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Hadley & Grace

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  9,580 ratings  ·  848 reviews
The author of In an Instant delivers a heart-pounding and emotional roller-coaster ride of self-discovery in the tradition of Thelma and Louise.

Needing to escape her abusive marriage, Hadley flees with her two kids, knowing it might be her only chance. A woman who can’t even kill a spider, Hadley soon finds herself pushed to the limits as she fights to protect her family.

Kindle Edition, 344 pages
Published February 1st 2021 by Lake Union Publishing
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Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hadley and Grace by Suzanne Redfearn

Thirty eight year old Hadley is finally doing what needs to be done to get herself and her daughter, Mattie, away from her abusive husband. Twenty eight year old Grace is pushed to her limits by the same man, when he cheats her out of the commission she needs to be able to support herself and her baby. Grace's husband has once again gambled off every last cent that they had and Grace knows she can't stay in such a marriage. 

This story is full of coincidences a
This is a Contemporary/women's fiction that is a take on Thelma and Louise. I love the characters Hadley and Grace. They both have their own problems they are running from, but I feel the characters and their story is well written. I really love the Skipper character, and his character just touched my heart so much. I feel each character came to life which made this book so much fun to read. The storyline had you praying, crying, and sitting on the edge of your seat during reading this book. Thi ...more
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
After reading some dark and disturbing books this was just the novel I needed. This was a great story with lots of heart!

Hadley, her daughter Mattie and nephew Skipper have been living a very constrained life. Hadley’s husband Frank is a controlling man who lashes out at Hadley whenever something displeases him. He is cruel and abusive.

Daughter Mattie is having some struggles of her own, she is 14 and at the age when she is trying to decide who she really is, what she wants out of life and how t
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Five minutes later, they are on their way. (Hadley) glances at Mattie beside her and Skipper behind her, unable to believe it, stunned that it is happening. For fifteen years, she's been searching for a way out, and now, just like that, she is doing it, driving away with the kids. Her heart pounds with adrenaline and a small sense of pride.

'We're not going back?' Mattie says, startling Hadley from her thoughts.

'You packed your mom's apron,' she says to Hadley's surprised expression.

Michael David
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it

HADLEY AND GRACE is “Thelma and Louise” 2.0...with kids and less violence.

Hadley needs to get away from her terrible husband, Frank. With her teenaged daughter and her younger nephew, she has a plan in place to sneak into his work overnight, take his money, and run. What she doesn’t expect is to run into Grace, who works with Frank, also in the office in an attempt to get his money and make her own escape. Grace is escaping her past with her infant son. One thing leads to
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 rounded up!

The newspaper headline read: “Real Life Thelma and Louise Blaze through Salt Lake City!

The two women and their kids fled in a Chevy Truck with California plates. These women might not be Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, and there might not be a 66 Thunderbird or an Oscar nomination, but there is no doubt of the similarity in these women’s story with the fictional Thelma and Louise!”

Frank was a terrible boss.
And, and even worse husband.

But, he had money, and that is what causes
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
4 Thelma and Louise Road Trip Stars

Two women skip town with kids in tow – what could possibly go wrong? Hadley is a gorgeous woman married to a scoundrel who is quick with his fists. She has raised her sister’s son with special needs for years but now her sister wants him back. Hadley hits the road with Skipper and her daughter Mattie to meet up with her sister.

Grace has made a new life for herself, but she’s finding it hard to be a single parent to her four-month-old, especially when he’s strug
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, strap yourself in and brace yourself for a bumpy ride as Suzanne Redfearn takes you on an exciting road trip with some unexpected travelling companions. Hadley Torelli is married to Frank who is frankly (sorry) a rotten excuse of a man and she’s had enough. Grace Herrick works for him but he ruthlessly tricks her and is about to fire her. I shall divulge no more except to say that the two women’s lives become inextricably linked as they race to escape and survive the danger that is closing ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
My best friend and I loved the movie Thelma and Louise SO much that for a short time, one of us was Thelma (her), and one was Louise (me). Hadley and Grace has T&L vibes and is also completely its own story of friendship with mystery and excitement, too.

