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Reviewed by Barbara Garcia for Readers' Favorite
Saving Gracie by Terry Lee is an emotional journey through one woman's life as she attempts to cope with running her own life after the death of her domineering mother. Grace, married, and the mother of two, isn't prepared for the day her mother, Kathryn, dies. And it's only at this time does she really realize what an impact her mother had on every area of her life. Kathryn ran Grace's life with an iron fist; after all, she always knew what was best for everyone, and she always knew the right and proper way to do things. Grace had always gone along with her mother because it was just so much easier than fighting to have her own ideas on things heard or implemented. Grace must now learn to run her own life, and the emotional, and sometimes painful, journey brings her into her own at last.
Saving Gracie, though emotionally wrought at times, also gives a quirky look at how Kathryn attempts to run her daughter's life from beyond the grave. Author Terry Lee shows a sense of humor as she goes into great detail in her vision of at least one plane of the afterlife. While Grace gains perspective in her life by helping deaf children - her own daughter is deaf - Kathryn is allowed to return to Earth in her spirit form in an attempt to make her realize that Grace really can be her own person, and make her own decisions. Though Kathryn is not convinced, her trip back to Earth shows her a side of her daughter she never thought was possible. This is a touching story about letting the people in our lives grow and shine as their own person, and ultimately letting go when we should.