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Shades of Grace: Novel, A [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Delinsky
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

A tale of three women whose lives are affected by a tragic disease, Delinsky's (For My Daughters) latest novel adroitly pulls the heartstrings while exploring generational responsibilities. After years of giving advice in her nationally syndicated newspaper column, "The Confidante," domineering Grace Dorian, 61, has a problem she can't share even with her only child and dependable assistant, Francine. Some months after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Grace grudgingly permits handsome Dr. Davis Marcoux to tell her daughter the truth. But she still clings to one secret: the true identity of Francine's father. Francine is a divorced mother of Sophie, a 23-year-old diabetic, who also works on the column and has resented her grandmother as a rival for her mother's love. For her part, Francine is determined to protect "The Confidante" and keep the public?including an aggressive reporter, Robin Duffy?from discovering her mother's condition. She begins to ghostwrite the columns while also embarking on a romance with Dr. Marcoux. To help her mother write her promised autobiography, Francine hires Robin, whose own mother was one of Grace's ardent admirers. Delinsky creates only lukewarm suspense in Francine's and Robin's respective quests to unearth Grace's secret past, but readers will sympathize with the characters as each comes to grips with a life-changing situation.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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An advice columnist facing Alzheimer's graces the pages of this latest work from a top romance writer.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 888 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 006171352X
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reissue edition (Oct. 13 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FCK9FY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,628 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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4.0 out of 5 stars How It Feels Jan. 9 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
To many people, the thought of losing control is terrifying. It is the basis of many phobias, from fear of flying to claustrophia. So imagine how it must feel for a strong, vibrant, very controlling professional woman--a successful columnist, renowned speaker, revered mother, grandmother, and friend--to know that she is inexorably succumbing to a disease that will leave her completely helpless.
That terror, faced by a woman in her prime who slowly suspects that she is suffering from Alzheimers Disease, is what is so finely captured in this book. The early symptoms, resultant anger and denial, fearful acceptance, and slow decline of Grace Dorian, a nationally famous advice columnist, is described in heartbreaking detail, first from her point of view, and then from the points of view of each of her subsequent caretakers, from her daughter Francine, who has always been eclipsed by her powerful mother's shadow, to Francine's daughter Sophia, a troubled young woman with problems of her own, to Father Jim, a priest and childhood friend who is Grace's closest friend and confidante.
There are many subplots as well, of course, and they could be considered the usual standard romance-novel fare except that the over-riding reality of Grace's illness and her family's response to it rings so true that it makes everything else in the novel interesting and believable.
Therefore, timid Francine, forced to ghostwrite her mother's syndicated columns, gains strength and insight. Handsome young doctor Davis Marcoux, who is compassion itself when it comes to treating Grace, provides a love interest for one of the main characters. Troubled Sophie, who idolizes her grandmother, is forced to grow up overnight. Father Jim, devastated by his close friend's interest, must finally reveal a terrible secret.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book! May 20 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Shades of Grace tells the story of a woman battling with Alzheimer's disease. It shows a lot of her point of view, the first times that she notices something is wrong, the panic in not remembering where are you or what you are doing. It also shows how her family is affected.
Overall it is very good. The facts and feelings about the disease seem to be very accurate. Recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome June 21 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book about a year ago. It was one of the first ones that I read from this author. I laughed and I cried. How this book made me cry. It is a very touching close to home book. After reading Shades of Grace, I have continued to read books by this author. Shades of Grace continues to be one of my favorite all around books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as depressing as it sounds.... Sept. 17 1997
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Shades of Grace deals with the heartbreaking issue of a parent who developes Alzheimer's Disease. Despite how depressing that sounds, this is a sensitive and inspiring story of the lives that are changed by this tragic disease and how love and strength is gained from their struggle. You will cheer for them
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