Wherever Grace is Needed

Wherever Grace is Needed

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by Elizabeth Bass
     
 

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In this thoroughly heartwarming novel, Elizabeth Bass—author of Miss You Most of All—creates an unforgettable story of friendship, compassion, and the extraordinary love that lies at the heart of every ordinary family.

When Grace Oliver leaves Portland for Austin, Texas, to help her father, Lou, recuperate from a car accident, she expects to stay

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In this thoroughly heartwarming novel, Elizabeth Bass—author of Miss You Most of All—creates an unforgettable story of friendship, compassion, and the extraordinary love that lies at the heart of every ordinary family.

When Grace Oliver leaves Portland for Austin, Texas, to help her father, Lou, recuperate from a car accident, she expects to stay just a few weeks. Since her mother's divorce thirty years ago, Grace has hovered on the periphery of the Oliver family. But now she sees a chance to get closer to her half-brothers and the home she's never forgotten.

But the Olivers are facing a crisis. Tests reveal that Lou, a retired college professor whose sharp tongue and tenderness Grace adores, is in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Grace delays her departure to care for him, and is soon entwined in the complicated lives of her siblings—all squabbling over Lou's future—and of the family next door. . .

Ray West and his three children are reeling from a recent tragedy, particularly sixteen-year-old Jordan, whose grief is heightened by guilt and anger. Amid the turmoil, Grace not only gives solace and support, but learns to receive it. And though she came to Austin to reconnect with her past, she is drawn by degrees into surprising new connections.

With wit, wisdom, and unfailing insight, Elizabeth Bass tells a story of loving and letting go, of heartache and hope, and of the joy that comes in finding a place we can truly call home.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Bass's well-intentioned but bland second novel (after Miss You Most of All), Grace Oliver must overcome the complicated relationship she's always had with her family. After her parents divorced, Grace went to Oregon with her mother, but yearned to live with her father and half-brothers in Austin, Tex. After her father is injured in an accident, Grace, now 30, finally gets the chance. She goes to Texas to care for him and discovers, to her horror, that this once brilliant college professor is deteriorating from Alzheimer's. Soon entering the picture are her father's neighbors, grieving widower Ray West and his three children: the recalcitrant teen Jordan, the awkwardly blossoming Lily, and the sweet-tempered Dominic. They're a handful, to say the least, and their disparate personalities will draw readers in. Mild conflict arises when Grace's brothers (a journalist and a doctor, both very busy) want to hire a nurse, but Grace would prefer to handle the care herself. Though the tale lacks tension, Bass draws her characters, particularly the adolescents, very well. With so many young people involved, it's good she's good at it. (June)
Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758265944
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
06/01/2011
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

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Wherever Grace Is Needed 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
StaceyPagan More than 1 year ago
I just finished Elizabeth Bass' "Wherever Grace Is Needed" and could NOT put it down! Bass has done an exceptional job in portraying a typical split family, as well as a family in mourning. I couldn't wait to see what happened with each of the characters, especially the sisterly 'love' between Jordan and Lilly. The plot line was fantastic - a smidgen of romance, a rebellious teenager with a breaking heart, a little boy dying of attention and the brainy teen who doesn't want to face particular facts. I can see a second novel involving the West family (pre or post) following this one. I have not read the other novel by Bass, but it is now on my TBR file!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book and throughly enjoyed it. I loved all of the characters and really loved Grace's relationship with her father. I too couldn't put it down and by the ladt page, i wanted more. The dialog flows easily and seems really natural. Hope we get something new from this author. You will enjoy this one.
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I really enjoyed another book from this author Miss You Most of All. Found this book almost as good--very enjoyable to read.
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