Monday, July 1, 2013

The Perfect Beach Read: On Grace

Welcome to July and a new (short) week...hopefully one crackling with fireworks and sparklers!  If you are lucky enough to spend time at the beach or pool this week, you will need a great summer read....and boy, do I have one for you!

I can barely contain my excitement about the publication of On Grace, as it was written by my friend, Susie Orman Schnall. I didn't want to put it down and once I finished, I was a little sad that the story was over. To me, that's the bittersweet of a really great book.
Author, Susie Orman Schnall

On Grace embraces themes that will resonate with every woman who owns at least one pair of Spanx: fidelity, friendship and finding oneself at 40. On Grace is soulful and sweet, sexy and sad, straight up and smart, and ultimately, quite satisfying. And, so very relatable.

About The Story
Grace May is truly excited about turning 40 in a few months. And now that her boys are both in school and she has a stimulating new writing job, the next chapter in her life can finally begin.  She can't wait to rediscover the intelligent and interesting woman deeply buried under the layers of mother and wife.

But, when Grace loses her job and gets unexpected news from her husband and her best friend, life suddenly gets complicated. Grace stands to lose everything: her marriage, her best friend, and her sense of self. But by her 40th birthday party, Grace will realize who and what matter most. With laughter. With tears. With grace.

What People Are Saying
"A moving and vibrant debut that packs a sweet emotional punch. You'll laugh and cry along with Grace as she treads the complicated waters of marriage, motherhood, an unexpected betrayal, and a revelation that changes everything. Susie Schnall is a fresh new voice in faction." - Kristin Harmel, internationally bestselling author of The Sweetness of Forgetting

"A telling, touching exploration of modern marriage, fidelity, and friendship, Susie Schnall's debut is riddled with the little truths that make up the texture of women's daily lives. Fans of Emily Giffin will relate to this engaging read." - Beatriz Williams, internationally bestselling author of A Hundred Summers

Giving It Away
Not only is this a great summer beach read, it strikes extremely close to home, as the setting is my town of Rye, New York. The places Grace goes are real...and the same places that I frequent. If you want a peek into my real world and want to get lost in a fabulous story...this is your book.

I love it so much that I'm going to give away 5, yes that's FIVE copies this week. 

Just leave a comment by July 3rd answering this question: Have you ever felt like you had an opportunity to start a new phase in your life?

And, please tell your friends!!!!!


My Notting Hill said...

That does sound like a good read! Congrats to your friend.

Acquired Objects said...

How exciting for your friend and sounds like a wonderful read. I think we're given a new opportunity each day just by waking up.


Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

Good morning Elizabeth!! Thanks for the recommendation and congratulations to your friend. The book sounds wonderful and I would enjoy reading about the lovely town of Rye, which I also know so well! I am not sure if I will be able to wait to see if I win the giveaway - I think I want to start reading it now!!

GREAT question topic, too. Very timely for me as I feel that my blog and now the opportunities arising because of the blog are my chance to start a new phase in my life...I never thought that at 50 I would go from stay at home mom/school volunteer to travel professional! I was worried what would happen when I had an empty nest and now, a year later, I have a new lease on life! Exciting times!

Have a lovely day!! xoxox

Marie said...

Every summer feels like a chance at a new beginning! Sounds like a great read.

Stitchfork said...

Sounds good to me and my reading stack is getting seriously low! Congrats to Susie!

I Dream Of said...

Sounds like a terrific read and congratulations to your friend on her accomplishment. I'm always in awe of people who really write and have the talent and discipline to get a book out into the world!

I feel like this past year has been all about starting a new phase - first leaving my job and then this change with my parents and the impact it's had on our relationship and the responsibilities of my life.

Thanks for the book recommendation - this sounds like a good one for our book club. I'm sure it would spur plenty of discussion.

Have a lovely week! XO

Alexis said...

I have been looking for a good summer book, and I can't imagine a better setting than in gorgeous Rye!

It seems like I am always trying to start a new phase in life :)

Stacey said...

Congrats to your friend Elizabeth! and how exciting! I love a good book and this one sounds like it would surpass all my expectations!

jennifer smith said...

Thanks for the book recommendation. I will check it out, how neat for your friend.

Charlotte said...

Each day is a new start.

KD said...