Hadley is in an abusive marriage. When the time is right, she leaves with her two children. Grace is a new mom with a not-so-pretty past. She meets Hadley, and her past is back in her face, as the two are fighting to survive, together.

Hadley & Gr
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fasten your seat belt guys, Hadley & Grace are here to take you on a ride!

I haven't watched Thelma & Louise yet, but I wish this book is converted into a movie. I absolutely loved this book. Right from the start, I was hooked on to it. You just cannot take your eyes from even a single sentence. The whole environment, the dialogues, the fluency in the language makes it seem so real as if you are a part of their journey. The end leaves you surprised.

Humour, sadness, anger, you name the emotions, a
Karren  Sandercock
Hadley needs to leave her abusive marriage to the very controlling Frank Torelli, her family isn't safe and she’s planned her escape. Her teenager daughter Mattie has just started testing her boundaries, this worries Hadley and she also looks after her nephew Skipper and he has special needs.
Grace Herrick works for Frank as his assistant, her husband Jimmy’s a soldier, he’s away serving in Afghanistan and they have a four month old baby Miles. Grace is a stressed new mother, Miles has colic and
Theresa Alan
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Hadley wants to flee her abusive husband, but she’s going to need money to do it. She takes her fourteen-year-old daughter and the eight-year-old son that is her sister’s special needs child that Hadley has raised since he was a baby. She knows her husband must have some money at his office; she just needs to find where. This is when she meets up with Grace, her husband’s employee. Grace is smarter than her rough upbringing might lead people to believe. She also is desperate for money s
Feb 07, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a major disappointment for me. I was expecting an on-the-road family drama interspersed with some comedy that ends with the characters finding their true selves. And that was kind of what I got... except that it was badly written, eye-rollingly over the top, and heavily clichéd.

I had some serious problems with this book. First and foremost with the sexualisation of a 14-year-old girl:
"Mattie is curvy like her mom, and the hip-swaying moves suit her; Grace notices several guys’ eyes
A pleasant read, if a bit unrealistic.

Hadley & Grace, an unlikely duo, with a tag-along family consisting of a baby, an autistic grade-schooler, and a sullen teenager, cross the country in a Trains, Planes, and Automobiles-like adventure, on the run from the FBI, Hadley’s criminal husband Frank, and other local authorities.

The book kept my attention enough to finish it, yet I wasn’t “wow”-ed by the story. One thing I did enjoy, however, to see the personal growth of the characters throughout the
DJ Sakata
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Handing him over to Vanessa feels a little like handing a live grenade to a known sufferer of seizures.

“You don’t need to gloat about it,” Grace says. “I’m not gloating.” “You are. You’re gloating all over the place. You’re completely covered in gloat.”

The media storm around this is going to blow up. He can already see a Lifetime Original Movie being made. Hell, the motel clerk, that scrawny kid at the desk who went white as the walls around him when Mark showed his badge, proba
Vanessa Menezes
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An amazing ride that will fill you with emotions right till the end!

Hadley needs to escape her abusive marriage with Frank Torelli. She decides to flee with her two kids, knowing it might be her only chance. Grace, new mother of baby Miles, desperately wants to put her rough past behind her for good.

As their path cross with each other, their quest for a new start quickly spirals out of control and turns into a terrifying flight for survival. Stronger together than apart, the two find their fates
Suzanne Redfearn
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I have always loved the movie THELMA & LOUISE, so I decided to write a modern retelling of the story only to discover it couldn't be done because times have changed. But the friendship and fire of the original idea is still there, and it was great fun to write. I hope you enjoy it. Suzanne ...more
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"In the tradition of Thelma and Louise." - Yes please!

Suzanne Redfearn made me fall in love with this book and the main characters. Hadley and Grace portrays two women running from the men they're married to...ripped apart by abuse and addiction. The book depicts a touching story filled with strong themes of forgiveness, love, and betrayal but also two women who become friends during a crisis in their lives. The story revolves around the title characters who are seeking new liv
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
**ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**

