Audacity of Sara Grayson – Book Review

The Audacity of Sara Grayson: A Novel by [Joani Elliott]

What happens when your mother’s dying wish becomes your worst nightmare?

What happens when the world’s greatest literary icon dies before she finishes the final book in her best-selling series?

And what happens when she leaves that book in the hands of her unstable, neurotic daughter, who swears she’s not a real writer?

Sara Grayson is a thirty-two-year-old greeting card writer about to land the toughest assignment of her life. Three weeks after the death of her mother—a world-famous suspense novelist—Sara learns that her mother’s dying wish is for her to write the final book in her bestselling series.

Sara has lived alone with her dog, Gatsby, ever since her husband walked out with their Pro Double Waffle Maker and her last shred of confidence. She can’t fathom writing a book for thirty million fans—not when last week’s big win was resetting the microwave clock.

But in a bold move that surprises even herself, Sara takes it on. Against an impossible deadline and a publisher intent on sabotaging her every move, Sara discovers that stepping into her mother’s shoes means stumbling on family secrets she was never meant to find—secrets that threaten her mother’s legacy and the very book she’s trying to create.

No. of pages:- 331 pages

Date published:- May 25th 2021

Publisher:- Post Hill Press

Genre:- Romance/Comedy


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What will happen when you find out that in your mother’s last will is for you to finish the best selling series? Well, that’s what happened to Sara Grayson.

Meet Sara Grayson, a thirty two year girl who recently got divorced and is dealing with her mother’s death. Her mother is a best selling author of the Ellery series that was made into a movie. When her mother died, Sara is forced to do an unthinkable task–to finish the final book of the Ellery series.

I actually enjoyed reading this book. The story is completely based on Sara’s perspective and also I like the plot as well. I do understand Sara’s hesitancy at finishing the book and at the same time, how she is determined to finish off the book by fulfilling her mother’s death wish. A few romances but mostly, the book talks about how Sara overcame her fears and at the same time, she and her sister, finds some dark secrets about their parents. I actually liked nearly all the characters, some parts of the book was funny and overall, it was actually an enjoyable book.

So overall, this book worth four stars! Many thanks to Netgalley and publisher for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

Joani Elliott

oani Elliott believes in the magic of stories, a good cup of tea, and the power of living a creative life. She has taught writing at the University of Maryland and Brigham Young University. She lives with her husband and two daughters near Salt Lake City, Utah. For book club resources, virtual author chats, and more, visit

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