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Saving Grace

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  488 ratings  ·  58 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When Grace O'Brien wakes up next to Bernard-from-IT, she blames the out-of-date bottle of Baileys for making her cheat on her boyfriend of one year, nine months, three weeks and six days.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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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
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
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 ;)
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.
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
Leen Van Den Eynde
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
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
ummm it's okay....
Imagine Bridget Jones with red hair, transferred to Ireland, add a bit
of past drama overshadowing life and you have Grace, heroins of Saving

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

Grace had lost her brother in an accident, they had been in Spain,
when Grace ran
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
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
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
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
Shane is always busy with work and hates being pinned down, however her
sister Clare is
Georgina Hynd
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
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
Stacey Taylor
I loved this book; I loved how raw it was and how real. The storyline is sad and you really feel for Grace and want to keep reading in the hope that things improve for her
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
Arwen Fowler-jonsson
I would have to say 3.75 stars. It is your typical chic lit but a little better and being Irish chic lit maybe something I should search for more later on.
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
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
Mar 06, 2015 Alison rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2015
I found this quite hard to get into and strugged to continue through the first half.I think the first half could have been much shorter. I was glad I persevered because it did pick up and I found the last part very touching although slightly predictable.
A good romanticall story with a good plot
Bev Taylor
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


OK but that's all.
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!
This is a debut novel and if you have read any of her other novels you will notice. This one is a little slow to begin and some of the info feels a little irrelevant. Otherwise, this is still an enjoyable read with some lovely characters
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.
Sam Still Reading
Mar 12, 2010 Sam Still Reading rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Marian Keyes fans
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: picked it off the shelf
Not your standard chick lit. Saving Grace is in the league of Marian Keyes, with a more 'thinking' type of book- we cover relationships and grief with a wedding and drunken nights out. It's fun, yet serious at times. The last 70 pages I read in a greedy sitting, the finale was spectacular. Ending was yes, kind of predictable, but you're happy that all the characters got what they deserved.
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
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 !! ...more
Good frothy Irish chicklit. Really perfect for a monotonous plane or train ride.

I don't know if I agree with the "Move over Marian, here comes Ciara" comment on the back, because I'm terribly loyal to Marian Keyes. But it's still a pretty good book, and I would read others by her.
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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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