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Grace After Henry

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  2,874 ratings  ·  278 reviews
A quirky love story set in Dublin that's perfect for fans of PS, I Love You and Jojo Moyes, Grace After Henry is a funny, heartfelt debut novel about one woman learning what it means to move on and to let go

When her fiancé, Henry Walsh, is killed in a freak biking accident, Grace feels like she's lost her own shadow. For five years, they'd been inseparable: five years of t
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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published May 3rd 2018)
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Alice (MTB/Alice Tied The Bookish Knot)
I purchased a copy for my kindle on a daily deal!

T/W- Grief

Before I share my thoughts, let's just say that I am in the minority here and sadly couldn't click with this novel at all. Grace loses her husband Henry in a tragic accident, but still sees him wondering around in the city of Dublin. It isn't until a man that looks the exact mirror reflection of him turns up one day and a big secret is revealed. The pacing was extremely slow as well as events that took place that I personally couldn't re
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Cathy
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-reads, romance
Ten Reasons To Love Grace After Henry by Eithne Shortall

One – The believable and touching portrayal of the impact of losing someone close to you.  The regrets – if only you’d said all the things you’d meant to say.  The guilt – that if you’d done things differently perhaps events would have taken a different course.  The anger – why me?  The loneliness and sense of displacement in a world that suddenly seems to be missing a vital part.

Two – How Grace’s memories of the good times with Henry are c
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Theresa Smith
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m going to state right up front that this novel is nothing like what the blurb indicates. It’s so much more and then some, making it a really tricky one to review because I don’t want to give even a hint of a spoiler. I didn’t have one, so you can’t either! This is one of those novels that you want to go into fairly blind.



Irish fiction has long been a favourite of mine, harking back to my twenties when I used to devour Maeve Binchy, Cathy Kelly, and Sheila O’Flannagan like they were my main n
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Kristy
This was a lovely and often heartbreaking book about love and loss. Grace and Henry have just bought a house together when he dies, leaving Grace bereft. She moves into their new home and one day Henry shows up to fix the faulty boiler. Only it isn’t Henry, of course; the look-alike man’s name is Andy, and suddenly Grace’s life is turned upside down.

This is a different sort of story—sometimes predictable but often not. It’s touching and sad and captures grief and love quite wonderfully. Grace is
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mindful.librarian ☀️
Enjoyable and full-of heart ❤️I almost had to put it down bc the grief at the beginning was so raw but I’m glad I didn’t stop reading!

FYI for readers like me who are not Irish - the author’s name Eithne is pronounced Enya and the best friend’s name Aoife is pronounced Eefa :-) My daughter and I looked them up bc it was bugging me that I didn’t know their pronunciations.
Chris
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book about love and loss and grief and hope. Grace and Henry are in a relationship - they are young, in love, and have the future ahead of them. They visualize their future together and are making plans to visit real estate for their next step. Only Henry, who is running late and is biking in the rain to meet Grace at a showing, fails to show up. And be prepared to have your heart ache and break as the worst nightmare has just occurred.

Put yourself in Grace’s shoes. Overcome by guilt, grief;
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Hannah
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reminded me a little of PS I Love You (I wasn't the greatest fan of that book). It's also a little like After You (I liked that book better though). It was always Grace and Henry now it's Grace After Henry. The plot thickens with the introduction of Andy who is a constant reminder of Henry. It kept my interest at the start but as I got nearer the end it got a little boring for me. The story fell flat. The storyline covers adoption, loss and grief. Not the worst book I've read but I pre ...more
Aoife
Grace After Henry is a beautiful Irish contemporary book about Grace - who, far too young, loses the love of her life Henry in a tragic cycling accident. Now left in the home they bought together alone, Grace doesn't know what to do or how to go on. And then there's a knock on the door from the man whose come to fix her boiler - and appears to be Henry's doppelgänger. Grace welcomes Andy into her life as she tries to deal with her grief but there's a lot of complications on the horizon.

This is a
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Eileen
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grief is a prevalent theme in this tale of a young woman whose serious boyfriend is killed in a freak accident. It’s not maudlin, however, or even dramatically moving. The components are all there - the suspension of belief, the regrets, the agonizing wish to redo the fateful day, even some wry humor as the protagonist sees some of her eccentric behavior as an observer might. Colorful characters and a clever plot combined to remind me of another Irish author, Maeve Binchy. While this was definit ...more
Coco.V
Jun 20, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Blurb:
Grace sees her boyfriend Henry everywhere. In the supermarket, on the street, at the graveyard.

