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. See below for the blurb.
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.
House of Grace is perfect for armchair, garden or beach reading. It’s the type of book you can pick up easily and lose yourself yet its short chapters allow you to stop to do necessary chores etc.
If you like the sound of House of Grace, A Family Saga, you can purchase from Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats or order from any good bookstore quoting ISBN 9780995710702.
It also 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.
Here’s a few 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.
Artist, Vanessa Cumper sketches her impression of the fictitious coal mining street, Bamber Street, in Wigan after reading House of Grace. Find out what this street means to Grace by reading the novel.