by Joani Elliott
Publication Date May 25, 2021
Published by Post Hill Press
Genres: Family Life, Fiction, General, Humorous, Women
What happens when the world’s greatest literary icon dies before she finishes the final book in her best-selling series?
And what happens when she leaves that book in the hands of her unstable, neurotic daughter, who swears she’s not a real writer?
Sara Grayson is a thirty-two-year-old greeting card writer about to land the toughest assignment of her life. Three weeks after the death of her mother—a world-famous suspense novelist—Sara learns that her mother’s dying wish is for her to write the final book in her bestselling series.
Sara has lived alone with her dog, Gatsby, ever since her husband walked out with their Pro Double Waffle Maker and her last shred of confidence. She can’t fathom writing a book for thirty million fans—not when last week’s big win was resetting the microwave clock.
But in a bold move that surprises even herself, Sara takes it on. Against an impossible deadline and a publisher intent on sabotaging her every move, Sara discovers that stepping into her mother’s shoes means stumbling on family secrets she was never meant to find—secrets that threaten her mother’s legacy and the very book she’s trying to create.
Here is my Five-star ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review for The Audacity of Sara Grayson by author Joani Elliott.
The Audacity of Sara Grayson is a debut novel by author Joani Elliott. The word that was drifting through my brain while reading this book was inspirational. I found Sara’s journey from an insecure greeting card writer to writing the fifth novel in her mother’s best-selling literary series, a joy to read and follow. This book is witty, emotional, humorous, and exciting. I was hooked from the very first page until the very end.
I think it’s because I identified so closely with Sara’s insecurity and her feelings of inadequacy that made this book such a joy for me to read. The author (in a DEBUT novel!) created such realistic characters that I was able to feel their emotional journey along with them. I felt Sara’s journey was empowering, and inspirational.
The writing flowed nicely and the author mixed humor and wit alongside the drama and emotions of the characters. As I said before, I was totally hooked from the first page to the very last.
Sara’s journey also led her to some family secrets that helped the pacing of the book. I couldn’t wait to find out what was so important to hide from her, and these secrets kept me turning the pages until I found out everything.Many thanks to Netgalley and Meryl Moss Media for this advanced reader’s copy.