Only Henry is dead. He died two months earlier, leaving a huge hole in Grace's life and in her heart. But then Henry turns up to fix the boiler one evening, and Grace can't decide if she's hallucinating or has suddenly developed psychic powers. Grace isn't going mad - the man in front of her is not Henry at all, but someone else who looks uncannily like him. Th
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Karen Cole
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like Grace, I have experienced the pain and shock of a sudden loss. In my case it was my brother who died but there is so much of this wonderful novel that was familiar to me. It's over five years since he died but I remember those times when I would catch a glimpse of somebody driving a car and they'd looked so much like him that I caught my breath for a moment until reality kicked in again and I remembered I had identified his body in the hospital mortuary and stood on a wet and windy hillside ...more
Kathryn
Grace After Henry examines what its like to lose someone, still with so much ahead of him. What is it like for Grace - his partner, his parents and a mystery visitor from overseas. There is grief -for Grace who falls to pieces initially, for his parents who also grieve for their only child. His mother cannot move on, she wants at least an apology from the person responsible for the accident.

The story also explores what its like to be adopted and to go in search of parents and family and to find
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Ceecee
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Between 3 and 4 stars. As the title implies this is a book about loss as Grace tries to recover from the shocking death of her partner Henry. The book started really well as mixed in with the grief there were some lovely funny moments which made me laugh out loud. There are some fabulous characters who were so easy to imagine such as Grace’s parents, her friend Aoife, the Three Wise Men and her grumpy next door neighbour Betty. I liked the style of writing and enjoyed the use of A Christmas Caro ...more
Micaela
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So many feelings!
This book knew how to take a serious topic and make it light hearted!
The characters felt real and well rounded.
I liked seeing so many sides of Grace, you definitely got to see her grow and change.
It also had a lot of plot twists! (I also didn't read the back, and just did, one of the twists in on the back, so maybe don't read all of the description lol)
The ending happened so fast I didn't have time to process it, so that made me a bit sad.
Overall, a fun, very interesting, but n
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Claire
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was recommended to me by a friend and I'm so glad I found the time to read it. I struggled to put this down finding it to be an absorbing tale full of emotions of all kinds with some humour thrown in. The only reason it's not a 5* read for me is that I wasn't completely happy with the ending. But don't let that put you off, it is definitely worth the read.
Sheila
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a delightful book. I mainly read crime fiction, but I'm finding that some of my top reads this year are out of my reading comfort zone. This is right up there with Eleanor Oliphant for me. In fact I actually enjoyed it more. I absolutely loved all the characters, they just leapt off the pages. I laughed, I cried, it's definitely a book that I will be pressing into the hands of everyone I meet who enjoys a good read.
Karen F
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fluff book about a woman whose boyfriend/partner dies. How she navigates life especially when the unexpected happens. Good beach summer read. Four stars for what it is.
Nicola Smith
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grace After Henry is funny and moving all at the same time, not an easy thing to achieve. But Eithne Shortall has definitely cracked it.

Grace's boyfriend, Henry, has died. They were just in the process of embarking on the next stage of their life together when that was it, he was gone. She sees him everywhere, a natural effect of grief. He's in the restaurant where she works, at the graveyard, in the street. But then one day Andy turns up and he looks just like Henry.

How does Grace deal with th
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Blodeuedd Finland
I read this one really fast, when I started, I just needed to know that everything would work out.

Grace and Henry are about to buy a house, and then he dies. A horrible accident and she can just not move on. She sees him everywhere and misses him so much. Which is obvious, and so heartbreaking. I liked her and I wanted her to be happy again.

She has a great best friends. She has great parents. But she does not have Henry anymore. And she most learn to live again without him.

Like move into a new h
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Stephanie
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Grace loses Henry, her fiancé and love of her life, in a freak biking accident, she struggles to pick up the pieces and move on. With the encouragement of her parents and best friend, Grace decides to move into the dream house she had purchased with Henry alone and returns to work. As she continues to grieve and keeps seeing Henry on the streets of Dublin, Grace thinks she is losing her mind. That is until Henry’s long-lost twin brother Andy knocks on her door. Separated at birth, Andy is i ...more
marlin1
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, edelweiss
Grace and Henry were about to purchase their first home when Henry is killed in a traffic accident. Grace is devastated and it takes time to get her life on kilter again. Especially when she thinks she sees Henry everywhere. Then one day he’s standing at her door to fix the boiler....only it’s not Henry.

