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Beyond Grace’s Rainbow by Carmel Harrington

on May 11, 2015

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Beyond Grace’s Rainbow by Carmel Harrington

This book is fantastic, the story is close to home as my dad had Leukaemia when I was very young and his brother, my uncle, died of it. However saying that it does not mean it affected me anymore that anyone else and think that this book needs to come with a packet of tissues attached. There aren’t many books that you can say that have the ability to make you cry and have a giggle too but this is one of them. The characters are amazing and you just want to hug all but one really and tell them how very special they are.

Grace Devlin is diagnosed with cancer and her real only hope for survival is a lifesaving bone marrow transplant. This is made even harder by the fact that she has a very rare blood group so makes a matching transplant even harder to find. Added to this is the fact that she was adopted and when she previously tried to contact her birth mother her mum did not want anything to do with her. Grace has a three year old son called Jack but she is no longer with the father, Liam, as he was an alcoholic and she refused any contact with him unless he could give up the drink.

She is amazingly lucky in the fact that she has some great friends that support her through this really hard time. Tara is Graces cousin through adoption and was there to support her when her adopted parents were both killed in a car crash. Tara is a nurse and is married to Sean who is a doctor and helps explain the medical side of things to Grace and her friends. Then there is the artist Abby that both Grace and Tara met in college. Lastly there are the fantastic gay couple Tom and Gerry, Tom is a Detective Sergeant in the Gardai whilst Gerry is an image consultant. Tom and Gerry met Grace when she did some interior designing for them and soon became great friends with her and the others.

When I say Grace is lucky to have them it’s true but I also think they are very lucky to know Grace who tries her hardest to beat the terrible cancer and to try and stay cheerful and positive in her behaviour. Along the way Liam comes back on the scene and tries to right the wrongs he previously made. He is in for a shock when he finds out about the cancer.

Jack is an unbelievable child that brings happiness into her life every day. I know as a mother that sometimes things can get hard but it is true that children are special and help you through the difficult times and that their cwtches (cuddles) are extra special when you are ill.

I really do not want to give too much away about the story but it has its ups and downs with amazing friends that are her family and that Grace loves very much. I really recommend this book and it is going on my to keep shelf.


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