I honestly went into this book with no expectations, and I have to say what draw me primarily to the story was that it involved children. I probably wouldn't have decided to read it if it was just a book about two women running away and hiding from law enforcement. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this book. It was a very engaging, unpredictable, and emotional story. The main characters are Hadley and Grace. Hadley is a t
Lori Spielman
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Move over Thelma and Louise...Hadley and Grace have arrived! Suzanne Redfearn takes us on a wild and highly entertaining cross-country romp with three children, two women, and one goal: Freedom. I cheered, I whooped, I cringed and cowered...this book captures every emotion. If you're looking for a fun, fast-paced story with hilariously humane characters you grow to love, look no further than Hadley and Grace. ...more
Sherri Thacker
It took me several chapters to get into this book. So many chapters to keep track of that I finally gave up. I see others love it but sadly, just could not get into this one. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this early release in exchange for my honest review.
Alayne Emmett
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was a very good book to read. It same to be very similar to the film Thelma and Louise which I love!! This was the sort of book that as you read it you could picture it all in your mind’s eye. It was fast-paced and kept the tension going all the way through. A great start to the new year of Prime First Reads.
Camille Maio
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy a book that is different from what else is out in the market. Hadley and Grace was just that kind - an exciting read where every chapter left me with a "What will happen next?" feeling. Two women on the run, three kids in tow, but not is all as it seems. Filled with heart, suspense, adventure, and thrills, this is a story that would equally feel at home on a screen. ...more
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dramatic, impactful, and thought-provoking!

Hadley & Grace is a fast-paced, heart-pounding, thrilling novel that takes you into the life of an abused housewife and a disgruntled employee as coincidence and an unfortunate accident causes them to embark together on a wild ride of misfortune, chaos, and danger to escape their everyday lives.

The prose is eloquent and intense. The characters are multilayered, distressed, and impulsive. And the plot, reminiscent of the famous Ridley Scott film, Thelma
Susan Peterson
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Author Suzanne Redfearn takes readers on a thrilling, heart-pounding road trip in this fantastic book. Hadley & Grace features two women on the run from their lives and their pasts, whose lives intersect and set them on a journey fraught with danger, three kids in tow. As I went along with them on this crazy ride, I was right with them, feeling their fear, astonished by their bravery; watching in awe as they became stronger, working together to save their families, resigned to their fate but nev ...more
Jan 05, 2021 rated it did not like it
I chose this from the Amazon First Reads selection for January 2021. Having read and enjoyed the author's book In An Instant, I was looking forward to reading this. However, despite the great reviews, I just couldn't get into it. DNF at 32% ...more
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Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“Hadley and Grace” is the story of two moms who are renegades, rebels, or perhaps just moms with three kids. What happened that night was a coincidence, and yet these women have a hidden, exceptional connection. Their fates intertwined to place the two of them at that place and that time, and things will never be the same. The story unfolds in chapters that alternate between characters, and are labeled to easily identify the point of view. Hadley Torelli is beautiful and wealthy. Grace Herrick w ...more
A "Thelma and Louise" story! 2 woman in the run from Frank. Hadley is the mother of Mattie, and also is raising her special needs nephew Skipper. She's married to Frank, who is abusive, and controlling. She wants to escape this life that she's been living. Then you have Grace...she works for Frank. She's an army wife with a 4 month old baby. Her husband is away serving, and she's strapped for cash! Frank is not giving her the commission he owes her for a job. These 2 woman come up with a plan to ...more
Laura Peden
3.5 rounded up. In An Instant was a top read of mine in 2020 so Hadley Grace was definitely one of my most anticipated books of 2021...I had high expectations and overall I enjoyed listening to this. It’s a modern retelling of Thelma & Louise. It was a great story with (at times) mediocre writing & others amazing writing. I was expecting to have some sort of emotional reaction to the book & I just didn’t connect with it as much as I’d hoped to. I still recommend, especially as a Kindle Unlimited ...more
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was ok
Parts of this book were exciting and engaging, but most of the story was eye-rolling ridiculous. And I had a hard time remembering who was Hadley and who was Grace. Their characters seemed too similar and underdeveloped.
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Suzanne Redfearn is the award-winning author of four novels: Hush Little Baby, No Ordinary Life, In an Instant, and Hadley & Grace. In addition to being an author, she’s also an architect specializing in residential and commercial design. She lives in Laguna Beach, California, where she and her husband own two restaurants: Lumberyard and Slice Pizza and Beer. You can find her at her website, www.S ...more

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