Oooh, sounds perfect. Can't wait to pick it up when I'm finished with my current authored also by a friend's friend.

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Will definitely have to read!! Sounds perfect for summer reading!
Happy 4th, Elizabeth.

The enchanted home said...

Thank you! I am going away for a few days and looking for a new book to take away with me so I will be heading to Barnes and Nobles later or in the morning and will absolutely ask for this...sounds and looks like something I would love to read. Thank you Elizabeth and a happy July 4th to you!

Katie Clooney said...

Elizabeth... this book sounds great! Sounds like the perfect escape for a summer day! Hope you have a wonderful 4th!!

Debbie said...

Everyday is a second chance. It's how we approach that day that counts. Can't wait to read.

Lisa Mende Design said...

Having not only gone through the devastation of having a spouse who cheated on me but also losing a child, I know all too well about starting a "new" phase in life. I would love to read this book! Sounds like a good one!

Anonymous said...

Yes, I have had a feeling that life could start over again, and sometimes it is better the second time around.

Anonymous said...

You are so smart! New starts = opportunity. And, adjusting to change with positivity is the best way to handle the adventures, both good & bad, of life after 40.
I, like you, lived for many years in another state, Florida. Moving to Manhattan was frightening at the time but brought great things---children, career advancement, lots of excitement & new friends.
Here's to fresh starts of all sorts! I'd love to read this novel.

Elle in Westchester

Suburban Charm said...

Sounds like a great read! I am collecting books for my vaca in late July and will have to add this one!

Anonymous said...

You are so smart! New starts = opportunity. And, adjusting to change with positivity is the best way to handle the adventures, both good & bad, of life after 40.
I, like you, lived for many years in another state, Florida. Moving to Manhattan was frightening at the time but brought great things---children, career advancement, lots of excitement & new friends.
Here's to fresh starts of all sorts! I'd love to read this novel.

Elle in Westchester

Susie Orman Schnall said...

Elizabeth! Thank you so much for featuring On Grace today! It's so wonderful to read all the amazing comments by your readers. I hope everyone enjoys the book! Happy Summer!! xo Susie

Anonymous said...

Perfect timing as I am looking for a great summer read and would love to support a local author.

Ty for great ideas all the time. If you drive up to Greenwich you'll notice I used your boxwood and urn concept in my front yard!

Faithful follower...

Anonymous said...

I would love to read this book. I myself had life changes at 46 years of age.I decided that living with an alcoholic husband for the rest of my life was not something I could do any longer and set out on my own - with the help of a lot of friends and my daughter who was married. I have since met and married a wonderful man who has once again changed my life. Life is worth living again. Love your blog. Betty from Ontario

Lynn Osborne said...

Funny to read this today as I have been looking for a good fiction book. Thanks for the chance to win!

Charulie said...

Oh, yes! I have had a few times in my life that were opportunities to begin anew. I think it is part of the beauty of life.

designchic said...

How exciting for your friend and love when I know the places in a book. Would love a new, great summer read and this one sounds wonderful!! Happy 4th to you and your family!

K. said...

Ooh, I need a good summer read and I am so curious about this book. Life was in unexpected place when I turned 40... and Rye is my hometown, too! I grew up there and still go back quite often to visit family.

Stephanie T said...

Now I really want to read this book. I am in my forties and feel like every day is a new chance to seize life. I just feel blessed to have my family and want to make the most of the blessings I have been given. Would love to win a copy of this book.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a very good read indeed! Yes have totally been there more importantly someone very dear to me is right now at a crossroads and struggling terribly perhaps this book could help her over the hurdle.
Thanks for sharing.

K. said...

I realize didn't answer the question. Yes, I feel like I've had opportunity to start a new phase. It the took the hard & sudden one forced on me to learn to recognize and seize (OK, gently grab!) future happy opportunities later on.

Colleen Carney said...

Thanks for the recommendation, can't wait to read! The best fresh start of my life so far has been realizing my dream of becoming the interior designer I was always meant to be :) Xo Colleen

Marianna said...

Thank you for sharing your friend's book with us. We all experience new phases in our lives..and becoming an empty nester will be a challenging one. I look forward to "visiting Rye" within the pages of this book.

cathy said...

How exciting! Hope I win a copy!

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