Blogging time went on, plant posts came and went, and I learned that, in addition to her gardening blog, she had a writing blog, as well. So, of course, I started following along there, too. I learned of her dream to publish a book. I followed along as her dream crept closer. And then the day was here. Her dream was a reality and her book was for sale. I was super excited to read it, but hadn't bit the bullet and ordered it yet. Then, last week, I won a copy in a giveaway. SO EXCITING! I was finally going to get to read her memoir that she had hinted at for months.
I received the book in the mail on Friday. I finished the last 20 pages Sunday morning. You guys, it was SO GOOD. It was heart-breaking, and horribly sad, but it's so beautifully written. I loved reading it. I was in a hurry to finish it, but at the same time, I didn't want it to end.
The courage it took her to share her story with the world is beyond amazing to me. I kept having to remind myself that it was a real human, telling real life facts, and not a fictional story, being narrated by an author who was dragging his main character through hell and back.
Grace doesn't know I'm writing this post. I hope telling her story has helped her heal. After knowing her through photos of her yard, and emails telling her of my plant envy, I would urge you to pop on over and get to know her, too. And if you'd like to read her story, you can buy it here: Reaching, A Memoir
I was in no way compensated for writing this post.
I just think Grace is pretty darned awesome.
I love a good book and wanted to pass it on, hoping you'll love it, too.