Kathryn Broussard has managed her life with dignity and an I-know-you-have-feelings-but-I'm-coming-through-anyway attitude. She exudes confidence and control over the land much as a reigning queen rules her court. Her main focus - Grace, her daughter. Although grown, Grace depends on her mother's razor-sharp decision-making ability for everything. All is well in the land of dysfunctional mother-daughterhood until the unthinkable happens. Kathryn dies.
With her mother now gone, Grace is forced to manage her own life for the first time. And Kathryn must find a way to maintain control of her daughter, even though unusual circumstances from the "other side" present a fair share of obstacles to overcome.
A mother's love, however dysfunctional, is a force to be reckoned with.
©2012 Terry Lee (P)2014 World Castle Publishing, LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sara Niña on 30-05-16

So Adorable...I can't find a fault with this audio book.

The story follows a young woman, Gracie, who has a lot on her shoulders, life is tough. Now, throw a control freak of a mother into the mix and you get quite a huge burden of stress.

This is what Gracie has been dealing with for all her life, it has resulted in low self-esteem and great vulnerability. But this she only discovers when she is faced with the death of her mother: Kathryn (Queenland as she becomes known in the 'next world'. And this is where the story really starts: with Gracie taking control of her own life. But of course, a control freak of a mother cannot resist the temptation to remain in control of Gracie's life, even if her being dead is quite the hindrance. So Queenland pursues Mission: Saving Gracie. Surprisingly, there are few disasters but there definitely are valuable moments of self discovery.

I have weirdly become quite fascinated with books which explore the 'beyond death' culture. It's always so interesting to read (or listen, in this case) about a writer's thoughts on the subject. In this book, Terry Lee describes a pleasant environment with friendly (but sometimes annoying) dead people. I must say of all the dead people, Ruby had to be my favourite. Michelle Babb, the narrator of the audiobook version, executed the character so humorously. I think this character was enough to make this book so adorable.

In equal measure, I liked Gracie's journey to finally be able to stand on her own two feet, to adapt the 'mother' role for her children, to step out of her comfort zone and help another helpless person. As well as, her strength in coping with a distant husband. It was appreciated to find that my feelings regarding her husband were so very wrong. Be warned though, there are some teary moments- obviously with the passing of her mother's death but other moments when we realise how Kathryn became so controlling.

The narrator, Michelle Babb, was wonderful with this book. The characters were performed excellently, and she certainly nailed the Ruby character. I have to say that this was one of the books where I can only recommend the audio book version, it is far more enjoyable. And with the flitting of character perspectives, between mother and daughter, it is definitely more helpful in making sense of what is going on.

I received the audio book for review.

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4 out of 5 stars
By anne on 28-06-16


Would you consider the audio edition of Saving Gracie to be better than the print version?

Always is, but only listened

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ruby!! Ruby is funny!

Which character – as performed by Michelle Babb – was your favorite?

Ruby and Grace

If you could rename Saving Gracie, what would you call it?

no rename

Any additional comments?

** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

In liked this story very much, and it was narrated quite well, Michelle always does a good job...What I didn't like was how they made Gracie look like an incapable twit at times.. If you can be a good om to a special needs child, you are very capable...Gracie's moms lack of trust in how capable her daughter was, was quite controlling...even though she loved her daughter very much! I like how Both Gracie and Katherine learn how to let go...and I was very proud of both of them in the end...I did cry a bit, because this is a touching story...and it is well worth your time and a credit!!!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Carl Green on 19-10-14

Fun book

Would you consider the audio edition of Saving Gracie to be better than the print version?

I did not read the print version. Good audio helps picture the characters in your mind, and this audio did this.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Saving Gracie?

I really liked the character Ruby and the performer makes her come to life. You can just picture her standing in front of you and popping that gum!

What does Michelle Babb bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The voices. She added the characterization so vividly that it is easy to picture each person. Her voice is very entertaining to listen to. She puts humor into the reading. The voice inflections were great.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I don't like to listen straight through and this book was good to turn off and contemplate the events. This slowed down the book so there was full enjoyment.

Any additional comments?

Very light book and fun to listen to.

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