Book Review: Grace by: Susan Bennett

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Clever Pumpkin Pty, Ltd.

Publish Date: October 19, 2011

Origins: From Author for Review

Format: E-book

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Four women are about to start a mob war – and nails WILL be broken.

Some epiphanies look like diamonds. Isabella Albrici's diamond shaped epiphany begins when her womanizing husband, Domenic, frames her and her best friend Teresa for his diamond smuggling operation to save himself from jail. Prime targets for the prison’s resident psychopath, they’ll be lucky to survive jail, even luckier to survive if they get out – thanks to Domenic, ‘the family’ thinks Isabella is an FBI informant. The big house ain't no fun house, but for Isabella and Teresa, it’s the safest house there is – until the evidence keeping them there suddenly goes missing.

Ladies, you are free to go.

Ah, if it’s all the same to you – maybe we’ll just stay where we are.

No chance. Close the door on your way out.

Ah shit. Thanks very much.

Some epiphanies are shaped like diamonds – others, like bullets. Sometimes grace is received; sometimes grace has to be earned. For years, these mob wives have lived off the wages of sin, now the path to redemption is clear: they gotta whack their old men.

Welcome to the inaugural general meeting of the first chapter of the New Jersey Mob Suffragette’s Whack Club.


Review: Grace is like a cross between The First Wives' Club and The Godfather. Teresa and Isabella were living the high life as mob wives until they're framed for diamond smuggling and sent to prison  - do not pass GO, do not collect $200. As they learn the ropes in prison and are forced into a new role, they befriend Eve, a young woman who becomes a surrogate daughter to them. When the diamonds mysteriously 'disappear' from state's evidence, Teresa and Isabella are freed - but they have a price tag on their heads because Isabella's husband has made it appear as if the women are rats. Once on the outside, they meet up again with Eve and a new woman befriends them, a woman who goes by the name Irish. Isabella and Teresa decide to make things right whacking their men. Will the ladies be able to pull off the ultimate mob hit?

"No one can disgrace us but ourselves." - Josh Billings

When everything was great for the two best friends, Isabella and Teresa, they seldom questioned where their wealth came from and enjoyed spending it as often as possible. This made it hard for me to have sympathy for either woman in the beginning of the book. As time passed, they became more human and vulnerable which made it easier to sympathize with their plight. Overall, my favorite character was Irish - a woman filled with contradictions and secrets, but who goes out of her way and puts herself in danger to help perfect strangers. The women become a strange and unique family with a common goal...whack the men who put them in this position.  


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