor
Jan 06, 2014 Bev Taylor rated it it was amazing
yet another irish writer! how come the majority of them r female ?

found it a bit drawn out to start with. however in fairness i had just finished a james patterson novel and the 2 r as different as chalk and cheese

story of relationships and romance - both good bad and indifferent

humorous, true and poignant

see what u think

bev

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Ciara Geraghty is the author of three novels, Saving Grace, Becoming Scarlett and Finding Mr Flood. She lives in Dublin with her husband and three children.
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