Grace After Henry by Eithne Shortall

Grace and Henry have been together for over five years in Dublin, Ireland and feel like their love is powerful and complete. Henry is in-route to meet Grace when he is killed in a freak accident. The world stops for Grace as she tries to continue on with her life in a sad and heart-wrenching manner. Grace moves into the home that the two had planned to buy and she is overcome with grief that hampers her work and sheer existence. She is so consumed with sadness that she imagines she sees Henry everywhere in her daily life. Suddenly one day she is stunned when she has a plumber knocking on her door who looks identical to Henry. Andy actually is Henry’s long-lost twin who has come to Dublin to look into his past. Grace must fight the urge to see him as her Henry and to avoid transferring her feelings to Andy. The plot is an emotional landmine that seems able to blow up at every twist and turn of the story. Emotions do run high in this novel of loss and second chances. I gave this quirky, love story four stars for appeal and “couldn’t put it down”ness.

Grace After Henry will be available March 12, 2019 from G.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group Putnam. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

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