The One Saving Grace #BookReview #NetGalley

Written by Julie Houston


150 hrt


When Harriet Westmoreland goes into labour with twins in Harvey Nichol’s men’s underwear department at exactly the moment she sets eyes on Alex Hamilton, it marks the start of a year of madness – for her, her family and, at times, it seems most of the West Yorkshire village of Midhope.

Giving birth only two months after Harriet, her lifelong best friend Grace has her own craziness to contend with. As both women hurtle down unexpected and very different paths, they flounder in a maelstrom of passion and confusion, perilously clinging on as the chain of events threatens not only their comfortable, ordinary lives but also their very existence…

Warm, witty and wonderful, the unputdownable bestseller from Julie Houston is perfect for fans of Katie Fforde and Gervaise Phinn.








A Fabulous, Sparkling Read!  5-stars


A fabulous sequel to Goodness, Grace and Me, I have completely immersed myself in this novel today.

Continuing on from where the first book leaves off, we find a very pregnant Harriet going into labour in a department store of all places. With her best friend Grace due to give birth in two months’ time, we following their lives, loves and relationships – and that of those surrounding them – in this riveting read. A change of fortunes may make life easier, but with two teenagers, a six year old, newborn twins and a husband who travels a lot – and I mean a LOT – for business, Harriet doesn’t really have a lot of spare time; not even for her best friend Grace who seems to have her own worries.

Wow .. what a book! There’s never a dull moment with the main personalities as well as a non-stop parade of other characters. Whilst this one has it’s funnier moments, there are some serious issues covered within the pages and it all adds up to a fabulous, sparkling read! I am so happy to have been able to read both these novels together; I have been completely immersed in the world surround Midhope and have loved every single word. Without rushing anything, all the matters raised were sorted out by the final page. Beautiful writing, well-crafted characters and a flowing writing style has just added to my enjoyment of this author’s work and, as well as recommending this novel, I would be happy to endorse all of her novels. Five HUGE sparkling, shiny stars!

My thanks to publisher Aria for my copy via NetGalley. This is my own original and unbiased review.


Tags: family life, rom-com
  • Format: ebook, paperback
  • Size: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Aria
  • Publication Date: 19 February 2019
  • Purchase Links: Google Play
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Meet the Author



Julie lives in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire where her novels are set, and her only claims to fame are that she teaches part-time at ‘Bridget Jones’ author Helen Fielding’s old junior school and her neighbour is ‘Chocolat’ author, Joanne Harris. After University, where she studied Education and English Literature, she taught for many years as a junior school teacher. As a newly qualified teacher, broke and paying off her first mortgage, she would spend every long summer holiday working on different Kibbutzim in Israel. After teaching for a few years she decided to go to New Zealand to work and taught in Auckland for a year before coming back to this country. She now teaches just two days a week, and still loves the buzz of teaching junior-aged children. She has been a magistrate for the past nineteen years, and, when not distracted by Ebay, Twitter and Ancestry, spends much of her time writing. Julie is married, has a twenty-four-year-old son and twenty-one-year-old daughter and a ridiculous Cockerpoo called Lincoln. She runs and swims because she’s been told it’s good for her, but would really prefer a glass of wine, a sun lounger and a jolly good book – preferably with Matthew Mcconaughay in attendance.

She hates skiing, gets sick on boats and wouldn’t go pot-holing or paddy diving if her life depended on it.

She is published by HeadOfZeus/Aria and represented by Anne Williams at KHLA Literary agency.


Follow Julie

Twitter: @juliehouston2

Facebook: Houston



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