What is House of Grace? Well House of Grace is my debut novel, a historical fiction family saga starting in 1950. A fair amount is set in Bolton where I spent some of my early years, although I was actually born in Liverpool.
Part I opens in 1950 with Grace as a young naive girl. She desperately wants to be a fashion designer but her Father, Lord Granville, has other ideas. Part I is mostly set in Bolton and features the Palais (picture below sketched by Helen V James) which unfortunately was recently demolished although the Bolton residents fought hard to save it.
Part II begins in 1962 and shows Grace as a woman.
You can purchase a copy of House of Grace, A Family Saga, via Amazon or order from any good bookstore. And don’t forget to use your library. If your library doesn’t stock a copy, then ask them to order it in. Quote ISBN 9780995710702.
Limited offer only – the price goes back up soon.
It’s 1950 and all sixteen-year-old Grace Granville has ever wanted is to become a successful dress designer. She dreams of owning her own fashion house and spends her spare time sketching outfits. Her father, Lord Granville, sees this frivolous activity as nonsense and wants to groom her into a good wife for someone of his choosing…
Grace is about to leave Greenemere, a boarding school in Brighton. She’s blissfully unaware of her father’s plans when she embarks on a new adventure. The quest includes a trip to Bolton’s Palais where she meets coal miner, Jack Gilmore. Grace’s life is never the same again.
Travel with Grace through two decades as she struggles with family conflict, poverty and tragedy. Is Grace strong enough to defy Lord Granville’s wishes and find true love? Will she become a successful fashion designer? Where will she turn for help?
The novel shows Grace’s journey through sadness and joy, poverty and wealth. I hope you enjoy it.
House of Grace has received a ‘Chill with a Book’ Readers Award.
Just some of the things that readers are saying:
“Wonderfully moving love story, full of emotion and, sometimes, painful reading as tragedy strikes and Grace struggles to deal with life’s ups and downs as she copes with a manipulative and wealthy family intent on destroying her life and her happiness.”
“A Romantic novel covering love, loss and determination.”
“A romantic novel covering love, loss and determination has an interesting storyline, and absorbing plot. It’s easy style makes for a great holiday read.”
“Patricia M Osborne brings the era 1950 -1970, with all its social changes, alive in the readers mind with the right amount of sensitivity and detail, enabling the reader to empathise and feel compassion for the choices Grace feels forced to make.”
“The story is heart-breaking when Grace is faced with adversity and despair and inspiring when she sets to overcome her greatest fears.”
“I followed Grace and her family through thick and thin, both elated at their joys and cast down by their misfortunes. I willed Grace on when she was forced to make hard decisions.”
“It’s the kind of book you can curl up with in an armchair and get transported to another world. It’s a great story, well written, an engaging central character and lots of very enjoyable period detail from the 50’s and 60’s. Highly recommended for a jolly good read.”
House of Grace makes a great gift for Mums and Grandmas. They like it because they can step back in time while young adults enjoy reading about life in the fifties and sixties. Quite a few male readers have also read and enjoyed it. Do check out the reviews on Amazon.
Landmarks in the novel.
This park entrance in Queen’s Park Bolton has quite an impact on Grace. Take a look at the photo below to see what you think.
Permission to use given by Bill Sheehy who owns the copyright of the above photo
The above sketch has been created by Helen V James – Facebook Palais de danse – Bolton
Helen has kindly given permission for me to use this drawing.
Grace meets Jack at The Palais. Unfortunately The Palais has now been demolished, a sad day for the people of Bolton.