Saving GracieReviewed by Darin Godby

Escape fantasies describe Saving Gracie to the T. Author Jill Teitelman takes the reader along on a journey of looking into the life of a young woman, Ruth, as she deals with the punches that life throws her way. Teitelman describes Ruth’s experiences in great detail no matter the ups and downs. The reader will experience rejection, hurt, bitterness, anger, love, joy, and laughter, allowing them to connect and become a part of the story. This isn’t just a feel good book, but rather one that doesn’t flinch away from real feelings and and life’s tough challenges.

Ruth’s character feels very real and the struggles she faces are ones that most people have experienced at one point or another and will be able to relate to. Gracie is a friend who hangs in there with Ruth through the good and the bad, allowing the reader to see what a great friend looks like. Their relationship will definitely make readers ponder the relationships they have built and if someone will stand with them through thick and thin. Also, it begs the question would we be a Gracie to someone who needs us?

Saving Gracie puts forth some great lessons, however, I didn’t get into the book as much as I would have liked to. I struggled to keep reading but was challenged to learn from the real life’s situations portrayed in the story and to become wiser in how I deal with people and even how I respond to things in life. So my take away from this book is to become the best person I can be and to help others do the same. It’s a wonderful feeling to know you are helping others while also improving yourself.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Darin Godby, a active reader, husband, father and soon to be author.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Freestyle Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.