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In Search of Grace

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Emily Giffin’s Heart of the Matter took me on an emotional rollercoaster ride.

If you haven’t read the book, it’s written from the view point of Tessa Russo, who is married to Dr. Nicholas Russo, “one of the leading pediatric plastic surgeons in the world.”

They have been married for seven years and have two children, Ruby & Frank.  Tessa has recently stopped working to be a full time, stay-at-home mom.

In parallel, we also learn about Valerie Anderson, a lawyer and single mother to 6-year old Charlie.  Valerie is extremely protective of her life, relying not on friends or a partner, but on her twin brother Jason.

While reading about Tessa and Valerie, I believe that under different circumstances, they could have been friends.  Good friends, even.  The type of friends that you can be yourself around. Unfortunately, it’s Nick that connects them.

Here’s what really stood out to me in the book:

  1. The characters are presented with strengths and flaws. There’s no character that I am more sympathetic for or angrier with.
  2. Nick willing betrayed his wife and family, and Valerie let him into her and Charlie’s lives.  There was no hesitation, no thought to not cross that line.  They made it happen without regard for the consequences of their actions.
  3. Nick put Charlie before his own children.
  4. Both Nick and Valerie were honest with Tessa about their relationship and what they did.

After Valerie meets with Tessa, as she is reflecting on their encounter, she comes to the following conclusion: “It was about grace.”

This line had me reeling.  What each woman got in the end was grace.  It wasn’t about what they did or what happened to them, it was about how they responded.  They went on separate journeys, but in the end, they found grace.  And when they found grace, they found their strength.

When you are faced with your own temptations, failures, and disappointments, how do you find your grace?


Written by rachel

September 16, 2012 at 10:55 pm

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