Dear Grace: "She'll be wearing lovely bright lipstick which will likely be smudged on her teeth"

Dear Grace by Clare Swatman

While we're waiting for your guest to arrive, Clare, can you tell us a little about your book and who you'll be sharing a cocktail with today?

Dear Grace is an up-lifting, warm story about two women - 95-year-old Grace and her carer, Anna, who's more than 50 years younger than her. When Anna starts caring for Grace, the two form a close bond, and start sharing their life stories. Grace is determined to helped Anna get over her cheating husband, and Anna wants to help Grace come to terms with something that happened in her past. And so, with the help of Grace's great nephew Tom, they set off on a trip halfway across the country to find some answers. Who will you be inviting for a cocktail, and why? Grace. She's warm and funny and feisty, and she has some great stories to tell. She was a firecracker in her time, and she doesn't stand for any nonsense, so she'd be great company and keep everyone entertained. What will they be wearing? She'll be wearing her best cardigan, and some lovely bright lipstick which will likely to be smudged on her teeth. Her hair will be set solid, and her shoes will be flat and comfy. She'll wish she was wearing something altogether more glamorous, but her ancient body won't let her.

What will they order off the cocktail menu? Probably nothing more adventurous than a glass of red wine - and a small one at that. But she does love a cocktail so she might eye up the cocktail menu too. How will they react if the waiter spills their cocktail over them? She won't mind at all. She's too old to be getting annoyed at people for silly mistakes. But she might sit him down and tell him about the time she was a cocktail waitress during the war . . . What can they tell you that will make you stay for a second drink? She's got so many fascinating stories you won't want to leave!

Dear Grace by Clare Swatman






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