The Audacity of Sara Grayson is the debut of author Joani Elliot and it is simply superb. It is a whimsical and heart felt journey of a woman trying to find herself and her way after losing her mother. All she wants is a few minutes to breathe on her own but, she does not have that. Not when it comes to light that her mother never finished her final book and has put it in her will that Sara is to write it.
Yes, that is quite the bombshell for Sara to absorb especially when she has never thought of herself as a writer like her mother. A long time ago she had thought about giving it a shot but that was then…definitely not now. She is too hurt by the loss of her mother and the also recent loss of her marriage. Sara is just about to hand over the responsibility of the book to the publishing company when she finds herself wondering “what if” and becomes determined to finish the series for her mother in the way that she intended.
The Audacity of Sara Grayson really is all about Sara’s journey as she is writing the book. It is an uphill battle at times but, she slowly finds the confidence within herself and the ability to trust those around her. There were twists and turns within the plot that kept me invested and continuing to root for Sara until the very end. I loved how each chapter started with a famous writing quote that set the stage for the events that were going to be unfolding. Each chapter was also an exposure into an additional layer of who Sara was, who she is becoming, and the impact of the various people that she encounters.
The Audacity of Sara Grayson is such a heart-felt journey from beginning to end. At 400 pages, it is a bit long in length but the voice of the characters are strong and everything is wrapped up nicely at the end. As this was a debut novel, I’m excited to see what else author Joani Elliot may have up her sleeves for her. I have a strong feeling she could be one of the next best authors of women’s fiction known for her strong emotionally driven character stories. I know that the character of Sara Grayson will stick with me for a while now.
Rating: 4 Stars
**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**