From Kensington Books
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.
9 thoughts on “Wherever Grace Is Needed”
I just finished this novel 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!
Thank you, Stacey! I’m so glad you liked the book. I hope you enjoy Miss You Most of All just as much!
I have a stack right now, but it’s def. on the TBR list 🙂 Oh glorious summer time, please be easy on me 🙂
Just finished “Wherever Grace is Needed”, great book and kept thinking about the characters later. It really grabbed me so I got on to try and see if you have written anything else. Now I just hope the library has the first one. Awesome book!
Thank you, Myra!
Just finished Wherever Grace is Needed. Loved It. Wanted to know if there will be a sequel ? Would love to read more about Grace, Ray, Jordan, Nickel, and of course Lily and Crawford.
Thank you, Bertie! I’m so glad you liked the story. I hadn’t considered a sequel, but now you’ve got me thinking. Hmm…
I loved this book and I am going to write a review on amazon.com. After reading this book, I went to Books A Million and bought Miss You Most of All. I would love to read a sequel to Wherever Grace Is Needed so I can read about how all the kids turn out and Ray and Grace’s life together. And, oh, I live in Longview, Texas and I love reading Southern literature especially books located in Texas. Thank you for this wonderful book.
I’m so glad you liked it, Barbara! I grew up in Martins Mill, TX, so I know the Tyler-Longview area well.
And thanks for writing an Amazon review–it’s great to have reader feedback there.