Thursday, June 09, 2011

Wherever Grace Is Needed by Elizabeth Bass

 I reviewed Elizabeth Bass's Wherever Grace Is Needed for the June 1 issue of Library Journal.  The review is reprinted here, with permission.
Bass, Elizabeth. Wherever Grace Is Needed. Kensington. Jun. 2011. c.352p. ISBN 9780758235121. pap. $15. F

Grace Oliver is a product of a broken home, but she never quit loving the father and half brothers she left years ago when her mother took her to Oregon. Grace’s boyfriend has just moved in, and her music store needs attention, but when her father, Lou, breaks his leg, she returns to Austin, TX, to care for him. There, problems pile up. Lou is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, and two of the West kids next door, whose mother and sister died in an accident the previous year, depend on Lou’s house as a refuge. Jordan, the oldest, blames herself for the tragedy, while Jordan’s father uses Grace as a sounding board. Grace may have been the odd one out in both of her families, but she’s finally found a place where she’s needed.

­VERDICT Bass (Miss You Most of All) introduces wonderful needy characters who discover their untapped strength. The teens and their relationships are particularly well developed. Kristin Hannah fans and readers attracted to Lisa Genova’s novels about Alzheimer’s and other brain disorders (Still Alice; Left Neglected) will appreciate this novel. Definitely buy for readers who demand character growth and relationships in their fiction.—Lesa Holstine, Glendale P.L., AZ

Copyright 2011. Library Journals, LLC. Reprinted with permission.

FTC Full Disclosure - My copy was supplied by Library Journal in order to review the book


Vivienne said...

Alzeimer's is one of those diseases I fear the most. I cannot imagine what it must be like to no longer remember things. Sounds like a thoughtful read.

I wanted to say thank you too for adding me to your blog list. It made my day.

Lesa said...

Well, thank you, Vivienne.

This was a very interesting read. And, I agree with you about Alzheimer's. It is a terrible, scary disease. I think it's even worse, though, for the family of those who have it.

Kris said...

Sounds really good! I didn't like the Kristin Hannah book I've read, and I haven't read the other author, but that won't stop me from putting this on my wish list. :)

Lesa said...

This one's terrific, Kris. Kristin Hannah isn't for everyone. But, this book has enjoyable characters and a good ending.