A woman finds love and closure when she returns to her roots in the newest novel from the author of The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe.
Newly jobless, former technical writer Grace Hammond is unmoored. Desperate to escape the city and her problems, Grace hits 'pause' and returns to her Connecticut hometown, where she discovers that the answers to what her future holds might be found by making peace with-and embracing-the past. As Grace sets out to correct her mistakes and come to terms, finally, with her sister's death, she rekindles a romance with her high school sweetheart, Peter, now a famous movie director, and finds herself sparring with Mitch, who works at the bike shop. Torn between the promise of a glamorous life and the allure of the familiar, Grace must decide what truly matters, and how to move on without forgetting where she came from.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)|
About the Author
Mary Simses grew up in Connecticut and spent many years in New England, where she worked in magazine publishing and later as a corporate attorney, writing fiction on the side. Mary is the author of the novel The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café and her short stories have appeared in a number of literary journals. She now lives in South Florida with her husband and their teenage daughter.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Rules of Love and Grammar is the second novel by American journalist, corporate attorney and author, Mary Simses. Bad luck comes in threes, they say. It sure has for Grace Hammond: she’s lost her job as a technical writer, her boyfriend has gone off with his paralegal and the ceiling of her Manhattan apartment has collapsed. Grace goes home to mom and dad in Dorset, Connecticut, ostensibly to help with her father’s 65th birthday party, but also to await apartment repairs and work at getting a new job. But while she’s in Dorset, she’s constantly reminded of her sister, Renny. It’s not just her parents and the house they grew up in, it’s also because her first boyfriend, the now-famous movie director Peter Brooks is making a movie in town. Her best friend Cluny wants to help reignite old flames. But the star of the show, heartthrob Sean Leeds, is also casting a friendly eye at Grace. Less friendly are the looks she gets from history teacher, Mitch Dees when she brings into his dad’s bicycle shop, an old Schwinn for repair. The story is narrated by Grace in the first person, present tense, which works fine for this tale. The plot is fairly predictable, but this does not detract from the reader’s enjoyment, and there are plenty of heart-warming and heartbreaking moments. Many of the characters have enough depth and appeal to charm the reader, and the banter between them provides a source of humour, as do Grace’s somewhat slapstick antics. Yes, Grace who, for much of the book, often acts thirty-three going sixteen: the reader could be forgiven for wondering if she simply stopped growing up when her sister died seventeen years before. She’s carrying grief and guilt over Renny’s death, and perhaps that’s the reason she’s so shallow and immature, at least when she gets together with Cluny, and any time she encounters Regan Moxley, the bane of her teenage years. Perhaps it’s also why, in the space of days, or sometimes hours, she can crush on three different men. Readers wanting to give her a shake will be pleased that she eventually does pull it together. Read it for the wonderful minor characters.
I read this book with my friends from our book club, it was very enjoyable and the characters are very real and memorable.
Grace has just lost her job, her boyfriend broke up with her and now the apartment upstairs has had a leak that just happened to flow right into her apartment. Now, she's back home living with her parents for who knows how long. Things aren't always going right for Grace and they continue that way after she returns back to her hometown. Lots of things and people from her past keep coming up, sometimes good and sometime bad. This was a cute story, I did have trouble with the protagonist though. She irked me quite a bit, however, she did have some reasons and past issues which helped to make her into the person she had become. And, while she irked me, she wasn't even close to being the worst character I've come upon. She had her faults and once you discovered some things in her past, you could see how she would be that way. All in all, I enjoyed the story with a lot of sympathy for Grace. Thanks to Little, Brown and Company and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.