‘All life is formed from chemicals. All of nature. And many of them toxic. And do not forget, bacteria are natural. Cancer is natural. Earthquakes are natural. The thorn of a rose is natural’. He looked up to meet my eyes. ‘Not everything in nature is benign’.

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In a nutshell


It is 1918, Dublin. After being banished from her hometown, Rosaleen Moore finds her place as a seer and a healer – revered by the spiritualists and sought after for her gifts of prophecy and healing. So loved is she, that on the eve of her death, pilgrims walk the Way of the Rose: to St Kilian’s Abbey and its Bell Tower – a place she loved. It is the same place which is the scene of a crime that the monastery’s once beloved Abbot, now imprisoned, has confessed. 

Years later, Rosaleen’s deathbed revelation is revealed which tells a very different story about the crime the Abbot confessed to. 

Book Club Notes


There are books you cannot wait to pick up and others you pass over. I passed over The Graces for months, not thinking it was anything special. That is until I finally gave in and picked it up. I’m so glad I did, because it was quite simply brilliant – evocative, compelling and page turning. Once again I saw the telltale signs of misbelief in the characters, as they got swept up in a reality they wanted to see. But I didn’t see the ending coming which not only surprised and delighted me but gave me those full circle moments I love in a book.  

Read If


You love historical novels and are fascinated by alternative medicines and spirituality practices.

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Storyline – 10 /10
Writing – 9/10
Character Development – 10/10
Plot Twist – 9/10
Shareability – 9/10
9.0Overall Score

The Nitty Gritty


Published by: Welbeck, distributed by Jonathon Ball 

Genre: Fiction, Crime, Historical

ISBN: 9 781802 793239

Pages: 387

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