Saving Gracie

Fiction - Womens
297 Pages
Reviewed on 01/30/2014
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Author Biography

As a native Houstonian, a rarity these days, Terry holds two licensures in the state of Texas: one in chemical dependency counseling, the other in massage therapy. In 2004, she trained to be a volunteer for Houston Hospice, a life-changing training session she believes would benefit all. -“Hospice, contrary to popular belief, is not about dying. Hospice is about helping people live until they die.”

Although writing has been a part of her genetic lineage, the writing bug didn’t officially bite until 2007. From that point on, her true life passion sprouted and came into full bloom. She is an observer by nature…ask any close friend or family member. She has studied lines and movie dialogues for years, which can often become annoying to said above friends and family. -“I can see the bobble-head nodding!”

When Terry writes, she pulls from what she knows—real people, real life and all the obstacles in between. Her intent is to deliver stories with wisdom, warmth, a medley of emotions and always a touch of humor, which she often finds to be the elixir of life.

Saving Gracie, Terry’s first novel, released by World Castle Publishing in 2012 won the Best New Fiction Beverly Hills Award. Partly Sunny, released late 2013 is receiving heart-warming reviews and book #3, Time Trials, is still a work in progress.

Come visit Terry's blog "Terry's Leeway-The Way I Roll" -

    Book Review

Reviewed by Barbara Garcia for Readers' Favorite

Saving Gracie by Terry Lee is an emotional journey through one woman's life as she attempts to cope with running her own life after the death of her domineering mother. Grace, married, and the mother of two, isn't prepared for the day her mother, Kathryn, dies. And it's only at this time does she really realize what an impact her mother had on every area of her life. Kathryn ran Grace's life with an iron fist; after all, she always knew what was best for everyone, and she always knew the right and proper way to do things. Grace had always gone along with her mother because it was just so much easier than fighting to have her own ideas on things heard or implemented. Grace must now learn to run her own life, and the emotional, and sometimes painful, journey brings her into her own at last.

Saving Gracie, though emotionally wrought at times, also gives a quirky look at how Kathryn attempts to run her daughter's life from beyond the grave. Author Terry Lee shows a sense of humor as she goes into great detail in her vision of at least one plane of the afterlife. While Grace gains perspective in her life by helping deaf children - her own daughter is deaf - Kathryn is allowed to return to Earth in her spirit form in an attempt to make her realize that Grace really can be her own person, and make her own decisions. Though Kathryn is not convinced, her trip back to Earth shows her a side of her daughter she never thought was possible. This is a touching story about letting the people in our lives grow and shine as their own person, and ultimately letting go when we should.


Terry Lee has a way of captivating the reader with topics translatable to not just mother-daughter relationships but close relationships of any kind.


I definitely started thinking about my Mother's relationship with my grandmother, and my relationship with my daughter.


Was a wonderful story about a mother and daughter whose relationship while strained in life, blossomed in death.

Chloe Mac

I reviewed this elsewhere, but it is such a touching story about the mother-daughter bond, and the possibilities of what life in the hereafter might bring, I just want to reiterate "Saving Gracie" should be on your "TO READ" list.

PJ Bear

This book was well thought out and so relevant to any woman who is very protective of her daughter or an daughter that longs to be able to be the keeper of her own life but doesn't know how to tell Mom to back off. The story flowed really well and along with reading it for pure enjoyment, a lesson on life and reality snuck in.

Zen Banjo

This book offers a unique perspective with understanding and insight, without judgement, in a very entertaining and fun manner. But what truly blew me away was her creation of an afterlife that just (finally) makes so much sense!


Loved it - was able to laugh out loud and cry when needed. Maybe learned a needed lesson about turning your children loose and letting them fly. Definitely brings a smile to
my face.

Karen Knoche

Have read this book twice and each time found it a fascinating look at the mother daughter relationship and the afterlife. Would recommend it to everyone.

Kristi Pritchett

Once you open the book, you won't put it down, and once you do, you'll be begging Terry Lee for more! It's a crew of emotions from funny, sad, mysterious, inspirational, and more. It'll make you think of your mother, your daughter and yourself--and which character are you most like?