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Aging with Gracie (Welcome to Manhattan Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Heather Hunt
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Book Description

Nerdy Emma Grace Woodhouse has struggled with her weight and her mother’s meddling for years. When she is assigned to manage her father’s corporation’s latest acquisition in Manhattan, she is ecstatic that she will finally have a chance to prove herself. Unfortunately, Grace’s joy takes a sudden downward spiral when she discovers that the assignment is the overhaul of a retirement home in Manhattan…Manhattan, Georgia, of all places.

Grace resigns herself to tackling the overwhelming task of turning the retirement home into a welcoming and safe place for its elderly residents...a task made even more difficult by the destructive presence of a vindictive pair of former workers. Armed with a newfound sense of God's grace, the friendship of a pair of feisty elderly residents, and a blossoming relationship with handsome general contractor, Jackson Ellis, Grace discovers that God's plans for her life are not necessarily the ones she would have imagined…they are so much more amazing!

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  • File Size: 556 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007PH8JAE
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good for a self published book May 20, 2012
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I am usually wary of self published books.

As a book-blogger I usually write reviews for traditionally published books. This week I had a little extra time and this book, which was being offered for free at the time, looked like just the kind of book I was in the mood for. That being said, I wasn't expecting such a delightful read.

There is a great plot & structure, a bunch of quirky characters and has been edited quite well for a self-pub. With a little polishing and some smoothing out of the initial encounter between the protagonists this book could have jumped to a 5 star.

I believe the author has the potential develop into an excellent author. I would love to see what she could do with a publishing house behind her.

To my knowledge I have no connection to this author. I have not been asked to review this book.

It was a fun, enjoyable read and I recommend that you give it a chance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read January 14, 2013
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Living in Atlanta, I enjoyed the setting of the story which was the North Georgia mountains. The story was sweet and romantic with a nice dose of humor brought on by the residents of the retirement community. I would recommend this book for a fun afternoon with a book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book August 24, 2012
By Kelbabe
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I loved this book. It was an easy and enjoyable read. It had great characters and an interesting plot. Enjoy!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs Work June 7, 2012
By Leigh
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I picked this book up as a free download, not realizing that it was self-published. It's okay, but it could have done with some more editing.

The concept has potential--up and coming career girl takes on rehabbing a small-town nursing home. You could do a lot with that in the inspirational chick-lit genre. The book has some good moments, but not enough that I would recommend it. Here are a few of the problems I noted:

1) Too much telling, not enough showing. We're told that the mean nurse character is mean and that the nursing home manager is incompetent, but we never really get to see that in action. Gracie's first interaction with the nurse shows that they started off on the wrong foot, but other than that we never really see her in action mistreating patients, etc. Same thing with the nursing home manager. Obviously the guy needs some help decorating his office, but we never get to see exactly what the issues with his job performance are. A scene where Gracie uncovers embezzelement or missing medications or something would have set up the conflict better--and made the climax of the novel more believable. As it is, the book doesn't lay the foundation to support the climactic scene. It comes out of left field.

2) Inconsistency in characters and setting. We're told that Gracie is nerdy, but that doesn't come across to the reader. She comes off more cute and perky than nerdy and geeky. Her internal dialogue is more about waxing and pedicures than bookish and intellectual. Also, the nursing home setting doesn't seem to have been well-researched. Is it a nursing home or an assisted living center? Seniors who can outdo twenty-something-year old women on treadmills don't move into nursing homes, even if their husbands need care.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grace is aptly named! August 10, 2012
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Such fun! I could identify with Gracie! This book takes several surprising turns and I like that. It is a sweet story with romance, first career job in a new location, learning to deal with job expectations, being the owner's daughter, etc. and all in all, Gracie exhibits grace.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it August 8, 2012
By Mrs. C
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I have read 3 Heather Hunt books and enjoyed each one. The faith of the characters is an integral part of their lives but they are believable and likeable folk.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful Story! June 18, 2012
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I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the humor in the book, Aging with Gracie. The author did well in making the characters come alive so you felt you were right there with them. It was an interesting plot and really kept your interest until the end. I truly enjoyed this book and had some laughs as I was reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! June 4, 2012
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I loved this book and I loved the characters within it! A perfect blend of sweet and sassy in a clean romantic comedy that read like a friday night movie with your girl friends. Well thought out, well edited, and a perfect blend of fun and serious as Gracie grows into herself and God's calling on her life. I will defintely be looking for more from this author!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!
This is a sweet coming of age romance. Loved every moment of this book. I love when the young and old get to interact.
Published 6 months ago by mathmom
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs a Lot of Development
I had a difficult time making myself finish this book due to boredom. There was too much detail about silly everyday happenings but very little time spent on character development... Read more
Published 12 months ago by K. Shelby
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
Do you like your romance stories to have characters that are so memorable and a story that is well developed? Read more
Published 13 months ago by Lindah
5.0 out of 5 stars A jewel in the self published market!
This is a fun one! Right from the beginning the interactions between Grace and Jack were entertaining, with a fun flirty vibe woven in amid their frustrations with each other. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Valerie
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming
I enjoyed this book. It was like a breath of fresh air.. The story was sweet and made me ponder the innocence of love, long time friendships and God's special people He places in... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Donna Wittke
1.0 out of 5 stars Too awful to finish
It began poorly and I just couldn't continue. In order for this genre to work, the characters have to stand out as individuals. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Characters were well thought out
Story kept my attention
Loved the main characters well described
Would read more from Heather Hunt
Published 22 months ago by cathy marie fam
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
Really enjoyed this book. The characters were engaging but the story was so sweet it outshine any .
one part of the whole. Read more
Published on May 16, 2013 by Andora Henson
3.0 out of 5 stars Good enough.
There were quite a few bits I enjoyed in this book not least,as someone who worked with the elderly for many years,the mere fact that the story was set in a home for the... Read more
Published on May 7, 2013 by Alison
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice read
A good book for those who want a Faith based read with innocent romance. This is a book mostly for women - most definitely. Read more
Published on April 30, 2013 by Ila A. Miller
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More About the Author

Heather Hunt is the author of four inspirational romances, including the bestselling Gifts of Life and the romantic comedy, Aging With Gracie. Her Women's Bible Study Series includes Walking the Walk: A FaithFashionista Guide to Godly Friendship. She also writes Children's Fiction under the pseudonym, H.K. Hunt.

She is the founder of and the Church Chicks Mentor Program. A pastor's wife, mother, and nurse, she lives with her family on a farm in Georgia, the setting for many of her stories.

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