This was a lovely book that explores the grieving process, adoption, friendship and the chance to get on with life again. I liked both Grace and Andy and there were a number of good supporting ch
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Safiya
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, far more than I even expected to. I would compare this book to Me After You (the title even follows the same principle) and P.S. I Love You and is on par with, if not better than those (definitely the former).

I got into the story straight away because the fatal incident is the opening. I was immediately captivated by the story and could already feel the depth of their relationship. Henry dies after an accident on his bike - this played on my emotions even more so beca
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Deama
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah this was such a good read with lots of humour and heartfelt moments.

After Grace's boyfriend Henry dies in a cycling/traffic accident everything's turned upside down. It's an emotional roller coaster for Grace as she imagines seeing Henry everywhere, in everyone. And then Andy turns up at her door, identical to Henry although with only a few slight differences. Grace keeps him a secret for a long while, but Andy isn't Henry, and can she learn to separate the two?

I love the fact that in this
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Kathy
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Grace After Henry by Eithne Shortall is a poignant yet ultimately uplifting novel of healing from a heartrending loss.

Grace McDonnell and her fiancé Henry Walsh are moving on to the next stage of their lives when he dies in a tragic accident. After retreating from life for a few months at her parents' house, Grace is finally ready to move forward. She moves into the house they purchased before his death and she returns to work. Yet every day remains a struggle for Grace as she thinks she sees He
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I need to cuddle a teddy after reading this. I’m emotionally wrecked. This is the kind of book that squeezes your heart until it pops or punches a hole straight through it. I knew the book was going to get to me within a few pages when Henry dies, in a horrific, all too believable accident. This book had me right at the moment Henry’s scarf catches on the spokes of his bicycle wheels. My heart was in my throat. This book goes to some pretty dark places whe
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Barred Owl Books
A quirky love story set in Dublin that's perfect for fans of PS, I Love You and Jojo Moyes, Grace After Henry is a funny, heartfelt debut novel about one woman learning what it means to move on and to let go.

When the love of her life, Henry, is killed in a freak biking accident, Grace feels like she's lost her own shadow. In his absence, she must put her world back together: she moves into the Dublin dream house they bought together, she returns to work as a chef, she watches TV with her nosy el
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Lauren
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am aware with this review I differ from the popular opinions...

Grace after Henry... a good read but left me unfulfilled and with some what an empty feeling.
Having read the blurb I felt ready for a whirl wind of romance with the step-in character Andy, this was not the case.

A lot more commenced in the book than stated on the blurb and that i am happy for, it was extremely creative and easy to picture, don’t get me wrong it’s a fabulous book but I wouldn’t suggest reading if you are one that ha
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Karen Parisot
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Henry and Andy are twins living thousands of miles and continents apart. The thing is though, that each of them doesn’t know the other exists. Andy does know he was adopted, and goes to Ireland to research his roots.
Henry dies at the beginning of the story, but we get to know him through Grace’s memories of him that are scattered throughout the book. And, what wonderful memories they are! Even though the story begins on a tragic note, it is filled with love and humor. I thought Grace’s elderly
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Mary Lou
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: irish
Grace’s life falls apart when the love of her life is killed in a road accident. She moves alone into the house they had just completed on, but the boxes remain unpacked and the dust gathers.
Grace After Henry is a well- crafted and thoughtful read. Eithne Shortall meets the issues head-on and an unexpected arrival on the scene does not provide any easy answers.
The characters feel genuine and there is a bunch of wry humour for balance. I love the section in Ikea- if you’ve been shopping there yo
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Mimi
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The above blurb tells all you need to know in advance about the plot, so I'm not going to provide a summary of the story. Grace After Henry is a delightful romance, whether it's Grace with Henry or Grace with Andy. (view spoiler) This novel talks about Ireland's history with adoption with both tact and humor. I found this to be an enchanting and a fun-to-read love ...more
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Eithne Shortall is an author and journalist. Her debut novel, Love in Row 27, was published in June 2017. Her second novel, Grace after Henry, will be published in the UK and Ireland in May 2018 and in the United States in early 2019. She is the chief arts writer with the Irish edition of the Sunday Times newspaper and a regular contributor to RTE Radio.

Eithne was born and grew up in Dublin, Irela
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